News and events at NTNU AMOS in 2016

Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Awards

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Pictures: Left photo from the left: Naiquan Ye, Prof. Torgeir Moan, Ming Song, Prof. Sverre Steen, Prof. Odd M. Faltinsen and Prof. Zhen Gao. Right photo from the left: Peng Li and Prof. Odd M. Faltinsen. Photos: Kun Xu, NTNU, december 2016.

Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Awards

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Pictures: Left photo from the left: Naiquan Ye, Prof. Torgeir Moan, Ming Song, Prof. Sverre Steen, Prof. Odd M. Faltinsen and Prof. Zhen Gao. Right photo from the left: Peng Li and Prof. Odd M. Faltinsen. Photos: Kun Xu, NTNU, december 2016.

This year’s Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Awards were presented at MARINTEK’s and NTNU’s Christmas lunch on 21 December 2016 at the Marine Technology Centre.

The awards are being sponsored by a fond that was founded by around 30 Chinese PhD graduates from Profs. Moan and Faltinsen.

Peng Li was the recipient of the award within marine hydrodynamics for his paper “Nonlinear vertical accelerations of a floating torus in regular waves”, published in the Journal of Fluids and Structures (2016, 66: 589-608) and co-authored by Odd M. Faltinsen and Claudio Lugni.

Ming Song received the award within marine structures for her paper “A comparative analysis of the fluid-structure interaction method and the constant added mass method for ice-structure collisions”, published in Marine Structures (2016, 49: 58-75) and co-authored by Ekaterina Kim, Jørgen Amdahl, Jun Ma and Yi Huang.

Find more information in the award's regulations


Documentary with NTNU AMOS professor about Kings Bay

Copyright: NRK

Documentary with NTNU AMOS professor about Kings Bay

Copyright: NRK
Watch the documentary on NRK.no: "Kings Bay 100 år" (20 December 2016)

Full-scale testing of dynamic positioning systems on research vessel Gunnerus

NTNU AMOS conducts full-scale testing of dynamic positioning systems on research vessel Gunnerus. Read more in Computerworld: " Tester ut elektronisk anker på eget forskningsfartøy " (5...

Full-scale testing of dynamic positioning systems on research vessel Gunnerus

NTNU AMOS conducts full-scale testing of dynamic positioning systems on research vessel Gunnerus.

Read more in Computerworld: "Tester ut elektronisk anker på eget forskningsfartøy" (5 December 2016)

Also Marasi News featured the research campaign: "Kongsberg Maritime: University Students Test Own DP algorithms" (30 November 2016)


Stein M. Nornes interviewed about his research automated visual mapping of biodiversity

Read the interview on Geoconnection.com: " Easier automated visual mapping of biodiversity " (30 November 2016)

Stein M. Nornes interviewed about his research automated visual mapping of biodiversity

Read the interview on Geoconnection.com: "Easier automated visual mapping of biodiversity" (30 November 2016)

Autonomous vehicles will become common

Autonomous boat

Autonomous vehicles will become common

– Interview with Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen

Autonomous boat

Read the article in Computerworld: "Selvkjørende kjøretøy blir vanlig" (29 November 2016)

NTNU AMOS affiliated scientist Morten Breivik becomes part of the Norwegian Board of Technology

Innomag reports: " Regjeringen: Dette er de nye medlemmene av Teknologirådet " (25 November 2016)

NTNU AMOS affiliated scientist Morten Breivik becomes part of the Norwegian Board of Technology


Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen is the first Norwegian woman to become an IEEE fellow

KYP IEEE fellow

Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen is the first Norwegian woman to become an IEEE fellow

KYP IEEE fellow

Adresseavisen features the story: "Ærestittel for slangerobot-forsker ved NTNU" (25 November 2016)

Universitetsavisa reports: "Hun er første norske kvinne som blir IEEE fellow" (23 November 2016)


Our PhD candidates test their control algorithms on the NTNU AMOS DP Research Cruise 2016

14-18 November, NTNU AMOS researchers together with Kongsberg went on a research cruise with the research vessel Gunnerus to test their control algorithms full scale. This cruise is the...

