Maritime Competence and Test Cluster Haugesund
MarCATCH is a maritime research center that has an overall focus on maritime safety.
The activities within MarCATCH includes e.g. safety and welfare for passengers, usability, safety and design of ships and ship equipment, safety management, autonomy, inter-personal relations and maritime regulations.
Relevant research fields include human factors, human-machine interface (HMI), computer science, control technology and electrical engineering, naval architecture, ocean technology and various social science field such as social anthropology, organization and management, law, etc.
MarCATCH takes a systemic perspective and aims at increasing the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human wellbeing and overall system performance. The undertaking is cross-disciplinary and adopts a systemic view – enabling it to provide more than the sum of the parts – and adding high value to the research in the individual fields. The overall aim of human centred design is fitting the job/tool to the human and not fitting the human to the job/tool. This is achieved when the starting point is the human and the operations, not technical development.