Challenges and Opportunities within Maritime Autonomy and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Matthew Bays
From Katie Gentilello
Interest in unmanned systems has increased considerably within the maritime domain and specifically the U.S. Navy over the last several decades. However, the littoral (shallow water) and undersea environments offer unique challenges resulting in the need for more autonomous, more reliable, and more modular unmanned systems than is often found in other domains. In this talk we will provide an overview of the particular challenges the U.S. Navy is attempting to solve within the littoral environment and solutions currently in development. We will provide a brief overview of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division and then discuss select projects related to our key autonomy thrust areas of payload autonomy, architecture design, behavior/algorithm development, and test/evaluation of autonomous systems to meet these challenges. Finally, we will provide an overview of multiple U.S. Navy and DoD opportunities for collaboration.