Background and activities

Areas of competence and interests

Risk assessements of ships, marine and maritime systems, operational risk, autonomy, safety and maintenance management.


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Research projects

SFI Autoship

NTNU - Centre of Research based innovation on Autonomous Ships (2020-2028): Work package leader of Safety and assurance, Funded by Research Council of Norway and industry. More information.

Unlocking the potential of autonomous systems and operations through supervisory risk control (UNLOCK)

In the future, autonomous systems with increased intelligence will emerge. Acceptance and approval of highly intelligent systems with built-in learning and optimization capabilities require supervisory risk control and online risk modelling, testing and verification to become a driver in design, operation and overall system validation. UNLOCK addresses fundamental research challenges related to risk acceptance and supervisory risk control of autonomous systems and operations. The results of the project will support and enhance the achievement of higher-level autonomy and intelligence in advanced control systems. The aim is to achieve safe system performances and allow for widespread use of autonomous systems.

The research project (2018-2022) is funded by FRINATEK, and is associated with the Center of Excellence NTNU AMOS. More information.

Online risk management and risk control for autonomous ships (ORCAS)

This project will develop novel technological solutions for online risk management and risk control of autonomous ships. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research combining cybernetics and risk management aims to achieve high level of autonomy, intelligence and decision-making capabilities for autonomous ships.

The KPN research/industry project (2018-2022) is funded by MAROFF, Kongsberg Maritime, and DNV, and is associated with the Center of Excellence NTNU AMOS. More information.

Reducing risk in aquaculture

This project (2016-2020) researched and developed novel concepts for autonomous operations and technology to improve safety and efficiency in aquaculture. In particular, the project addressed daily operations and inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) for exposed locations, but the project results are alos applicable to more sheltered fish production.  More information.


I am involved in the study specialization on marine safety and asset management (former marine operation and maintenance engineering/operation technology) in the 5-year master program in Marine Technology.  The specialization covers important activities needed to ensure a well-functioning, safe and environmental friendly system. The focus is on marine systems, such as ships, offshore installations, marine renewable energy production systems, fisheries and aquaculture.

More information can be found in this brochure.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV.


Online probabilistic risk assessment of complex marine systems. Principles, modeling, and applications

guideline for operators and practitioners, and a textbook for students. Springer Series in Reliability Engineering, 2022.

Authors: Tarannom Parhizkar, Ingrid Bouwer Utne, Jan-Erik Vinnem

Risk and interdependencies in critical infrastructures. A guide for analysis.

A guideline for practitioners and a textbook for students. Springer Series in Reliability Engineering, 2012.

Editors: Per Hokstad, Ingrid Bouwer Utne, and Jørn Vatn.

(Chinese edition in 2015).

Risikoanalyse. Teori og metoder (Risk analysis. Theory and methods, in Norwegian). 

2nd edition by Fagbokforlaget, 2022. First edition by Tapir Akademisk Forlag/Akademika, 2009.

The book provides a thorough introduction to risk analysis and the most commonly used methods in such analyses. The book is written by Marvin Rausand and Ingrid Bouwer Utne. The book supports practical risk analyses and may be used as curriculum for courses at bachelor level. The book´s webpage.

Graduated PhD-students


Sandra Hogenboom: Decision-making for dynamic positioning operations in the offshore oil and gas industry. A human factor based approach. Main supervisor:  Jan Erik Vinnem (NTNU), co-supervisors: Ingrid Bouwer Utne (NTNU) and Trond Kongsvik (NTNU)

Stian Sandøy: Acoustic.based probabilistic localization and mapping using unmanned underwater vehicles for aquaculture operations. Main supervisor: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU), co-supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne (NTNU)

Bent Oddvar Arnesen Haugaløkken: Autonomous technoogy for inspection, maintenance and repair operations in the Norwegian aquaculture. Main supervisor: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU), co-supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne (NTNU)


Siri Holen: Safety in Norwegian fish farming. Concepts and methods for improvement. Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co supervisors: Professor Bjørn Egil Asbjørnslett (NTNU) and Professor Arne Fredheim (NTNU/SINTEF)


Christoph Thieme: Risk analysis and modelling of autonomous marine systems. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisors: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU), Ali Mosleh (UCLA/NTNU)

Børge Rokseth: Safety and verification of advanced maritime vessels: an approach based on systems theory. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co supervisors: Jan Erik Vinnem, Eilif Pedersen and Asgeir J. Sørensen (NTNU)

Jeevith Hegde: Tools and methods to manage risk in autonomous subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU)


Martin Hassel: Risk analysis and modeling of allisions between passing vessels and offshore installations. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Jan Erik Vinnem (NTNU)


Edgar McGuinness: Safety in the Norwegian fishing fleet - analysis and measures for improvement. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Bjørn Egil Asbjørnslett (NTNU)

HyungJu Kim: Maritime safety - An analysis of accident causation and measures for reducing risk at sea. Main supervisor: Stein Haugen, co-supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne

Sepideh Jafarzadeh: Energy efficiency and emission abatement in the fishing fleet. Main supervisor: Harald Ellingsen, co-supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne


Mohammad Juned Akhtar: The effects of human fatigue on risk at sea. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Ross Phillips (TØI)

Lijuan Dai: Safe and efficient operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Marvin Rausand (NTNU)


Pedro Ramirez: Aging management and life extension of technical systems. Concepts and methods applied to oil and gas facilities. Main supervisor: Ingrid Bouwer Utne, co-supervisor: Tom Anders Thorstensen (Statoil/NTNU)

Current PhD-students

Susanna Dybwad Kristensen:

  • Preliminary title: Online risk modeling of autonomous ships
  • Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co-supervisor:  Associate Professor Astrid Brodtkorb (IMT) 

Spencer A. Dugan:

  • Preliminary title: Reliable and robust design and operation of propulsion system for autonomous ships
  • Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Mehdi Zadeh (IMT) 

Renan Guedes Maidana:

  • Preliminary titleRisk assessment for decision-supprt in automated planning and resource management in autonomous marine vehicles 

  • Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co-supervisor: Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen (IMT) 

Ruochen Yang:

  • Preliminary title: Online risk modeling for autonomous marine systems in the arctic

  • Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co supervisor: Professor Martin Ludvigsen (IMT) and Professor Ingrid Schjølberg (IMT)

Thomas Johansen:

  • Preliminary title: Online risk modeling for supervisory risk control of autonomous ships

  • Main supervisor: Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co supervisors: Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen (IMT) og professor Tor Arne Johansen (ITK)

Ingunn Marie Holmen:

  • Preliminary title: Safety in exposed aquaculture operations

  • Main supervisor:  Professor Ingrid Bouwer Utne

  • Co supervisor: Professor Stein Haugen (NTNU) 


Current Post Docs

Alojz Gomola

Alun Jones

Previous Post Docs

Christoph Thieme

Børge Rokseth

Tarannom Parhizkar

Marilia A. Ramos

Xue Yang

Jeevith Hegde

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications