Research at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics

Industrial robotEngineering Cybernetics is the interdisciplinary study and automatic control of dynamic systems like aircraft, marine craft, robots, automotive systems, electrical circuits, biological systems, process plants, etc. and their behavior. Cybernetics is closely related to control theory and systems theory. This includes the principles of feedback control and associated stability analysis.

Main Research Fields

Robotics and autonomous systems

Autonomous systems, robotics, inertial navigation systems and sensor fusion, mechanical systems, marine craft, spacecraft, automotive systems, unmanned vehicles.

Process Control Systems

Oil and gas production, new energy systems, control of process plants.

Industrial Computer and Instrumentation Systems

Real-time and embedded system for automatic control.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Systems

Fisheries and aquaculture cybernetics, monitoring and automation of aquaculture systems, ocean instrumentation, fish telemetry.

Cybernetics in Biomedicine

Biomedical instrumentation, glucose control, model-based methods, movement analysis, robotic rehabilitation.

Research Projects

Centres of Excellence, CoE (SFF)

NTNU AMOS NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (2012-2022) Thor I. Fossen

EU Projects

Our FW7, Horizon2020, and EEA projects.

MarineUAS Innovative Training Network on Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems for Marine and Coastal Monitoring Tor A. Johansen
TEMPO Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization - A Marie Curie Training Network (ITN) Tor A. Johansen
AQUAEXCEL Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research Jo Arve Alfredsen

Norwegian Projects

Projects from the Research Council of Norway (NFR) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

ROBOTNOR Center for Advanced Robotics  
NOWITECH Norwegian Research Center for Offshore Wind Technology (2009-2017)  
IO Center Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry (2006-2014) Bjarne Foss
GTS The Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF  
APT Artificial Pancreas Trondheim Øyvind Stavdahl
Gemini The Gemini Centre for Marine Juvenile and Plankton Technology Jo Arve Alfredsen
CRI Exposed Center for Research-Based Innovation in Exposed Aquaculture Operations Jo Arve Alfredsen
Autosea Sensor fusion and collision avoidance for autonomous surface vehicles Edmund Brekke
NTNU Cyborg A cross-disciplinary NTNU project  
AutoFly Nonlinear Autopilot Design for Extended Flight Envelopes and Operation of Fixed-Wing UAVs in Extreme Conditions Thor I. Fossen

Strategic Research Areas at the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

PhD Studies

Photo: The NTNU PhD Award ceremony 2015Supervised doctorates are the highest degrees awarded by the University for research. The research is carried out under the immediate supervision of staff members. The education and training provided produce graduates who have the capacity to conduct independent research that is both original and of high international quality.

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Photo: Morten BreivikFor information on research, contact head of department Morten Breivik.

PhD Studies


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