Our PhD candidates test their control algorithms on the NTNU AMOS DP Research Cruise 2016

14-18 November, NTNU AMOS researchers together with Kongsberg went on a research cruise with the research vessel Gunnerus to test their control algorithms full scale. This cruise is the second one in two months.

Read more about it in the following media:

Gemini.no: "Tester ut elektronisk anker på eget forskningsfartøy" (28 November 2016)

Kongsberg's website: "University Students and Researchers Test Own Control Algorithms on Industrial DP System Platform" (25 November 2016)


Prof. Annette Stahl interviewed about robots supervising fish farming plants

Read the article at Automatisering.no: " Ser sykdom og gir friskere fisk " (14 November 2016)

Prof. Annette Stahl interviewed about robots supervising fish farming plants

Read the article at Automatisering.no: "Ser sykdom og gir friskere fisk" (14 November 2016)

Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg comments on developing next generation robots

Read the article in the journal "Automatisering": " Utvikler neste generasjons roboter " (11 November 2016)

Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg comments on developing next generation robots

Read the article in the journal "Automatisering": "Utvikler neste generasjons roboter" (11 November 2016)

Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen receives the SOBENA International Award

SOBENA award

Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen receives the SOBENA International Award

SOBENA award

Like Prof. Torgeir Moan and Prof. Odd M. Faltinsen before him, Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen received the SOBENA International Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the progress of naval architecture and ocean engineering.

Prof. Sørensen received the 2016 International SOBENA Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of marine technology, particularly in the area of marine control systems, and in recognition of his commitment to seek innovative solutions in this area.

His work as academic supervisor of Brazilian students at NTNU and his interaction with Brazilian universities, in particularly the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the University of São Paulo (USP), was deemed of great importance for the development of marine control systems research in Brazil.

Prof. Sørensen was handed over the award at the biannual conference of SOBENA, the Brazilian Society of Naval Architecture, Marine and Offshore Engineering, 9 November 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. This conference is the most important and prestigious forum of the maritime industry in Brazil.


Two new autonomous underwater vehicles at NTNU AMOS and the AUR-lab

Harald AUV

Two new autonomous underwater vehicles at NTNU AMOS and the AUR-lab

Harald AUV

Fridtjof AUV

Last week, NTNU AMOS and the AUR-lab took delivery of two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) from the Portuguese company Oceanscan.

They report:

We went through training and delivery tests, and the vehicles performed excellent!

The AUVs have been named Harald and Fridtjof. Harald is configured for upper water column research, while Harald is equipped for seabed mapping.

We are eager to get the vehicles back in the water to get more experience and test our code on these open source systems. On November 21 and 22, we will arrange a training camp on Slettvik. 


Prof. Torgeir Moan is awarded the Davidson Medal

Davidson medal

Prof. Torgeir Moan is awarded the Davidson Medal

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The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA) awarded the Davidson Medal to Professor Torgeir Moan for "Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Ship Research." He was handed over the medal during an award ceremony at the SNAME Annual Meeting in Seattle on 3 November 2016.

Prof. Geir Johnsen and colleagues discover new way to look at the marine eco system

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Prof. Geir Johnsen and colleagues discover new way to look at the marine eco system

– New article in Nature's "Scientific Reports"

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NTNU AMOS Professor Geir Johnsen and colleagues found out that during the polar nights, when light levels from the atmosphere are extremely low, bioluminescent organisms take over and become a determining factor in the marine ecology structure.

Read about the groundbreaking findings in their new article in Nature's "Science Reports": "Bioluminescence as an ecological factor during high Arctic polar night" (2 November 2016)

Discover the wonders of the dark seas yourself and visit the polar night exhibition at the NTNU University Museum in Trondheim!

Media coverage of the findings:

BBC features the discovery and interviewed one of the partner researchers, Prof. Mark Moline: "The ocean organisms that 'light up' when agitated" (3 November 2016)

Science Magazine also covers the findings: "In the polar ‘twilight zone,’ these unusual sea creatures outshine the starlight" (4 November 2016)

Terradaily.com wrote a feature as well: "Nightlights under the sea" (7 November 2016)

The Arctic University of Norway (UiT): "Arktisk mørke gir lysende forskning" (4 November 2016)

Nationen Rundt: "Lysende forskning i arktisk mørke" (14 November 2016)


New article by NTNU AMOS personnel and colleagues in Nature's "Scientific Reports"

Read the article in Nature's "Science Reports": " Leads in Arctic pack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice " (2 November 2016)

New article by NTNU AMOS personnel and colleagues in Nature's "Scientific Reports"

Read the article in Nature's "Science Reports": "Leads in Arctic pack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice" (2 November 2016)

National children's TV works together with AUR-lab

Childrens' TV October 2016

National children's TV works together with AUR-lab

Childrens' TV October 2016

This episode shows Johanna and Sivert on board of NTNU's research vessel Gunnerus.

They send down an underwater robot (ROV) in the Trondheimsfjord to look for corals and other exciting marine life in the dark depths of the sea.


Presentations from NTNU AMOS Days now online

NTNU AMOS Days 2016 crowd

Presentations from NTNU AMOS Days now online

NTNU AMOS Days 2016 crowd

Like each year, NTNU AMOS Days took place in October.
Over 100 people joined the two-day event 27-28 October 2016 at Quality Hotel Augustin in Trondheim.
Selected PhD candidates and postdocs presented their research, and NTNU AMOS partners gave their ideas and input.

See the programme

Also this year, the quality of the presentations and the presented research was very high.

Presentations

Thursday 27 October

NTNU AMOS Director Asgeir J. Sørensen - Welcome and overview of NTNU AMOS

Wilson Ivan Guachamin Acero - Assessment of the operational limits for offshore wind turbine installation activities

Zhaolong Yu - 6DOF coupled dynamic simulation of ship collisions using LS-DYNA and USFOS

Børge Rokseth - Verification of dynamic positioning systems

Eleni Kelasidi - Design, implementation, modeling and control of flexible and highly maneuverable underwater swimming robots (not available)

Mauro Candeloro - Tools and methods for autonomous operations on seabed and water column using underwater vehicles

Petter Norgren - A particle filter SLAM approach to online iceberg drift estimation from an AUV

Kim Lynge Sørensen - Icing protection solution for unmanned aircraft

Friday 28 October

Astrid H. Brodtkorb and Svenn Are T. Værnø - Fullscale testing of DP control algorithms on RV Gunnerus fall 2016

Michel R. Miyazaki - Hybrid power plants (light version; full version available later)

Yugao Shen - Simulations of well boats at fish farms in waves and current

Ida Strand - Sloshing in closed flexible fish cages

Ingunn Nilssen - Integrated environmental mapping and monitoring: a methodological approach for end-users

Hans-Martin Heyn - Ice surveillance at the Arctic Ocean 2016 expedition to the North Pole (light version; full version available later)

 


Prof. Martin Ludvigsen wins the Kom Award!

Martin wins Kom-prize

Prof. Martin Ludvigsen wins the Kom Award!

Martin wins Kom-prize

The Kom-award is handed out each year from NTNU's Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology to employees who do an excellent job communicating their research or education to a wider audience.

Prof. Martin Ludvigsen received 25.000 NOK and the title "Best Communicator of the Year" at the annual party of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology 26 October 2016 at Banksalen in Trondheim.


Open talk: underwater safari with professors

Dokkhuset

Open talk: underwater safari with professors

Dokkhuset

Our three professors Asgeir J. SørensenMartin Ludvigsen and Geir Johnsen take us on an underwater safari in their open talk at Dokkhuset 18 October at 19:00.

 


NTNU AMOS researchers on a pioneering research campaign

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NTNU AMOS researchers on a pioneering research campaign

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In NTNU AMOS, there is a research project on advanced stationkeeping operations, where dynamic positioning (DP) and thruster-assisted position mooring (TAPM) control and estimator algorithms are developed for stationkeeping operations.

