This event took place on Thursday 28 March 2019.


What role could the University of Plymouth, and the city as a whole, play in the development of marine robotics?

Marine robotic and autonomous systems can be used for a number of applications, including oceanography, shipping, surveying, and surveillance.

  • Marine robotic technology allows us to increase efficiency and sustainability, as well as safely carry out tasks like searching a sunken wreckage or monitoring a large body of water in more detail, and over a longer duration.
  • Developing autonomous shipping could reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency, relying on robust cyber security and regulations for safety.
Following the commercialisation of autonomous cars and drones, can marine robotics replicate their success for autonomous shipping and ocean exploration?

The answer is a resounding yes from the perspective of Dr Jian Wan, Lecturer in Control Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering.

Join Jian for an informative talk and Q&A as he shares his insight into marine robotics and autonomous sailing technologies for the wider industry, and the future of this rapidly advancing sector. Jian will introduce some of the historical work carried out by the University's Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group, and review the latest developments in autonomous underwater vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles.

Connecting the dots between artificial intelligence, marine robotics and big data, he will use autonomous sailing robots to exemplify key research issues such as naval architecture, sensor data fusion, machine learning and multi-agent systems.

All are welcome to the University of Plymouth's Public Research Lecture series, to hear the fascinating - and often surprising - talks from leading experts and their perspectives of our world through a research lens.

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