Project description

The aim of this project is to develop a new evaluation system for simulator training utilizing the physiological indices Heart Rate Variability (HRV), Nasal Temperature (NT), and Saliva. Previous research indicated that the physiological indices HRV and NT reflect changes in mental workload, and the physiological index Saliva indicates stress level during simulator training. Based on these earlier results, this project's objective is to develop a system which evaluates the level of difficulty of different simulation scenarios by using the different stress levels estimated by these indices. Furthermore, the project aims to propose simulation approaches, methods and scenario considerations related to the findings, for the optimum training and assessment of seafarers. The project is being undertaken under IAMU funding and the other partners working with WMU are Kobe University, California Maritime Academy, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Project Officer

Michael Ekow Manuel

Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL was until May 2013 the Dean of Faculty of Maritime Studies at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana.  Previous to that, he was Head of Research and Consultancy at the same Institution.  He is a Master Mariner and worked on ships for eleven years culminating in an appointment as Master (Ship Captain).

He holds degrees in Maritime Affairs (MSc.) and Maritime Administration (PhD) from the World Maritime University with ITF and Sheldon Kinney Fellowships respectively.