Marine autonomy does not have as many constraints as there are on land but there are still challenges that need to be overcome to make the most of current and future opportunities. My talk will concentrate on the research works done in the marine autonomous systems research group at Plymouth where the focus of the research group has been towards application of AI techniques to the navigation, guidance and control of autonomous marine vehicles. The talk will also discuss future challenges in the marine autonomy areas and their likely solutions.
Dr Sanjay Sharma, Associate Professor in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems, is one of the UK's foremost innovators in applying autonomous technology in the marine environment. He leads the University's Autonomous Marine Systems Research Group, which focuses on the application of AI techniques to the navigation, guidance and control of autonomous vehicles, wave energy devices and marine propulsion systems. He has prominent roles in a number of bodies including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the UK Automatic Control Council and a member of the Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles group within the International Federation of Automatic Control.