The MAST! Institute co-operate and share knowledge with many different research and development projects.
Applied Research Platform for Autonomous Systems (ARPA), 11/2020 – 10/2023
Applied Research Platform for Autonomous Systems (ARPA) is a joint RDI initiative of Novia University of Applied Sciences and Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). The project will create an ambitious new platform for applied research on autonomous systems, one that enables different operators’ concrete RDI work on smart operating environments.
The project is implemented in six interlinked work packages:
• Maritime logistics and smart manufacturing platform,
• Smart Connectivity,
• Simulators and digital twin design,
• Data platform and AI test facility,
• Visualization and user interfaces and
• Open data and agreements.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/ARPA-Project
Smart Terminals (SMARTER), 2/2021 – 9/2022
SMART terminals is the second part of the Sea4Value program. The first part of the Sea4Value program, is called Sea4Value / Fairway (S4VF). S4VF’s mission is to provide blueprints towards digitalization, service innovation and information flows in maritime transport. Its longer-term mission is in preparing for advanced autonomous operations and navigation. A key step towards autonomous transport system is to ensure safe, sustainable and efficient channel for ships to enter and leave ports. S4VF program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future.
SMART terminals will continue the fairway digitalization process by digitalizing ports, terminals and port operations. Its mission is to create globally replicable models for green and customer centric Ro-Pax terminals by optimizing people and cargo flows. The project focuses on the whole logistics chain, all from truck, car and passenger traffic to, from and within the port area. The project will increase the level of digitalization throughout the transport chain.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/SMARTER-Project
Autonomisen Merenkulun Koulutusverkosto (AutoMare), 10/2016 – 5/2018
A multidisciplinary collaboration between Universities to ensure high level education in the era of autonomous shipping.
Increasing level of automation and digitalization has an impact on the whole society reflecting on the needed skills of work force as well as education including the Finnish maritime cluster. Fast pace of changes and technological development in the field raises the need for constant skill and knowledge base update. Hence, requiring also agility from the education system to adapt and provide education accordingly.
To ensure, that the skill base of Finnish maritime cluster is constantly up to date AutoMare EduNet has been created. It is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Universities to meet the educational needs of autonomous shipping emerging from the Finnish Maritime cluster. For the competitive advantage of Finnish maritime cluster high level of horizontal, multidisciplinary education and expertise is needed rather than focusing on vertical specialization. This can be achieved through collaboration and increased level of information exchange between the experts in various fields.
Even though the autonomous ships are not sailing today, the work for establishing needed knowledge and expertise base should start now.
Sea4Value / Fairway (S4VF), 2/2020 – 1/2022
The mission of the Sea4Value / Fairway (S4VF) program is to provide blueprints towards digitalisation, service innovation and information flows in maritime transport. Its longer term mission is in preparing for advanced autonomous operations and navigation. A key step towards autonomous transport system is to ensure safe, sustainable and efficient channel for ships to enter and leave harbours. S4VF program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future.
S4VF is a transformative program that aims for wide societal influence by providing concrete researchbased recommendations on regulation, business, data usage & sharing and for standardization. In particular, the program targets on following demonstrations and experiments, which are important milestones on the journey towards smart and autonomous maritime transport system.
• Smart fairway navigation experiments
• ePilotage working environment (on shore) and remote pilotage experiments
Internationally Competitive Maritime Education for Modern Seagoing and High Quality Port Services (CoMET), 10/2016 – 5/2018
This project aims to connect maritime simulator centers across the Baltic Sea. Simulator connectivity enables students to train within same virtual learning environment where multi-cultural communication and team working are integral parts of the training.
The main overall objective of the project is to improve transboundary and transnational maritime education. From the strategical aspect, there are many driven forces for improved transboundary and transnational maritime education.
This project will be increasing the student’s knowledge of future requirements and increases possibility to be employed internationally. The student’s knowledge and skills will be enhanced from the perspective of seafarers and port’s specialists education serving international shipping companies. The quality of international education, the competence of simulator center related personnel and the capacity of maritime education institutions offering international education will also be increased.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/CoMET-Project
MasterSIM, 6/2018 – 6/2021
The R&D project MasterSIM, coordinated by Novia UAS, aims to answer the needs arising from maritime digitalization and autonomous shipping trends especially related to vessel remote operation. This will be done by developing a Remote Operation Center (AMOC). AMOC will operate both as a research platform and educational simulator related to remote operations of a ship. It will be connected to Aboa Mare simulator and training environment and will also have the capabilities in the future to receive real-life data and connect to real vessels for research and testing purposes. AMOC will simulate as far as feasible real-life remote operations of a ship conducted on daily basis both during normal operations and emergencies. Other objectives are to construct a remote operation concept and preliminary educational plan for operatives working in a remote operation center.
MasterSIM project is funded primarily by Finnish Ministery of Education. Other partners funding the project are Novia UAS, Kongsberg Marine Finland Ltd., Finnpilot Ltd. and Finnferries Ltd. The project started in June 2018 and will continue until the end of 2020.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/MasterSIM-Project
Allied ICT Finland (AIF), 8/2018 – 9/2020
AIF is an alliance of eleven research organizations together with five cities and companies. The target of the AIF project is to accelerate the utilization of research knowledge, discoveries and research environments in the ICT sector. The project´s targets are on creation and commercialization of wireless, knowledge and data intensive smart products and solutions. AIF improves the capability and speed of research results into the business. The project is building universities´ joint capabilities and practices to work together with companies. Strategic development of operations at local, national and international levels.
Novia University of Applied Sciences focuses in the project on digital maritime industry and maritime simulation. Novia builds strong cooperation with University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Science and Åbo Akademi University. Together these organizations are offering the best knowledge, research environments and other assets to accelerate the new business creation.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/AIF
Master of Engineering, Autonomous Maritime Operations, 1/2018 ->
The programme’s aim is to educate engineers and seafarers to meet the requirements for the fourth industrial revolution in maritime technology. The programme has a special focus on the digitalization of maritime operations. The programme comprises 60 ECTS and the study language is English.
The programme has a special focus concerning the digitalization of maritime operations. The studies include 6 courses of relevant subjects each of an extent of 5 credits. Following subjects are covered:
- Introduction to studies and introduction to Marine operations
- Autonomous vessels-automation
- Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Machine Interaction
- Remote Operations
- Cyber Security and Connectivity
- Classification, Qualification and Safety Perspectives
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/master-autonomous
Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (RAAS), 8/2018 – 11/2020
RAAS is an innovation ecosystem which facilitates creation of industrial innovations in the field of autonomous systems. The focus of RAAS is 1) Land transport, 2) Maritime, 3) Mobile work machines and 4) Drone systems. It’s an access point to the best talent in both national and international networks of top researchers. RAAS targets to become the world´s most well-known innovation accelerator in the field of autonomous systems. RAAS involves 100 of researchers, 40 company representatives and 30 representatives from different
stakeholders. The research work is organised in several Research Task Forces (RTF). R&D manager Mirva Salokorpi is the coordinator for the Remote Monitoring and Operation & Reliability and Maintenance RTF. VTT is the coordinator of the RAAS ecosystem, and the main financer is Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Read more: https://autonomous.fi/
ÄlyVESI, 10/2016 – 5/2018
Smart City Ferries was a research, development and an innovation project between cities, technology companies and universities. The aim was to survey possibilities and test and develop new solutions and services for the intelligent transport of mass traffic in urban waterways. The financing was mainly based on ERDF. Additional financiers were Finnish Transport Safety Agency and the cities of Helsinki and Espoo.
Read more: https://www.aboamare.fi/About-ÄlyVESI