The Institute for Maritime Software Technology
Your partner in autonomous shipping research


The competence of MAST is built on the combined expertice of Novia Martime Academy and the Software Technology Research Lab at Åbo Akademi

Maritime Simulations

Aboa Mare, Novia´s maritime training center, has been a forerunner in maritime simulation in Finland since 1980s. Our state of the art simulators are upgraded on a regular basis to meet the future challenges. Aboa Mare simulators can be used in maritime training, R&D activities and in various testing and product development of our industry partners. The simulation center has ten ship bridge simulators equipped with real navigational systems. An interface between bridges and simulation software makes it possible to connect any kind of navigational or other instrument to the simulator for testing and developing purposes.

Maritime Operations

Shipping operations and marine technology are our core maritime competences. We have a staff of 30 experts specialized in navigation, maritime safety, maritime legislation, winter navigation, environmental friendly shipping, ship machinery and equipment, autonomous vessels, port operations etc. We also have a global stakeholder network to help you to find the connections you need for your R&D activities. Combining maritime expertise to ICT knowledge already in the early stages of the development process ensures that the final product meets user’s requirements.

Software Technology

The Software Technology Lab at Åbo Akademi has over 20 years of experience in engineering software intensive systems. We do research and development in close cooperation with the industry in foundations and applications and provide academic education and industry training. Our core competences cover the whole software stack from IoT technologies, to cloud computing. In cooperation with our extensive set of industrial partners, we have developed techniques for optimising the performance of our customers system beyond state-of-the-art, as well as improving the software construction process itself.

Autonomous Safety-Critical Systems

With have more than 200 of person/years of effort in model-based software engineering of safety-critical systems the Software Technology Research lab is in a unique position to provide solutions to the needs of the Autonomous shipping industry. The techniques that we applied in industrial settings include traditional model-based software engineering approaches like UML, SysML, Simulink and model-based testing as well as more advanced techniques like formal methods and model-checking. We cooperate extensively in European networks, and have applied our methods in such areas as digital hydraulics, telecommunication networks, and satellite systems.

The Team

Mirva Salokorpi

R&D Manager, Maritime Simulation
Master of Maritime Management
phone: +358 44 762 3532
Novia University of Applied Sciences
Aboa Mare Maritime Academy

Johan Lilius

Professor, Embedded Systems
phone: +358405440741
Åbo Akademi University
Software Technology Research Laboratory