Special Issue "Autonomous and Remote-Controlled Ship Operations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 November 2021).
Interests: human factors; training methods; virtual reality training simulators; training syllabus; performance indices; performance assessment; performance management; spatial learning; virtual and augmented virtual reality; learning processes; complex socio-technical systems; situation awareness and distributed situation awareness; distributed situation awareness indices; human-autonomy teaming
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Maritime operations have been transforming continually over the past few decades, and recent years have seen an increase in autonomy and automation technologies in the maritime domain. With the advent of autonomous cars in transport, the dream of unmanned cargo carriers in the seaways has experienced a new surge of interest across different stakeholders around the globe. Though the spotlight on unmanned autonomous vessels is evident, practical implementation is still in its infancy. Therefore, humans will remain an important part of maritime systems in varying roles until the aspects of autonomous maritime operations attain maturity. Therefore, it is critical to understand and foresee the potential implications of autonomous technologies on the different segments and actors of the maritime domain. This Special Issue addresses but is not limited to the following areas:
- Legal and regulatory challanges, e.g., regulatory frameworks of national and international, governmental or nongovernmental stakeholders regarding maritime autonomous ship operations; understanding the liability for actions of autonomous agents; constrains, deficiencies and enablers in the current legal frameworks affecting implementation of maritime automation;
- Future competence requirements, e.g., relevant future skills of seafarers and maritime personnel; organization, leadership, and subordination in partially or completely remote-operation setup;
- Maritime education and training (MET) through neopedagogy and training indices in maritime context in the advent of autonomous era, e.g., virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and the use of other available immersive media, training and bridge resource management adjusted for reduced crew sizes; improved team training; human autonomy team training and improved assessment methods;
- Practical implementation considerations, e.g., evaluation regarding the compatibility and adaptability of autonomous technologies with human operators; improved evaluation and validation of safety and efficiency of new systems and systems’ elements;
- Digital infrastructure for autonomous ship operations and management, e.g., shore control centres and connectivity solutions; cybersecurity; maintenance and upgrades; standardization of interfaces and tools;
- Human performance in autonomous technologies, e.g., human autonomy teaming; psychosocial issues (e.g., trust, complacency, bias); evaluating and understanding human performance in autonomous and remote-controlled ship operations;
- Enablers for maritime domain to adopt autonomous solutions, e.g., business cases; lessons from other domains; implementation impact modeling.
Prof. