Strategic Research Area


Robotics is a technology area which will be essential for future Norwegian industry to ensure competitiveness and high quality products. Robotics can substitute high cost labor in demanding environments and contribute to the reduction of production costs and more efficient operations. Further research and development is needed to bring new robotics technology to Norwegian industry and society to solve our future challenges.

Robotics is an enabling technology with a number of application areas as oil/gas production, process industry, medicine, health and welfare. It is also a multidisciplinary theme  which involves a number of technologies as communication technology, automatic control, autonomy, human-machine interface, sensor technology, electronics and computer science.

The project

The main purpose of the project is to further develop the high level research activity within robotics at NTNU IE supporting and initiating new collaboration initiatives within IE technology areas.

The project is part of ROBOTNOR, Centre for Advanced Robotics, established together with SINTEF in 2012. The project includes 2 PhD positions.

PhD Underwater robotics

Underwater roboticsTitle: Underwater robotic manipulation with adaptive communication links

Advisors: Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen (ITK),
Prof. Hefeng Dong (IES), Senior Scientist
Dr. Ingrid Schjølberg (SINTEF ICT)

Start/end: July 2013 – July 2016
Student: Signe Moe

PhD Nanorobotics

Nano robotics

Title: Nanoscale robotics in liquid environment
Advisors:, Prof. Tommy Gravdahl (ITK), Prof. Thomas Tybell (IES), Prof. Kristin Y. Pettersen (ITK)

Start/end: January 2013 - January 2016
Student: Michael R. P. Ragazzon.


Primary school children and high school students are invited to visit our robotics laboratories and our recruitment room to see and play with robots.