TARG NEWS AND EVENTS

The 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

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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.

The conference objective is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of human factors and ergonomics. 

You are cordially invited to participate in the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2018) and the Affiliated Conferences, jointly held under one management and one registration. 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.

The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the current status of the project, upcoming milestones and to get a sneak peek of IFEs simulator facilities. READ MORE

 

 

Researchers from Germany visits TARG, Norway

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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, which has developed several joint research projects and interests, bringing together the German’s expertise in human cognition with TARG’s competence in training and assessment. 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. The project was awarded 13 million NOK to spend on the innovation and development of a future training simulator (FTS), which will be based on virtual reality technology.

Great enthusiasm from all attendees was evident at this week’s kick-off meeting for InnoTraining. READ MORE

  

The 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics

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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.

This conference is one of the most esteemed conferences within Applied Human Factors, and was attended by TARG member Salman Nazir. TARG contributed the conference with one talk on Human Factors and one poster presentation. READ MORE

TARG researcher contributed as co-editor to second book – Advances in Human Factors, Business Management and Leadership

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.

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The book provides researchers and professionals with new tools and inspiring ideas for achieving excellence in various business activities. 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.
The main aim of InnoTraining is to enhance simulator training in maritime education.

The project has received much attention in media and in the education sector for its focus on cutting edge technology and original perspective on simulator training. This January, Norwegian Public Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), visited HSN to investigate InnoTraining.  READ MORE

   

 

TARG researchers visit Germany in august 2017

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Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) with Salman Nazir and Jørgen Ernstsen have visited researchers in Bochum and Aachen (Germany). The sponsorship from the Research Council of Norway and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have enabled TARG and Ruhr University of Bochum to collaboratively explore the cognitive characteristics associated with pilotage operation, and this trip was the finalization of the first paper. READ MORE

 

HSN’s new project: Achieve SFU status

Centre of ExcellenceIt is important to stay alert and keep up with the changes in our ever-evolving world: Technical 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.

The Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative (SFU) is a status awarded by NOKUT. It is achieved by institutions proving excellence in quality and innovative practices in maritime education (www.nokut.no). In achieving SFU status, the institutions involved will benefit in a professional reputation and profitable educational standards. READ MORE

 

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

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From left: Professor Christianne Falcao, Professor Salman Nazir and Professor Tareq Ahram

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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. He is currently working on multiple research projects including a research project funded by the United States Office of Naval Research on modelling human performance and total ownership cost. Prof. Ahram was accompanied by Prof. Christianne Falcao from UNICAP, Brazil. READ MORE

    

TARG – in co-operation with Kongsberg Digital (KDI) – is awarded a grant of 13 million NOKs by Research Council of Norway

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Desember 2016. Simulator based training has altered the way in which training and education was perceived couple of decades before. The technology related to simulator based training has seen recent shift towards immersive environments. By keeping a track of these advancements in training simulators and new developments in virtual and augmented reality, 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

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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). InnoTraining is founded by The Norwegian Research Counsil, and the project is conducted in close collaboration with Kongsberg Digital (KDI).

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

Find direct links for the articles below

TARG and KDI Awarded Grant of 13 million
TARG on Norwegian National TV

TARG research member now Adjunct Professor

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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

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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”.

Academics and practitioners differ in their approaches towards the balance between safety and monetary benefits, hence, the theme of last workshop was chosen as profits vs safety.

The 4th workshop on training and assessment funded by the MARKOM2020 project was lead by associate professor Salman Nazir in cooperation with admin head Sanda Knutson. Dorte Hostrup Pedersen, Sales Executive at Maersk Training. READ MORE

 

  

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.

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Cpt. Parson has much experience with leading the main responsibility in a wide variety of complex maritime operations. The visit was arranged by Dr. Salman Nazir, as the follow up of discussions between the two at the annual meeting of International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMU, which was held in Vietnam. A short meeting between Cpt. James with institute leader (Anne Kari Botnmark) – where long term collaboration among the two intuitions were discussed – was one of the highlights of the visit. READ MORE

TARG succeeded in obtaining a research grant from the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) as a foreign partner

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November 2016. TARG participated in a research grant application (as a foreign partner) to the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). This was for conducting simulated exercises for resilient performance in response to emergencies and disasters, jointly with Complex Systems Technology research group. The evaluation resulted in the award of the research grant. READ MORE

 

 

TARG host research group from Germany

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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).

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

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

Together with the German research group (led by Dr. Kluge) a project named Towards Improvement in Training and Performance, TITAP which serves to foster the international collaboration between TARG and Germany, has brought forward interesting research regarding operator’s complex characteristics while navigating maritime vessels. READ MORE

 

 

ONS Young Idea award

30. August 2016

A month ago, 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.

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The idea was assessed according to its potential and how it represents improvement and innovative thinking. The idea had to focus on making the oil and gas industry safer, more environment-friendly and more efficient. READ MORE

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

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

advances-in-human-factors-business-management-training-and-educationThe title of the book is: Advances in Human Factors, Business Management, Training and Education.

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.

The book provides researchers and professionals with new tools and inspiring ideas for achieving excellence in various business activities. READ MORE

 

Representation of TARG at AHFE 2016 conference in Orlando USA

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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. The conference consists of several tracks. Dr. Nazir is Co- Chair of the track – “Human Factors in management and leadership”. The conference was attended by about 2000 delegates and participants. TARG has total of 3 talks which resulted in 3 publications also.  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”. It was attended by academic experts from prestigious institutions, as well as representatives from the maritime industries. The theme of the workshop falls under the rubric of MARKOM 2020. The workshop was opened by pro-rector at HSN Kristian Bogen.  READ MORE

The next workshop will be held in Svendborg (Denmark) in cooperation with MAERSK training facilities on 12 – 13th of October, 2016. GOTO EVENT

TARG visits Ruhr Bochum University (Germany)

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One of the key factor in the growth of research groups (especially younger ones like TARG) 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. The research group is a close collaborative partner that has similar research interests as TARG. It was a valuable experience that resulted in hands-on research ideas and increased understanding of the various ways international research groups work and collaborate. SEE MORE

 

Launch of TARGLAB

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. Additionally, it was designed to provide a shared platform between academia and industry to collaborate more efficiently to more efficient and safe maritime operations. SEE MORE

RECENT PROJECT GRANTS

YEAR AWARD TITLE FUNDING AGENCY AMOUNT
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