In this pioneering experimental campaign in October 2016, PhD candidates and researchers from NTNU AMOS will experimentally test for the first time their DP-related control and observer algorithms in full-scale on NTNU’s very own research vessel R/V Gunnerus. Kongsberg Maritime has made this possible through a custom test interface in their DP control system for Gunnerus.


Certified ScrumMaster Course for NTNU AMOS PhD candidates and spin-off companies

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Certified ScrumMaster Course for NTNU AMOS PhD candidates and spin-off companies

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On October 11-12, a certified Scrum Master course was arranged for 27 researchers and innovators from NTNU AMOS and the spin-off companies BluEye Robotics AS, Eelume AS, and Arctic Integrated Solutions AS.

The two day intensive course, lectured by the experienced Scrum consultant Geir Amsjø, gave knowledge into agile product development based on the Scrum methodology.


PhD candidate Siri H. Mathisen blogs about the field landing of drones

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PhD candidate Siri H. Mathisen blogs about the field landing of drones

Siri

Read the blog here: Feltlanding med drone gir nye muligheter (10 October 2016)


Wants to get rid of salmon lice with gigantic aquaculture structure

gigantmerd

Wants to get rid of salmon lice with gigantic aquaculture structure

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NTNU AMOS Adjunct Professor Arne Fredheim was interviewed by NRK.no: Skal bli kvitt lakselusa med gigantmerd (9 October 2016)

Test site for unmanned vessels opens - NTNU AMOS Director and Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen comments

test site

Test site for unmanned vessels opens - NTNU AMOS Director and Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen comments

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Media coverage:


Visit the Polar Night exhibition at the NTNU University Museum (NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)!

Polar Night

Visit the Polar Night exhibition at the NTNU University Museum (NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)!

– September 2016 through May 2017

Polar Night

NTNU AMOS researchers took part in the creation of the exhibition about Polar night studies using underwater robotics.

Read the English folder for the exhibition!

Read the interview with NTNU AMOS Director and Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen on NRK.no: "Blå lys i kalde svarte dyp" (22 September 2016)


NTNU AMOS PhD candidate presents her research at Researcher Grand Prix 2016

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NTNU AMOS PhD candidate presents her research at Researcher Grand Prix 2016

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Siri H. Mathisen (NTNU AMOS and Dept. of Eng. Cybernetics, NTNU) is a candidate at the Researcher Grand Prix this year! Her topic is mathematics in aerodynamics. 

She is one of 9 PhD candidates from NTNU who will compete for a place in the national finals in Bergen in October. The event will take place 29 September at Byscenen in Trondheim.

Find out more about the participants and the topics

Gemini.no writes a feature about the PhD candidate: Løser ligninger som styrer droner (19 September 2016)

 


NTNU AMOS involved in "Breaking the Surface" 2016

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NTNU AMOS involved in "Breaking the Surface" 2016

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In this year's "Breaking the Surface" event, the focus is on innovation where NTNU AMOS is presented as a role model.

Find more information on the event's homepage


NTNU AMOS professors help organise the third Offshore Structural Reliability Conference

some conference participants

NTNU AMOS professors help organise the third Offshore Structural Reliability Conference

some conference participants

Two professors from NTNU AMOS - Prof. Torgeir Moan and Prof. Jørgen Amdahl - helped organise the third Offshore Structural Reliability Conference (3rd OSRC) which was held 14-16 September 2016 in Stavanger, Norway, under the auspices of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). 

The conference was organized by:

  • Prof. Torgeir Moan, NTNU (conference chair)  
  • Alf Reidar Johansen, IOGP
  • Suzanne Lacasse, NGI
  • Henrik O. Madsen, DNVGL
  • Simen Moxnes, Statoil  

The goal of the conference was to share knowledge about theoretical methods and operational experiences that be used to ensure future safe and efficient design and operations of offshore structures.

