Science Meets Industry: Offshore Wind Energy (29-30 Nov.)

Science Meets Industry: Offshore Wind Energy is a lunch-to-lunch event taking place in Kristiansand, on 29th to 30th of November in Kristiansand. The event is a collaboraton between GCE Node, NORCE and University of Agder.

SFI Offshore Mechatronics centre director, Geir Grasmo will speak at the event and address how SFI Offshore Mechatronics can support offshore wind solutions. Ellen Norgård Hansen researcher in NORCE and member of SFI Offshore Mechatronics WP5 and WP7 will present findings from the project FIRM – Fiber Rope Mooring.

Please visit this page for more information regarding registration and program.

Upcoming Reference Group meetings

The reference group meetings are a great opportunity to disseminate results, to participate in discussions and to get valuable feedback from an industrial perspective.

In addition to dissemination of results, the upcoming reference group meetings have reserved time for discussions regarding spin-off opportunities. This is a bottom-up approach to identify spin-off opportunities. The aim is to surface interesting research topics and important industrial challenges to be solved in new projects.

WP1: November 23, 9-11 9-11 CET, physical meeting, UiA campus Grimstad

WP2,3,4 combined: November 4, 9-11.45, online meeting

WP6: November 25.

General Assembly 2021

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The SFI Offshore Mechatronics General Assembly will take place on November 11. 13.00-14.00. The meeting will be hosted at UiA, Campus Grimstad, Meetingroom N3 049 Utsikten, I4Helse, UiA Campus Grimstad)

The partners should have received an e-mail calendar invite. If you are a partner and did not receive the invitation get in touch with

Annual Conference 2022

Due to the pandemic the annual conference 2020 and 2021 was postponed an then cancelled. We are very pleased to announce that our annual conference 2022 will take place in Aalborg on the 19th and 20th of May.

We are looking forward to visit Aalborg University and to explore infrastructure, equipment and experiments. This is also an opportunity to be introduced to other relevant research initiatives at AAU Department of Energy Technology and Mechatronic Systems group. The tentative schedule and proposed itinerary is found below. Final schedule and program will be announced later.

Tentative schedule

Day 1

11.45 Registration and Lunch/Sandwich at AAU

12.45 Start conference day 1

Speakers/presentations tbd

18.30 End conference day 1

Bus + Check-in at hotel

19.30 Conference dinner (venue tbd)

Day 2

Check-out from hotel

09.00 Start conference

Speakers/presentations tbd

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Visit to laboratories (groups)

14.15 Conference program resumes

Speakers/presentations tbd

18.00 End conference

Proposed itinerary for traveling from Kristiansand

Day 1

8.30 Departure Kristiansand (Fjordline)

10.45 Arrival Hirtshals. Bus to AAU

Day 2

19.00 Departure bus to Hirtshals

19.45 Arrival Hirtshals

20.45 Departure with Color-Line ferry

23.59 Arrival Kristiansand

Our partners from Trondheim and elsewhere in Norway are welcome to arrive in Kristiansand the evening before and join the Agder group across with the ferry to Hirtshals, Denmark in the morning on Day1. On the return there are some options to fly out from Aalborg airport. For the rest of the partners we hope you are able to find an itinerary which fits with the schedule.

Please get in touch with to discuss any itinerary challenges or if your itinerary require late arrival or early departure.

Change of WP-leader in WP5

Thomas J.J. Meyer from NORCE was WP5-leader since the start of the project. Thomas is now pursuing new challenges in the industry. All the best wishes to Thomas in his new endeavors, and a big thanks for the efforts and achievements in WP5.

From September 2021, Rune Schlanbusch from NORCE has been taking over as the WP-leader in WP5. SFI Offshore Mechatronics and WP5 is already well known to Rune. In the period Q3-2015 to Q2-2019 he had ha PostDoc position doing research in WP5.2 on Large diameter steel ropes. A warm welcome to Rune!

Upcoming PhD defences

WP3.2 Atle Aalerud, October 14.

The title of the thesis is “Industrial Perception of a Human World: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Autonomy” and the title of the trial lecture is “Motion planning for robotic manipulators in dynamic environments”.

The work has been part of WP3.2. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here (in Norwegian only).

WP4.2. Njål Tengesland, October 18.

The title of the thesis is «Modelling and Simulation of Offshore Drilling Systems» and the title of the trial lecture is “Machine learning and computer-based drilling control systems”.

The work has been part of WP4.2. More details and information on how to participate in the online lecture and defence will be published here shortly.

Best Student Paper Runner-up Award

PhD fellow Rohan Money og and co-authors PostDoc Joshin Krishnan and professor and WP6 leader Baltasar Beferull-Lozano recently won the Best Student Paper Runner-up Award at IEEE Data Science and Learning Workshop 2021 (DSWL 2021). More information about the publication and how their work is related to SFI Offshore Mechatronics is available in a news story posted by University of Agder.

OMHyD – Open Source frequency-domain hydrodynamic analysis software

OMHyD is an open-source software implementing the 3-D Boundary Element Method, applicable to wave-body interaction problems. The current version of the software lays the foundation for the development of an open-source alternative to commercial frequency-domain hydrodynamics software like WAMIT, ANSYS-AQWA and DNV-GL Sesam HydroD/WADAM modules (developed by Sintef/Marintek).

In its current version, OMHyD demonstrates the basic principle behind the working of a frequency-domain hydrodynamic analysis package, thus providing a stepping stone towards in-house development of such software, and as such, is believed to be of interest to academics and the R&D wings of industrial partners.

The software was developed by Savin Viswanathan as part of his Ph.D. work under WP4.1. He continues his association with SFI as a PostDoc in WP4.5. More information about how the software works and comparison to e.g. Ansys-Aqwa is available in the paper “An Open-Source Python-Based Boundary-Element Method Code for the Three-Dimensional, Zero-Froude, Infinite-Depth, Water-Wave Diffraction-Radiation Problem”.

Bachelor and master thesis project proposals

Engaging with students in projects is a good opportunity for the SFI Offshore Mechatronics industrial partners. In the past more than 120 bachelor or master thesis projects (at NTNU, AAU, RWTH and UoA) has been performed with topics related to SFI Offshore Mechatronics center activities.

The institutions have different procedures on how to submit proposals. If you need support with this, get in touch with Asle Pedersen (

At UiA the projects proposals for 2022 should be outlined and submitted as soon as possible and in time before the deadline October 22. The template for project proposals is available here. Return to and cc to

Annual conference 2021 postponed

We planned for the annual conference 2021 to be held at Aalborg University in November. We were looking forward to visit the university campus and observe the equipment and experiments taking place in the labs. Unfortunately, based on the overall uncertainties that the still ongoing pandemic situation poses, we have decided to postpone until 2022. New dates will be announced.