Arne Ulrik Bindingsbø

Stein Haugen

Dr. Stein Haugen is a professor at the NTNU’s Department of Marine Technology. His research interests cover Major Accident Risk, Risk Monitoring/Analysis/Modelling, and Human and Organisational factors' influence on risk.

Ekaterina Kim

Dr. Ekaterina Kim works as an Associate Professor at the NTNU’s Department of Marine Technology. Her current research interests include learning from the past ocean data and solving limitations of new technologies (artificial intelligence, augmented intelligence, transfer learning, etc.) using the northernmost regions as a testbed.

Ali Mosleh

Dr. Ali Mosleh is Distinguished University Professor and holder of the Knight Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also the director of the Institute for the Risk Sciences.  He is also honorary professor at several universities in Europe and Asia. He conducts research on methods for probabilistic risk analysis and reliability of complex systems and has made many contributions in diverse fields of theory and application. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, and the American Nuclear Society. Prof. Mosleh is the recipient of many scientific achievement awards, and has been a technical advisor to numerous international organizations.

Ingrid Bouwer Utne

Dr. Ingrid Bouwer Utne is a Professor in marine operation and maintenance at Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. Utne is an affiliated Researcher in the Center of Excellence on Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS) where she is managing the research/industry projects UNLOCK and ORCAS. These projects focus on supervisory risk control and bridge the scientific disciplines of risk management and engineering cybernetics aiming to enhance safety and intelligence in autonomous systems.

Jan Erik Vinnem

Jan Erik Vinnem is professor of operational marine risk at NTNU, Trondheim. He has a MSc in naval architecture, and PhD in System safety analysis. He has 40 years experience with risk assessment and risk management, mainly in the offshore oil and gas field, and has worked in oil companies (Statoil and Total), research and education (SINTEF, NTNU, UiS) as well as consultancy (Safetec Nordic and Preventor). During extensive work with area-based emergency response planning over 15 years for Norwegian Oil and Gas and PSA, he has been involved with challenges in Barents Sea and similar, and has been involved with several MSc and PhD projects addressing these challenges. He was in charge of the study work that resulted in Norwegian oil and gas Guideline 064, and responsible for the updating of the Guideline 064 in 2010–11.

His research interests are wide, from risk acceptance and risk-informed decision-making, integration of MTO aspects in risk analysis, prevention of HC leaks, marine system hazards, environmental risk analysis, monitoring of major hazard risk, barrier management as well as dimensioning of emergency preparedness resources through use of risk assessment. He has published peer-reviewed papers in all these fields, and has supervised MSc and PhD candidates in these fields.


Alan Jones

Alan currently works as a postdoctoral fellow as part of the Nansen Legacy project, investigating potential ecosystem indicators to monitor changes in the Barents Sea resulting from anthropogenic and environmental drivers, and warn in advance of systemic change. Part of my work also involves investigating ways to visualise outputs of marine indicators and make them more usable and convenient for end users.

Alojz Gomola

Alojz is working on areas related to risk modeling for operational decision support in the SFI Autoship project.


Jens Einar Bremnes

Jens is a PhD candidate in the UNLOCK project. He will work with Arctic operations of autonomous underwater vehicles. His research interests include guidance, navigation and control for under-ice operations, adaptive sampling, and online risk-based reasoning and decision-making.

Simon Blindheim

My PhD work is concerned with autonomous risk-based decision-making by use of model predictive control and machine learning within the ORCAS project. My background and interests are mainly robotics, computer vision and artificial neural networks for situational awareness and high-level decision-making.

Anna Yining Dong

Yining's research topic is Online Risk Modelling of Dynamic Positioning Operations.

Research Interests:

  • Safety management of marine operations using a dynamic positioning system
  • Barrier management & indicators for dynamic positioning marine operations
  • Online decision support system for dynamic positioning marine operations
  • Reliability centred maintenance for dynamic positioning vessels

Sheng Xu

Risk-based marine systems design for Arctic operations - linking ice conditions, ice induced load levels and risk.

Chuanqi Guo

Risk analysis and risk management for autonomous passenger ferries.


Ingunn Marie Holmen

PhD subject: Safety and risk management in exposed aquaculture operations. (Supervisors Prof Ingrid B. Utne and Prof. Stein Haugen.) The PhD work is a part of SFI Exposed.

Thomas Johansen

Thomas is starting his PhD August 2019 in the ORCAS project. The topic of his PhD is risk modeling of autonomous ships. He finished his master thesis in June 2019. His research interests include risk analysis, dynamic modelling and simulation, control system design, and safety of autonomous systems. 


