Join us at this event to learn how the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project came to life.
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The Mayflower Autonomous Ship is a first-of-its-kind autonomous ship. On its inaugural journey, the ship commemorated the original Mayflower by following its transatlantic route, with one crucial difference being that this modern Mayflower gathered critical ocean data, with not a single person on board. This data could help us understand the impact of climate change and pollution, as well as how to better protect our oceans.
Not only must the ship follow maritime law, make crucial split-second decisions, reroute itself around harsh weather environments, but also collect and analyse vast amounts of ocean data – using a combination of sensory technology, real-time machine learning and analytics, and a state-of-the-art decision engine.
Join us at this event to learn how the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project came to life, and how the first journey across the oceans succeeded with zero human intervention.
About the speakers
Prof. Andy Stanford-Clark is an innovation leader in IBM’s Corporate Strategy organisation, and is the technical leader for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and a Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM’s Hursley Park laboratories near Winchester, and has been working in the area that we now call the Internet of Things for more than 25 years. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the BCS.
Brett Phaneuf is the founder and chief executive of Submergence Group LLC (USA) / M Subs Ltd (UK) and through his office in the United Kingdom oversees the design and production of manned and unmanned underwater vehicle systems. Mr. Phaneuf has recently turned his attention to machine learning and artificial intelligence; a new company (Marine Ai) has been spun out from M Subs Ltd with the goal of creating cognitive AI to enhance maritime capabilities. Brett is leading the development of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, which sailed from Plymouth UK to Plymouth US, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower, September 1620.
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