The technology race is on, but are we all running in the same direction? 

As consumers, we are pushing the transportation and logistics industry with demands of 24×7 real-time monitoring, updates, and alerts through big data. At the same time, climate changes and vulnerable supply chains posed in an uncertain world require new models for business and collaboration. 

This year’s Ocean Autonomy Conference aims to connect the dots between human factors, transport systems, and industry logistics to ensure a sustainable, safe and robust future of autonomous ocean operations.    

Join us for two days of inspiration, innovation and future collaboration at Rockheim, Brattøra, Trondheim.  

Remember to register by 16th of September

Program 21st of September

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

Cluster Manager Frode Halvorsen will be your host for the next two days. 

Peter Vesterbacka is for many known as the man behind the world-famous Angry Birds franchise, but the entrepreneur from Helsinki, Finland is making his mark in several other fields as well. , but the entrepreneur from Helsinki, Finland is making his mark in several other fields as well. HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush, and Start-up Sauna are just some of the branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter. In 2011, Time Magazine recognized Peter as one of the most influential people in the World in their TIME 100 Listing.

Through his latest foundation, Finest Bay Area, Peter is working on developing a railway tunnel crossing the sea between Helsinki and Tallin, connecting the two cities as a larger metropolitan area and thereby enabling economic growth and development in the region.

At the Ocean Autonomy Conference, Peter will share his perspectives on the importance of talent in bringing the world forward.

Maritime transportation of goods from the large container hubs in Europe to the smaller ports along the sparsely populated coast of Norway is often inefficient and expensive. Will smaller ports have a bigger role in an autonomous supply chain?

Meet Terje Meisler, Maritime Chief at the Port of Trondheim at the Ocean Autonomy Conference in September.

What if marine automation can take waterborne transport to the next level? A shift in European transport from road to waterborne and rail is critical for minimizing the carbon emissions from transport and reducing traffic congestion on the road system. Autonomous transportation may enable the necessary paradigm shift in the supply chain.

Meet Odd Erik Mørkrid from Sintef, and learn how. 

A smart, flexible ferry service can increase mobility in coastal communities, but is it applicable to regional needs? The FLEXferry project looks more closely at how autonomous ferry concepts with intelligent information systems can provide more efficient ferry connections in Mid-Norway.

Learn how Trøndelag is aiming toward an autonomous maritime future, with Christian Baug from Trøndelag County Authority.   

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

Bridges and sub-sea tunnels are fixed structures requiring enormous investments and extensive maintenance. On the other hand; ferries are expensive services requiring a solid market base. What if we combine shore power with autonomous, smart technology; will we get the flexible, autodocking, cost-effective ferries we need to serve coastal communities?

Even Ambros Holte from Sintef may be on to something. Figure out what at Ocean Autonomy Conference.

The world’s first zero-emission hydrogen-fuelled bulk carrier will enter operation in early 2024 and will be equipped with two rotor sails to be able to sail long distances only driven by the wind under favorable wind conditions. Behind the pioneering bulk carrier, is the family-owned shipping company Egil Ulvan Rederi.

Learn how “hands-on” experience combined with strong technology interest pushes the shipping industry further. 

North Sea Container Line is one of Norway’s leading container shipping companies, covering the Norwegian Coast and a big part of Europe with their comprehensive feeder service.  Meet Kenneth Johanson, Chief Technical Officer at NCL, and get his take on how autonomous technology can fit in today’s shipping. 

Stretch your legs, grab a bite and meet new acquaintances.

Short sea autonomous transport of goods is promised to increase social, environmental, and economic impacts by replacing diesel-driven trailer transport with emission-free sea transport. However, innovation is more than the development of technology. It also involves how the business models are being innovated. And the digital transformation has the potential of creating new markets. How do incumbent firms introduce short sea autonomous shipping and cargo operations into their offerings?

Pål Brennhovd has dived into the emerging business ecosystem of digital transformation in maritime and logistics industries and shares his findings at the Ocean Autonomy Conference.

The new cargo port at Ågotnes will be one of the first emission-free ports in Europe. But a harbor must be built to last a hundred years. How should one plan for technology and solutions that may not be familiar today? And why is it that passenger traffic must be subsidized, while the transport of goods must be covered by the industry itself?

Meet Nils Møllerup, the marketing manager at the Port of Bergen, and get his take on what a greener, smarter port future holds. 

In pursuit of its’ objective of transforming maritime operations through the deployment of innovative technologies, Ocean Infinity is developing a zero-emission, remotely operated and autonomous ready, short sea container vessels that will operate between Norway and the Netherlands, creating one of Europe’s first zero-emission maritime ‘green corridors’. 

Meet Jens Petter Haugan and learn how this may be the start of a whole new supply chain. 

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

FourPro Solutions are now streamlining Norwegian ports by putting logistics operations into a digital platform. Now the global logistics company ASCO, serving the energy industry, is partnered up with the young start-up.

