Automated Science at Sea - The Mayflower Autonomous Ship

A talk from EMF 2022 by James Sutton

On Saturday June 4, 2022 at in Stage B

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship is a fully autonomous, AI powered research vessel, that will at the time of this talk will hopefully have completed its primary mission to cross the Atlantic from Plymouth UK, to Plymouth Massachusetts without any human intervention or control. The AI captain installed will guide the ship across the Atlantic, avoiding obstacles, plotting courses around the weather and balancing the many variables needed to safely cross one of the most dangerous oceans.

As well as it's main goal to cross the Atlantic, it will also be operating a number of data collection and ocean science experiments to help researchers better understand our oceans, as well as developing new technologies to help automate science at the edge.

This talk, will give a history of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, a look into the exciting science conducted aboard including our Whale Song detector and Electronic Tongue, and how everything is brought together using open source and a great team.