National Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations/ Doktorgradsprogrammet (ph.d.) innen nautiske operasjoner: fellesgrad

PhD Disputations

The Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations is proud and excited to announce the disputation of our very first PhD candidate Odd Sveinung Hareide on the 5th of April 2019.This marks the world's first public defense in the field of nautical operations.

On the 5th of April 2019, Odd Sveinung Hareide will defend his doctoral dissertation «The Use of Eye-Tracking Technology in Maritime High-Speed Craft Navigation» at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen, an official cooperation partner of the Joint PhD Programme in Nautical Operations.

Odd Sveinung Hareide (b. 1984) has been working in the Royal Norwegian Navy since 2003, and has his operative service as a navigator on corvette ships. He currently works as Head of Electronic Navigation at the Naval Navigation Competence Center, and has education from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, the University of Stavanger and the University of Nottingham with specialization in positioning and navigation technology.

The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been pursuing the state of electronic navigation, which primarily means no use of paper charts, since 2014. In his doctoral dissertation, Hareide has investigated human-technology interaction by studying the eye movements of navigators in simulator training and in field studies. Hareide's findings give new insights into the navigator's visual attention and situational awareness and have been implemented in navigation software used on board of the Royal Norwegian Navy's Skjold-class Corvettes and will be adopted in the RNoN fleet.

Scan Path - Gaze plot


Associate professor Runar Ostnes (NTNU) has been the candidate's main supervisor.

Professor Egil Pedersen (UiT) has been the candidate's co-supervisor.


The dissertation assessment committee consists of:


The event is free, open to all and will be live streamed online via this link.

The registration link for those planning to attend in person can be found on this page of the website of The Norwegian Defence University College.


The programme for the day:

10:15 - 11:00 Trial lecture «S-Mode as One of the Important Milestones on the Way to the Full Implementation of the e-Navigation Concept». Welcoming and introduction of the candidate, the dissertation evaluation committee and supervisor(s). 

12:00 Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Defense of doctoral dissertation 

14:00 - 14:10 Coffee break

14:10 - 14:55 First opponent discusses the dissertation with the candidate

14:55 - 15:25 Second opponent discusses the dissertation with the candidate

15:25 Questions from the audience 

Ca. 17:00 – Celebration in the canteen

Field Study ETGs

Skjold-Class Corvette

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