Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet NTNU

Contact: Martin Ludvigsen

A short description of NTNU and AURLab

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, is Norway’s primary institution for educating the future’s engineers and scientists. Its vision is: "Knowledge for a Better World". NTNU aims to create the basis for the development of knowledge and to create value - economic, cultural and social. NTNU’s cross-disciplinary research delivers creative innovations that have far-reaching social and economic impact and help contribute to a better world. Oceans is one of NTNU’s four Strategic Areas. Moreover, the University strongly encourages and values international inter-disciplinary research as the one planned within Iliad.

The Department of Marine Technology a conducts research and education of a high international calibre, with topics that reflect NTNU’s own priority areas, such as marine technology, underwater technology and autonomous systems and operations. The departments do also house a Centre of Excellence on autonomous marine operations and systems (AMOS, with leading national and international collaborators. To address applications of underwater science and technology, NTNU formed the Applied Underwater Laboratory (AUR-Lab, in 2011. The lab is an inter-faculty collaboration to promote application of underwater robotics in fundamental and engineering research both through scientific collaboration and by maintaining a pool of equipment. So far several hundred operations have been completed ranging from minor student tests in the Trondheim Fjord to operations on the Arctic mid ocean ridge and operations in the Arctic Polar night.

Role In Project

The main role and tasks allocated to NTNU in Iliad

NTNU will participate: in WP1 within the North sea DTO pilot from the specifications (T1.1), mockup (T1.5), MVP (T1.6) to the fully functional (T1.7) and evaluated pilot (T1.8), in WP2 making its seabed facilities available for sensor’s testing and validation, as well as fleet of underwater vehicles, for in-situ testing and data collection using Iliad novel sensing technologies (T2.2) and in WP7 participating in assessment of the pilot’s impact (T7.2 & T7.3). NTNU will also contribute to the management and dissemination WPs.


Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet NTNU

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Work Packages

WP1 | Co-designing the Digital Twins of the Oceans

WP2 | Data Acquisition from Pilots/Collection of Existing Databases

WP7 | Demonstration and impact assessment of Iliad pilots

WP11 | Outreach, Communication and Dissemination

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