Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory at NTNU in Ålesund, Norway

Autonomous Ships

Autonomous Ships is a strategic research project studying methods and technology for enabling autonomous operations of maritime vessels. The project employs methodology from the fields of cybernetics, AI, optimization, formal methods, and more to solve situational awareness, guidance, navigation, control, and path planning problems such as collision-free and safe autonomous ship docking, mooring, harbour maneuvering, and transit.

Starting 2018, the project currently involves PhD students funded by the IE faculty, postdocs funded by the ERCIM Alain Bensoussan Fellowship Programme, master students, and staff from the IIR and ITK departments at NTNU:


  • MSc graduate in simulation and visualization, Sindre Fossen, IIR

In addition to the affiliation with NTNU AMOS – Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, the CPS Lab is involved in Autoferry, a project for autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban water transport, and cooperates with researchers at the Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering (IHB).

Edmund Førland Brekke has compiled a list of postdocs, PhD students, and supervisors working on autonomous ships at NTNU.