High-quality vocational education is the cornerstone of effective youth transitions into the labour market for the European society. During the pandemic period, the suspension of maritime simulator-based training sessions has led to many challenges with regards to skill development, certification, and competency examination.

How can the effectiveness and accessibility of simulator-based education, safety, security, and performance of maritime operations of the future be improved?

Integrating Adaptive Learning in Maritime Simulator-Based Education and Training with Intelligent Learning System (i-MASTER) is a research and innovation project funded by Horizon Europe, with a budget of €3,286,602 from the 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

The primary objective of the project is to develop an Intelligent Learning System (ILS) with maritime learning analytics and adaptive learning function for students engaged in both remote and on-site maritime simulator-based education and training.

The i-MASTER Intelligent Learning System contains of 3 innovations

  • Digitalised navigational performance assessment
  • AI-enabled intelligent learning for remote (desktop) ship bridge simulator training
  • AI-enabled intelligent learning for on-site full mission ship bridge simulator training

The Finnish-German/German-Finnish Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Smart Shipping at Novia University of Applied Sciences (FIP-S2@Novia) is one of the core partners in i-MASTER. FIP-S2@Novia is responsible for the maritime learning analytics development and the implementation and testing phase, thus digitising maritime education.

The project is coordinated by UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Together with a further five partners of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), TERP AS (Norway), Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), University of South-Eastern Norway (Norway), and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (Sweden) a distinct, complementary consortia is formed covering multidisciplinary knowledge and cross-sectorial experience. This is necessary to achieve the project objectives and to facilitate innovative, integrated, and emerging technology-enhanced maritime simulator-based education and training.

According to FIP-S2@Novia Director Mirva Salokorpi, the project brings together technological, educational, psychological, and economical expertise with experience in shipping.

“This is our first joint EU project in the framework of the FIP cooperation, and I am very excited about the
auspicious consortium,” she says.

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