Thor I. Fossen

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Thor I. Fossen
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Born January 3, 1963
Nationality Norwegian
Citizenship Norway
Scientific career
Fields Guidance system, navigation, control theory
Institutions Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Thor Inge Fossen (born January 3, 1963) is a Norwegian naval architect and a cyberneticist. Fossen received the MSc degree in Marine Technology (1987) and PhD in Engineering Cybernetics (1991) both from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is a Fulbright alumni and he pursed postgraduate studies in Aerodynamics and Aeronautics at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the University of Washington, Seattle (1989-1990). At age 28 he was appointed associated professor of guidance, navigation and control at NTNU and two years later he qualified as full professor. He has been elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences since 1998 and elevated to IEEE Fellow (2016) for his contributions to modeling and controlling of marine craft. Fossen is one of the founders of the company Marine Cybernetics (2002), which was aquired by DNV GL in 2014. He has been Vice President R&D in Marine Cybernetics (2002-2008) and he is currently co-director of the NTNU Center for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems. He has made contributions in the areas of marine craft motion control systems, hydrodynamics, nonlinear control, guidance systemsnavigation.

Fields of research[edit]

Fossen's field of research is control theory and marine hydrodynamics. He has published more than 350 papers on guidance, navigation and control (GNC), vehicle dynamics, and control systems for ships, underwater vehicles and unmanned vehicles. He has authored three textbooks. The first textbook [1] has become the standard reference in marine control systems. This book was followed up by two textbooks [2] and.[3] The mathematical models for marine craft GNC systems are based on a robot-inspired model representation first published in 1991 by NTNU.[4] Fossen's ocean vehicle models have become a standard for marine craft motion control systems. In addition to the three textbooks, Fossen has co-authored three editorials [5], [6] and[7]

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  1. ^ Fossen, T. I. (1994). Guidance and Control of Ocean vehicles, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-94113-1
  2. ^ Fossen, T. I. (2002). Marine Control Systems: Guidance, Navigation and Control of Ships, Rigs and Underwater Vehicles, Marine Cybernetics AS, ISBN 82-92356-00-2
  3. ^ Fossen, T. I. (2011). Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control, Wiley, ISBN 978-1-1199-9149-6
  4. ^ Fossen, T. I. (1991). Nonlinear Modeling and Control of Underwater Vehicles, PhD Thesis, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  5. ^ Fossen, T. I., Pettersen, K. Y. and H. Nijmeijer (2017). Sensing and Control for Autonomous Vehicles: Applications to Land, Water and Air Vehicles. Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-55372-6
  6. ^ Fossen, T. I. and H. Nijmeijer (2012). Parametric Resonance in Dynamical Systems, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4614-1042-3
  7. ^ Nijmeijer, H. and T. I. Fossen (1999). New Directions in Nonlinear Observer Design, Springer. ISBN 1-852-33134-8