Offshore Mechatronics conference

The registration ended on June 12th. During the last day of the conference we will disseminate highlights from the center after 8 years in operation. We also have some invited external keynote speakers on the program on the last day. Prof. Sebastian Trimpe, Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Achen University will give an introduction to learning based approaches for dynamical systems and control*. Elling Rishoff, Senior Vice President DNV Incubation, will talk about digitalization challenges in the offshore industries.

Program and registration full two-day conference:

Program and registration open day (21/6):

We are looking forward to to seeing you!

*Background on the topic learning for dynamics and control

“The explosion of real-time data that is emerging from the physical world requires a rapprochement of areas such as machine learning, control theory, and optimization. While control theory has been firmly rooted in the tradition of model-based design, the availability and scale of data (both temporal and spatial) will require rethinking the foundations of our discipline. From a machine learning perspective, one of the main challenges going forward is to go beyond pattern recognition and address problems in data-driven control and optimization of dynamical processes.”

Innovation Workshop – Ocean Technologies

You are invited to this innovation workshop initiated by NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, SFI Offshore Mechatronics and SFI Smart Ocean and GCE NODE and GCE Ocean Technology. The workshop will explore ocean technologies that will form the basis for future needs within operation and maintenance in the offshore, marine and maritime sectors.

SFI Offshore Mechatronics are now in its ending phase while SFI Smart Ocean is still in its startup phase. These two SFIs have overlapping and adjacent thematic areas which is relevant for the evolving offshore renewable energy sector and ocean farming. Common possibilities relevant for the industry will be approached in the workshop.

Who is the workshop intended for?

The workshop is relevant for everyone working in offshore, marine, and maritime sectors. It is especially for those who design, service or operate systems related to monitoring, performance tracking and decision support.

What is the goal of this workshop?

The goal is to create an arena where stakeholders from different regions and along the value chains within offshore, marine, and maritime industries meet to discuss common challenges and opportunities. Through sharing our perspectives and outcomes of the SFI we believe we will gain an insightful and genuine innovation processes.

The program contains selected inspirational talks from academia and industry, and a workshop element where the participants will suggest and develop their ideas in collaboration. The organizers are open for coordinating efforts originating from the workshop to initiate cooperation for further developing selected prominent topics.

When and where?

24th of August 2023
09:15 – 15:45
Kreativt Møtesenter
Ground floor at Terje Løvås vei 1, Grimstad

Link to registration form


08:45 – 09:15Registration and coffee
09:15 – 09:20Welcome by SFI Offshore Mechatronics Centre Director Geir Grasmo, UiA
09:20 – 09:35Condition monitoring in offshore mechatronics
(Rune Schlanbusch, Senior Researcher, NORCE)
09:35 – 09:50Data analytics, IT integration and big data
(Professor Baltasar Beferull, UiA)
09:50 – 09:55Introduction of SFI Smart Ocean (Ingvar Henne, Centre Director, UiB)
09:55 – 10:10Technology and applications for acoustic positioning and communication systems
(Erik Bjerke, Kongsberg Maritime)
10:10 – 10:25New sensor technology development in SFI Smart Ocean
(Peter James Thomas, Chief Scientist, NORCE)
10:25 – 10:50Break
10:50 – 11:10Digitalization for operation and maintenance
(Kelvin Sundli, Technical Program Manager, Product Strategy, Cognite)
11:00 – 11:15Steinharde beslutninger er gull verd – kjerneboring på 4000 meters dyp
(Andreas Svanlund, Business Developer, Seabed Solutions)
11:15 – 11:35The digital future in aquaculture: opportunities and challenges
(Lars Ebbesson, Research Professor, NORCE)
11:35 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 13:30Innovation workshop Part 1 by GCE NODE
13:30 – 14:00Break
14:00 – 14:50Innovation workshop Part 2 by GCE NODE
14:50 – 15:30Presentation of ideas and plenum discussion
15:30 – 15:45   Wrap up

Annual Conference – Open Day

The SFI Offshore Mechatronics Annual and Final Conference will take place on June 20.-21 at UiA, campus Grimstad. The first day of the conference is for the consortium members only. The last day of the conference is also opened up to external participants. Use this registration form to sign up for the open day conference program on June 21.

Wednesday 21/6Open Day – Preliminary Program
08:30 – 09:00Registration
09.00 – 09.10Welcome & introduction
Geir Grasmo (Center Director), Tom Fidjeland (Chair of the Board)
09.10 – 09.40Technology Vision in GCE NODE
Rune Johnsen, Chair of the Board, GCE NODE
09.40 – 09.50Result presentations: WP7 (Technology Vision / Business Model Innovation)
Dr. Ellen Nordgård Hansen
09.50 – 10.10Mechatronics in SLB; Tomorrow & Today
Harald Langenes – Business Domain Expert – SLB Kristiansand (Cameron Sense)
10.10 – 10.30Coffee break
10.30 – 11.00Result presentations: WP2, WP3, WP4
WP2: Motion Compensation (Thorbjørn Smith, NTNU)
WP3: Robotics & Autonomy (Prof. Jing Zhou UiA)
WP4: Modeling & Simulation (Prof. Houxiang Zhang NTNU)
11.00 – 11.20MacGregor leveraging on SFI Mechatronics
Dr. Hugo Rosano, Senior R&D Manager, Offshore Solutions Division
11.30 – 12.15Lunch
12.20 – 12.50Learning based approaches for dynamical systems and control
Prof. Sebastian Trimpe, Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Achen University
12.50 – 13.20Result presentations:
WP1: Drives (Prof. Torben O. Andersen – AAU)
WP5: Monitoring Techniques (Dr. Rune Schlanbusch – NORCE)
WP6: Data analytics & Big Data (Prof. Baltasar Beferull Lozano – UiA)
13.20 – 13.50Consortium company presentation: HMH (MHWirth)
HMH – CBM & Data analytics
Nicolai Nilsen, VP Innovation
13.50 – 14.10NOV’s achievements as a partner in SFI-Offshore Mechatronics
Peder Sletferding, Project Manager New Product Development
14.10-14.30Coffee break
14.30-15.00Digitalization challenges in the offshore industries
Elling Rishoff (Senior Vice President DNV Incubation)
15.00 -15.30Industrial Visions
Bjarne Skeie (Skeie Group)
15.30-15.50SFI Offshore Mechatronics and collaboration
Sunniva Whittaker, Rector of UiA
16.15End of Annual Conference 2023
16:25Transport to Airport

