Autonomous vessels will become common on our oceans within the near future. They are seen as a key element for a competitive and sustainable European shipping industry.
The next generation of commercial automated ships will have advanced embedded decision support systems, making extensive use of satellite communication and data. These technologies will combine to provide an operational system that will work without the intervention of an on-board human operator.
This workshop will highlight the importance and place in the market for autonomous vessels; the need for continued research and the expected technology growth in the future. There uses know no bounds; marine surveillance vessels, large cargo ships, offshore support boats and leisure shipping will be explored.
The workshop aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and industrials to exchange and share their experiences of autonomous unmanned craft and will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss their most recent innovations, the technology advances and the practical challenges to be encountered in this awe-inspiring field.