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Maritime Optima Scholarships for Master Students

In cooperation with NTNU, Maritime Optima AS is announcing scholarships for students who want to write master's theses based on machine learning (ML) and/or commercial shipping.

Maritime shipping vessels are fitted with a GPS tracking system called Automated Identification Systems (AIS) and Maritime Optima has access to global historical and real-time AIS data from more than 600 terrestrial and satellite senders for over 65 000 vessels continuously updated in real-time. This data provides insight into the traveling patterns of ships and can, for instance, also be used to predict future destinations for vessels. The 65 000 vessels are structured into segments and subsegments, and each of the ships has a comprehensive technical description attached. Maritime Optima also has maritime weather, routes, maps, etc. Maritime Optima AS is a company with machine-readable maritime data and industry knowledge, and we want to learn and be challenged by ambitious master students. You are invited to study how digital technologies are changing and challenging the different maritime organizations at all levels: strategy, management, decision making, organizational structures and work processes, competencies, and skills. As a master student, you are invited to use your technical knowledge and the data, the industry knowledge, and our relevant network to look into topics such as:

If you have a proposal for a master thesis, we would also like to hear from you.

Maritime Optima AS has the opportunity to grant two scholarships of NOK 25,000 per semester. The applications are assessed based on the master's thesis' relevance to Maritime Optima, the student's academic qualifications, and project description. All students who are affiliated with a master's program in programming, machine learning, finance, or international economics can apply.

Relevant skills:

To apply for the scholarship, you must:

Information about the application process:

Rolling admission.

We require that the assignment is completed within a reasonable time and achieve a grade of B or better to the final 20 % of the scholarship to be paid out.

Maritime Optima contacts for supervision:

Pål-Robert Engnæs, CTO.

Jean Niklas L’orange, Sr. backend developer.

Morten Omholt-Jensen, Full stack developer.

Kristin Omholt-Jensen, CEO.

About Maritime Optima

Maritime Optima AS was registered in April 2018 and is today privately funded by serial entrepreneurs and external investors. We were awarded the Copernicus Award in 2018 and we became a part of the Microsoft Startup program in October 2019. We are also supported by Innovation Norway.

Maritime Optima is building software for the commercial shipping industry, helping users and customers make more informed choices and empowering them and their colleagues to work from anywhere. This is mainly done through a solid data foundation and manual enrichment by users, which they can share within teams. By intuitively presenting the data and making it possible to "play" with it, we give our customers the ability to utilize their company's collective knowledge. We aim to create a modular product that really makes a difference in the maritime industry.

About NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik. NTNU's strength is our competence in science and technology combined with academic breadth and interdisciplinary. NTNU has a prominent profile in science and technology, a variety of professional study programs, and excellent academic breadth, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines, and artistic activities. Read more about NTNU.

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Kristin Omholt-Jensen
Founder, CEO & Board Member
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