News and events at IMT 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.

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.

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

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)

Professor Ellingsen becomes director at UNIS

Professor Harald Ellingsen became director at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) 1 October 2016. Malvikbladet interviewed him and his wife about the adventure: " Klar for...

Professor Ellingsen becomes director at UNIS

Professor Harald Ellingsen became director at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) 1 October 2016.

Malvikbladet interviewed him and his wife about the adventure: "Klar for Svalbard-eventyr" (26 November 2016)

Our PhD candidates test their control algorithms on research vessel Gunnerus

14-18 November, our 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...

Our PhD candidates test their control algorithms on research vessel Gunnerus

14-18 November, our 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. Larsen comments on the Alexander Kielland accident: What is it we do not know?

Read the chronicle in Klassenkampen: " Hva er det vi ikke vet? " (12 November 2016)

Prof. Larsen comments on the Alexander Kielland accident: What is it we do not know?

Read the chronicle in Klassenkampen: "Hva er det vi ikke vet?" (12 November 2016)

Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg interviewed about developing next generation robots

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

Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg interviewed about 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 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 awarded the Davidson Medal

Davidson medal

Prof. Torgeir Moan awarded the Davidson Medal

Davidson medal

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.

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.

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

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Open talk: underwater safari with professors

Dokkhuset

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

Abstract (in Norwegian)

Det sies at vi vet mindre om våre egne hav enn landskapet på månen.

De tre NTNU-professorene Asgeir J. Sørensen, Martin Ludvigsen og Geir Johnsen tar oss med på safari ned i de store havdypene og viser hvordan det usynlige kan bli synlig ved hjelp av intelligente og selvstyrte undervannsroboter med avanserte sensorer og styringssystemer.

Vi skal ned i havdypet i Trondheimsfjorden og videre ut i de store havdyp i Atlanterhavet. Vi viser flyvrak fra annen verdenskrig og flere hundre år gamle skipsvrak midt i Trondheim havn, kaldtvanns korallrev på Tautra. Forsøpling og miljøgifter som følge av skip, busser, bomber og granater fra andre verdenskrig er blitt oppdaget og dokumentert. 

Anledning til spørsmål fra publikum.
Kunstnerisk overraskelse!

 

IMT researchers on a pioneering research campaign

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IMT researchers on a pioneering research campaign

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In the Department of Marine Technology (IMT), 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 IMT 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 PhD candidates and spin-off companies

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Certified ScrumMaster Course for PhD candidates and spin-off companies

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Lecturer

On October 11-12, a certified Scrum Master course was arranged for 27 researchers and innovators from NTNU and the spin-off companies BluEye Robotics ASEelume 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.

Wants to get rid of salmon lice with gigantic aquaculture structure

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Wants to get rid of salmon lice with gigantic aquaculture structure

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Prof. Harald Ellingsen was interviewed by NRK.no: Skal bli kvitt lakselusa med gigantmerd (9 October 2016)

Bridgehead Autumn 2016 conference

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Bridgehead Autumn 2016 conference

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Speed-dating

Participants

The Bridgehead Autumn 2016 conference gathered students, secondary school pupils, researchers and industry representatives to a seminar on aquaculture and environment interactions. Interactions between students, industry stakeholders and project owners were facilitated through a speed dating carousel. And in order to increase the students understanding of aquaculture business and processes, they visited a fish farming plant at Hitra.

Watch a video about the conference:

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Test site for unmanned vessels opens - Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen comments

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Test site for unmanned vessels opens - Prof. Asgeir J. Sørensen comments

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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

IMT researchers are participating in the exhibition about Polar night studies using underwater robotics.

Read the English folder for the exhibition!

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

IMT researchers involved in "Breaking the Surface" 2016

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IMT researchers involved in "Breaking the Surface" 2016

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In this year's "Breaking the Surface" event, the focus is on innovation. Researchers from the Department of Marine Technology are also involved.

Find more information on the event's homepage

IMT professors help organise the third Offshore Structural Reliability Conference

some conference participants

IMT professors help organise the third Offshore Structural Reliability Conference

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Two professors from the Department of Marine Technology (IMT) - 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!

IFAC conference CAMS 2016 at NTNU 13-16 September 2016

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IFAC conference CAMS 2016 at NTNU 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. 

Staff from NTNU's Department of Marine Technology organises the conference. 

Check out the conference website

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.

See a video from the research cruise

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)

Read the blog from the research cruise and more on the project's webpage

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

Team NTNU wins twice 3rd place at the Hydrocontest 2016

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Team NTNU wins twice 3rd place at the Hydrocontest 2016

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At HydroContest 2016 in July, team NTNU won 3rd place in the heavyweight category against team HEIA-Fr. In addition, they finished 3rd in the long distance race.

Read more on the team's facebook page

Researchers from the department receive the NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016

NOWITECH Innovation Award

Researchers from the department receive the NOWITECH Innovation Award 2016

NOWITECH Innovation Award

Researchers from the Department of Marine Technology 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)

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)

Prof. Moan graduates his 75th PhD candidate

Moan's 75th PhD graduate

Prof. Moan graduates his 75th PhD candidate

Moan's 75th PhD graduate

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

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.

Kon-Tiki2 expedition terminated ahead of time

Pedro on the raft:Kon-Tiki2

Kon-Tiki2 expedition terminated ahead of time

Pedro on the raft:Kon-Tiki2

The Kon-Tiki2 expedition which is located in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 nautical miles from the shore was aborted 17 March.
Pedro De La Torre from NTNU was among the crew who were evacuated last night. He is now safe onboard the freighter «Hokuetsu Ushaka», together with the rest of the crew. 

Read about the journey on the official Kon-Tiki2-website 

Some coverage of the journey in the Norwegian media:

Over 500 pupils participated in the Ocean Space Race 2016

Video of OSR 2016

Over 500 pupils participated in the Ocean Space Race 2016

Video of OSR 2016

The Ocean Space Race at NTNU is an annual national competition for senior high school students where the students compete against each other with their self-made model ships in the ocean basin at the Marine Technology Centre.

This year’s Ocean Space Race took place on 3-4 March 2016.
There were 570 participants – 519 pupils and 51 teachers – from 25 different high schools.

Take a look at the programme (in Norwegian)

See the video Marintek made from the event! (6 March 2016)

Dusken.no made a video from the event: "Ser etter kloke hoder i vannet" (4 March 2016)

IMT and UiT researchers discover destructive Arctic shipworm

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IMT and UiT researchers discover destructive Arctic shipworm

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Researchers from the Department of Marine Technology, 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 researchers and colleagues find life in the polar night

Liv i polarnatta

NTNU 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, 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:

PhD candidates test new technology for underwater operations at Svalbard

Photo by the AUV

PhD candidates 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 the department and UiT discover that textbooks have to be revised

Crossdisciplinary team from the department and UiT discover that textbooks have to be revised A c rossdisciplinary team from the Department of Marine...

Crossdisciplinary team from the department and UiT discover that textbooks have to be revised

A crossdisciplinary team from the Department of Marine Technology 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 on Aftenposten.no: "Nye mysterier avdekkes i Polhavet" (12 January 2016)