NTNU: New underwater robotics laboratory inaugurated

Posted: 08/27/2011 in all marine news

Science Business –

With the snip of a underwater robot claw, Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry cut the ribbon on 23 August for a new applied underwater robotics laboratory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Environmental monitoring of the ocean, marine research and the offshore oil and gas industry all demand strong technical expertise and advanced engineering solutions. In response to this demand, NTNU has newly established the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR Lab).

The lab brings together experts from cybernetics, control engineering, marine biology, marine archaeology, electrical engineering and telecommunications, and underwater technology to produce new scientific results that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

“NTNU would like to consolidate its position as a leading university where links between science and technology strengthen our ability to conduct cutting edge research and develop new innovative approaches. Building on these connections puts NTNU in a unique position to explore the ocean,” said Kari Melby, Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU during the opening ceremony for the laboratory on 23 August.

An underwater snip

Trond Giske, Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry, formally opened the laboratory by cutting an underwater ribbon using Minerva, one of the university’s remote underwater minisubs.

“The AUR Lab will strengthen NTNU’s position as a world-leading centre of expertise in subsea technology. Top-quality research and education in this field will be decisive in the ability of several of Norway’s most important industries to create jobs and add value to the country’s economy in the future,” said Giske as he remotely cut the underwater ribbon. Also in attendance were Pro-Rector Melby and Ivar O. Grytdal, who is director of Statoil’s Subsea North division, which will also be a player in the new laboratory.

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