Register before April 1st !!

The registration closes April 1st. The conference is open to all partners in the consortium. Please register your attendance as soon as possible.

We have booked a group travel for the group traveling from Grimstad/Kristiansand. Attendees traveling from Trondheim or other parts of Norway are also welcome to join the Agder group. The tickets for the transportation including tickets for the ferry will be booked as a group (those of you who have checked off this option in the registration form will receive some more details next week).

Please note that everyone attending must book and pay for their own accomodation. Rooms are reserved at “Slotshotellet” ( Use booking code 12014286 when you book the room.

Get in touch with Asle Pedersen ( in case you have questions.

Final version of the programme:

  SFI-OM Annual Conference 2022
Thursday 19/5 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 
11.45 – 12:45Registration and Lunch/Sandwich at AAU
12:45 – 13:00Welcome, Introduction
13:00 – 13:40Keynote 1, Smart Renewable Energy Systems and a fully Decarbonized Society:
Professor Henrik Lund, Department of Planning, AAU
13:40 – 14:00WP1 Drives: Summary of Completed Projects:
Torben Ole Andersen, AAU and Morten Kjeld Ebbesen, UiA.
14:00 – 14:20WP1.6 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on linear Actuation:
Wei Zhao
14:20 – 14:40WP1.7 Energy Efficient Offshore Hydraulic Systems with focus on rotary Actuation: Thomas Farsakoglou
14:40 – 15:00Coffee break
15:00 – 15:20WP5 Monitoring Techniques:
Summary of Completed Projects: Rune Schlanbusch, NORCE
15:20 – 15:40WP5.4 Condition-based lifetime prediction as result of calculated component loads: Mohamed Yousri
15:40 – 16:00WP5.6 Acoustic emission testing of hydraulic cylinders:
Dr. Vignesh V. Shanbhag
16:00 – 16:20WP6 Data Analytics, IT Integration and Big Data.
Summary of Completed Projects: Baltasar Beferull Lozano, UiA
16:20 – 16:40WP6.2 Novel methods for context-aware data reduction of multiple dependent time-series: Emilio Ruiz
16:40 – 17:00WP6.3 Design of soft-sensors based on novel context-aware data fusion techniques: Kevin Roy
17:00 – 17:15Coffee Break
17:15 – 18:00Keynote2, Industrial Challenges:
Chair of the board, SFI Offshore Mechatronics, Tom Fidjeland, CEO, GCE Node
18:00 – 18:30Day 1 WP Plenary Discussion:
Future directions and continued collaboration
18:40Transport to hotel and check-in
19:45-22:15Conference dinner: Mortens Kro (Dress code: Casual/business)
Friday 20/5 
08:15 Transport Hotel – AAU Campus
09:00 – 09:30WP2 Motion Compensation & WP4 Modeling and Simulation: Summary of Completed Projects: Olav Egeland, NTNU
09:30 – 09:50WP2.6 Real-Time Teleoperation and Model-based Control of Cranes with Loads:
Philipp Schubert
09:50 – 10:10Coffee break
10:10 – 10:20WP4.5 Modeling and simulation of the motion of ships, cranes and drilling systems in waves: Dr. Savin Viswanathan
10:20 – 10:50WP3 Robotics and Autonomy: Summary of Completed Projects: Jing Zhou, UiA
10:50 – 11:00WP3.6 Instrumentation and real-time control of long-reach, light-weight arm intended for use offshore: Dipendra Subedi
11:00 – 11:20WP3.9 Sensor fusion for perception, collision avoidance and navigation towards autonomous systems: Jose Amendola
11:20 – 11:50Day 2 WP Panel Discussion
11:50 –13:30Lunch (from 12.30: poster session)
13:30 – 14:00Keynote3: Research at AAU Energy, Esbjerg: Associate Professor Mohsen N. Soltani
14:00 – 15:45Visit to laboratories, AAU Energy
15:45 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30Brainstorming in break-out sessions
17:30 – 18:00Plenum presentations and discussion
18:30End of Annual Conference 2022
18:45Departure (with sandwich)

What’s next?

"Crystal Ball" by Dan Queiroz is marked with CC BY 2.0.

The end of the SFI funded project in 2023 is approaching fast. This naturally triggers the challenging
question of what should come after? Will there be a continuation, and in that case, in what shape and form? The answer to this question is not obvious and for this reason this topic was put on the agenda throughout 2021 at all board meetings, work-package leader meetings and reference group meetings.

