Webinar series

As the annual conference has been moved to next year we have been looking into how to repurpose some of the planned content for the Smart Tools Workshop. We have planned a series of short 30min presentations on topics relevant to SFI Offshore Mechatronics. We are trying to schedule most of the presentations to Thursdays 12.30-13.00 (CET) every two weeks starting on the 8th of October. The following presentations are planned in 2020.

After the formal presentation (12.30-13.00) you are welcome to grab a coffee and stay in the online meeting for a more informal chat and discussion. If we have sufficient attendance and response for the presentations we will continue with the webinars next year. The topics can be research topics or more practical related to research methods, tools or similar. Get in touch if you would like to give a presentation yourself or have a suggestion for topics. All presentations will be announced here.

Rigid-Body Kinematics, October 8

Rigid-Body Kinematics is the topic of the first presentation in our webinar series. The topic will be presented by professor Olav Egeland from NTNU and SFI Offshore Mechatronics work-package leader (WP2 & WP4). The presentation will be hosted on Microsoft Teams on October 8th, 12.15-12.45 (CET) Use this link to join.

The rotation of a rigid body like a ship, a crane load or a robot gripper can be described with Euler angles, quaternions and rotation matrices. Each of these representations have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the application. In this seminar the basic results for different representations of rotation will be discussed. This will be further developed for applications like estimation of rotation and translation from IMU data, the computation of the average rotation from multiple camera observations, and the calculation of a rotation from vector observations. MATLAB scripts will be made available.

Docker, Git and Python, November 19th and December 3rd

Working in Mechatronics is increasingly concerned with software. You may have experienced that you may run into problems concerning packages, versions of software an libraries, integrated development environments, tools and more.Christian Auby at University of Agder will give two presentations related to the use of Docker, Git and Python.

  • November 19th, Why use Docker, Git and Python. Use this link to join.
  • December 3rd: How to use Docket, Git and Python. Use this link to join.

Data management, October 22

Igor Goncharenko, Open Science coordinator at University of Agder is giving an online presentation about data management. The target group of the presentation is researchers connected to SFI Offshore Mechatronics. Some of the topics which will be covered are;

  • use and classification of data
  • data management plans
  • open data and publishing of data
  • copyright and use of licenses
  • archival solutions

The presentation will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, October 22nd 12.30-13.00. Use this link to connect.

Image caption: “Research Data Management” by jannekestaaks is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0










SFI Offshore Mechatronics is committed to follow the FAIR principles for scientific data management and stewardship. The FAIR principles provide guidelines to improve the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of digital assets.

The center is already using Github to publish source code and now we are adopting Dataverse.no to publish datasets. Dataverse.no is hosted by University of Tromsø and is based on the The Dataverse Project, developed by the Dataverse Team at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University.

To publish datasets related to our center, we have secured a sub-respository under the UiA Open Research Data repository (https://dataverse.no/dataverse/mechatronics). Each dataset published to Dataverse gets a unique DOI identifier which can be referenced in scientific publications. We expect that publishing datasets to Dataverse.no will improve reuse of data external to the center but also internally between researchers in the center.

Publishing digital assets and datasets will follow the same internal approval procedures as with scientific publications. If required, datasets can be put under embargo which means that it will not be published before a certain date.

The UiA Library and Open Science coordinators are very helpful and ready to assist with publishing datasets and provide templates and practical guidelines. On October 22nd 12.30-13.00 we will have a webinar with a presentation about data management publishing datasets.

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.