Registration Annual Conference 2022

We are very pleased to invite you to the annual conference 2022. The conference will take place in Aalborg on the 19th and 20th of May. The venue of the conference is Aalborg University.

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 registration is open here. Register as soon as possible and before April 1st.

Travel and accommodation

We have reserved rooms at at “Slotshotellet” ( Use booking code 12014286 when you book the room.

Group traveling from Kristiansand


Bus/group transport to Kristiansand from Grimstad

8.30 Departure Kristiansand (Fjordline)

10.45 Arrival Hirtshals. Bus to AAU


19.00 Departure bus to Hirtshals

19.45 Arrival Hirtshals

20.45 Departure with Color-Line ferry

23.59 Arrival Kristiansand and bus/group transport to Grimstad

For those joining the Agder group (via the conference registration form), we will get in touch shortly regarding booking arrangements for the ferry.

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 the 19/5. 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 travel 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.

Preliminary program (subject to change)

Thursday 19/5 
11.45 – 12:45Registration and Lunch/Sandwich at AAU
12:45 – 13:00Welcome, Introduction and Awards
13:00 – 13:45Recent trends in Mechatronics R&D (speaker tbc)
14:00 – 14:20WP1 Drives: Summary of Completed Projects (TOA)
14:20 – 14:40WP1.6 (Wei Zhao)
14:40 – 15:00WP1.7 (Thomas Farsakoglou)
15:00 – 15:20Coffee break
15:20 – 15:40WP5 Monitoring Techniques: Summary of Completed Projects (RS)
15:40 – 16:00WP5.6 (PostDoc Vignesh V. Shanbhag)
16:00 – 16:20WP6 Data Analytics, IT Integration and Big Data. Summary of Completed Projects (BB)
16:20 – 16:40WP6.2 Emilio Ruiz
16:40 – 17:00WP6.3 Kevin Roy
17:00 – 17:15Break
17:15 – 18:00Keynote 2 Tom Fidjeland:  Industrial Challenges
18:00 – 18:30WP1,5,6 Panel Discussion (Stronger collaboration and future directions)
18:30Transport to hotel and check-in
19:30-22:00Conference Dinner
Friday 20/5 
09:00 – 09:20WP2 Motion Compensation & WP4 Modeling and Simulation: Summary of Completed Projects (OE)
09:20 – 09:50WP2.6 (Philipp Schubert)
09:50 – 10:10WP2.7 (Hans Kristian Holen)
10:10 – 10:20Coffee break
10:20 – 10:40WP4.5 (PostDoc Savin Viswanathan)
10:45 – 11:45Poster session ( All WPX.Ys)
11:45 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 12:50WP3 Robotics and Autonomy: Summary of Completed Projects (JZ)
12:50 – 13:10WP3.6 (Dipendra Subedi)
13:10 – 13:30WP2,3,4 Panel Discussion
13:30 – 14:00Keynote (tbc)
14:00 – 15:45Visit to labs
15:45 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30Brainstorming and break-out sessions
17:30 – 18:00Plenum presentations, discussion
18:00 – 18:30Summary & Wrap up
19:00Transport to Hirtshals

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.

WP7 Workshop / Webinar

Work-Package 7 (WP7) organizes a workshop / webinar on Monday. December 7, 10:00 – 11:30.


  • Support schemes for spin-offs and entrepreneurs, and Innovation Norway’s accelerator and Green Platform programs, Ivar-Jo Baunbæk Theien, Senior Advisor, Innovation Norway
  • The European Green Deal andt he impact on applications and support schemes, Isabelle-Louise Aabel, EU Advisor, GCE NODE
  • Digital Innovation Hub Ocean Technology (DIH OT) –Content, status and the way forward, Anne-Grete Ellingsen, Project Manager, NORCE
  • The management of digital business model innovation, Marius Kristiansen, WP7 PhD Candidate, SFI Offshore Mechatronics

Practical information
Free participation for all invited guests
Register within 7 December at 09:00
The event will take place on the Webinar application Zoom.
The meeting will only be made available for pre-registered attendants.

Register here:

See also the PDF file at this link:

WP7 Workshop on AI+Safety

GCE NODE organized a workshop on AI+Safety on October 15 at Tordenskjolsgate 9, Kristiansand.

The agenda for the workshop was:

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome GCE NODE
09:05 – 09:35 Remote presentation, AI + SAFETY,, Simen Eldevik, PhD., DNVGL
09:35 – 10:00 Questions, All
10:00 – 10:30 Identify barriers in AI for offshore industry, Discussion all
10:30 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 1100 Ideas and roadmap for AI for offshore industry, Groups
11:00 -11:30 Presentation of the GCE NODE Business Development Lab
11:30-12:30 Lunch

WP6 Workshop on Graph Signal Processing

On October 25 the WP6 Leader prof. Baltasar Beferull Lozano organized a workshop on the fundamentals of Graph Signal Processing, together with his colleagues Dr. Daniel Romero and Dr. Luis Miguel Lopez Ramos. Several participants from industry attended, in addition to researchers from UiA. The agenda for the workshop was as follows:

10-12: Basics of Graph Signal Processing, possible applications in different domains (within the SFI OM project) and Feedback from industrial partners.

13-14: Brief review of already well-functioning cooperation cases with industrial partners in WP6.

14-15: Exploration of new cooperation opportunities with industrial partners, associated use cases and strategies.

WP7 Workshop: AI + Safety

Date: October 15
Place: GCE NODE’s offices, Slottsquartalet, Tordenskjoldsgate 9, Kristiansand

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome GCE NODE
09:05 – 09:35 AI + SAFETY,, Simen Eldevik, PhD., DNVGL
09:35 – 10:00 Questions, All
10:00 – 10:30 Identify barriers in AI for offshore industry, Discussion all
10:30 – 10:40 Break
10:40 – 1100 Ideas and roadmap for AI for offshore industry, Groups
11:00 -11:30 TBA / Innovation, TBA
11:30-12:30 Lunch

Ardor/Ignis Hackaton Completed


The Ardor/Ignis Hackaton at Scandic Bystranda Hotel in Kristiansand completed successfully on March 22 with participants from UiA, ABB and other guests from abroad. The teacher, Lior Yaffe from Israel, went through some of the key features of the Ardor/Ignis blockchain technology. Perhaps the most interesting feature for the participants was development of server side AddOns using IntelliJ IDEA, a Java-based integrated development environment for developing computer software. In addition, node js was used to interface functionality with an Ardor node.

The entire day was filmed with HD video and several YouTube micro-learning clips will be made available to the public based on this workshop organised by SFI Offshore Mechatronics.

See also

Patenting Workshop

Photo: Dag Einar Finne from Bergen Teknologioverføring

On Wednesday October 18 a Patenting vs. Publication workshop was organised at UiA, Campus Grimstad.

* Introduction by UiA Nyskaping and information about DOFI process
* Dag Finne from Bergen Teknologioverføring
– Why patenting?
– Patenting process
– Cases
* Asle Pedersen from Innoventus Sør
– Business models
– Degree of freedom in commercialization

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