Seminar: A Computer-automated Design Tool for Intelligent Virtual Prototyping of Offshore Cranes

SoftICE member Robin T. Bye will today present recent research on virtual prototyping of offshore cranes. The talk is called A Computer-automated Design Tool for Intelligent Virtual Prototyping of Offshore Cranes and is a based on a recent paper that will be presented at the 29th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2015) in Varna, Bulgary, late May.

The seminar is open for all and will take place in room Borgundfjorden at 12.30 today 6 May 2015, AAUC main building.

This work is part of the research project Artificial Intelligence for Crane Design (Kunstig intelligens for krandesign (KIK)) funded by RFF/Research Council of Norway.

To read more about the paper, see this blog post. The abstract is included below. 


In close collaboration with the maritime industry, virtual prototyping with maritime application has been an important research topic for Aalesund University College for some years. In this paper, we describe the development of a computer-automated design tool for intelligent virtual prototyping of offshore cranes. Our work is part of a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway and takes place in close cooperation with two partners from the maritime industry. A literature review of virtual prototyping, computer-automated design, and modelling and simulation of offshore cranes sets the stage for the description of a design tool whose main components consist of a computational model, a simulator, and a genetic algorithm. We show how domain-specific constraints can be accounted for in conjunction with an automated optimisation procedure of design parameters to yield crane specifications that closely match the desired design criteria. Limitations of slewing rings and hydraulic cylinders are of particular importance in offshore crane design and are used as an example of the multitude of design calculations that form the computational model. Being work in progress, we report on completed parts and the work that remains.

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About Robin T. Bye

My name is Robin T. Bye and I am an associate professor in automation engineering and member of the Software and Intelligent Control Engineering Laboratory (SoftICE Lab) at NTNU in Ålesund (formerly Aalesund University College), the Ålesund Campus of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Apart from teaching automation and computer engineering classes the bachelor and master level on topics such as artificial intelligence, cybernetics, microcontrollers, and intelligent systems, I also supervise PhD, master, and bachelor students on their thesis topics. My main research interests belong to the broad areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and cybernetics, specifically topics such as intelligent control engineering, virtual prototyping, neuroengineering and brain control, as well as dynamic resource allocation and operations research, and also research in teaching and education.

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