Institute of Energy Technology (IFE)


Øivind Berg (IFE) holds a MSc in Physics, NTNU, 1977. After 3 years as research scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, (FFI), he joined Institute for Energy Technology, (IFE) in 1980. Present position is senior adviser to the sector management of Safety MTO. He has served in various research positions including 10 years as department head for development of computerized operations support systems.  Areas of expertise comprise Modeling & Simulation, Digital Signal Processing, Condition Monitoring, Alarm Systems and Human Factors Engineering (HFE). He has participated in several control room modernization projects in various industries including off-shore platforms. He has served as advisor and consultant to IAEA preparing international state-of-the-art reports on various topics, e.g., Safety Approaches for implementation of Advanced Control, Human-Machine Interface Systems, Integrated Information Presentation, and On-Line Monitoring. He has represented IFE in various committees and meetings organized by the Centre for Integrated Operations hosted by NTNU, Sintef and IFE.

Jon Kvalem (IFE) is Director at Institute for Energy Technology, (IFE)
Jon holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Oslo in 1982. He has since then been with the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, and from 2001 he has been a Division Head within the sector for Man-Technology-Organization at IFE. IFE operates mainly within the nuclear and petroleum domains. Jon is heading the Operation Centers division, addressing the interplay of Man - Technology – Organization and Human Factors in a control room or operation centre setting. He is responsible for IFE’s world-leading simulation-based man-machine laboratories, and has experience from numerous control room-related projects for the nuclear and petroleum domains. He has since 2006 been a Program manager at the Centre for Integrated Operations hosted by NTNU, Sintef and IFE.


Andreas Bye (IFE) is department head of the Industrial Psychology department in IFE’s Safety MTO (Man Technology Organisation) sector in Halden. He holds a MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in 1988. Since 1989 he has been working at IFE first with control room systems and function allocation issues, then taking over the responsibility for human factors work in the Industrial Psychology department in 2001. Between 2006 and 2009 he was member of the Reactor Safety Committee (Reaktorsäkerhetsnämnden) of SKI, an advisory committee to the General Director of SKI, the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (currently the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority). His main interests are MTO safety, human factors and human reliability analysis (HRA). From 2006 he has been leading an international project called the “International HRA Empirical study”, seeking to find strengths and weaknesses of currently applied HRA methods. He is a Board member of the HRA Society, a new organisation established to promote and coordinate HRA throughout the world.


Magnhild Kaarstad is a senior research scientist at Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), in the MTO (Man Technology Organisation) sector, and the Industrial psychology division. Magnhild holds a Master degree in psychology from the University of Trondheim in 1993. She has been at IFE since 1994 and has worked with research and consultancy for different domains, such as nuclear, petroleum, air traffic management, process control and road traffic. She has performed experimental and usability simulator studies in IFEs nuclear simulator, and has also worked with topics such as control room design and evaluation, distributed collaboration and operation of oil platforms, Integrated operation (IO), change and transition, work practices and the introduction of new technology, and resilient collaboration. Magnhild has since 1999 been the Norwegian member of the international Working Group on Human and Organizational Factors (WGHOF) established by OECD NEA.

Mario Hoffmann holds a Master of Science degree in Measurement and Control Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, 1998. He has since then been with the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist and the Department Head for Systems and Interface Design within the sector for Safety Man-Technology-Organization at IFE. His experience and research interests range condition monitoring, condition-based maintenance, early fault detection and virtual sensing, with applications on industrial processes in the nuclear power and petroleum industries.


Bent H. Nystad has an MSc in Cybernetics from RWTH, Aachen in Germany 1993, and a PhD in Marine Technology from the University of Trondheim (NTNU), Norway 2008. He has work experience as a condition monitoring expert at Raufoss ASA (Norwegian missile and ammunition producer). He joined the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), OECD Halden Reactor Project (HRP) in 1998 and his current position is Principal Research Scientist. His research interests comprise data-driven algorithms and first principle models for prognostics, algorithm performance evaluation, requirement specification, technical health assessment and control applications.