Autonomous marine operations and systems from space to ocean space
Researchers at NTNU AMOS work between the disciplines to create a world-leading center for autonomous marine operations and control systems. NTNU AMOS contributes with fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge in marine hydrodynamics, marine structures and control theory.

The research results are being used to develop intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles (under water, on the surface, in air and space) and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme environments. The application areas include offshore oil and gas, maritime, firs

The NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS) is as a ten-years Centre of Excellence research program sponsored by the Research Council of Norway, NTNU, Statoil, DNV GL and SINTEF, 2013-2022, addressing research challenges related to autonomous marine operations and systems applied in e.g. maritime transportation, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, fisheries and aquaculture, oceans science, offshore renewable energy and marine mining. Fundamental knowledge is created through multidisciplinary theoretical, numerical and experimental research within the knowledge fields of hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and cybernetics including autonomy.

This master class gives an overview of autonomous marine operations and systems including

  • Taxonomy related to automation vs. autonomy
  • Levels of autonomy and control architecture
  • Risk aspects
  • Examples of autonomy in subsea oil and gas applications
    – Heterogeneous robotic systems for integrated mapping and monitoring purposes in space and time from space (small satellites) to ocean space
    – Underwater robotics for inspection and intervention

Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen obtained MSc degree in Marine Technology in 1988 at NTNU, and PhD degree in Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU in 1993. In 1989-1992 Sørensen was employed at MARINTEK as Research Scientist. From 1993 to 2002 Sørensen was employed in various positions in ABB Group. In December 2002 Sørensen become co-founder of the company, Marine Cybernetics AS, where he was acting as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until June 2010. DNV GL acquired Marine Cybernetics in May 2014. In 2012 and 2015 Sørensen became a co-founder of the NTNU spin-off companies Ecotone AS and Eelume AS, respectively. Since 1999 Sørensen has held the position of Professor of Marine Control Systems at the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. In the period 2003-2012 he was key scientist in the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS). He is currently acting as key scientist and the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS) at the Departments of Marine Technology, Engineering Cybernetics, Biology, NTNU. Sørensen is engaged in bringing fundamental research results into value creation by innovations and entrepreneurship.

Moderator: Astrid R. Kristoffersen, Executive Vice President Solutions, Kongsberg Maritime

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