Thirty eight presentations, including three keynotes, were made followed by discussions. The conference was attended by over participants from fifteen countries, representing key stakeholders among oil and gas producers, regulatory bodies, consultants and academia.

This conference was organized in close cooperation with the Offshore Structures committees of ISO and IOGP, chaired by Philip Smedley, BP and Simen Moxnes, Statoil, respectively.

Find out more on the conference website!


NTNU AMOS postdoc Kim L. Sørensen interviewed on icing

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NTNU AMOS postdoc Kim L. Sørensen interviewed on icing

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NTNU AMOS postdoc Kim L. Sørensen was interviewed by the journal Inside Unmanned Systems: New Technologies Aid Arctic Operations (Aug./Sept. 2016)


IFAC conference CAMS 2016 at NTNU AMOS 13-16 September 2016

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IFAC conference CAMS 2016 at NTNU AMOS 13-16 September 2016

CAMS 2016 banner

The 10th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems (CAMS 2016) will take place 13-16 September 2016 in Trondheim. 

NTNU AMOS organises the conference and is co-sponsor. 

Check out the conference website


NTNU AMOS has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Rijeka (Croatia)

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NTNU AMOS has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Rijeka (Croatia)

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The collaboration will take place within marine hydrodynamics and entail:

  • Exchange of students and researchers
  • Joint research
  • Joint publications
  • Joint research campaigns and experimental work
  • Guest lectures and seminars

Contact person at the University of Rijeka: Prof. Jasna Prpić-Oršić 


Prof. Martin Ludvigsen leads MarMine research cruise

Tokt aug. 2016

Prof. Martin Ludvigsen leads MarMine research cruise

Tokt aug. 2016

Prof. Martin Ludvigsen lead a research cruise in August under the MarMine research project. PhD candidates Stein M. Nornes and Øystein Sture participated in operating the equipment and process the data.

The goal of the research project and the research cruise is to investigate the potential for mineral extraction on the seabed.

To get a general overview over the MarMine research cruise in August, read: NTNU på forskningstokt for å undersøke potensialet for mineralutvinning på havbunnen (16 August 2016)


New associated project at NTNU AMOS: Real-time hybrid model testing for extreme marine environments

There is a new associated project at NTNU AMOS: Real-time hybrid model testing for extreme marine environments. Contact person at NTNU AMOS is Prof. Roger Skjetne.

New associated project at NTNU AMOS: Real-time hybrid model testing for extreme marine environments

There is a new associated project at NTNU AMOS: Real-time hybrid model testing for extreme marine environments. Contact person at NTNU AMOS is Prof. Roger Skjetne.

The project is a collaboration of MARINTEK, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture and NTNU, with the support of STATOIL, SALMAR, and ABB.

The project aims at developing real-time hybrid model testing (or "hybrid testing") for extreme marine environments.

Hybrid testing is a testing method in which the physical system under study is partitioned into two (or more) subsystems: a physical subsystem tested experimentally in model-scale, connected in a real-time manner with a numerical subsystem, simulated on a computer. The two parts interact with each other using a network of sensors and actuators.


Reports from the Oden Icebreaker Research Cruise

ORC 2016

August - September 2016

Reports from the Oden Icebreaker Research Cruise

ORC 2016

Read the PhD candidates' reports!

Involved PhD candidates from NTNU: Hans-Martin Heyn (NTNU AMOS/SAMCoT/IMT), Jon Bjørnø (SAMCoT/IMT) and Runa Skarbø (CIRFA/BAT)

Read Runa's blog from the research cruise

Follow the PhD candidates on the cruise via Twitter: 
@Martin_Heyn 
@runaskarbo

Find more information about the expedition on their official website

Watch a video about the expedition


NTNU AMOS secures international cooperation with Centre of Excellence CENTEC (Portugal)

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NTNU AMOS secures international cooperation with Centre of Excellence CENTEC (Portugal)

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NTNU AMOS strengthen the research cooperation with Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, as the Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC) has become an international collaborator.

