Aykut I. Ölcer
Professor, Director of Maritime Research;
Nippon Foundation Professorial Chair in Marine Technology and Innovation;
Head, Maritime Energy Management (MEM)
Ph.D. Istanbul Technical University
M.Sc. Istanbul Technical University
B.Sc. Istanbul Technical University

Dr. Aykut I. ÖLÇER is a naval architect and marine engineer holding the position of Professor at the World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden. In his Ph.D. thesis, he developed a novel methodology utilizing multiple attributive group decision-making and fuzzy set theories with the applications to Ship Design/Production area.

Prior to joining WMU, he worked at Newcastle University (England), University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) within the fields of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He played an important role in Newcastle University’s first international branch in Singapore to help the University achieving its objectives in teaching/learning and research activities in the undergraduate programs of Marine Technology.

For many years, he has conducted research independently/jointly and collaborated with other researchers, academics and students all over the world, in particular from Europe and Asia.

Dr Ölçer was involved in numerous EU funded FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects including OPTIPOD (Optimal Design and Implementation of Azimuthing PODS for the Safe and Efficient Propulsion of Ships), FASTPOD (Fast Ship Applications for Pod Drives), COMPASS (A Rational Approach for Reduction of Motion Sickness and Improvement of Passenger Comfort and Safety in Sea Transportation), COMAND (Integrated Crisis and Operation Management Decision Support System for Passenger Ships), SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety of Ships), IMPROVE (Design of improved and competitive products using an integrated decision support system for ship production and operation) and TARGETS (Targeted Advanced Research for Global Efficiency of Transportation Shipping).

He currently leads the WMU Maritime Energy Research Group (http://wmu.se/research) that has secured funding from the EU and IAMU for several projects including wind assisted ship propulsion (SAIL project, EU-Interreg IVB), improving energy efficiency of ships through optimization of ship operations (IAMU), and development of vocational education for LNG as a marine fuel (OTMW-N project, EU-Marco Polo).

His recent areas of research are:

  • ·      Maritime energy management and energy efficiency
  • ·      Renewable energy and alternative fuels (LNG in particular)
  • ·      Real-time decision support systems for energy efficient ship operations
  • ·      Climate change impact on port infrastructure and its adaptation
  • ·      Lean, energy efficient and green ports
  • ·      Life cycle cost/environment impact models of green solutions for ships, ports and shipyards
  • ·      Decision making for trade-off situations of cleaner seaborne transportation

He has published results of his research in leading, internationally peer-reviewed journals such as “European Journal of Operational Research”, “Quality and Reliability Engineering International”, “Computers and OR”, and “Applied Soft Computing”.