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 in particular related to Work Package 1. This is also an opportunity to be introduced to other relevant research initiatives at AAU Department of Energy Technology and The Fluid Power & 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.

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.

Offshore Wind Spin-off opportunities (Workshop June 3.)

On June 3. (9-11.30 CET), GCE Node in collaboration with WP7 of SFI Offshore Mechatronics invites to a digital seminar/workshop to explore opportunities within Offshore Wind. In the seminar regional companies such as Origo Engineering and Agder Energy will present their activity within the offshore wind market from a technology and investment perspective. Research results from some of the SFI mechatronics workpackages with an emphasis on results with current and future applications in offshore wind will also be presented.

The seminar will be closed with a discussion to identify opportunities for new spin-off projects and transfer of results, technology and knowledge from the centre to solve current and future challenges within offshore wind.

To view the program and register for the event visit this page.

PhD Defense WP3.5 on May 25

Thilina Nuwan Weerasinghe of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Enabling mMTC and URLLC in 5G: Initial Access, Traffic Prediction, and User Availability» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Tuesday 25 May 2021. 

The trial lecture at 10:15 hours
Public defence at 12:15 hours

More details are available here:

The disputation is open to the public, but to follow the trial lecture and the public defence, which is transmitted via the Zoom conferencing app, you have to register as an audience member.

Phd Defence WP4.1 on May 11th

Savin Viswanathan has submitted the following academic thesis as a part of the doctoral work at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering:

«Multiphysical Simulation of Ocean Engineering Systems»

The Faculty has appointed the following Assessment Committee to assess the thesis:       

  • Dr. Suresh Rajendran, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Dr. Gerardo Imanuel de Nóbrega Rocha, National Oilwell Varco Norway AS
  • Associate Professor Lars Tingelstad, NTNU

Associate Professor Lars Tingelstad, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NTNU, has been appointed Administrator of the Committee.

The Committee recommends that the thesis is worthy of being publicly defended for the PhD degree. 

The doctoral work has been carried out at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. 

The trial lecture will take place on 11th May at 09:15

on the following prescribed subject:

“Data-Driven Dynamical Systems: Modelling and Control of Offshore Windfarms”

The public defence of the thesis takes place on 11th May at 11:15.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the trial lecture and defence will be presented using online-based solutions.

A link to the online defence will be published shortly on this page:

Annual Conference Postponed to November 2021

The Annual Conference of the centre SFI Offshore Mechatronics has been moved from November 2020 to November 2021, due to the still ongoing worldwide pandemic. The Smart Tools PhD Workshop also planned for November 2020 will be re-planned and changed to a digital only event which will take place in 2020.

PhD Smart Tools Workshop, November 23

Note: The workshop has been moved to November 23! The final program may change.

Registration for the workshop can be made here:

9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Introduction to Julia programming language, applications in control systems, robotics and machine learning (Mattias Fält, Lund University)
11:30 Introduction to Docker, Git and Python (Christian Auby, University of Agder)
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Interactive workshop (Christian Auby)
• Installing and setting up Docker, Git and Python (bring-your-own device!)
14:00 Coffee break
14:15 User manual presentations
• Production of user manuals using screen recording (Asle Pedersen)
• Patent and Scholarly Search and Analysis (Asle Pedersen)
• Overleaf+Mendeley (Atle Aalerud, tbc)
• Cloud based GPU accelerated brute force optimization (Joacim Dybedal, tbc)
15:30 Introduction of Norwegian Society of Mechatronics (NSM)
15:45 Program finished
17:00 Social program start
• Dinner (place tbd)