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Relating Innovation and Complexity in Offshore Ship Bridge Design

Type of project
01.02.2011 -> 01.10.2015

This project has been completed

About the project

This PhD research is part of the  Ulstein Bridge Concept project. The main focus is the super complex process of generating new conceptual design solutions in the recreation of the entire offshore ship bridge. My special interest is how the participants in the team of the research project Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) collect knowledge, mediate design competence, and collaborate in their effort of doing design innovation. The main focus is innovation in the fuzzy front end, conceptualisation and design collaboration.

Goals: the main aim is to investigate how design related HCI may be expanded towards a more complex and holistic implementation when taking a systems-oriented perspective.

Analytical frames: Human factors research

Research methods: Research by design, experiments

Outcomes: PhD thesis (3 articles, kappe)


Kristiansen, Helge T and Kjetil Nordby. 2013. Towards a Design Simulator for Offshore Ship Bridges. In: 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation ECMS 2013, ed. Webjørn Rekdalsbakken, Robin T Bye, and Houxiang Zhang, 212-218. Ålesund, Norway.

Aalesund University College and Ulstein Power and Control (UPC)

(start and close dates)
1 September 2011 – 1 September 2015

Finance: Aalesund University College

Supervisor: Birger Sevaldson