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My name is Robin T. Bye and I am an IEEE Senior Member and an associate professor in automation engineering at the Department of ICT and Natural Sciences (IIR) at NTNU in Ålesund (formerly Aalesund University College, AAUC), which is the Ålesund campus of NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Since 2018, I am the head of the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory (CPS Lab).

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 candidates and postdocs (main supervisor for three PhDs and one postdoc as per March 2020, co-supervising a number of other PhDs), and master and bachelor students on their thesis topics (typically 4-6 thesis projects each year).

My main research interests belong to the broad areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybernetics, and neuroengineering, specifically topics such as intelligent control engineering (ICE), virtual prototyping, computational modelling and simulation of human movements and mind control, and dynamic resource allocation and operations research, as well as research in teaching and education, emphasising active learning and flipped classroom methodologies. My department has a proud history of combining AI and cybernetics for solve real-world problems.

From 2017 to 2021 I am an elected member of the extended leader group of my department. During 2017-18, I was a member of the Research Council for the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Moreover, I am a regular reviewer for international journals and coferences (e.g. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, IEEE ICRA, Human Movement Science, Advanced in Mechanical Engineering, ECMS, SIMS, etc.). I was also an editor for the Proceedings of the 59th International Conference on Simulation and Modelling (SIMS 59) and the Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS '13). In addition, I also contribute as an expert in committee evaluations of academic job applicants and for approving higher education study programmes for the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). 

I am the head (since 2018) and have been a member of the CPS Lab (formerly Software and Intelligent Control Engineering (SoftICE) Laboratory) at NTNU in Ålesund since 2014. In the beginning, we focussed on continuing research related to the DRAMA project (presented below). Later, we focussed on virtual prototyping and intelligent computer-automated product design. Specifically, I was the research head of the project Artificial Intelligence for Crane Design (ended 2016) and a member of the project Artificial Intelligence for Winch Design. In the CPS lab, I also spend time on multiagent modelling and simulation (MAMS).

Our current research focus in the CPS Lab has three main directions:

Other activities of mine include chairing conferences. Recently, I was a conference co-chair for the 59th International Conference of Scandinavian Simulation Society (SIMS 2018)I was also a technical chair of the Joint IT Conference 2015 hosted by AAUC 23-25 November 2015, whilst I was the programme chair and conference co-chair of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2013, which was held at AAUC on 27-30 May 2013. For ECMS 2013, I was personally responsible for ensuring the attendance of world-class keynote speakers and researchers within the field of neuroscience, such as Nobel Prize laureate May-Britt Moser and Stephen Grossberg, as well as showcasing the world's largest and most advanced offshore simulator.Keynote speakers and conference co-chair

My involvement with ECMS also includes being a board member from 2012 to 2014, and a track chair for various tracks on simulators for virtual prototyping and training. At the 30th anniversary conference in 2016, I was awarded a Special Award for my contributions to ECMS over the years by the European Council of Modelling and Simulation.

2012-2014 I was the research head of the project Dynamic Resource Allocation with Maritime Application (DRAMA), which focussed on the tug vessel preparedness in the north of Norway. Annually more than 1500 high risk ships transit along the Norwegian coast, out of which about 300 carry oil or petroleum-related cargo. A fleet of tugs need to be intelligently controlled and positioned along the coast in order to reduce the risk of oil tankers or other ships causing oil spill from drift grounding accidents. Whilst the DRAMA project has been completed, the research topic has lived on through the continuing work of PhD student Brice Assimizele, whom I supervised and who defended his thesis on 12 June 2016.

Before I became an associate professor I worked as a researcher on Virtual More, a 3D simulation and visualisation research project at AAUC. The main focus of the research was to create a 3D development platform for research and education in cybernetics and artificial intelligence. My work resulted in a receding horizon genetic algorithm (RHGA) for dynamic positioning of patrol tugs off the Northern Norwegian coast (see my Publications).

My background is from electrical engineering, in which I hold a bachelor of engineering degree (BE), a master of engineering science degree (MEngSc), and a doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Whereas my BE thesis was concerned with nonlinear decoupling in 2D tracking tasks, my PhD thesis was devoted to modelling and simulation of human movement phenomena such as speed-accuracy tradeoffs and velocity profiles and 10 Hz physiological tremor.

Whilst my main focus has been on neuroengineering and control theory, I have also emphasised computer engineering and artificial intelligence during my education. Recently I have taken an interest in the application of differential geometry. I believe that many of tomorrow's complex and nonlinear control problems will not be solvable with classical control methods but will require a fusion of modern control theory, the algorithmical perspective of AI, and differential geometry.

Besides educational and research duties, I enjoy a multitude of activities such as playing football and chess, skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, reading, photography, music and playing the guitar, travelling, film-making, and blogging. I am also a proponent of open-source software, and spend much time acquiring knowledge about Linux as well as technology in general.

You may visit my current "techno" blog or examine my CV, research, and publications by following the links in the main menu. I have also maintained a few blogs in the past, including my travel blog, and my Mannen i gata blog (the latter in Norwegian only). Finally, you can check out my professional networking profiles on Mendeley and LinkedIn and my social networking profiles on  Facebook and Twitter.

About the photo to the right: Capturing me wearing a one-piece on my terrace is an occurrence about as likely as discovering the Higgs boson in the CERN particle accelerator (it did happen once).

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