Our Researchers

Dr. Steven C. Mallam
Research Areas:
Human Factors; Human Performance; Simulation-Based Training; Digitalization; Autonomous Shipping; User-Centred Design; Participatory Design; Safety; Training; Assessment; Non-Technical Skills; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Cognitive Workload; Situation Awareness; Knowledge Transfer

Steven Mallam is a researcher and educator specializing in Human Factors focusing on human and organizational performance in the maritime domain. His primary research interests involve the analysis and optimization of people and their work processes within complex socio-technical systems with focus on simulation-based training and assessment, safety, digitization, autonomous shipping and Human-Centered Design. Steven is a Senior Researcher at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as serving as Adjunct-Associate Professor at the Department of Maritime Operations at the University of South-Eastern Norway and Visiting Researcher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Steven obtained his PhD in Human Factors from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and a Master of Science specializing in work safety and ergonomics from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada). Steven has Human Factors and project management experience across differing interdisciplinary projects and academic-industry collaborations within a variety of domains, including maritime transport, commercial fishing, naval and coast guard, energy sectors (offshore oil and gas, mining, renewables) and aviation.

Current Projects and Sources of Funding:


Project Title: OpenZero – Digital user interface design for energy-conscious and safe maritime operations
Funding Agency/Program: Research Council of Norway (Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project)


Project Title: HFC Canada: A Human Factors Network to Support Knowledge Mobilization and Collaboration Amongst Canadian Offshore Energy and Maritime Stakeholders
Funding Agency/Program: Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland and Labrador


Project Title: Effects of Safety Training on Fishers’ Perception of Occupational Risk
Funding Agency/Program: Office of the Vice President (Research) Memorial University of Newfoundland Start-Up Fund and Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland


Project Title: OpenRemote: Harmonising Design of Remote Connected Maritime Workstations
Funding Agency/Program: Research Council of Norway (Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project)


Project Title: Towards Human Centred Intelligent Ships for Winter Navigation
Funding Agency/Program: Academy of Finland, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering


Project Title: OpenAR – Framework for augmented reality in advanced maritime operations
Funding Agency/Program: Research Council of Norway (Competence and Collaboration Project)


Project Title: Addressing Human Error and Enhancing Performance through Human Factors
Funding Agency/Program: International Association of Maritime Universities