Background and activities
Kristin Ytterstad Pettersen (1969) is a Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics. She has a PhD and an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from NTNU.
She is also a Key Scientist at the Center of Excellence: Autonomous marine operations and systems (NTNU AMOS) and an Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI).
She is one of the founders of the company Eelume AS, where she is currently a board member.
- Nonlinear control theory
- Motion control of mechanical systems, in particular ships, AUVs, robot manipulators and snake robots
- Autonomous vehicles
- Cooperative and coordinated control of mechanical systems
- Underactuated and nonholonomic systems
Selected Research Projects
- 2013-2022 Key scientist. Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS). Centre of excellence funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Project Manager for Project 4: “Autonomous underwater robotics for mapping, monitoring and intervention”. Coordinator for Area 3: Autonomous unmanned vehicles and operations (Projects 3, 4, 5). Project partners: NTNU, SINTEF, Statoil, DNV. Total budget; 600 MNOK
- 2011-2015 Project Manager. Project title: Snake Locomotion in Challenging Environments (SLICE). FRITEK project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Project partners: NTNU and SINTEF. Budget; 13.9 MNOK
- 2009-2014 Project Manager. Project title: Control, Information and Communication Systems for Environmental and Safety Critical Systems (CICS). SUP project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Budget; 15 MNOK
- 2009-2014 Key Scientist. Project title: Next Generation Robotics for Norwegian Industry (NextGenRob). Project partners: SINTEF, NTNU, Statoil, Hydro, Tronrud Engineering, Glen Dimplex Nordic, SbSeating (HÅG) and RobotNorge. Budget; 36 MNOK
Recent work experience
- 2015-2016 CEO and co-founder, Eelume AS
- 2014- Adjunct Professor, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
- 2013-2022 Key Scientist, CoE for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS)
- 2011-2013 Head of Department, Dept. Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
- 2009-2011 Vice-head of Department, Dept. Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
- 2010-2013 Director, NTNU Strategic area ICT Programme of Robotics
- 2008 Guest Professor, Section for Automation and Control, Aalborg University
- 2002- Professor, Department Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
- 2001-2013 Scientific Advisor, SINTEF ICT
- 1999 Visiting Fellow, Dept. Mech. and Aerospace Eng., Princeton University, NJ
Recent Board/Council work
- 2017-2020 IFAC Council member
- 2016- Board member, Eelume AS
- 2012-2014 Board member, IEEE Control Systems Society – Board of Governors
- 2011-2013 Vice-chairman, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
- 2011-2013 Deputy board-member, Norwegian Smartgrid Centre
- 2010-2013 Deputy council member, SINTEF
- 2010- Board member, NTNU Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory
- 2007-2011 Board member, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
- 2008-2015 Council member, SINTEF Information and Communication Technology
- 2007-2011 Board member, NTNU/SINTEF Gemini centre of Advanced Robotics
- 2015- Review Editor, Robotic Control Systems, Frontiers in Robotics and Al
- 2012- Section Editor of “Control of Marine Vessels”, Encyclopedia of Systems and Control
- 2012-2015 Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Magazine
- 2010-2015 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
- 2008-2009 Member of the Editorial Board Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
- 2009-2011 Associate Editor, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Shanghai, China 2011, Anchorage, Alaska 2010, and Kobe, Japan 2009
- 2018, Appointed member of the Academy of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.
- 2017, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper: W. Caharija, K.Y. Pettersen, M. Bibuli, P. Calado, E. Zereik, J. Braga, J.T. Gravdahl, A.J. Sørensen, M. Milovanovic and G. Bruzzone, "Integral Line-of-Sight Guidance and Control of Underactuated Marine Vehicles: Theory, Simulations and Experiments”, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2016.
- 2017, Appointed IEEE Fellow
- 2013, Appointed member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences – NTVA
- 2006, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, for the paper: K.Y. Pettersen, F. Mazenc and H. Nijmeijer, “Global Uniform Asymptotic Stabilization of an Underactuated Surface Vessel: Experimental Results”, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 12, No.6, Nov. 2004
- 2004, Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- 1993, Norwegian Research Council Personal Doctoral Research Fellowship
Membership in Academic and Professional Organizations and Committees
- 2015-2017 Member of IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronics
- 2014-2015 Member of European Research Council Consolidator Grants Evaluation Panel PE7, Systems and Communication Engineering
- 2014 Member of the Evaluation Committee of the ARGOS challenge Total / Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
- 2012-2016 Member of the leader group of NTNU IME Lighthouse Project Robotics
- 2011-2016 Member IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on Space Robotics
- 2009-2013 Member of the leader group of NTNU Strategic Area ICT, TSO ICT
She has supervised 19 graduated doctoral candidates, and is currently supervising 7 PhD candidates.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) Integral Line-of-Sight Guidance for Path Following Control of Underwater Snake Robots: Theory and Experiments. IEEE Transactions on robotics. vol. 33 (3).
- (2017) An Experimental Investigation of Path Following for an Underwater Snake Robot with a Caudal Fin. IFAC-PapersOnLine. vol. 50 (1).
- (2017) Model-based LOS path-following control of planar underwater snake robots. Lecture notes in control and information sciences. vol. 474.
- (2017) Observer Based Path Following for Underactuated Marine Vessels in the Presence of Ocean Currents: A Local Approach. IFAC-PapersOnLine. vol. 50 (1).
- (2017) Lyapunov sufficient conditions for uniform semiglobal exponential stability. Automatica. vol. 78.
- (2017) Snake Robots. Annual Reviews in Control. vol. 44.
- (2017) Exponential Convergence Bounds in Least Squares Estimation: Identification of Viscoelastic Properties in Atomic Force Microscopy. IEEE Control Systems.
- (2017) A Benchmarking Framework for Control Methods of Maritime Cranes Based on the Functional Mockup Interface. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering.
- (2017) A Reactive Collision Avoidance Algorithm for Vehicles with Underactuated Dynamics. I E E E Conference on Decision and Control. Proceedings.
- (2017) A Reactive Collision Avoidance Algorithm for Nonholonomic Vehicles. IEEE Control Systems.
- (2016) Path Following for Underactuated Marine Vessels. IFAC-PapersOnLine. vol. 49 (18).
- (2016) Integral Line-of-Sight Guidance and Control of Underactuated Marine Vehicles: Theory, Simulations and Experiments. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. vol. 24 (5).
- (2016) Multi-objective optimization for efficient motion of underwater snake robots. Artificial Life and Robotics. vol. 21 (4).
- (2016) Innovation in Underwater Robots: Biologically Inspired Swimming Snake Robots. IEEE robotics & automation magazine. vol. 23 (1).
- (2016) Planar maneuvering control of underwater snake robots using virtual holonomic constraints. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. vol. 11:065005 (6).
- (2016) Planar path following of underwater snake robots in the presence of ocean currents. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. vol. 1 (1).
- (2016) Set-based Tasks within the Singularity-robust Multiple Task-priority Inverse Kinematics Framework: General Formulation, Stability Analysis and Experimental Results. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. vol. 3 (16).
- (2016) Line-of-Sight Curved Path Following for Underactuated USVs and AUVs in the Horizontal Plane under the influence of Ocean Currents. IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation.
- (2016) Set-Based Line-of-Sight (LOS) Path Following with Collision Avoidance for Underactuated Unmanned Surface Vessel. IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation.
- (2016) Maneuvering Control of Planar Snake Robots Using Virtual Holonomic Constraints. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. vol. 24 (3).