Last call to register for the annual and final SFI Offshore Mechatronics conference

Registration is still open for registratio to both the full two-day conference and the last day of the conference which is open for anyone. 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.”

Call for Papers, MIC 6th Special Issue on Offshore Mechatronics (new deadline)

The journal MIC will organise the 6th special edition on offshore technology within the fields of Modeling, Identification and Control.

The fields of primary emphasis by MIC are:
• Modeling: General methodology of modeling including choice of structure, model reduction, numerical aspects, systems for computer aided modeling, etc.
• Identification: General methodology including system structure, identifiability, convergence, numerical aspects, systems for computer aided identification, etc.
• Control: General methodology including system specification, derivation of control strategies, analysis of system properties such as stability, sensitivity, etc.
• Applications: Demonstration, by simulations or experiments, of applications of theory within the above fields to engineering, biological, economic, ecological, social, geophysical, agricultural systems and others.

All papers published in MIC are peer-reviewed. All papers will receive a permanent DOI number and a printed edition will be handed out at the conference. MIC counts as publication level 1 in Norway.

Guest editors in this edition are Daniel Hagen (former PhD fellow in SFI Offshore Mechatronics) and Asle Pedersen (SFI Offshore Mechatronics).

Submit papers to:, with a cc to: If you intend to submit, please let us know as soon as possible with a short description of the topic. This will be helpful in the planning of the review process. The submission deadline is August 31, 2023. Manuscripts must be prepared using the MIC template available at

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 by Senior Researcher Rune Schlanbusch, NORCE
09:35 – 09:50Data analytics, IT integration and big data by Professor Baltasar Beferull, UiA
09:50 – 09:55Introduction of SFI Smart Ocean by Centre Director Ingvar Henne, UiB
09:55 – 10:10TBC1, from SFI Smart Ocean
10:10 – 10:25TBC2, from SFI Smart Ocean
10:25 – 10:50Break
10:50 – 11:10Digitalization for operation and maintenance by Cognite
11:10 – 11:25Title TBD
(Rune Reinertsen, Origo Solution)
11:25 – 11:40Steinharde beslutninger er gull verd – kjerneboring på 4000 meters dyp
(Andreas Svanlund, Business Developer, Seabed Solutions)
11:40 – 11:55Industry point of view 3 P&A
11:55 – 12:10Industry point of view 4 CCUS
12:10 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 13:45Innovation workshop Part 1 by GCE NODE
13:45 – 14:15Break
14:15 – 15:00Innovation workshop Part 2 by GCE NODE
15:00 – 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)
Title/Topic: TBA
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)
15.30-16.00SFI 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 – 09:30WP1.6 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on linear Actuation: Wei Zhao (UiA)
09:30 – 09:50WP1.7 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on rotary Actuation: Thomas Farsakoglou (AAU)
09:50 – 10:10WP2.6 Real-Time Teleoperation and Model-based Control of Cranes with Loads: Philipp Schubert (RWTH)
10:10 – 10:30Poster session / Coffee break
10:30 – 10:50Presentation of new motion platform and knuckle-boom crane test-bench (TBC)
10:50 – 11:10WP3.7 Coupled dynamics between vessel and crane: Ronny Landsverk (UiA/KD)
11:10 – 11:30WP3.8 Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems: Yvonne Murray (UiA/Pioneer Robotics)
11:30 – 11:50WP 3.9 Sensor fusion for perception, collision avoidance and navigation towards autonomous systems: Jose Amendola (UiA)
11:50 – 12:40Lunch
12:40 – 13:00WP5.4 Condition-based lifetime prediction as result of calculated component loads: Mohamed Yousri (RWTH)
13:00 – 13:20WP6.3 Design of soft-sensors based on novel context-aware data fusion techniques: Kevin Roy (UiA)
13:20 – 13:40WP6.2 Novel methods for context-aware data reduction of multiple dependent time-series: Emilio Ruiz (UiA)
13.40 – 14:00WP7.1 The management of digital business model innovation: Marius Kristiansen (UiA)
14:00 – 14:25Geir Hovland / Rachel F. Syrtveit
14.25 – 15:00Poster session / Coffee break
15.00 – 15:15Awards
15:30Transport to hotel (Scandic) and check-in ( + optional visit to the labs)
17:00Boat trip with M/S Østerøy from Grimstad harbor
18:30 – 20:30Dinner at Marivold Resort
20:30 – 21:30   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.