Call for papers for “Advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality for Training and Assessment”: Special Issue


In response to the increasing attention towards new and enhanced solutions for simulators used in training and education, the journal Advances in Human-Computer Interaction have invited TARG to propose a special issue in the area. A call for papers for this issue has thus been published. READ MORE 

TARG Visits Canadian University


On January 4th, TARG member Steven Mallam visited Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science to meet with Dr. Brian Veitch and his research team in St. John’s, Canada. READ MORE


Video from the 6th Workshop on Training and Assessment

Get a sneak peak at the activities and speakers from the 6th Workshop on on Training and Assessment: “The Role of Autonomy in Maritime Education. The workshop was located in the beautiful town Tromsø in Norway. 


TARG workshop in Tromso gives unique insights for Autonomy in maritime domain


The 6th Workshop on Training and Assessment titled “The Role of Autonomy in Maritime Education, Training and Operations” was successfully conducted on 23rd– 24th October at the Scandic Ishav Hotel in Tromsø. READ MORE


Practical guide for trust building in meetings and network

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Professor Anne Haugen Gausdal from University College of Southeast Norway and her research fellow, research professor Helge Svare at the Work Research Institute, have developed a practical guide (in Norwegian) for building trust in meetings and networks. READ MORE


TARG Attends World’s Largest Modeling, Simulation and Training Event


TARG member Steven Mallam recently attended the “Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference” (I/ITSEC 2017) in Orlando, Florida from November 27th to December 1st. READ MORE


InnoTraining project meeting at Kongsberg Digital (KDI)

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On Thursday 9th November, TARG team visited KDI for the InnoTraining project meeting. The new PhD hire (Sathiya) and master students (Sunniva and Anders), whose thesis will be within the InnoTraining project introduced themselves to KDI team and explained their upcoming data collection in winter. READ MORE


TARG attends TransNav Conference in Gdynia 2017

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Transportation and Navigation Conference (TransNav) was held in Gdynia, Poland, 20th to 23rd of June 2017. TARG represented the conference with Salman Nazir, Kjell-Ivar Øvergård and Jorgen Ernstsen. Salman and Kjell were also chair members during a selection of the conference’s presentations. READ MORE

TARG member on Norwegian national radio

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Professor Kjell Ivar Øvergård was interviewed for national radio on the program “Ship without Captain, a good idea?”. The program was aired on the the NRK P2 radio program ‘Ekko’ on the 18th of August. READ MORE


Researchers from Germany visits TARG, 


TARG has recently had a visit from a prestigious German research group from Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB). With sponsorship from the Research Council of Norway and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), TARG and RUB have formed a close collaborative relationship. READ MORE

Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) Hosts Second InnoTraining Meeting

On Monday August 28th, the second meeting of TARG’s newly initiated project Innovating Maritime Training Simulators using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining), was held at the IFE facilities in Halden, Norway. READ MORE



TARG attends conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

The 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017) and the Affiliated Conferences was held at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA July 17-21, 2017. READ MORE

Kick-off meeting for InnoTraining project

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Innovating Maritime Training Simulators using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining) is a project won by TARG at the University College of Southeast Norway (HSN) and the Kongsberg Group (KDI), with IFE and POLIMI in an assisting role. READ MORE


9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics


The 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017) and the Affiliated Conferences is held at Loews Sapphire Resort, Universal Studios Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA July 22-26th in 2018. READ MORE



TARG researcher contributed as co-editor to second book 

TARG researcher Salman Nazir  (leader of TARG team) is honored to contribute as co-editor to second book, published by Springer. The title of the book is: Advances in Human Factors, Business Management and Leadership. READ MORE



TARG VR research covered on Norwegian national TV – NRK

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Training and Assessment Group (TARG) and Kongsberg Digital (KDI), applied in December 2016 for a project grant to support the innovation of maritime training simulators using virtual and augmented reality named InnoTraining. Research Council of Norway rewarded the project a grant of 13 million NOK. READ MORE

TARG researchers visit Germany in august 2017

Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) with Salman Nazir and Jørgen Ernstsen have visited researchers in Bochum and Aachen (Germany). READ MORE


HSN’s new project: Achieve SFU status

Centre of ExcellenceTechnical advancements, environmental challenges, and new trends in the maritime industry results in a need of higher skill among maritime students. Developing a more beneficial learning arena, especially in simulator based training, will give the students a better chance of adapting to the changes seen in the industry. READ MORE


TARG hosts Prof. Tareq Ahram from University of Central Florida, USA


TARG recently hosted Prof. Tareq Ahram from the University of Central Florida, USA for one-day visit for the occasion of the 5th Workshop on Training and Assessment. He is the lead scientist and research manager working at the Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (IASE) at the University of Central Florida. READ MORE

TARG and Kongsberg Digital (KDI) – awarded a grant of 13 million NOK by Research Council of Norway

TARG submitted a project application entitled Innovating maritime training simulators using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining) to Research Council of Norway (RCN) in co-operation with Kongsberg Digital (KDI) for the development of next generation of maritime training simulators. READ MORE


PhD position announced at HSN


Recently; TARG/ IMA has announced an opening for a PhD position at HSN. This PhD position is in connection with the current research project Innovating Maritime Training Simulators Using Virtual and Augmented Reality (InnoTraining). 


For more information on the InnoTraining project, please see additional articles published.


TARG research member now Adjunct Professor


Professor Kjell Ivar Øvergård has just been appointed as adjunct professor (20%) position at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. He joined the department of nautical sciences in January 2017. He will mostly work with supervision of PhD-students and teaching on the Phd-program in Nautical Operations. READ MORE


TARG Workshop at Svendborg, Denmark

October 2016. Strengthening Norwegian Maritime Education, Training and Safety with national and international cooperation


An amalgamation of cross disciplines, expertise and cultures resulted in yet another successful (2-days) workshop on training and assessment with the theme “profit vs safety”.






TARG hosts Captain James Parson from Canada

November 2016. TARG hosted Captain James Parson (Academic Director, School of Maritime Studies, Marine Institute of Memorial University) from Canada for a one day visit. READ MORE


TARG succeed in obtaining research grant from the Brazilian National Research Council 


November 2016. TARG participated in a research grant application to the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). The evaluation resulted in the award of the research grant. READ MORE


TARG host research group from Germany

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From left: Prof. Nazir, Sebastian, Prof. Kluge, Barbra Frank, Dr. Hagemann, and Jorgen Ernstsen.

TARG had the pleasure of hosting an expert research group from Ruhr University Bochum with Prof. Kluge, Dr. Hagemann, Barbra Frank and Sebastian Brandhorst. The exchange project is in sponsorship by Research Council of Norway and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). READ MORE



ONS Young Idea award

30. August 2016

TARG researcher brings award

TARG researcher brings award

PhD-researcher Jorgen Ernstsen participated in a national competition orchestrated by Lundin. It was revolved around “Can we do this differently and make it better?”, and asked for ideas which provide innovative ideas to solve challenges in the offshore industry.  READ MORE


TARG reseacher contributed as co-editor to a book – Advances in Human Factors, Business Management , Training and Education.

A researcher from TARG (Salman Nazir – leader of TARG team) is honored to contribute to a book as co-editor, published by Springer.


Human factors examine the relationship between human beings and the system with which they interact. The importance of human factors and its applicability is growing in different domains. READ MORE







Representation of TARG at AHFE 2016 conference in Orlando USA

7th International conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

7th International conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics was held from 27th to 31st July at Orlando, USA and was attended by Dr. Salman Nazir. This is one of the biggest conferences in applied human factors. Dr. Nazir was Co- Chair of the track – “Human Factors in management and leadership”. The conference was attended by about 2000 delegates and participants.  READ MORE


TARG Research member identifies plagiarism in PhD thesis

Aug – sep 2016

As chairman of the evaluation committee for a Phd-thesis Professor Øvergård discovered numerous instances of plagiarism in a doctoral thesis at the University of Stavanger (UiS) in Norway.

The plagiarism case have received lot of attention from news agencies in Norway.   READ MORE


The 3rd workshop for Training and Assessment

maritime-workshop_2was conducted successfully on 4th of May 2016 by project leader of the workshop associate professor Salman Nazir, and workshop admin head Sanda Knutson, at campus Vestfold. The theme of the workshop was: “Need for paradigm shift”. This theme falls under the rubric of MARKOM 2020.  READ MORE



TARG visits Ruhr Bochum University (Germany)

One of the key factor in the growth of research groups is the quality of international collaboration they possess. The project (entitled: TITAP) won by TARG and RUB (led by prof. Nazir and prof. Kluge respectively) is aimed for such collaboration. As a part of TITAP, TARG visits an esteemed research group (led by prof. Annette Kluge) at RUB Germany.  SEE MORE


Launch of

Friday 01.04.2016. TARG is proud to announce the launch of targlab.com. The team behind the curtain have put in significant effort in the development of the website. Creative ideas and creating beautiful content in a welcoming manner is a challenging task; however, dedication and the indomitable spirit of TARG have brought us targlab.com. SEE MORE


Welcome Jørgen Ernstsen to TARG

Monday 07.03.2016. Jørgen Ernstsen has joined the Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG). He is a PhD-researcher at the University College of Southeast Norway, faculty of technology and maritime science. SEE MORE



HBV among the best!

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As the first Norwegian institution ever, HBV is now officially member of the leading organization in maritime education and training: IAMU. SEE MORE

Need for cooperation and mutual understanding

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Workshops on Training and Assessment – 2015

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Two workshops in Training and Assessment was held in 2015. Both workshops had a focus to facilitate international and local visibility of the Department of Maritime Technology and Innovation and TARG.  SEE MORE


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