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Our vision is to render every system involved in maritime transport, from the power and propulsion plant (i.e. fuel engine, propeller, motor) of a vessel up to the vessel traffic system autonomous with safety being the key priority

The necessary condition for safe autonomous maritime transport is to guarantee the safe operation of every system individually. The sufficient condition though is to guarantee the safe interaction between these systems at the same level, but also transversally.

To materialize this vision we design software-based agents in a cyber-physical-human (CPH) system framework for monitoring, automatic control, planning and coordination to handle significant uncertainties (e.g. environmental effects, modelling errors, unknown human behavior, dynamic operational environment) and unexpected events (e.g. sensor faults, engine faults, communication errors, cyber-attacks, collisions, traffic congestion).

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