Registration for the Annual Conference

The registration for the consortium members to the two-day SFI Offshore Mechatronics annual and final conference is now open. The conference is hosted at UiA, campus Grimstad. The conference is organized over two days, with the first day (June 20.) being closed to consortium members only. Note that this registration form is for the full two-day conference for consortium members only.

Program Tuesday, June 20th

08.30 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:10Welcome & Introduction
09:10 – 09:40How SFI Offshore Mechatronics started and lessons learnt
Geir Hovland (Former Center Directory) and Rachel F. Syrtveit (Former Administrative Manager)
09:40 – 10:00WP1.6 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on linear Actuation: Wei Zhao (UiA)
10:00 – 10:20WP1.7 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on rotary Actuation: Thomas Farsakoglou (AAU)
10:20 – 10:40Poster session / Coffee break
10:40 – 11:00WP2.6 Real-Time Teleoperation and Model-based Control of Cranes with Loads: Philipp Schubert (RWTH)
11:00 – 11:20Presentation of new motion platform and knuckle-boom crane test-bench (Daniel Hagen, UiA)
11:20 – 11:40WP3.7 Coupled dynamics between vessel and crane: Ronny Landsverk (UiA/KD)
11:40 – 12:00WP3.8 Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems: Yvonne Murray (UiA/Pioneer Robotics)
12:00 – 12:50Lunch
12:50 – 13:10WP 3.9 Sensor fusion for perception, collision avoidance and navigation towards autonomous systems: Jose Amendola (UiA)
13:10 – 13:30WP5.4 Condition-based lifetime prediction as result of calculated component loads: Mohamed Yousri (RWTH)
13:30 – 13:50WP6.3 Design of soft-sensors based on novel context-aware data fusion techniques: Kevin Roy (UiA)
13.50 – 14:10WP6.2 Novel methods for context-aware data reduction of multiple dependent time-series: Emilio Ruiz (UiA)
14:10 – 14:30WP7.1 The management of digital business model innovation: Marius Kristiansen (UiA)
14.30 – 14.40Awards
14.40 – 15:15Poster session / Coffee break
15:30Transport to hotel (Scandic) and check-in ( + optional visit to the labs)
17:00Boat trip with M/S Østerøy from Grimstad harbor
19:00 – 21:00Dinner at Marivold Resort
21:15 – 22:00   Boat trip with M/S Østerøy to Grimstad harbor

Program Day 2

The program for the second day is not yet finalized. The schedule in the second day is from 9.00 to 16.15 in time for people traveling by plane from Kjevik (multiple domestic and international flights have departure at 18.15).

We have set the deadline to register to June 2nd, but please register as soon as possible as this will be very helpful in the planning and preparation of the conference.

Rooms are reserved at Scandic Hotel Grimstad. Use reservation code: UNI190623 in your booking (NOK 1330 per night).

Webinar Series

We are starting up a new series of our webinars. The topic this time is software and tools for modeling and simulation and the scope is methods and approaches to cross-domain and cross-tool simulations.

The webinars should be of interest to modeling & simulation (M&S) professionals as well as software teams supporting M&S based services. The webinars are open and anyone can join!

We have scheduled three webinars in November and December:

17. November Marine applications of co-simulationGlenn Tørå, cDynamics
01. DecemberDTASM: A portable and sandboxed package format for executable simulation modulesMoritz Allmaras & Harald Held, Siemens Energy
15. December
Postponed to 2023. New date will follow.
Interoperability and running FMUs with special constraintsThomas Haraldsen Evang, Kongsberg Maritime

All the webinars are short 30-min presentations and scheduled from 13:45-14.15. The webinars are hosted on Teams (we use the same Teams link for every webinar).

We intend to follow up with more webinars in 2023. If you have suggestions for topics and speakers reach out to

General Assembly 2022

The SFI Offshore Mechatronics General Assembly will take place on November 10. 13.00-14.00. The meeting will be hosted at UiA, Campus Kristiansand, Meetingroom A7 001.

The General Assembly is a closed, partner only meeting. 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

Upcoming PhD defences

WP1.5 Søren Ketelsen, Aug. 30

The title of the thesis is “Efficient Actuation of Load Carrying Applications by Electro-Hydraulic Compact Drives”.

The work has been part of WP1.5. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

WP3.6 Dipendra Subedi, Sept. 13

The title of the thesis is “Modeling and Control of Flexible Link Manipulators”.

The work has been part of WP3.6. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

Upcoming PhD defences

WP4.3 Gaute Fotland, June 17th

The title of the thesis is “Effects of Time Integration and Constraint Methods for Cable Simulations using ALE-ANCF Elements regarding Real-Time Analysis” and the title of the trial lecture is “Inverse methods: load estimation using digital twin simulations”.

The work has been part of WP4.3. More details and information on how to participate is avaliable here.

WP5.3 Shaun Falconer, June 28th

The title of the thesis is “Condition monitoring of fibre ropes using machine learning”.

The work has been part of WP 5.3. More details and information on how to participate is available here.