Autonomy for Ships: A Sovereign Agents Architecture for Reliability and Safety by Design

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Abstract

Autonomous systems strive to obtain salient features that include computer intelligence for obtaining situation awareness, decision support to a human navigator, or for facilitating autonomous decision-making in unmanned vehicles. This paper considers the case of autonomous marine surface vehicles, where high-quality decision support will be instrumental for obtaining a periodically unattended bridge and for approval of unmanned bridge operation with fallback through remote operation. The proposed design focuses on a sovereign-based architecture that facilitates safety, resilience and cyber-security. We address central elements of risk in the development and approval of autonomous systems; we analyze the challenges associated with testing, commissioning and maintenance of a highly complex cyber-physical system, and describe design principles for the sovereign agents architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 5th International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
PublisherIEEE
Pages50-57
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-3158-3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
Event5th International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems - Palais des Congrès de Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Raphaël, France
Duration: 29 Sep 20211 Oct 2021
Conference number: 5
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Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
Number5
LocationPalais des Congrès de Saint-Raphaël
Country/TerritoryFrance
CitySaint-Raphaël
Period29/09/202101/10/2021
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