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.