Applied empirical research (26. mai 2023)

The process of applied empirical research involves several steps, including defining a research question, designing a study, collecting data, analysing the data, and drawing conclusions based on the findings. Each step of the process is critical to the overall success of the research.  

HAMMLAB, where we work we do applied empirical research

We conduct a lot of applied empirical research in our HAMMLAB facilities pictured here

Applied in real-world scenarios

Our approach is based on applied empirical research. What makes us special, is how closely we are linked to the industry. We interact closely with the industry, which provides us with hands-on experience regarding the challenges they face. Whether it is communication, alarms, or other issues, we bring these problems in and use them as a basis and basis for the focus of our research. The research is therefore related to real-world challenges, not just academic curiosity. Thus, we address real challenges and turn them into research projects. This ensures that our research is applicable to and useful for the industry – and helps to solve real-world issues, not just hypothetical issues.

Define, collect, analyse

After we have defined a research question and designed our study, the next step is to collect the data. This involves gathering information using the appropriate research method, something we have gotten quite good at over the years. The data may be collected using a variety of methods, such as questionnaires, interviews, or observations. The data collected must be accurate and reliable, ensuring that the conclusions drawn from the data are valid and reliable. Our close connection to the industry helps us to ensure that our focus is highly relevant and of good quality.

When we are done collecting data, our researchers can begin analysing the data. This involves examining the data to identify patterns or trends and using statistical analysis to test hypotheses and draw conclusions. The results of our analysis are presented clearly and concisely, allowing our customers and partners to easily understand the findings.

Finally, the researcher can draw conclusions based on the results of the study. These conclusions are based on the empirical findings. It is important to note that the conclusions drawn from empirical research may be subject to change as new data becomes available.

Advanced research facilities

Another thing that makes us unique is our laboratories. HAMMLAB, the Halden Man-Machine laboratory, is an example of one of the labs where we perform systematic studies focussing on human behaviour and human performance when working in a complex operating environment. The HAMMLAB laboratory has a full-scale nuclear reactor simulators where we can tailor the test to highly realistic environments. HAMMLAB provides us the possibility to balance experimental control and realism. This ensures that what we expose our research participants to, is realistic and applicable in real-world scenarios. Worldwide, we are one of a few who have full-scale simulators like this. HAMMLAB was established in 1983, which means that we have 40 years of experience and expertise in this field. 

Our researchers are motivated to help the industry with the problems they face. The researchers at IFE are genuinely committed to this, and this is the most important driver in the work we do. Our researchers use scientifically recognized methods to investigate real-world problems. Combined with their unique motivation, our facilities, and direct contact with the industry, this makes us a unique partner for addressing your challenges and research needs.