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NAVTOR invited a NTNU Marine Technology student to an AI research project this summer

An essential part of NAVTORs research and development strategy is the partnerships and valuable connections we make along the way. This summer, a student of Maritime Technology at NTNU, Petter Sletten, was invited to cooperate on the state-of-the-art for Artificial Intelligence (AI) research project TRANSACT. The project let him delve into AI development within maritime navigation, Machine Learning and Edge & Cloud continuum.

Portrait of Student Petter Sletten
Petter Sletten, Marine Technology student at NTNU

Sletten gained insights into vessel operations and how NAVTOR can assist vessels to be more sustainable with AI technologies. Petter will bring the knowledge and data from this project into further studies in Marine Technology at NTNU.

“- Working from Oslo in a home office style, NAVTOR gave me the responsibility to deliver on my work, giving me trust and confidence in my work and knowledge. At the end of my period, I travelled to the NAVTOR offices in Egersund, presenting the findings in my paper. Here, I met the team in person for the first time”, Says Petter Sletten and continues, “The trip completed my project. It showed me more about who NAVTOR are, and of course, the nice city of Egersund. It has been a satisfying summer, where I met nice people through a project that was both challenging and rewarding, thanks to NAVTOR."

Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, CBDO NAVTOR

Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Business Development Officer for e-Navigation, has been the coordinator and primary contact for the cooperation project. He organises a wide range of research projects in NAVTOR, working on solutions for problems that have yet to surface. “Staying ahead in the maritime business is all about allocating the appropriate time and resources into investigating new possibilities! The synergy in cooperation projects like this is significant. We extract valuable perspectives and inputs from working with external students and researchers. Petter Sletten delivered a thorough and professional report that we will directly utilise into State-of-Art for TRANSACT", Hjøllo says.

The NAVTOR team is currently expanding! We are very interested in connecting with skilled job seekers and students that can be a part of our exciting work with innovative maritime solutions. Visit our career page to see the latest vacant position.

Read more about the TRANSACT project.


The TRANSACT project has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101007260. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway in addition to funding from the Norwegian Research Council.


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