About

My name is Robin T. Bye and I am an associate professor in automation engineering and a member of the Software and Intelligent Control Engineering (SoftICE) Laboratory at the Ålesund University College (AAUC) in Norway. On this site I will keep a blog related to my work at AAUC. For most other purposes, such as a recently updated list of publications and CV, please see my personal website at www.robinbye.com, which also contains a technical blog at www.robinbye.com/blog.

Capturing me wearing a one-piece on my terrace is an occurrence about as likely as discovering the Higgs boson in the CERN particle accelerator (yes, it did happen once!).

Apart from teaching automation and computer engineering classes such as artificial intelligence, cybernetics, microcontrollers, and intelligent systems, I also supervise PhD and bachelor students on their thesis topics. My main research interests belong to areas such as computational modelling and simulation of human movements as well as dynamic resource allocation.

Other activities of mine include being the programme chair and conference co-chair of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2013, which was held at Aalesund University College on 27-30 May 2013. The conference included world-class keynote speakers and researchers as well as showcased the world’s largest and most advanced offshore simulator. Our most prominent guest was the recent Nobel Prize laureate May-Britt Moser, who gave a brilliant keynote talk.

Before I became an associate professor I worked as a researcher on Virtual More, a 3D simulation and visualisation research project at AAUC. The main focus of the research was to create a 3D development platform for research and education in cybernetics and artificial intelligence. My work resulted in a receding horizon genetic algorithm (RHGA) for dynamic positioning of patrol tugs off the Northern Norwegian coast (see Publications page).

My background is from electrical engineering, in which I hold a bachelor of engineering degree (BE), a master of engineering science degree (MEngSc), and a doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Whereas my BE thesis was concerned with nonlinear decoupling in 2D tracking tasks, my PhD thesis was devoted to modelling and simulation of human movement phenomena such as speed-accuracy tradeoffs and velocity profiles and 10 Hz physiological tremor.

Whilst my main focus has been on neuroengineering and control theory, I have also emphasised computer engineering during my education. Recently I have taken an interest in geometric control through differential geometry. I believe that many of tomorrow’s complex and nonlinear control problems will not be solvable with classical control methods but will require a fusion of modern control theory, the algorithmical perspective of artificial intelligence (AI), and differential geometry.

Besides educational and research duties, I enjoy a multitude of activities such as playing football and chess, skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, reading, photography, music and playing the guitar, travelling, film-making, and blogging. I am also a proponent of open-source software, and spend much time acquiring knowledge about Linux as well as technology in general.

You may visit my current blog or examine my CV, research, and publications by following the links in the main menu. I have also maintained a few blogs in the past, including my travel blog, my techno blog, and my Mannen i gata blog (the latter in Norwegian only). Finally, you can check out my professional networking profiles on Mendeley and LinkedIn and my social networking profiles on  Facebook and Twitter.

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