Artificial intelligence for ocean-going autonomous vehicles – 1h20

USV and AUV have been used for several decades and new systems are being developed. The potential applications are numerous, including maritime surveillance, detection of underwater objects and environmental assessment. To carry out their mission the vehicles need embedded intelligent systems and algorithm, at least for safe navigation and mission control. Also, the simultaneous use of several vehicles in the same system requires coordination. With the current booming of artificial intelligence technologies and their applications in many areas, this round table will discuss the issues and consequences on the architecture, performances and related technical solutions for ocean-going autonomous vehicles.

Big data processing : What is the added value, for which applications ? – 50 min

Big data analytics is a hot topic addressing many domains even in relation with everyday life. Commercial optimization, on-line services, economical predictions, predictive maintenance, security through surveillance, digitalization of processus can be cited as examples. Less clear is their impact of functionalities on technical systems and their performances. As a matter of facts, more and more numerical data is generated by systems, through the extended use of digital equipment and intelligent sensors. For ocean technology, the applications are for example environmental assessment using distributed sensors and buoys, remote sensing using airborne vehicles or satellites, on-board ship control and mission management, the optimization of power generated by renewable energy system at sea. The purpose of the round table is to review the impact of big data analytics in ocean technology, identifying the most promising applications, and how to manage and process the data.

Man and the ocean in 100 years in the context of climate changes – 1h20

Climate changes is now a reality in severals part of the world with consequences on the resources available for life of any kind. An indicator already warns that the resources that the planet can afford to produce are consumed earlier each year. In that context, the resources available from land will not be sufficient to fulfill the need of the population. Taking into account that a large proportion of it is located in coastal areas, the interaction with the ocean for living and exploitation of resources is clearly a big opportunity but also a big challenge, in order to ensure sustainability. The round table will try to imagine what could be the role of oceans for human life in 100 years.

The place of Europe in ocean research – 50 min

With its geography open to different seas and oceans, its economical and cultural dynamics, Europe has always been interacting with the maritime domain far back in History. The new challenges of sustainable exploitation of the oceans and transport requires research efforts to optimize the future systems and services in terms of efficiency, energy saving and societal benefits. European organizations and institutions are an opportunity to merge the financial and technical efforts, allowing projects at a larger scale, fostering practical applications. In a first part, the aims of this round tables is to review the different initiatives at European level, their situation comparing the global effort, which priority area are addressed and which practical applications have emerged. A second part of the round table will discuss the way ahead and which are the priority topics.