Mikael Svenstrup

Mikael Svenstrup

Postdoc, Ph.D., M.Sc.E.E

Aalborg University
Department of Electronic Systems
Section of Automation and Control
Fredrik Bajersvej 7C
Room C2-211
DK-9220 Aalborg East

Office: +45 9940 8753
E-mail: ms (at) es.aau.dk

Current Project:I am working within the OFFWIND project. The goal of the project is to simulate the wind flow through a wind farm. My part of the project is related to controlling the turbines and the power reference to each turbine such that the optimal power output from the wind farm is obtained.

Everyting should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Science is build up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a heap of stones is a house.
Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)

Education is what happens to the other person, not what comes out of the mouth of the educator.
Miles Horton

Misc. Postings

2013 Single turbine wake
The figure below is a simulation of the wake and pressure around a single wind turbine. The simulation was done using SOWFA. The simulation speed should correspond to a real turbine in a real world setting. Initially the blades are pitched out of the wind and after a couple of seconds it starts pitching in and rotating. The ambient wind speed is 12 m/s. The left figures show the turbine from the front and the right show slices of the wake seen from behind the turbine. The top figures show the wind speed, while the lower figures show the pressure.

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2013 OFFWIND project
The goal of the project is to simulate the wind flow through a wind farm.
Our part of the project is related to controlling the turbines and the power reference to each turbine such that the optimal power output from the wind farm is obtained. Furthermore to predict the power output from the farm during the next short period around 1 hour (also known as nowcasting).

2010-2013 Vestas Turbine Control Programme
I am working as a postdoc on the Vestas Turbine Control Programme (VTCP). The programme is sponsored by Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Aalborg University. The objective of the project is to investigate various aspects of new control methods for wind turbines.

I have stopped trying to make regular updates on this list, since I just don't get it done. This, however, does not mean that the rest of this homepage is not updated.

10th August 2011
The Vestas Turbine Control Programme we are hosting a symposium in wind turbine control at November 28th and 29th. The programme for the symposium can be seen here:
Wind Turbine Control Symposium

1 August 2011
A book chapter (Navigation Among Humans) based on some the work on my Ph.D. thesis is now published.
Mikael Svenstrup (2011). Navigation Among Humans,
Advances in Robot Navigation, Alejandra Barrera (Ed.),
ISBN: 978-953-307-346-0, InTech

See publications page.
Publishers version is available from: Navigation Among Humans
27 June 2011
Now a final version of my Ph.D. thesis, can be found here.
24 May 2011
Ph.D. - been there, done that, got the HAT :-)
24 May 2011
Now the Ph.D. defence is scheduled for May 24th:
See announcement here.
A draft version of the thesis is here.
Update: It is now in the final version here.
12 May 2011
I presented our paper: Minimising the computational complexity of the RRT algorithm - a practical approach (see it here) at ICRA 2011 in Shanghai (the International Conference on Robotics and Automation).
December 1st, 2010
Started on a two year Postdoc within wind energy at the Vestas Turbine Control Program
November 2nd, 2010
Have now made a short CV on this page.
November 1st, 2010
The summary of the work, which I have made during my Ph.D. project is now a bit more up to date.
July 6th, 2010
A long time without updates has passed, so here is a short update:

August 24th, 2009
Within a very short timeframe, I think I am going to put some photos and updates from Reno and the surroundings here. - Sorry the text is in Danish only.
August 24th, 2009
It turns out that I am very bad at updating this news section. Thus, I have decided to change the name to Misc. Postings. Consequently, it will only contain information, which I just happen to feel like writing (basically as I have done previously).
August 23rd, 2009
About a week ago, I arrived at Reno in Nevada. Here, I am going to spend the next four months at UNR (University of Nevada). I will spend most of my time at the Robotics Research Lab, which is directed by Monica Nicolescu. Exactly what I am going to do is still TBD, but maybe it has something to do with robots.
June 23rd, 2009
I have now updated the description of my Ph.D work, such that it is more complete and up to date.
June 16th, 2009
Our paper Adaptive Human aware Navigation based on Motion Pattern Analysis (see it here) for RO-MAN 2009 was accepted.
June 9th, 2009
The Segway is already back from repair in the US.
May 27th, 2009
Updated list of phd courses here.
May 25th, 2009
While I was in Japan, our Segway RMP robot broke down, and unfortunately have to be sent back to US for repair - hope that we get it back soon.
May 12-17, 2009
Visited Kobe, Japan for the ICRA2009 conference.
March 25th, 2009
A short description of my Ph.D. project has been added to the phd-project page.
March 17th, 2009
Lately we have been doing experiments for a paper submission to IEEE RO-MAN 2009 - the International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. The deadline is March 25th.
February 10th, 2009
Updated the list of Ph.D. courses and added some links on the page.
January 7th, 2009
The paper for ICRA2009 was accepted - see Publications.
January 6th, 2009
Updated Ph.D. studyplan uploaded under publications (Other Stuff).
Ph.D. Project description changed (here).
December 19th , 2008
The Video Submission for HRI2009 was accepted.
December 2nd, 2008
Miscellaneous minor updates to the homepage.
December 1st, 2008
A video submitted for HRI2009. The video is from an experiment done in December 2007.
November 25th, 2008
Got 2nd best paper award in the course "Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers" (see courses).
The task was to write a short popular paper about my research.
October 6th, 2008
Two articles on jp.dk and videnskab.dk
The articles are about Robotino and the recent experiments concerning estimation of human interest in interaction.
September 15th, 2008
Papers submitted for ICRA2009 and HRI2009.
August 27th, 2008
Added two more project proposals for 5th and 7th semester respectively: project proposal.
August 14th, 2008
Added 10th semester project proposal.
August 13th, 2008
Top navigation bar added on the page.
June 25th, 2008
Publications page added.
May 7th, 2008
List of phd courses updated
April 20th, 2008
Two papers accepted for Eurobot 2008 - see publications.
April 8th, 2008
List of phd courses inserted under phd
April 4th, 2008
Links inserted in the left navigation panel, and new pages added.
Februrary 19th, 2008
Quote inserted.
Februrary 13th, 2008
Now the page is XHTML and CSS valid. Changed some colours.
Februrary 5th, 2008
Page now up and running
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