The collaboration will entail:

  • Exchange of students and researchers
  • Joint research projects and publications
  • Joint experimental and field work
  • Guest lectures and seminars
  • Cooperation in the organisation of seminars and workshops

NTNU AMOS researchers receive the NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016

NOWITECH Innovation Award

NTNU AMOS researchers receive the NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016

NOWITECH Innovation Award

NTNU AMOS researchers receive the NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016. Some of the award winners are pictured above.

Read more on the blog from SINTEF Energy: "NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016" (16 June 2016)


The UAV research group at NTNU AMOS is portrayed in "Luftled"

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The UAV research group at NTNU AMOS is portrayed in "Luftled"

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Read the interviews in Luftled no. 2, 2016, pp. 34-35 (in Norwegian).

Luftled is publsihed by Luftmilitært Samfund (LMS) in cooperation with the Royal Air Forces Association/Norwegian Branch (RAFA).


NTNU AMOS spin-off company Eelume receives the GCE Subsea Upcoming Company of the Year Award 2016

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NTNU AMOS spin-off company Eelume receives the GCE Subsea Upcoming Company of the Year Award 2016

GCE award

AMOS spin-off Eelume received this year's ”Subsea Upcoming Company Award” from GCE Subsea for their disruptive technology for inspection, maintenance and repair operations for the subsea related industries. The award was handed over at the Underwater Technology Conference 2016 in Bergen 14 June 2016.

The award was given to Eelume as the best of four strong candidates and consists of NOK 80,000 for development projects in the company, a piece of art, flowers and a signed diploma.

Find more information at GCE Subsea: "Simplified subsea intervention with an electric eel" (15 June 2016)


PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen named Europe's most talented engineer

Arnt at EFCA conference

PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen named Europe's most talented engineer

Arnt at EFCA conference

PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen was named the most talented engineer in the yearly engineering competition organized by the European federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA).

Teknisk Ukeblad reports: "Norsk ingeniør hedret i internasjonal konkurranse" (3 June 2016)


The IEEE Control Systems Magazine interviews NTNU AMOS Professor Thor I. Fossen

Thor I. Fossen (People in Control). IEEE Control Systems, 2016, Volume: 36, Issue: 3, Pages: 21 - 24.
Read the interview:  DOI 10.1109/MCS.2016.2536038

The IEEE Control Systems Magazine interviews NTNU AMOS Professor Thor I. Fossen

Thor I. Fossen (People in Control). IEEE Control Systems, 2016, Volume: 36, Issue: 3, Pages: 21 - 24.
Read the interview:  DOI 10.1109/MCS.2016.2536038

In the June 2016 issue of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, seven IEEE Fellows elected in 2016 who are doing research in control systems have been interviewed. 

NTNU AMOS advisor Prof. Moan graduates his 75th PhD candidate

Moan's 75th PhD graduate

NTNU AMOS advisor Prof. Moan graduates his 75th PhD candidate

Moan's 75th PhD graduate

NTNU AMOS advisor Prof. Torgeir Moan graduated his 75th PhD candidate, Lin Li, on 31 May 2016 at the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim.

Dr Lin Li's thesis is entitled "Dynamic Analysis of the Installation of Monopiles for Offshore Wind Turbines". Prof. Zhen Gao was her co-supervisor.


Experiment: Marine Autonomous Exploration Using a Lidar

Einar's experiment

Experiment: Marine Autonomous Exploration Using a Lidar

Einar's experiment

As a part of a master’s thesis by Einar S. Ueland, a 2D-lidar (laser scanner) has been installed on the surface vessel CS-Saucer in the Marine Cybernetics Laboratory, with the purpose of performing autonomous exploration.

The attached video demonstrates the resulting system and shows how the CS-Saucer successfully explores the Marine Cybernetics Laboratory, set up with hinders. The exploration is performed autonomously, and the system has no prior information about the environment it is exploring. During operations, the system can utilize the generated map, and plan path's to any location within it.

The completion of the system involved the development of a suitable control system that merges exploration strategies, path planners, a motion controller, and a strategy for generating controller setpoints, and simultaneous localization and mapping.

