Theme: Smarter system / operator interaction for tomorrow's crew and future missions

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Monitor and analyze operator’s behaviour for Artificial intelligence adaptive system.

The key to designing operation centres aboard smart ships is to understand the scope for improvement in existing systems with respect to their users. We need to learn more about the common operator behaviours while interacting with the system for instance under stress and gather data about usage patterns, attention spent, and key pain points. This data will form the basis for future iterations of the systems with improved adaptive Man-Machine interface responsiveness and support capabilities using for example Artificial Intelligence. We’re looking for systems that include tracking and analytics tools that can capture and characterise the operator’s activities and identify patterns in their behaviour that will yield these insights.

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Decision making aid using Big Data tools and innovative system operator interactions.

Ship operators need to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously to do their jobs. With a trend toward the increase of informations exchanged, fewer crew members, the operator must take on even more functions. This entails interpreting various data parameters and making sound decisions quickly using Big Data tools. How can we make it easier for the operator to control systems and interpret all necessary data in one place, and make quicker decisions about ship operations? How can the system be upgraded to overcome past operating limitations, and switch to a more proactive format? We’re seeking tools that utilise different communication methods such as voice, touch, and gestures, as well as assistive intelligence capabilities.

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IoT network for data display, use and sharing aboard ship.

Operating a ship entails the processing of various kinds of information, from weather and external environment, mission preparation and execution, the calculation of routes to the monitoring of internal and external ship parameters. . We need creative approaches to eliminate potential information gaps, especially those that are mission critical. How can we visualize, share and use all this complex information, real-time? What infrastructure is required to seamlessly share the information in the ship’s environment? We’re seeking advanced, high-performance displays and visualisation tools (both hardware and software) that can transcend physical boundaries and provide accurate visualisations of all key information. These tools may include holographic technologies and augmented reality. To support these displays and visualisation tools, we’re seeking to create a network of IoT-powered devices that can enable the sharing of information in real-time. How might we provide short-range ship surveillance and protection that can operate in critical positions?

Theme: Ship security and safety systems

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Improve short range surveillance and protection using small drones.

Short range surveillance and protection rely more and more on drones. The integration of underwater, aerial, and surface drones is a major challenge for the Maritime domain. To face this challenge, Naval Group has launched a large-scale technological roadmap on the physical and functional integration of drones on board its products. The technologies to be developed mainly concern:

  • Decisional autonomy (Neural network, Mission programming expert system)

  • Energy efficient (Battery, low power processor, low-power software)

And use all the new technologies like Artificial intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things. How to answer physical and functional integration on maritime platform?

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Using new sensors and autonomous systems.

In the event of a ship fire, firefighters face all hazards associated with land-based fire operations. These hazards are further compounded by a structure made entirely of metal, designed differently from a regular building, and watertight. In order to fight a fire, the fighting team must collect enough information about the fire, its origin and its stage of development; then deploy the most effective way of extinguishing the fire. Assessing fires within the ship’s hull is also difficult, as smoke obscures the line of sight for cameras. The problems that Naval Group wishes to solve are:

  1. To reduce risk for fire fighters

  2. To enhance their information about the fire.

We’re seeking fire fighting methods that can work in the ship’s environment and reduce the need for in-person intervention. The solution is best supported by various sensors systems that can map temperatures, detect the source of a fire even in smoke-filled environments and / or provide situation assessment to decision makers.

 How to Participate

Do you have what it takes? Simply click the link below and fill out the application form by 12 May, 2359hrs.

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