One-Day Seminar/Workshop

Safe positioning and navigation for automatic surface vessels

04. 05

Thursday 15 June 2017, Lecture Room B1 ("Berg", see map), NTNU (Gløshaugen), Trondheim.   The presentations will be posted on this website as soon as all contributions have been sent to the Secretary General of NNF by the presenters. Today, 2 August, a few are still missing.


Seminar –

Nordic Institute of Navigation (NNF) – Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFA)

Trondheim, Thursday  15 June 2017

Lecture Room B1 ("Berg", see map), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Gløshaugen, Trondheim.


Safe positioning and navigation for automatic surface vessels


 0900-0930: Registration.


0930-0940: Welcome to the seminar, Börje Forssell, Secretary General NNF


0940-1120: Autonomous ship research (Börje Forssell, chair)


  1. "Cost effective use of unmanned ships in short sea shipping",

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim.

  1.  "Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group",

James Fanshawe CBE, Chairman MASRWG, UK.

  1. "Navigation and communication systems for autonomous ships",

Egil Eide, NTNU, Dept. of Electronic Systems, NTNU, Trondheim.

  1. "Supporting unmanned surface and subsurface vessels with Oceanographic buoys",

 Vegar Neshaug, Fugro Norway As, Oslo.

  1. “Intelligent Decision Making Framework for Ship Collision Avoidance based on COLREGS Rules”,

Lokukaluge Prasad Perera, SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim.


1120-1140: Coffe Break


1140-1300: Applied navigation safety (Sanna Kaasalainen, chair)


  1. "Proof-of-concept demonstrator to improve safety of maritime navigation in the Baltic Sea",

 Heidi Kuusniemi, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI), Dept. of Navigation and

                Positioning, Kirkkonummi,  Finland.

  1. "Navigational safety for small non-SOLAS vessels",

Thomas Porathe, Dept. of Interaction Design, NTNU.

  1. "Safety validation of autonomous navigation systems using a ship handling simulator",

 Eetu Heikkilä, Jussi Martio, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Espoo, Finland.



 1300-1345: Lunch


1345-1500: Navigational systems (Eetu Heikkilä, chair)

  1. “Application of various methods for safety assessment of autonomous ships”,

 Jakub Montewka, FGI, Finland.

  1. "Infrastructure-free navigation and target identification",

 Laura Ruotsalainen / Sanna Kaasalainen Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI), Dept. of

Navigation and Positioning, Kirkkonummi,  Finland.

  1. "External & independent view at 'Norwegian 1 June 2017 PNT-strategy' with resilience in mind",

 Jens Hoxmark, Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, Arendal, Norway.


1500-1520: Coffe Break


1520-1635: Rules and regulations (Börje Forssell, chair)


  1. "Risk assessment and risk acceptance in autonomous transport – SAREPTA Project",

 Åsa Snilsveit Hoem, SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim.

  1. "Smart ships",

Najmeh Masoudi, Bureau Veritas, Oslo, Norway.

  1. Digital Twins for design and verification of autonomous systems,

Nicolai Husteli - DNV GL, Høvik, Norway.


1635-1645: Summary of the seminar, Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, General Manager, NFAS 


For registration, send email to:

Further information:


Programme Committee Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, NFAS/SINTEF Ocean - Norway Börje Forssell, NNNF/NTNU - Norway Øystein Engelhardtsen, DNV GL - Norway Hannu Karvonen, VTT Technical Research Centre - Finland Sanna Kaasalainen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute - Finland Michael Linden-Vørnle, DTU Space – National Space Institute - Finland Edmund Førland Brekke, NTNU - Norway


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