Background and activities



  • 2018- :Industrial Phd Ocean Space and Civil Engineering NTNU, Ålesund Norway.  Data driven models for fast virtual prototyping
  • 1999-2005 Msc. Electrotechnique and Information Technology Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich Switzerland

Research Interests

  • Fast Virtual Prototyping
  • Ocean Space
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart Cities

Research Projects

  • 2019-: Smart Sustainable City
  • 2019: OSP Gunnerus Twinship
  • 2019-: RFFMIDT, "Dynamic Motion Planning Based on Trajectory Prediction in Close-range Manoeuvring"
  • 2018 : MAROFF Riser Operation Replacement Optimisation (RoRo)
  • 2018-nå:  KPN, “Digital Twins for Vessel Life Cycle Service (TwinShip)”
  • 2017-2018:  DeepTek Active Hybrid Positioning System using filament ropes
  • 2015-present: KPN, "Integrated Marine Operation Simulator Facilities for Risk Assessment Including Human Factors (IMPROVE)"


  • Pierre Major, Robert Skulstad, Guoyuan Li and Houxiang Zhang, Virtual prototyping: a case study of positioning systems for drilling operations in the Barents Sea, SHIPS AND OFFSHORE STRUCTURES, 2019,
  • Xu Cheng , Guoyuan Li , Robert Skulstad , Pierre Major, Shengyong Chen, Hans Petter Hildre , Houxiang Zhang, Data-driven uncertainty and sensitivity analysis for ship motion modeling in offshore operations, 2019,

  • Girts Strazdins, Birger Pedersen, Houxiang Zhang, Pierre Major: Virtual Reality using Gesture Recognition for Deck Operation Training, in OCEANS MTS/IEEE 2017, Aberdeen, UK, June 19-22, 2017.

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

Part of book/report

  • Major, Pierre Yann; Li, Guoyuan; Zhang, Houxiang; Hildre, Hans Petter. (2021) Real-time digital twin of research vessel for remote monitoring. Proceedings of 35th European Council for Modelling and Simulation.
  • Major, Pierre Yann; Yuan, Shuai; Zhang, Houxiang; Blaalid, Inge; Edet, Mathieu; Ferstad, Martin. (2019) Flexible Riser Installation Optimisation Based on Virtual Prototyping. Proceedings of OCEANS 2019 - Marseille.


  • Edet, Mathieu; Major, Pierre Yann; Zhang, Houxiang; Gaspar, Henrique Murilo. (2019) Riser Operation Replacement Optimisation progress report. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2019.
  • Gourlaouen, Elliot; Major, Pierre Yann; Gaspar, Henrique Murilo; Belec, Lenaik. (2019) Sea trials simulations for virtual prototyping. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2019.
  • PACHOUD, Cyril; Major, Pierre Yann; Gaspar, Henrique Murilo; Minghelli, Audrey; Zhang, Houxiang. (2019) Control systems for automatic marine tests. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2019.
  • Carayol, Hadrien; Major, Pierre Yann; Gaspar, Henrique Murilo. (2018) Virtual Sea Trials - Implementation and validation of digital tests for virtual sea trials. 2018.