Kick-off meeting for InnoTraining project
Starting from left, top row: Jørgen Ernstsen, Salman Nazir, Sathiya Kumar Renganayagalu, Stig Wiggen, Joackim Hansen Hagen, Sunniva Veie, Leif Pentti Halvorsen, Geir Meyer, Steven Mallam, Bjarte Knappen Røed and Thomas Hammer.
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 funding agency is the Norwegian Research Council. The project was awarded 13 million NOK (6.5 M contribution in kind from KDI) to spend on the innovation and development of a future training simulator (FTS), which will be based on virtual reality technology.
This week the project’s kick-off meeting was held at Kongsberg’s offices in Vestfold. Great enthusiasm from all attendees was evident at this week’s kick-off meeting for InnoTraining.
Representatives from Kongsberg, HSN and IFE were present to discuss logistics, challenges and advancements for the project. Considering the complex nature of the project, the discussions showed the value (and necessity) of having a symbiotic relationship between industry and academia. With the aim of fostering all synergy among the various expertise present, the kick-off meeting proceeded to organize and clarify the project plans. A positive energy was present within the group. All attendees explicitly agreed to keep this philosophy throughout the project. The project work packages were discussed, as well as roles and goals of each partner were clarified during the meeting. On this day, a four-year-long cooperation toward an exciting project goal has begun.