Developing a smart and wireless underwater sensor network, for the benefit of science and industry.

SFI Smart Ocean is a centre for research-based innovation.
Hosted by the ­Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen.

SFI Smart Ocean spring conference

18 April 2024

SFI Smart Ocean’s spring conference will be held on June 5th at HVL (Kronstad Campus). The Conference is free and open to everybody.

More information, program and registration available on the link below. Registration deadline 29th May.

Successful Workshop and Tutorial on the SFI Smart Ocean Platform

12 April 2024

The partners of SFI Smart Ocean were invited to get information on status and plans for the SFI Smart Ocean Platform, and to give input to new functionality and further development of the platform on April 11th at HVL.

There were close to 50 participants at this workshop, so the interest and the involvement is very good.

5 April 2024

SFI Smart Ocean has now published the annual report for 2023, available here.
In the report you can read about our activity last year.

«The Centre is becoming increasingly coordinated, and close collaboration produces good results as well as initiatives for expanded activity and new projects»
Centre Director Ingvar Henne


New PhD/Postdocs at SFI Smart Ocean

13 December 2023

Three new employees at SFI Smart Ocean, have recently been recruited at UiB. They will all be working in workpackage 1: Autonomous sensors and measurement strategies.

Julián Pelaez-Quiñones is a PhD Research Fellow, and will be working on Distributed Acoustic Sensing in WP1-5, with supervision from UiB, NORCE and Tampnet.

Bichitra Nanda Sahoo and Paul Thomas are Postdocs funded by the SEAS-programme, and they will both be working on anti-biofouling. Martin Møller Greve (UiB) will be their supervisor, and their work will be connected to WP1-3.

And finally, PhD Research Fellow at HVL, Ivan Spajic (not pictured here), has also been recruited lately. He will be partly associated to SFI Smart Ocean and WP3.

Ugulen wide

PhD Defense – Håvard Stavn Ugulen

21 November 2023

On the 28th November 13.15 – 15.00, Håvard Stavn Ugulen will defend his PhD-thesis: «Characterization and correction of errors in measured inherent optical properties: Multiple scattering errors in LISST-VSF measurements». 

The defense takes place at Realfagsbygget, Auditorium 2 (Allegaten 41). 

Autumn Gathering 2023

19 October 2023

SFI Smart Ocean has had its regular autumn gathering with approx. 50 participants from academia, industry, research institutions and administration present.

An important task was to update each other on the status of the various work packages and identify dependencies and discuss cross-cutting topics, to ensure smooth cooperation between the various work packages in the centre.


Workshops on Ocean Technologies

1 September 2023

The month of August ended with a workshop on Ocean Technologies in Bergen (at VilVite), hosted by GCE Ocean Technology and SFI Smart Ocean. The workshop was also in collaboration with SFI Offshore Mechatronics, CGE Node and NORCE. A week earlier a similar workshop had been held in “Sørlandets Teknologipark” in Grimstad.

The aim of these two gatherings was to explore new possibilities for the continuation of research areas that SFI Offshore Mechatronics has worked on. 

Trial lecture – Håvard Ugulen

15 August 2023

On the 14th of August Håvard Ugulen had his trial lecture for the PhD degree. The topic for the Trial-lecture was: «Bruk av reflekterte GPS-signaler for studier av overflatebølger på havet og i hydrologi» (in English: «Use of reflected GPS signals for studies of surface waves at sea and in hydrology»).

Håvard is the first PhD at SFI Smart Ocean to finish the trial  lecture.

We congratulate Håvard with reaching this milestone, and wish him luck with the upcoming PhD defense later this autumn.