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Robin T. Bye

  • PhD, MEngSc, BE (Hons 1)
  • Associate professor
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Research interests

automationroboticsmechatronicsmodel predictive controlswarm intelligenceevolutionary computingmotion planningdifferential geometric controldynamic resource allocationhuman movement control systemsNeuroengineering

About

My name is Robin T. Bye and I am an associate professor in automation engineering and member of the Software and Intelligent Control Engineering Laboratory (SoftICE Lab) at NTNU in Ålesund (formerly Aalesund University College), the Ålesund Campus of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 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, master, and bachelor students on their thesis topics. My main research interests belong to the broad areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and cybernetics, specifically topics such as intelligent control engineering, virtual prototyping, computational modelling and simulation of human movements, as well as dynamic resource allocation and operations research, but also research in teaching and education. Since 2014, I have been a member of the Software and Intelligent Control Engineering (SoftICE) Laboratory at NTNU in Ålesund. In the beginning, we focussed on continuing research related to the DRAMA project (presented below). More recently, we have focussed on virtual prototyping and intelligent computer-automated product design. I was the research head of the project Artificial Intelligence for Crane Design (ended 2016) and am currently member of the project Artificial Intelligence for Winch Design. In the SoftICE lab, I also spend time on in multiagent modelling and simulation (MAMS). Other activities of mine include chairing conferences. I was 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. This conference included world-class keynote speakers and researchers such as Nobel Prize laureate May-Britt Moser and Stephen Grossberg as well as showcased the world's largest and most advanced offshore simulator. 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 lives on through the continuing work of PhD student Brice Assimizele, whom I supervise. 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 during my education. Recently I have taken an interest in geometric control through 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.

Co-authors (20)

Editorships

Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS '13)

Editor

2013

Publications (17)

An intelligent winch prototyping tool

  • Bye R
  • Osen O
  • Rekdalsbakken W
Proceedings - 31st European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2017 (2017)
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Evolutionary winch design using an online winch prototyping tool

  • Hameed I
  • Bye R
  • Pedersen B
Proceedings - 31st European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2017 (2017)
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Reflections on teaching electrical & computer engineering courses at the bachelor level

  • Osen O
  • Bye R
CSEDU 2017 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (2017)
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The teacher as a facilitator for learning: Flipped classroom in a master's course on artificial intelligence

  • Bye R
CSEDU 2017 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (2017)
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A game-based learning framework for controlling brain-actuated wheelchairs

  • Hjørungdal R
  • Sanfilippo F
  • Osen O
Proceedings - 30th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2016 (2016)
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Professional experience

Associate professor

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

January 2016 - Present

Associate Professor

Aalesund University College

October 2010 - Present

Researcher

Ålesund University College

May 2008 - September 2010(2 years)

Education history

PhD in Electrical Engineering

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales

March 2005 - June 2009(4 years)

MEngSc in Systems and Control

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales

March 2004 - December 2004(9 months)

BE (Honours Class 1) in Electrical Engineering

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales

March 2000 - December 2003(4 years)