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December 7, 2021: 7:30 p.m. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship by Eric Aquaronne and Victor Brown
Since 2016, IBM has helped Promare to build reusable architecture in support of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship. The MAS400 “AI Captain ” combines IBM Artificial Intelligence, The Weather Company, and Red Hat available building blocks in a novel way to identify hazards and plans its route totally autonomously during ocean operations with little/no connectivity. MAS400 700kg scientific payload leverages autonomous AI-based experiments collecting and analyzing ocean samples and data. In the future, combined fleets of research boats, drones, and submersibles could spend months at sea, helping to better understand our planet challenges. The Mayflower navigation/science technologies and their reusability will be presented.
Co-sponsored by: NASA Langley Research Center and