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Stian Andre Solbø

Acting Research Director Drones and Autonomous Systems

+47 975 86 835
Siva Innovasjonssenter, Sykehusvn 21, 9019 Tromsø

I have a PhD in satellite remote sensing and have worked with remote sensing from drones since 2005. Our research group pioneered civilian BVLOS operations in Norway. In the early years, drones were widely used to acquire data for environmental and climate research. In recent years, there has been a more industrial and commercial focus, with projects in instrumentation and sensor development. In the first years only military grade drones had the capacities we needed, at a price that was unattainable in the research sphere. Hence, we often had to develop our own drones. Nowadays, the civilian drone industry has become mature with many players and a solid selection of mature off-the-shelf systems.

In today's project portfolio, we typically help customers develop tomorrow's solutions for existing and future drones. Typical projects focus on the development of new sensors and payloads that use radar and/or hyperspectral cameras. Further, we work on autonomous measurement and navigation or data processing on board drones and real-time sharing of data and interaction with other actors.

I have experience in leading projects both for industry, public entities, and academia. My project portfolio includes both Norwegian and foreign partners.

Stian Andre Solbø


Energy & Technology

Research Groups

Drones and Autonomous Systems

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Open CV

Kompetansesenter for luftfartbaserte tjenester (KSLT) - Sluttrapport – NORCE Norwegian Research Centre 2020
A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna – Marine Pollution Bulletin 2019
Monitoring marine mammals using unmanned aerial vehicles: Quantifying detection certainty – Ecosphere 2018
Unmanned aerial system nadir reflectance and MODIS nadir BRDF-adjusted surface reflectances intercompared over Greenland – The Cryosphere 2017
Droner i utmarksbaserte næringer. (8/2016) – Norut 2016
Changes in greening in the high Arctic: Insights from a 30 year AVHRR max NDVI dataset for Svalbard – Environmental Research Letters 2016
Bruk av ubemannete fly (UAS) i miljøovervåking på Svalbard – Ottar 2016
Using "structure-from-motion" photogrammetry in mapping snow avalanche debris – Wiener Schriften zur Geographie und Kartographie 2015
Monitoring cultural heritage environments in Svalbard – Smeerenburg, a whaling station on Amsterdam Island – EARSeL eProceedings 2015
Sensitive on-chip methane detection with a cryptophane-A cladded Mach-Zehnder interferometer – Optics Express 2015
Assessing the impact of human activity on cultural heritage in Svalbard: a remote sensing study of London – The Polar Journal 2015
Imaging Sea Ice Structure by Remote Sensing Sensors – Proceedings - International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions 2015
Single-mode limit and bending losses for shallow Rib Si3N4 waveguides – IEEE Photonics Journal 2015
Temperature sensitivity of waveguide Mach-Zehnder interferometer – Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering 2014
High-performance Visualization of UAV Sensor and Image Data with Raster Maps and Topography in 3D – International Journal of Image and Data Fusion 2014
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