Maritime Competence and Test Cluster Haugesund

MarCATCH is a maritime research center that has an overall focus on maritime safety.

The activities within MarCATCH includes e.g. safety and welfare for passengers, usability, safety and design of ships and ship equipment, safety management, autonomy, inter-personal relations and maritime regulations.

Relevant research fields include human factors, human-machine interface (HMI), computer science, control technology and electrical engineering, naval architecture, ocean technology and various social science field such as social anthropology, organization and management, law, etc.

MarCATCH takes a systemic perspective and aims at increasing the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human wellbeing and overall system performance. The undertaking is cross-disciplinary and adopts a systemic view – enabling it to provide more than the sum of the parts – and adding high value to the research in the individual fields. The overall aim of human centred design is fitting the job/tool to the human and not fitting the human to the job/tool. This is achieved when the starting point is the human and the operations, not technical development.

Research programs

The research programs MarSafe and AITES are strongly connected with the maritime center.

About MarSafe

MarSafe focuses on risk and safety within the maritime industry, and explores organizational and operative aspects of how risk and safety are managed. Such aspects include safety management in relation to autonomy, evacuation of passenger vessels in arctic environments, trust and inter personal relations influence on safety management and efficiency, maritime IT, maritime regulations/law, standardized design, non-technical skills, etc.

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AITES (Applied Information Technology in Environment and Society) is devoted to supporting cross-disciplinary research. Our goal is to deliver cutting-edge research and contribute to knowledge exchange that will help in finding solutions to various social, environmental and economic challenges that lie ahead of our society.

AITES’ research areas are mainly decision support systems with main focus on application of non-classical methods for drawing conclusions in presence of incomplete, inconsistent, contradictory and ambiguous information. Within the program there are several projects related to ballast water analysis with main focus on classical and flow cytometry analysis on UV-irradiated phytoplankton cells. Several projects are within the areas innovation and entrepreneurship with main focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the maritime sector, and some projects deal with gender studies with main focus on gender issues relating to equality/differences in the maritime sector.

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