The discussions are supported by a top-down approach and a bottom-up approach. The aim of the bottom-up process is to gain insight into small and large unresolved problems in the industry and relevant research that can help to solve it. This work is carried out in reference group meetings and work-package leader meetings. The aim of the top-down process is to define windows of opportunity based on market drivers, key societal challenges, competing initiatives, collaboration opportunities, available funding schemes, industry commitment and more.

Back in 2015 when the centre was established, offshore operations was dominated by oil and gas exploration and production. Because several of the large industry partners in the centre had their major income from the oil and gas market, there was early on an association between the centre and this business and application area. It is important to emphasize that the results from the research in the centre are applicable to offshore operation in general. The industry partners are already demonstrating the
use of the research in innovations and new products and solutions targeting emerging markets such as offshore wind.

Reduced costs and increased productivity without compromising health, safety and environmental requirements is critical for sustainable and competitive offshore operations. Research that contributes to new solutions and innovation is addressed across the work packages, e.g. reliability and reduced energy use (WP1), decreased weather downtime (WP2), robotics/autonomy (WP3), remaining useful lifetime
calculation (WP5), decreased unplanned downtime (WP6), and business models (WP7). There is strong evidence that offshore mechatronics will be in high demand also in the next decades and more reliable, faster, safer and cheaper will remain key drivers of innovation.

The phase-out strategy process of the centre is still ongoing and is not yet concluded. Ultimately, each partner in the current consortium will need to decide if and how they want to proceed and get involved in new initiatives.

Crystal Ball” by Dan Queiroz is marked with CC BY 2.0.

Keep your contact details up to date

From time to time organizations change name and thus e-mail addresses are also changed. We encourage anyone affiliated with SFI Offshore Mechatronics to update their e-mails in the newsletter and ProjectPlace (for partners only).

To change in ProjectPlace, goto the settings via your initials in the upper right corner. Select user account and add your new e-mail.

To change the e-mail for the newsletter just click unsubscribe in the footer of the newsletter mail and then register again with your new e-mail here:

In case you need assistance, get in touch with Asle Pedersen (

Webinar (17/3): Digital teknologi muliggjør nye og bedre forretningsmodeller

"Business Model Concept" by Alex Osterwalder is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.

(The webinar will be in Norwegian language)

GCE NODE og SFI Offshore Mechatronics inviterer til å lære mer om hvordan bedrifter kan lykkes med å bevege seg videre fra tradisjonelle produktorienterte forretningsmodeller.

Påmelding til webinaret gjøres her.

Program (17.mars)


Hva kjennetegner transformasjon fra tradisjonelle produktorienterte forretningsmodeller til mer tjeneste- og ytelsesorienterte forretningsmodeller?
Hvordan må virksomheter endre interne virksomhetsprosesser, samt deres organisasjonsstruktur og -kultur for å lykkes med overgangen?
Presenteres av Handelshøyskolen ved Universitetet i Agder , Professor Tor Helge Aas

Hvordan kan aktører i tradisjonell industri oppnå legitimitet i sine økosystemer når de lanserer nye tjenesteorienterte forretningsmodeller og smarte tjenester?
Presenteres av Handelshøyskolen ved Universitetet i Agder , PhD Stipendiat, Marius Trandheim Kristiansen

Spørsmål og diskusjon


Tor Helge Aas er professor på Handelshøyskolen ved Universitetet i Agder og forsker I ved NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS. Han har en doktorgrad i strategi og ledelse fra Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH) og forsker på innovasjonsledelse, med et spesielt fokus på de organisatoriske effektene av innovasjon, innovasjonsprosesser og -kapabiliteter, innovasjonssamarbeid og styring av innovasjonsaktiviteter. Marius Trandheim Kristiansen er stipendiat ved Universitetet i Agder, og han arbeider med oppgaven “Digital Technologies enabling Business Model Innovation in Manufacturing” som en del av arbeidspakke 7 i SFI Offshore Mechatronics.

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

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. The reference group meetings are internal and exclusive to the industry partners.

Upcoming meetings:

WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP7 have scheduled a joint reference group meeting on March 17 from 13-15. The meeting will take place digitally. The reference group meeting will start shortly after the scheduled webinar on digital technology enabling new business models (in Norwegian language).

WP5 have scheduled the following reference group meetings (17. Feb.), 16. Jun., 20. Oct.

WP1 and WP6 have scheduled reference group meetings in June. Invitations will follow.

The reference group members are invited via the groups in ProjectPlace. Remember to share internally in your organisation in case other people not on the list should join.