Renan Guedes Maidala

Renan works in NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS)

PhD thesis working title: Risk Assessment for Decision-support in Automated Planning and Resource
Management in Autonomous Marine Vehicles

Supervisor: Professor Ingrid B. Utne. Co-supervisor: Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen

Background: Autonomous Systems, Mobile Robotics, Computer Science, Control Engineering

Areas of Interest: Constraint-based Automatic Planning, Risk Assessment, Robot Perception, State Estimation, Optimal/Robust/Predictive Control, Reinforcement/Imitation Learning

Sverre Velten Rothmund

Risk-aware control of autonomous systems. His research interests are Obstacle avoidance with explicit risk measure, Stochastic mapping and Utilizing risk models in planning, supervision and decision making.

Martin Breivik Skaldebø

Autonomy in underwater robotics
Vision based deep learning
Navigation and control of underwater vehicle manipulator systems (UVMS)
Adaptive risk-based control for UVMS with respect to uncertainty 

Tobias Torben

Tobias is a PhD in the ORCAS Project. The topic for this project online risk management and risk control for autonomous ships. Tobias has a background in marine cybernetics, and his PhD will focus on design and verification of control systems for autonomous ships. The PhD will investigate both formal and informal verification methods together with methodologies for control design which enables verification. Using online risk models may be central in this development, to enable risk-informed decision making by the controller.

Ruochen Yang

Tiantian Zhu 

Tiantian's topic is risk prediction and management related to safety critical system. Her main supervisor is Stein Haugen, co-supervisor is Yiliu Liu. Currently, she is working on risk information support for risk-related decisions. Her research interests are related to major accident prediction, operational risk, uncertainty, decision-making, generally everything about risk and accident. She has a master degree from RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability and safety) programme from NTNU, specialized in Bayesian Network and Model Uncertainty. She has work experience as safety engineer and majored in Safety Engineering in Central South University in China. 


Mohammad Juned Akhtar

PhD in The Effects of Human Fatigue on Risk at Sea Until 2014

Lijuan Dai

PhD in Safe and efficient operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.  Until 2014

Martin Hassel

PhD in Risk Analysis and Modelling of Allisions between Passing Vessels and Offshore Installations Until 2017

Siri Mariane Holen

PhD in Safety in Norwegian fish farming Until March 2019

Edgar McGuinness

PhD in Safety in the Norwegian fishing fleet - Analysis and measures for improvement Until 2016

Pedro Ramirez

PhD in Aging management and life extension of technical systems. Concepts and methods applied to oil and gas facilities. Until 2012

Xue Yang

Post-doctoral fellow in Reducing risk in aquaculture Until May 2019

Marilia Abilio Ramos

Post-doctoral fellow in human-software-hardware interaction in autonomous systems. Until June 2019

Jeevith Hegde

Post-doctoral fellow and previously PhD candidate in the NEXT GEN IMR project. Until July 2019

Sandra Hogenboom

PhD in Decision-making for Dynamic Positioning Operations in the Offshore Industry – A Human Factors based Approach Until Nivember 2020

Tarannom Parhizkar

  Until June 2019

Børge Rokseth

Post-doctoral fellow in improving the risk management capability of autonomous ships in the ORCAS project  

Christoph Alexander Thieme

Post-doctoral fellow in the UNLOCK project and previously PhD from NTNU  with the thesis being titled “Risk analysis and modeling of Autonomous marine systems”.

Until August





Stig Eriksen

Stig is a guest PhD candidate from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). From September to the end of December 2019 he will be attached to the ORCAS project at NTNU where he will be focusing on maintenance and operational aspects of autonomous ships. Stig has a background as a ships officer having served both as a navigating officer but mostly as a marine engineer for several years prior to his Master in Maritime Technology from SDU.


PhD studies at imt

The oceans are a key resource for addressing numerous international challenges; sustainable transportation, energy, and food production for the growing global population are all connected to the Oceans and how humanity use them. 

The Department of Marine Technology (IMT) at NTNU is a world leader within marine technology research and education, areas vital to the Norwegian economy and the world’s future. As a PhD candidate you will be working with scientists at the cutting edge of their field, and have access to the largest civilian marine research centre in the western world.

The typical length for the PhD programme is three years; this is comprised of 1 semester of additional study and 2.5 years of dissertation work and research. Today, the department has close to 100 PhD students and a number of research fellow programmes.

Contact the Department of Marine Technology directly for more information, or take a look at the faculty webpages.