Explainable AI and Autonomy for the Maritime Domain

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: S of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


Techniques will be investigated to enable the human operator to interact in natural language to collaborate and team effectively with autonomous systems with varying autonomy and communication levels in the Marine domain. Current use of unmanned systems within the marine or maritime domain typically relegates the operator to the role of a spectator, while the unmanned system carries out pre-planned autonomous operations. On-board autonomy and AI capabilities are now developing to the point where elements of the mission execution and decision making process can be delegated to the unmanned system. Increased expectations around mission complexity and duration require that the interaction between the human operator and unmanned system is richer, with the autonomous system able to provide explainability and collaborative feedback, necessary for transparency and accountability. This research gap will be the focus of the investigatory work carried out as part of this PhD project.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S023208/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2270306 Studentship EP/S023208/1 16/09/2019 30/09/2023 Konstantinos Gavriilidis