Amalgamation of leaders at 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. The event was a part of series of workshop conducted by Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) at University College of Southeast Norway and sponsored by MARKOM2020. The organization of workshop was led by Sanda Knutson & Salman Nazir and supported by Steven Mallam, Jorgen Ernstsen, Amit Sharma and Sunniva Veie from TARG.

The workshop was attended by a diverse group of stakeholders from Academia and Industry. The participants included Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) as well as international universities like Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany, University of Central Florida (UCF) USA, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Catholic University of Pernambuco, Brazil. The industrial representation was ensured by participation from partners, including: SINTEF, Kongsberg Digital AS, Maersk Training, DNV-GL, Swedish Maritime administration and many others.

The workshop was opened with an introduction from MARKOM2020 Project leader Jørn Kragh highlighting the success of previous workshops, the agenda and the importance of those present in light of recent challenges and opportunities in the maritime industry related to advanced application of automation and artificial intelligence. The speakers, both from the industry and academia, engaged in highly informational presentations of knowledge and experience from their respective domain. Topics presented ranged from how future autonomy will function, how the roles of human & technology will evolve in these autonomous systems, and positive and negative effects of autonomy. The workshop enabled a comparison of industry and academic views of the near future of autonomy. The different talks raised much interest among the participants, and many questions and debates followed each speaker session.

After the first day of the event, the participant were invited to enjoy a cable car tour for a magnificent view of city of Tromsø, also known as “The Paris of the North”, followed by a dinner. Connections and friendships were forged in the social events during evening and everyone got a taste of what Tromsø can offer.

The second day of presentations and debate was followed by a concluding panel discussion where the participants agreed on a common agenda and roadmap in facing and implementing advancing autonomy in maritime operations and training. The response and feedback to the workshop was positive and encouraging.

The presentations of the speakers can be found below (click to view / download):
Ahram_The Role of Human Performance in Decision Making
Ernstsen_automating assessment in seafarer training
Haegg_Maersk Training
Kluge_Training for human autonomy teaming
Lutzhoft_Autonomous Shipping – The end of human error?
Oksavik_competence as quality measure
Porathe_HMIs ship nav
TARG presentation and Workshop Summary

A short video compiled during the workshop can be found here: 


For more details about previous workshops and on going activities related to TARG, please see: