Training and Assessment Research Group


Our aim is to Improve Human Performance within modern complex systems


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Global market dynamics and competitiveness requires the systems to adapt and keep performing in a sustainable way. This requires research on performing efficient and safe operations by investigating the complex interdependency among humans and machines.

The increasing complexity of modern operations have put new demands on human operator that requires new solutions. Such methods and solutions can be achieved by rigorous, collaborative, and state of the art research, which is the core value of Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG).

More information

For more information regarding our current research project, InnoTraining, investigating virtual reality applications in training and assessment please visit InnoTraining

For more information regarding our upcoming international workshop on training and assessment follow this link to TARG workshops




Humans exhibit a nearly universal desire to learn and share news. TARG will constantly develop and improve their work. The results will be presented in the news bulletin. Please stop by to read about our work.

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2017 Grant Innovating maritime training simulators using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining) Research Council of Norway 13 000 000 NOK (approx. 1 460 000 Euros)
2017 Grant Improving Maritime Education, Training and Performance Assessment in Norway MARKOM 2020 NA
2017 Grant SFU pre-project - Simulator Based Education for Maritime Professions MARKOM 2020 1 000 000 NOK (approx. 110 000 Euros)
2016 Grant Involved in Smart Training of Air Traffic Control Officers Oslo Fjord 85 000 Euros
2016 Prestigious Research Collaborations (IS-DAAD Program) with Ruhr University Bochum, Germany Research Council of Norway and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) N/A
2016 Grant Workshops on Training and Performance Assessment in Maritime Domain MARKOM 2020 700 000 NOK (approx. 75 000 Euros)
2015 Grant Workshops on Training and Performance Assessment in Maritime Domain MARKOM 2020 400 000 NOK (approx. 50 000 Euros)
2015 Grant Grunnlag for nye treningsformer (GRuNT) Oslo Fjord Norwegian Research Council - Oslofjordfondet Funded with 200.000 for 10 months
2015 Grant PhD Position at Maritime Technology, Management and Innovation MARKOM 2020 N/A

See a complete list of grants here

Courses we teach


Course plan Description Responsible
 MM-HTO5081 Human - Technology - Organization. Read more Salman Nazir
 FE-HES3500 Human Element in Shipping and Logistics. Read more Jørgen Ernstsen
 MM-RES4001 Research Methods.  Read more Kjell Ivar Øvergård

TARG members


Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) – led by Associate Prof. Salman Nazir – at University College of Southeast Norway, Department of Maritime Technology and Innovation (MTDI), constitutes of 1 Master students, 4 PhD researcher, 1 Post Doc. Researcher and 9 Professors.

TARG staff and members



Salman Nazir

Associate Professor at University College of Southeast Norway (HSN), where he works in the Faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences. He has a Masters and PhD in Engineering (focus System Engineering and Human Factors) from Hanyang University, South Korea and Politecnico di Milano, POLIMI, Italy, respectively. SEE MORE


Kjell Ivar Øvergård

Professor in Maritime Human Factors. He is head of maritime research at the faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences at University College of Southeast Norway. Prof. Øvergård became full professor in 2011 at the age of 34. SEE MORE


Bjarte Knappen Røed

Bjarte Knappen Røed is an adjunct associate professor in maritime human factors. He is situated at the University College of Southeast Norway, faculty of technology and maritime sciences. Røed has a Ph.D (2007) in human factors and a Master’s degree in nautical engineering (2002) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. SEE MORE



Meet all TARG members here

Our Publications

An essential part of our efforts to disseminate our research is to publish our work through academic channels, such as journals, books and more.

All of USN’s and TARG publications are registered in the Current Research Information System in Norway (CRISTIN). Our library websites provide an overview of USN’s publication guidelines and FAQs for questions about everything from APA to CRISTIN.   Link to CRISTIN

View our list of publications related to TARG


Recent publications:



  • Consistency in the development of performance assessment methods in the maritime domain.

    Ernstsen, J., & Nazir, S. (2018)

    WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

  • Simulator Training for Maritime Complex Tasks: An Experimental Study.

    Hjelmervik, K., Nazir, S., & Myhrvold, A. (2018)

    WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs.

  • The Level of Automation in Emergency Quick Disconnect Decision Making.

    Imset, M., Falk, K., Kjørstad, M., & Nazir, S. (2018)
    Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 6(1), 17.
  • Advance use of Training Simulator in Maritime Education and Training: A questionnaire study

    Nazir, S. & Hjelmervik, K.

    Proceeding of the 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017). Los Angeles, California, USA, July 17-21, 2017.

  • Distributed Situation Awareness in pilotage operations: Implications and Challenges.

    Sharma, A., & Nazir, S. (2017)

    TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, 11(2), 103-107.

  • Leading for safety. A weighted safety leadership model in shipping.

    Kim, T.E. and Gausdal, A.H. (2017).

    Reliability Engineering & System Safety 165 (September 2017), 458-466

  • Towards automated performance assessment for maritime navigation and manoeuvring

    Øvergård, K. I., Nazir, S., Solberg, A. S. (2017)

    TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, 11(2), 43-48.



Collaborators and partners

Research Collaborators:


RWTH Aachen University (Germany)


Politecnico di Milano (Italy)


University of Sydney (Australia)


Chalmers tekniska högskola (Sweden)


University of Petronas (Malaysia)


Luleå University of Technoogy (Sweden)

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Liverpool John Moore University (UK)


Poznan University of Technology (Poland)


University of Bochum (Germany)



University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)





Industry Collaborators:


 Kongsberg Maritime


Lilaas AS


Kongsberg Norcontrol IT







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