NFEA Autonomy Conference + Ardor/Ignis Workshop


March 20-21, The Autonomy Conference 2018, Scandic Bystranda Hotel, Kristiansand, Norway
Go to the Registration Site for the conference (in Norwegian).

March 20:
09:50 Karin Sundsvik, Norwegian Association of Electric and Automatic Control: Welcome Speech
10:00 Brage Baklien, Ministry of Transportation and Communications: Opening Speech (in Norwegian)
10:30 Arne Rinnan, Kongsberg Seatex AS: Sensing Autonomy
11:30 Kristian Knausgård and Morten Ottestad, University of Agder: Mobile Robotics from an Educational Point of View
12:00 Aksel A. Transeth, SINTEF Digital: Delivering goods with drones
13:30 Pål Johan From, Norwegian University of Life Sciences: Autonomous Robots for Agriculture
14:00 Peter Due, Kongsberg Maritime AS
15:00 Bjørn Rudshaug, Statoil ASA: Automatic drilling control
15:30 Liv Almås Carlsen, International Research Institute of Stavanger: Autonomous Drilling: Optimization of drilling parameters and handling of drilling related problems
16:00 Alexey Pavlov, Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Robotic drilling rig for research and education
16:45-18:00 Geir Hovland, University of Agder: Introduction to Blockchain Technologies and Practical Exercise using the NXT API (bring your own laptop)

March 21:
09:00 Harald Martens, Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Artificial Intelligence, analysis of big data sets
09:30 Jeppe Sverdrup, Kongsberg Digital: Kognifai
10:30 Lior Yaffe, Jelurida B.V: State-of-the-art within blockchain technology
11:20 Harald Wesenberg, Statoil ASA: Blockchain is the answer, what was the question again?
12:50 Sven Edgren, DNV GL – Business Assurance: Blockchain as enabler to solidify supply chain integrity in food & beverage sector/with use case example(s).
13:30 – 16:00 Blockchain Practical Excercises, Part 2. How to set up and use the Ardor/Ignis wallet.


March 22, Ardor Hackaton, Scandic Bystranda Hotel, Kristiansand, Norway
Go to the Registration Site for the hackaton. This event is sponsored by SFI Offshore Mechatronics and is free for the participants, but the number of seats is limited to 50.

Program for the hackaton event:
08:00 – 08:30 Coffee/tee
08:30 – 10:00 Ardor API programming, test page, account creation, node JS module, security considerations
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee/tee
10:30 – 11:30 Using the Ardor API exercises (Javascript skills recommended)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 14:00 Ardor server side add-ons, custom bundlers, dbshell
14:00 – 14:30 Coffee/tee
14:30 – 16:30 Building Ardor add-ons exercises (Java skills required)

SFI Offshore Mechatronics, 4th Annual Conference


Below is the preliminary program for the 4th Annual Conference of the centre SFI Offshore Mechatronics, taking place in Grimstad on May 23-24, 2018. Here is the registration link for the conference. 20 rooms have been reserved at Scandic Hotel, Grimstad. Booking code for the hotel: UNI220518

