Autonomous Systems at Sea, Building Trust with Humans

Autonomous Systems at Sea, Building Trust with Humans

05 Sep 2018, 16:00 - 17:30

Crombie B

Session title: Autonomous Systems at Sea, Building Trust with Humans 

Moderator: Jim Bellingham, Founding Director, WHOI

Autonomous systems are increasingly part of the human experience, acting as our agents, shaping the information we see, taking care of us, and increasingly randomly encountering us in places that have traditionally been limited to humans. In the ocean we are both ahead of much of the rest of the autonomy community in building autonomous mobile systems, and behind the community in weaving systems into human activities. This session is devoted to discussing autonomy at sea, with a particular focus on the human experience associated with the growing use of autonomous systems.       

1600-1615: WHOI Center for Marine Robotics

Jim Bellingham, Founding Director, WHOI                                                                           

1615-1630: Human Empowerment: The Rise of the Robots

Damian Ling, Subsea Survey Engineer, Chevron                                                                             

1630-1645: Using Machine Vision to accelerate video image data processing


Matt Gordon, Position TBC, Leidos

Keith Grabham, Position TBC, i-Tech Services

1645-1700: Soft Robots for Tough Tasks

 John Mulholland, CEO, Blue Ocean Robotics                                 

1700-1730: Panel: Autonomous systems at sea: Building Trust with Humans.                                                                                                 

How do human operators in oil & gas get robots to do what they want them to do?  

How does ‘pervasive autonomy’ change the seagoing experience for operators on ships and in land?  

How will autonomous surface platforms interact with human occupied platforms?

How does O&G compare to the defense industry?                         

• Damian Ling, Subsea Survey Engineer, Chevron

• John Mulholland, CEO, Blue Ocean Robotics

• Matt Gordon, Position TBC, Leidos


  • Jim Bellingham


    Founding Director

    Center of Marine Robotics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    James G. Bellingham is a leader in the development of high performance marine robots and the creation of distributed marine robotic systems. He is...

  • Damian Ling


    Subsea Survey Engineer

    Chevron’s Energy Technology Company

    Damian is currently a Subsea Survey Engineer at Chevron’s Energy Technology Company where he is responsible for supporting a number of major capital...

  • John Mulholland



    Blue Ocean Robotics

    John Mulholland is the CEO & Co-Founder at Blue Ocean Robotics Norway.

  • Matt Gordon


    Position TBC


  • Keith Grabham


    Position TBC

    i-Tech Services

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