C4iSR: Maritime

USN to prototype AI-based decision aid to improve collision avoidance

04 July 2019

As part of efforts to reduce the incidence of surface ship accidents, the US Navy (USN) has instigated the development of a decision support aid that would leverage from rules-based artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms previously developed under the Sea Hunter unmanned surface vessel programme.

Being led by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the Operator Decision Aid (ODA) pilot project is seeking to develop a prototype that can provide real-time warnings and manoeuvre recommendations to watch-standing teams on the bridge and in the combat information centre (CIC).

According to Glen Sturtevant, Director for Science and Technology in NAVSEA's Program Executive Office Ships, the driver for the ODA has been the recent spate of collisions involving USN warships.

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