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)

Workshop on Innovation Management, March 25

SFI WP7 Workshop for ‘Innovation Management’
March 25, 2020, 09:00 – 12:00
Place: GCE Node, Tordenskjoldsgate 9, Kristiansand

09:00-10:00 Tor Helge Aas, UiA HH: Innovation management in industry
10:00-10:30 UiA Nyskapning: Spin Off activity at UiA
10:45-11:15 Technical, TBD
11:15-12:00 Lunch

Sign up for the 5h Offshore Mechatronics Annual Conference


Registration for the 5th Annual SFI Offshore Mechatronics conference, June 4-5, can be made here:

Below is the final program for the 5th Annual Conference of the centre SFI Offshore Mechatronics, taking place in Grimstad on June 4-5, 2019.

Tuesday June 4, Campus Grimstad C2-042:
09:00 – 09:45 Registration + Poster Session
09:45 – 09:55 Welcome, Introduction and Awards
09:55 – 10:25 WP7 / Keynote Speaker 1: Tor Helge Aas, UiA: New digital business models: The case of servitization.
10:25 – 10:40 WP6.2 Context aware data reduction, Emilio Ruiz
10:40 – 10:55 WP6.1&WP6.4 Optimization of energy consumption and emission reduction, Luis M. Lopez
10:55 – 11:15 WP6 Panel Discussion: Baltasar Beferull-Lozano (UiA), Oyvind Mydland (Stepchange), Bjarne Larsen (MHWirth) and Jarle Notland (NOV)
11:15 – 11:30 WP5.1 Tapered big bearings, Martin Hemmer
11:30 – 11:45 WP5.2 Steel ropes, Rune Schlanbusch
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch + Poster Session
12:30 – 12:45 WP5.3 Fiber Ropes, Shaun Falconer and Ellen Nordgård-Hansen
12:45 – 13:00 WP5.4 Condition-based lifetime prediction, Lothar Wöll
13:00 – 13:15 WP5.5 Modeling the fatigue damage mechanism in welded joints, Zbigniew Mikulski
13:15 – 13:35 WP5 Panel Discussion: Thomas Meyer (NORCE), Julian Zec (NOV), Markus Buschmann (MacGregor), Alf-Rune Sørvollen (MHWirth)
13:35 – 14:00 Break + Poster Session
14:00 – 14:15 WP4.1 Integrated simulation of multi-physical systems in offshore operations, Savin Viswanathan
14:15 – 14:30 WP4.2 Component-based simulation systems for drilling automation and crane systems, Njål Tengesdal
14:30 – 14:45 WP4.3 Protocols and standards for integration of simulation models and co-simulation, Lars Ivar Hatledal
14:45 – 15:00 WP4.4 Multi-domain modeling and simulation, Gaute Fotland
15:00 – 15:20 WP4 Panel Discussion: Olav Egeland (NTNU), Christian Holden (NTNU), Houxiang Zhang (NTNU), Ronny Sten (NOV)
15:20 – 15:45 Break + Poster Session
15:45 – 16:00 WP3.1 Development of Offshore 3D Sensor Package, Joacim Dybedal
16:00 – 16:15 WP3.2 Robotic Collision Detection and Avoidance, Atle Aalerud
16:15 – 16:30 WP3.3 Sensor Fusion, Point-Clouds and 3D Maps, Aksel Sveier
16:30 – 16:45 WP3.4 Situational Awareness/Human Factors, Thiago Monteiro
17:00 – Dinner on Campus

Wednesday June 5, Campus Grimstad C2-042:
09:00 – 09:15 WP3.5 5G Communications, Thilina N. Weerasinghe
09:15 – 09:30 WP3.6 Long-reach, light-weight arm intended for use offshore, Dipendra Subedi
09:30 – 09:45 WP3.7 Coupled dynamics between vessel and crane, Ronny Landsverk
09:45 – 10:00 WP3.8 Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems, Yvonne Murray
10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Speaker: Assuring Autonomy, Dr. Mark Nicholson, University of York, UK
10:30 – 10:50 WP3 Panel Discussion: Geir Hovland (UiA), Mark Nicholson (UoY), David Anisi (ABB), Eivind Gimming Stensland (MacGregor)
10:50 – 11:20 Break + Poster Session
11:20 – 11:35 WP2.1 Coupled Dynamics Between Vessel and Crane, Geir Ole Tysse
11:35 – 11:50 WP2.3 Nonlinear friction compensation in motion compensation systems with significant elasticity, Andrej Cibicik
11:50 – 12:45 Lunch + Poster Session
12:45 – 13:00 WP2.4 Vision Systems for Offshore Crane Control in Ship-to Ship Operations, Alexander Meyer Sjøberg
13:00 – 13:15 WP2.6 Real-Time Teleoperation and Model-based Control of Cranes with Loads, Philipp Schubert
13:15 – 13:35 WP2 Panel Discussion: Olav Egeland (NTNU), Peder Sletfjerding (NOV),
13:35 – 14:30 Lab Demonstrators
14:30 – 14:45 WP1.2 Using Digital Hydraulics in Secondary Control of Motor Drive, Sondre Nordås
14:45 – 15:00 WP1.3 Using Digital Hydraulics in Secondary Control of Cylinder Drive, Viktor Hristov Donkov
15:00 – 15:15 WP1.4 Electrical and Electrohydraulic Linear Actuators, Daniel Hagen
15:15 – 15:30 WP1.5 Energy Saving Potential in Knuckle Boom Cranes Using a Novel Pump Controlled Cylinder Drive, Søren Ketelsen
15:30 – 15:50 WP1 Panel Discussion: Morten Kjeld Ebbesen (UiA), Torben Ole Andersen (AAU), Olav Egeland (NTNU) and Eivind Gimming Stensland (MacGregor)
16:15 Common Bus Transport to Kjevik Airport

NFEA Autonomy Conference 2019

SFI Offshore Mechatronics takes part in the organizing committee of the NFEA Autonomy Conference, Stavanger, March 27-28 2019, see:

The industry partner MacGregor Norway AS will present their new: Flexible Robot Arm for use in Marine Operations

NTNU Aalesund (SFI MOVE and SFI Offshore Mechatronics) will present: On-board systems? Decision- support systems is an important component for autonomous systems

NORCE Energy (SFI Offshore Mechatronics, WP3) will present: Data and uncertainty in drilling optimisation: what’s good enough?