Meet all the TARG members

Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) – led by Professor Salman Nazir – Department of Maritime Operations,  University of South-Eastern Norway, constitutes of 4 professors, 4 Master students, 4 PhD researchers.

Salman Nazir

Salman Nazir is a Professor of Training and Assessment at the Department of Maritime Operations (IMA) in the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), also responsible as the Head of Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG). He obtained his Master from Hanyang University, South Korea and a PhD Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy.  SEE MORE

Steven C. Mallem

Steven Mallam is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway. He obtained his PhD in Human Factors from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and a Master of Science specializing in work safety and ergonomics from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada).  SEE MORE

Gesa Praetorius

Dr. Gesa Praetorius is an Associate Senior Lecturer in Maritime Science at Linnaeus University in Kalmar and an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Training and Assessment Research Group at University of South-Eastern Norway. Dr. Praetorius is an expert in human factors, SEE MORE

Sathiya Kumar Renganayagalu

Joined TARG from 1st of November as a PhD research fellow. His PhD topic is Virtual and Augmented reality in maritime training and assessment. Sathiya has a master’s degree in product and system design from NTNU, Ålesund. He has been working as a researcher at Institute for energy technology, Halden. SEE MORE

Amit Sharma

Amit is a PhD research fellow with Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG) situated at Department of maritime operations at University of South-Eastern Norway. Amit has served on-board ships in the capacity of Navigator (2nd mate) and has a total sea experience spanning 7 years.  SEE MORE

Simen is an Assistant Professor in marine engineering at the department of maritime operations. He is also a stipendiat as a PhD research fellow working withimmersive technologies (VR, AR etc.) in maritime domain. SEE MORE.

Koen Van De Merwe

Koen joined TARG in March 2020 as an industry PhD student from his position as researcher in DNV Group Research & Development. His topic is on operator performance in shore-based control centres for autonomous vessels. READ MORE

William C. Gyldensten

William is an Assistant Professor at the department of maritime operations. He works as a simulator instructor for the nautical students at USN.  With 12 years of seagoing experience from commercial and naval ships, he obtained M1 & D2 certificates. READ MORE

Hasan Mahbub Tusher

Hasan is a PhD research fellow working with the use of immersive technologies in maritime training. His affiliation with TARG first began as a student assistant in February 2019  SEE MORE.

Zhou Tianhao is a student assistant at TARG and a 2nd year Master student, studying Maritime Management, technical specialization at University of South-Eastern Norway (USN). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Industrial Engineering from Shenyang University in China. READ MORE


Management and support

TARG is headed by Dr. Salman Nazir and has an affiliated management and a support team. The management is taken care of by Atle Martin Christiansen as head of the Department of Maritime Operations. The support team comprises of designated TARG members.

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