Wednesday May 23, Campus Grimstad C2-042
09:00 – 09:45 Registration + Poster Session
09:45 – 09:55 Welcome, Introduction and Awards
09:55 – 10:25 Keynote Speaker 1: Hans Michael Krause (Director Market and Product Management PLC and IoT Systems, Bosch Rexroth), Title of the talk: “OPC UA over TSN in Industrial Automation”
10:25 – 10:35 WP1 Drives Introduction by M.K. Ebbesen / T.O. Andersen
10:35 – 10:50 WP1.2 Sondre Nordås
10:50 – 11:05 WP1.3 Viktor H. Donkov
11:05 – 11:20 WP1.4 Daniel Hagen
11:20 – 11:35 WP1.5 Søren Ketelsen
11:35 – 11:45 Summary WP1 by M.K. Ebbesen / T.O. Andersen
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch + Poster Session
12:45 – 12:55 WP2 Motion Compensation Introduction by Olav Egeland
12:55 – 13:10 WP2.1 Geir Ole Tysse
13:10 – 13:25 WP2.2 Torstein A. Myhre
13:25 – 13:40 WP2.3 Andrej Cibicik
13:40 – 14:10 Break + Poster Session
14:10 – 14:25 WP2.4 Alexander Meyer Sjøberg
14:25 – 14:40 WP2.5 Sondre Sanden Tørdal
14:40 – 14:55 WP2.6 Philipp Schubert
14:55 – 15:05 Summary WP2 by Olav Egeland
15:05 – 15:30 Break + Poster Session
15:30 – 15:40 WP3 Robotics and Autonomy Introduction by Geir Hovland
15:40 – 15:55 WP3.1 Joacim Dybedal
15:55 – 16:10 WP3.2 Atle Aalerud
16:10 – 16:25 WP3.3 Aksel Sveier
16:25 – 16:40 WP3.4 Thiago G. Monteiro
16:40 – 16:50 Summary WP3 by Geir Hovland
17:00 – Dinner on Campus

Thursday May 24, Campus Grimstad C2-042
09:00 – 09:10 WP4 Modeling and Simulation Introduction by Olav Egeland
09:10 – 09:25 WP4.1 Savin Viswanathan
09:25 – 09:40 WP4.2 Njål Tengesdal
09:40 – 09:55 WP4.3 Lars Ivar Hatledal
09:55 – 10:10 WP4.4 Gaute Fotland
10:10 – 10:20 Summary WP4 by Olav Egeland
10:20 – 10:45 Break + Poster Session
10:45 – 11:15 Keynote Speaker 2: Arnt Aske (Business Development Digitalization, GCE NODE)
11:15 – 11:25 WP5 Monitoring Techniques Introduction by Thomas Meyer
11:25 – 11:40 WP5.1 Martin Hemmer
11:40 – 12:40 Lunch + Poster Session
12:45 – 14:00 Lab Demonstrators
14:00 – 14:15 WP5.2 Rune Schlanbusch
14:15 – 14:30 WP5.3 Shaun Falconer
14:30 – 14:45 WP5.4 Lothar Wöll
14:45 – 15:00 WP5.5 Zbigniew Mikulski
15:00 – 15:10 Summary WP5 by Thomas Meyer
15:10 – 15:30 Break + Poster Session
15:30 – 15:40 WP6 Data Analytics, IT Integration and Big Data Introduction by Baltasar Beferull Lozano
15:40 – 15:55 WP6.1 Luis Miguel Lopez
15:55 – 16:05 Summary WP6 by Baltasar Beferull Lozano
16:15 Common Bus Transport to Kjevik Airport

Steel and Ropes Seminar 2017


Teknova, together with UiA, NODE, Kristiansand commune, Vest and Aust Agder are proud to announce the second steel and fibre ropes specialist seminar, 27th to 29th of November 2017. The program includes lectures around the topic of:
Fiber ropes:
  *   Limits, challenge and opportunities associated with fiber ropes in running applications,
  *   Learning from the new FEM 5.024 guidelines,
  *   High performance fibres for fibre ropes.
Steel ropes:
  *   Corrosion of steel ropes in offshore applications,
  *   Tension/torsion response of wire ropes,
  *   Case studies where rope torsion is an issue.
Rope monitoring:
  *   Non-destructive techniques for wire ropes,
  *   Automatic detection of MRT signals.
Qualification and testing:
  *   State of the art testing of mooring and lifting systems
  *   Update on the recent standards developments.
In attachment you will find the flyer and full program for the seminar. The registration page can be found by following this link<>  , the price of the 3 day seminar is 6000 NOK ex VAT.
In acknowledgements for the co-sponsorship of NODE, UiA, Vest & Aust Agder and Kristiansand commune, companies located in Agder or members of the NODE cluster get a 50 % discount on the seminar cost, that is a three day seminar including lunches for 3000 NOK ex VAT.

Flyer til Steel and Fiber Ropes Seminar_270917

International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems


Professor Jing Zhou at the University of Agder plans to organize and co-chair an Invited Session for the 2017 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS 2017) held from December 6 – 9, 2017 in Xiamen, Fujian, China. The deadline of the paper submission is September 01, 2017. The website of the conference: If you would like to contribute, contact Prof. Zhou before 20 August.


Workshop on Digital Fluid Power


The 9th international workshop on Digital Fluid Power, DPF17 will take place in Aalborg, Denmark, September 7-8, 2017. In the previous years it has taken place in either Tampere, Finland or in Linz, Austria. Digital fluid power has been a highly prioritised research topic at Aalborg University for the last ten years. AAU is therefore honoured to host this event and pleased to invite you to participate in bringing both academia and industry partners together; joining the latest research knowledge, stimulating discussions and exchange of experiences on digital fluid power.

Invitation and Call for Papers.

NFA Autonomy Conference 2017


SFI Offshore Mechatronics WP3 (Geir Hovland/UiA and David Anisi/ABB/UiA) as well as Arnt Aske from GCENode are co-organizers of the NFA Autonomy Conference to be held at Scandic Hotel, Bystranda, Kristiansand on March 15-16. For more information, see:

Other members of the organizing committee are Statoil, SINTEF, IRIS and Glencore.

The detailed conference program is available here: Autonomikonferansen-2017-3.pdf. The conference language will be mixed (Norwegian and English). The conference is almost fully booked out (max 90 seats). If you would like to attend, you need to sign up fast.

November: Busiest SFI Month So Far


November 2016 will be the busiest month in the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project so far:

November 11, WP3 Reference Group Meeting (Campus Grimstad)

November 15: Guest Lecture at UiA (Campus Grimstad) / Webinar by Klüber Lubrication

November 17, WP7 Workshop (Campus Kristiansand)

November 17, Steering Board Meeting + General Assembly (Campus Kristiansand)

November 17, WP2, WP4 and WP6 Reference Group Meetings (Campus Kristiansand)

November 23, WP1 Joint Workshop UiA & AAU (Campus Grimstad)

November 30, WP5 Reference Group Meeting (Location to be decided)

November 30, OG21-Forum (Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotell, Oslo)

A separate website where the SFI partners can sign up for these events will be made available soon.

Steering Board, General Assembly and WP2, WP4, WP6 and WP7 Workshops


Below is the agenda for Thursday, November 17:

Meeting Room A7-001, Campus Kristiansand:
09:00 – 10:45 SFI Offshore Mechatronics Steering Board Meeting
11:00 – 12:45 Workshop WP7
13:00 – 15:00 SFI Offshore Mechatronics General Assembly

Meeting Room A7-002, Campus Kristiansand:
13:00 – 16:00 Reference Group Meetings WP2 and WP4
13:00 – 13:10 WP2.1 Computer vision and 3D sensors for topside automation of offshore drilling
13:10 – 13:20 WP2.2 High-Performance Control for Motion Compensation
13:20 – 13:30 WP2.3 Nonlinear friction compensation in motion compensation systems with significant elasticity
13:30 – 13:40 WP2.4 Vision Systems for Offshore Crane Control in Ship-to Ship Operations
13:40 – 13:50 WP2.5 Real-Time Multiple DOF Motion Compensation using an Industrial Robot, Sensor Fusion and Conformal Geometric Algebra
13:50 – 14:00 WP2.6 Control Design for Damping of Oscillations in Hanging Loads
14:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:00 Discussion about WP2 topics and focus
15:00 – 15:10 WP4.1 Integrated simulation of multi-physical systems in offshore operations
15:10 – 15:20 WP4.2 Component-based simulation systems for drilling automation and crane systems
15:20 – 15:30 WP4.3 Protocols and standard for integration of simulation models and co-simulation
15:30 – 15:40 WP4.4 Multi-domain modeling and simulation
15:40 – 16:00 Discussion about WP4 topics and focus

Campus Kristiansand, Room to be announced:
13:00 – 14:30 WP6 Reference Group Meeting