Knowledge for a more efficient and precise monitoring and exploration of the ocean space.



The Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (2013-2022) facilitates fundamental and interdisciplinary research in marine hydrodynamics, ocean constructions and control theory. Research results will be used to develop intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme environments.


SUBPRO is a Centre for Innovation-based Research (SFI) within subsea production and processing. It combines world class subsea competence and experience provided by the industry partners, with research performed by scientifically strong academic groups from the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, and Production and Quality Engineering at NTNU. The centre covers fundamental research on breakage of droplets and coalescence, to gas, oil and water treatment, system control, field architecture and reliability and safety. A significant potential lies within the cross-discipline collaboration between these different research areas. 


The project "Next Generation subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations" will develop novel integrated sensor platforms with robust perception methods and collision-free motion planning algorithms for subsea inspection and light intervention operations. The project will also focus on subsea factory design, and will especially address autonomous platforms. It combines novel concepts for sensor platforms, advanced localisation and perception methods based on vision and acoustic sensors and collision free path planning and high-level task planning for autonomous services. NextGenIMR results will be tested, verified and demonstrated in full scale test beds available to the project. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council Petromaks program, FMC Technologies and Statoil, and runs from 2014 to 2017.Contact person is Professor Ingrid Schjølberg.


The project "Impact of potential leakage from a sub-seabed CO2 storage site on the marine environment at relevant hydrostatic pressure" is (co-)funded by Norway Grants of the Polish-Norwegian Research Program (2014-2017). It assesses the impact of increased CO2 levels on geochemical processes in marine sediments and sea water as well as on benthic biota. Exposure to different CO2 levels at high water pressure, thus imitating closely natural environmental conditions at the seafloor, will assess the environmental risk of potential CO2 leakage.


The H2020 project "Ocean Food-web Patrol – Climate Effects: Reducing Targeted Uncertainties with an Interactive Network" is led by NTNU. It was created to improve our understanding of the biological pump through examining and comparing the situations in different ocean areas. Results from the project will provide more comprehensive and reliable information to climate scientists and decision makers.


HYDRALAB is a unique European network in the hydraulic research community and has large experience in co-operating since its start in 1997. Hydralab+ is a 5-year project (2015-2020), aiming at structuring the access to unique research infrastructures for studying interactions between water and environmental elements, sediment, structures and ice. NTNU offers access to the land-locked Bay of Hopavågen in Mid-Norway and to a range of specialised field instrumentation for hydrodynamic research opportunities.

Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-Lab)

The AUR-Lab is a collection of facilities for applied underwater research at NTNU. It brings together expertise from technology developers and its users, i.e. researchers within cybernetics, regulation technology, marine biology marine archaeology, electronics and telecommunication and underwater technology. Together, they produce scientific results that have been unattainable.

Brazilian-Norwegian Subsea Operations Consortium

The consortium, supported by the Norwegian Research Council, is a joint effort in establishing a world-leading institutional collaboration between strong universities and industry actors from both countries. In addition to NTNU, which is coordinating the effort, partners institutions are the University of São Paulo, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the University of Campinas, Statoil, Petrobras and GCE Subsea. It is also supported by the Norwegian Centers of Research-based Innovation SFI SUBPRO and SFI MOVE. The project runs from 2016 to 2019.


Knowledge areas

  • Big data
  • Robotics and multipurpose platforms
  • Complex cooperative operations
  • Environmental mapping, monitoring and biogeochemical analysis
  • Autonomous systems and operations
  • Subsea processing, inspection, maintenance and repair

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