Meet Christopher Hoftun, one of the founders and COO of FourPro, and learn how digitalization and the internet of things are transforming the supply chain.

Maritime Robotics believe that the future of maritime operations is unmanned and that innovation in automation will drive industry standards and continually broaden operational possibilities.

Meet one of the founders, Vegard Hovstein, and learn how a local lad from Mid-Norway became one of the pioneers in autonomous vessel technology. 


The official program on Day 1 ends. We invite you to join us for the after-party.

Conference After Party

15:30: World’s first autonomous passenger ferry goes into trial operation

Join us for a short walk to Ravnkloa, where milliAmpere II – the world’s first autonomous passenger ferry will be put into trial operation across the channel in the city center of Trondheim. This is a “must-see” for all those who still believe autonomous ferries are science fiction. We promise a memorable kick-off for this maritime milestone.

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18:00: Meet and greet at The Crab

After a day filled with new insights and demonstration of autonomy, we invite you to join us for meet and greet at the popular restaurant The Crab . 

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Program 22nd of September

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

One of the biggest reasons automation fails is because it’s designed around a task or a process instead of the people operating it. What can we learn from accidents like Deepwater Horizon and Helge Ingstad? And what is the role of human factors in autonomous technology?

Meet Stig Johnsen from Sintef Digital and learn how safety in automation can increase through human-oriented design and trustworthy autonomy.

Would you board a boat if the captain stayed ashore? Unmanned ships are no longer science fiction, but a possible solution to the challenges of shipping with irregular work shifts, risky work operations, and tough climate requirements. But even though the technology has come a long way, trust and market introduction are weakened by little user-oriented design. So how do we design for trust?

Meet Ole Andreas Alsos from the Department of Design, NTNU, as he explains how design can be the key to trusting new technology.

From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK’s sensor solutions are keeping industry moving. As a technology and market leader, SICK provides sensor intelligence and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment. Meet Marcus Haas and learn how.

Anders Kringstad is an IT consultant and  “solutions architect dedicated to making the web a safer place. But how can you avoid the deadliest catch on the internet? 

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

There is a shift in the geopolitical landscape. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has massively disrupted global and European energy markets. REPowerEU is the European Commission’s response to the crisis and is set to speed up the green transition. Paal Frisvold shares insights on how the ocean will have a key role in the new European reality.  

Which technologies and innovations will be of strategic interest in the years to come, and where does your project belong in this landscape?

Navigating the EU’s jungle of funds and programs can be overwhelming. Let Linda Cathrine Hald, our very own European advisor, be your guide on your innovation journey.

Meet her at Ocean Autonomy Conference.

Stretch your legs, grab a bite and meet new acquaintances.

Climate – and energy expert Thor Kristian Haldorsen from the Norwegian-German Chamber of Commerce, shares the perspective on the growing relations between Norway and Germany in a time of crisis. What possibilities open up in these new times? 

Navigational Situational Awareness based on Sensor Fusion is rapidly becoming a maturing technology. The SA system will firstly assist and augment the navigator, secondly partly replace select functions on the bridge, and in the future enable autonomous navigation.

What takes place in the background to achieve a functional SA system, what ground has been laid, and what will the future hold?

Aleksander Hammernes is an experienced Product Advisor within Attitude Determination Systems & Situational Awareness and takes us through the core of the possibilities ahead in AI. 


Torghatten AS is one of Norway’s largest transport groups and operates ferry connections throughout the country.

Zeabuz is a pioneering NTNU spinoff, developing cutting-edge systems for situational awareness, autonomous navigation, and decision-making, modeling and simulation, cyber-physical systems, and assurance. What happens when Torghatten’s muscles merge with Zeabuz’s intelligent systems?

Erik Dyrkoren (Zeabuz) and Reidun Svarva (Torghatten) let you in on their ambitions for coastal mobility.

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

The foundation for the digital society we know today is Norway’s ability to develop infrastructure. For the past 167 years, Telenor has worked to ensure that communication runs seamlessly between you, me, and our gadgets. Is communication technology a prerequisite for autonomy? With the advent of 5G, we have a lot of new opportunities, but will all industries benefit from it?

Kristina Brend is a business developer at Telenor, with a background as a consultant in the software industry. She is concerned with the data we surround ourselves with and the value we can get from it. As one of Norway’s first industrial adventures, Telenor is to be considered a tanker of an organisation. With an inherent curiosity for new things and technology, Kristina takes us through her observations as a landlubber in unknown waters.

Norway is a maritime power. This status has been created through a history spanning over 150 years, where people, innovation and technology have come together in a unique way. The collaboration between Norwegian shipping companies and shipyards has been central to this history, and over the years it has led to the innovation and development of practically all important ship types in the international maritime sector today. Shipping is now facing a green and digital revolution, but Norway still leads the way.

Author and journalist Tore Stensvold has worked with the maritime industry for over 30 years. Now he shares his take on the maritime future. 

Thank you for joining us these days!