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2017 - Year of Autonomy

The “2017 - Year of Autonomy” initiative was launched on 16 November during the Marine Autonomy Technology Showcase event, which took place 14-18 November at the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), Southampton.

Sponsored by the South Coast Marine Cluster the initiative has the vision of bringing together innovators and users from across marine, land and air autonomy to address key challenges and share learning.  It aims to develop cross sector collaborations to address these challenges, by organising a series of workshops across the South Coast to build on the complementarities and contrasts in innovation between water, land and air autonomy.

Five challenge areas have been identified:

  1. Collaborative autonomy covering aspects such as swarming, command & control software, artificial intelligence and combined water, land and air systems.  Workshop scheduled for January 2017.
  2. Regulation including codes of practice, safe operation and legal perspectives.  Workshop to take place in March 2017.
  3. Energy management concerned with energy harvesting, battery & power management systems, and power storage, docking & charging.  Workshop in May 2017.
  4. Risk & reliability looking at safety, testing & standards, probability of mission success, fault analysis & diagnosis and maintenance.  Workshop in July 2017.
  5. Societal acceptance as regards the impact of automation on the workforce (changing and emergent roles and skills), public perceptions of the ‘rise of the machines’, and ethics. Workshop in September 2017.

A culminating review and outcomes event will then be held in November 2017.  Following this the working group will develop and publish a roadmap of capabilities and challenge areas.

The working group bringing this vision together has representation from all three sectors, from both industry and academia, and is chaired by Tessa Darley, Head of Transport at the Knowledge Transfer Network.

The importance of this initiative and series of workshops is based on the need to:

·      Improve industry access to information on cross-sector challenge areas

·      Share understanding of the potentially different approaches to issues taken by the research base and industry

·      Develop cross-sector industry collaborative projects and programmes

·      Engage funders and key stakeholders on the key challenge areas

·      Create a recognized South Coast Cluster of Excellence for Autonomy

For further information about the initiative, how to get involved in the workshops, or be kept informed by receiving a bi-monthly newsletter, please contact Ian Stock at the KTN on ian.stock@ktn-uk.org or Aidan Thorn at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on aidan.thorn@noc.ac.uk.

 

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