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Towards safe automated navigation at sea

High-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) are the cornerstones of a Finnish project to develop safe automated navigation for marine vessels.

Common reasons for collisions at sea are bad decision making, poor lookout, inefficient use of radar, inexperience, lack of communication, and fatigue. This according to Antti Lehmussola, Team Lead for Machine Learning at Finnish company Groke Technologies.

Groke Technologies aim to eliminate human errors during navigation at sea through a multi-sensor system that is coupled with deep neural networks and a graphical user interface. The solution will combine radar technology, an automatic identification system (AIS), visual and thermal cameras, as well as sea charts, inertial measurement units (IMU) and dual band GNSS (a satellite positioning system). All these sensors and data sources will be installed in a vessel together with several computing units to process the data.

The project is supported by the AI Business Program of Business Finland, while computing resources are provided by CSC, the national research and education network (NREN) of Finland.

Submitted by Morten Andersen

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