Mechatronics Lab @ NTNU in Ålesund
Welcome to the Mechatronics Lab (MechLab) of NTNU in Ålesund! Our research group is based under the MOVE research framework and belongs to the Faculty of Maritime Technology and Operations. The group consists of two full professors, three associated professors and postdoctoral research fellows, and four Ph.D. students who are working on related topics in mechatronics and robotics.
The main research topics are in two aspects. The maritime industry is deeply rooted in Norwegian national economics and traditions. The last few decades have seen an increasing interest in developing and employing new interesting and challenging technology for controlling modern vessels and related maritime equipment and performing demanding marine operations. Two general technical challenges are urgent. The first and most important problem is the navigation and control of the vessels in complex dynamic environments; the second is the enormous challenges faced regarding the deck operation. Here, maritime innovation will be our key research focus. We will try to put the efforts to improve the design and operation safety and usability. The development of new maritime machinery systems will offer a novel alternative solution to the above-mentioned problems; furthermore improve the technological level and productivity of the maritime industry.
In parallel, bio-inspired robotic research will be the other focus of our group. We own several state-of-the-art mechatronic systems and robots, including climbing robots, modular robot, and swimming robot, which allow us to test great amount of new research ideas and also provide interesting systems for different levels of teaching activities in our University.
Department of Ocean Space Operations and Building Technology
Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Visiting Address: Larsgårdsveien 2
Town of Ålesund
The Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, voted Norway’s most beautiful city by the Norwegian people in 2007 and the newspaper The Times in 2009, is situated on the west coast of Norway, approximately halfway between the cities of Bergen (south) and Trondheim (north). A major fishery port, Ålesund lies at the entrance to the beautiful UNESCO world heritage fjord of Geiranger. You can read more about Ålesund here.