The system is installed on the Robot Operating System (ROS), a flexible platform with a large open-source community. This platform has made it possible to implement tools familiar within the robotics community such as algorithms for performing simultaneous localization and mapping. In the spring of 2016, ROS was also used as a platform for an ROV in the Marine Cybernetics Laboratory. Both projects using ROS reviewed the platform positively, and it is likely that this will be a popular platform for future master’s students working in the Marine Cybernetics Laboratory.

A new Master’s thesis further investigating the possibilities of this setup is currently being conducted.

Find more information on the project seen in the video


NTNU AMOS spin-off company Eelume to develop snake robot for subsea maintenance

Subsea snake robots: inspeaction and intervention

NTNU AMOS spin-off company Eelume to develop snake robot for subsea maintenance

Subsea snake robots: inspeaction and intervention

Eelume, an NTNU AMOS spin-off company founded in 2015, has signed a collaboration agreement with Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil to develop snake robots for subsea inspection and maintenance.

Contact person is NTNU AMOS keyperson Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen.

Read NTNU's press release: "Utvikler slangerobot for vedlikehold i havdypet" (19 April 2016)

Media coverage:

NRK Dagsrevy (video): "Slangerobot på havbunnen" (18 April 2016)

E24: "Denne slangeroboten skal bli Statoils «vaktmester» på havbunnen" (18 April 2016)

Press release: NTNU spin-off company Eelume collaborates with Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil to develop swimming robots for subsea maintenance

Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil have signed an agreement with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company, to accelerate new technology that will significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations.

NTNU and Sintef have conducted research on snake robotics for more than 10 years. Eelume is now developing a disruptive solution for underwater inspection and maintenance in the form of a swimming robot. The idea is to let these robots do inspection and light intervention jobs on the seabed, reducing the use of large and expensive vessels. With its snake-like form, the slender and flexible body of the Eelume robot provides access to confined areas that are difficult to access with existing technology.

Eelume robots will be permanently installed on the seabed and will perform planned and on-demand inspections and interventions. The solution can be installed on both existing and new fields where typical jobs include; visual inspection, cleaning, and adjusting valves and chokes. These jobs account for a large part of the total subsea inspection and intervention spend.

Complementing each other

The strength of the collaboration lies in the unique contributions from each of the parties. Eelume is founded by top academics from NTNU, Kongsberg Maritime brings in 25 years of experience and technology development within marine robotics and Statoil provides access to real installations for testing and qualification. The combined efforts now include an exciting mix of entrepreneurial spirit, industrial competence, technology and a demanding end-customer. The result is a very robust development process from idea to market.

Pål Liljebäck, CTO Eelume, says: "With our unique expertise in the field of snake robotics Eelume is the first company in the world to bring these amazing robots into an industrial setting. Now we take the step from academia and into the commercial world to secure our place in the new and exciting subsea intervention landscape.”

Asgeir J. Sørensen, Director, NTNU AMOS, Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, says: "This is a perfect example of how NTNU AMOS can contribute to bringing research based innovations into the market place through new spin-off companies and cooperation with leading industry players. Eelume is already the 5th spin-off company from researchers at NTNU AMOS and the third since 2013. SFF NTNU AMOS is strongly supported by the NTNU management, the Norwegian Research Council, Statoil, DNV GL and SINTEF Group.”

Anders Aune, Head of TechTrans, NTNU Technology Transfer AS, says: "As the main shareholder and responsible for business development in the company we think this is a perfect match for effectively introducing a new innovation based on NTNU inventions and competence into the market place. The support from Innovation Norway and the FORNY program in the Norwegian Research Council has been crucial to reach this milestone. “ 

Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea Division at Kongsberg Maritime, says: “This partnership offers the chance to bring radical technology to the market, not just in what the Eelume robot can do, but how it does it. It is a new tool that will enable operators to realise large scale cost savings by introducing new ways of conducting routine tasks and helping prevent unscheduled shutdowns by reacting instantly when required.”

Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim, Statoil CTO, says: “This is a good example of how new technology and innovation contributes to cost reduction. Instead of using large and expensive vessels for small jobs, we now introduce a flexible robot acting as a self going janitor on the seabed. This leads to both cost savings and rapid response time, securing high production efficiency.”


Snake robots to revolutionize subsea maintenance

Eelume

Snake robots to revolutionize subsea maintenance

Eelume

Teknisk Ukeblad investigates further: Slangeroboter skal revolusjonere vedlikeholdet subsea (19 April 2016)
Read the feature in Adresseavisen: Selvgående vaktmester på havbunnen (18 April 2016)
E24 reports: Denne slangeroboten skal bli Statoils «vaktmester» på havbunnen (18 April 2016)

PhD candidate Peng Li receives the Chinese Government Award for Students Abroad

Peng Li

PhD candidate Peng Li receives the Chinese Government Award for Students Abroad

Peng Li

PhD candidate Peng Li received the "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed (non-government sponsored) Students Abroad". His supervisors are Profs. FaltinsenGreco and Lugni.

The award is handed out by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) to honour overseas Chinese PhD candidates with outstanding academic accomplishment across all academic disciplines. 

The award is based on academic merit and encourages Chinese PhD candidates abroad to achieve first-class results during their studies. The winners are selected for their academic and research work through a rigorous evaluation process.

In 2016, 7 students who are studying in Norway were granted the award.


The National University of Singapore is NTNU AMOS' new international collaborator

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The National University of Singapore is NTNU AMOS' new international collaborator

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From March 2016 on, the National University of Singapore is our new international collaborator.

The cooperation will provide opportunities for researchers and students from both parties to work together on finding better solutions to increasingly complex problems encountered in the field of marine and offshore systems.

The cooperation will include:

  • exchange of students and researchers
  • joint research and publications
  • joint research campaigns and experimental work
  • guest lectures and seminars

NTNU AMOS and UiT researchers discover destructive Arctic shipworm

journal article

NTNU AMOS and UiT researchers discover destructive Arctic shipworm

journal article

NTNU AMOS researchers, together with their colleagues from the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), found an Arctic shipworm.

Media coverage:

NRK radio: "Månesyk plankton" (8 February 2016)


NTNU AMOS researchers and colleagues find life in the polar night

Liv i polarnatta

NTNU AMOS researchers and colleagues find life in the polar night

Liv i polarnatta

A cross-disciplinary team consisting of natural scientists and marine archaeologists, technologists and biologists went on a research cruise together and found new life in the polar night.

The researchers are from NTNU AMOS, the Artic University of Norway (UiT) and the University of Delaware.

The Norwegian newspaper VG reports: "Fant yrende liv i polarnatta" (22 February 2016)

Read also:

Radio:

  • NRK P1 Frokostradio: "Liv i Polarnatta" (29 February 2016)
  • NRK P1 God morgen Trøndelag: "Nye arter funnet på Svalbard" (23 February 2016)

NTNU AMOS researchers test new technology for underwater operations at Svalbard

Photo by the AUV

NTNU AMOS researchers test new technology for underwater operations at Svalbard

Photo by the AUV

Read more on UiT's website: "Utforsker havets dyp" (3 February 2016)
Forskning.no also featured the story: "Undervannsrobot som oppfyller tre ønsker" (16 February 2016)


Crossdisciplinary team from NTNU AMOS and UiT discover that textbooks have to be revised

A crossdisciplinary team from NTNU AMOS and the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) went on a research cruise together and discovered new knowledge which suggests that textbooks have to be revised.

Read the article in Aftenposten: "Nye mysterier avdekkes i Polhavet" (12 January 2016)

Crossdisciplinary team from NTNU AMOS and UiT discover that textbooks have to be revised

A crossdisciplinary team from NTNU AMOS and the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) went on a research cruise together and discovered new knowledge which suggests that textbooks have to be revised.

Read the article in Aftenposten: "Nye mysterier avdekkes i Polhavet" (12 January 2016)