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  • Robotics: multiple robot collaboration, human robot interaction, robotic manipulator control
  • Modeling, simulation, optimization and control of mechatronics systems
  • Control theory and stability analysis
  • Sensors and vision
  • Machine learning and AI: reinforcement learning control, multi-agent learning
  • Autonomous systems


  • Robotics and AI for digital factories and Industry 5.0
  • Automation and digitization for offshore systems


  • NFR IKTPLUSS Researcher Project, "Collective Efficient Deep Learning and Networked Control for Multiple Collaborative Robot Systems (DEEPCOBOT)", funded by Research Council of Norway, 2020-2025, https://deepcobot.uia.no/
  • SFI Offshore Mechatronics, Work Packages WP2, WP3 and WP4,  2015-2023, https://sfi.mechatronics.no
  • NFR INTPART project, "Indo-Norwegian collaboration in Intelligent Offshore Mechatronics Systems (INMOST)", funded by Research Council of Norway, 2020-2023
  • The research group coordinates the Motion-Lab, www.motion-lab.no
  • BIA Manipulator, 2016-2019.
  • LIBRes, IPN-ENERGIX, funded by Research Council of Norway, Hydro Aluminium AS

Previous projects

  • NORCOWE, Offshore Wind, www.norcowe.no
  • EU FP7 Project Hephestos,
  • Industrial PhD project, Witold Pawlus, together with MHWirth
  • Industrial PhD project, Knut Berg Kaldestad, together with ABB

Planned projects

  • Participation in FME2 application for offshore wind

Research partners

  • NTNU
  • ABB Norway AS
  • MHWirth AS
  • NOV AS
  • Cameron AS
  • Omron Norway AS 
  • Bosch-Rexroth

Selected publications

Book and Book Chapters:

B3: W. Wang, C. Wen, J. Zhou, Adaptive Backstepping Control of Uncertain Systems with Actuator Failures, Subsystem Interactions, and Nonsmooth Nonlinearities. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. ISBN 9781498776431

B2: T. Brogårdh and G. Hovland, "The Tau PKM Structures", in Smart Devices and Machines for Advanced Manufacturing, Eds. L. Wang and F. Xi, Springer Verlag, B1: 2008, ISBN: 978-1-84800-146-6.

B1: J. Zhou and C. Wen,  Adaptive Backstepping Control of Uncertain Systems: Nonsmooth Nonlinearities, Interactions or Time-Variations. Springer, 2008. ISBN: 978-3-540-77806-6.


P5: M. Antoine and G. Hovland, Method of Converting a Resource into a Product, Intl Pat No EP 1513085 A1, WO 2005/024535 A2, US 7835930 B2, Publ. dates 2005-2010, ABB Switzerland.

P4: E. Gallestey, G. Hovland, A. Stothert and T. von Hoff, Method for Automatic Tuning of a Kalman Filter, International Patent number EP 1471398 A1, Publication date 27.10.2004.

P3: G. Hovland, E. Gallestey and A. Stothert, Design of thick-walled components for power plants from crack-growth models, Pat No 02406085.7, 25 countries, Date of Filing: Dec 10, 2002.

P2: E. Gallestey, G. Hovland and T.von Hoff, Estimation of process variables, International Patent Numbers EP 1406136 A1 and US 2004/0064297 A1, Publication date 01.04.2004.

P1: S. Gunnarson, M. Norrlöf, G. Hovland, U. Carlsson, T. Brogårdh, T. Svensson, S. Moberg, Path Correction for an Industrial Robot, Intl Pat No: 019221 75.3-2302-SE0100784, Apr 09, 2001 and US Pat No 7,130,718 B2, Oct 31, 2006.

Members in the group

Associate members

  • Olav Egeland, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Houxiang Zhang, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Jan Einar Gravdal, Norwegian Research Centre- NORCE
  • Changyun Wen, Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Zhongping Jiang, Professor, New York University, USA