IP505314 - Best Practice - Machine Learning for Ship Autonomy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Prosjektoppgave 100/100

Course content

In this course, we will introduce variant of machine learning methods and apply them for ship autonomy applications. The aim is to show the potential use of these methods for solving specific problems on autonomous ships, such as path planning, auto-docking and motion prediction. We plan to present case studies for each of introduced machine learning methods.

- Introduction to machine learning (state of the art)
- Dijkstra method, A* method (application: path planning for close-range maneuvering)
- Neural network architecture, including MLP, LSTM and NARX (application: ship motion prediction, and force allocation to thrusters)
- Deep learning method (application: remaining useful life predictions for turbofan engine)

Learning outcome

After course completion, the student should understand the concept of machine learning and autonomy in ship systems, as well as having knowledge of important machine learning algorithms and techniques, specially applied to maritime cases..     

The student develops skills in planning, design and applying machine learning techniques to maritime cases.     

The student is able to formulate research problems involving machine learning apply its principles in complex systems, such as maritime.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given during two weeks, and is organized with lectures on background topics and an introduction of case studies.

The case study will then be solved individually or in groups and documented in a project report. The total workload for the course is expected to be 2 weeks including independent research and literature survey supporting the project work. Grading will be based on the project report, and will assess the candidate(s) ability to interpret, familiarize, reflect and apply the course topics.     

Mandatory assignments:

Mandatory exercises must be approved before admission to the examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske arbeidskrav

Further on evaluation

Project report (100%)

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)
Product and System Design (840MD)
Product and System Design (845ME)

Course materials

Students will test the methods if they are interested. Access to software will be given ahead of the course. Students can download lecture notes from given network.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  3.8 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Technology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Prosjektoppgave 100/100





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Spring ORD Prosjektoppgave 100/100 INSPERA
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