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🎓 Sea Machines Robotics and USM developed Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar

Date: 17 Oct 2022 Author: Chief Editor

Marine autonomy solutions developer Sea Machines Robotics’ in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi USM’s Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise in Gulfport, Mississippi, USA has developed the Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar through USM’s Center of Higher Learning at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center.

🎯 Participants plan missions that transform USM’s R/V Ken Barbor, from a crewed to an uncrewed system designed to operate in various conditions, from shallow embayment with significant currents out to the open ocean. Learners will obtain an overview of maritime autonomy, how to use mission simulators, and deploy and operate uncrewed systems safely in coastal areas.

The University of Southern Mississippi is one of global leaders in uncrewed maritime systems certifications. The five-week Uncrewed Maritime Systems Tier 1 and Tier 2 Certification Classes offered by USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering have been a fantastic success for NOAA, USACE, and NAVOCEANO employees at Stennis Space Center.

The addition of the Maritime Autonomy Operational Seminar builds on the tradition of success established by these academic credit classes as well as Ocean Enterprise’s Stennis-based operational seminars (Maritime Cyber, Maritime Data Analysis, and Maritime Uncrewed Systems).

🎤 “By being very surgical and designing for enrollment in multiple sessions with adaptable content, we believe we can rapidly reach hundreds of potential learners, especially transitioning military personnel looking to enter the uncrewed systems field for the first time,” said Dr. Jason McKenna, Director of RDT&E and Training for the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise at USM. Added McKenna: “By getting some ‘stick time,’ on a state-of-the-art optionally crewed vessel, federal employees will be better prepared to integrate uncrewed autonomous capabilities into their fleet.”

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the home to significant operations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As a result, it provides numerous opportunities for collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi, US Government, and industry.

🎤 “NOAA is highly supportive of USM’s workforce development efforts, specifically focused on uncrewed maritime systems (UMS)” said Philip Hoffman, Uncrewed Maritime Systems R&D Coordinator for NOAA Ocean Exploration.

🎤 Matthew Thompson, Technical Lead, Hydrographic Department, Naval Oceanographic Office said “As the Naval Oceanographic Office continues pursuit of Uncrewed Maritime Systems (UMS) for oceanographic and seafloor characterization, it is critical that we collaborate with academia, industry and other federal organizations to advance technology and expertise.”

🎤 “The adoption of autonomous systems continues to grow in the government and commercial sectors, and it is important to us to help support the infrastructure surrounding it with the appropriate education and tools,” said Erik Hedval, Business Development Manager – Government, Sea Machines Robotics.

📃📷 Source: Sea Machines Robotics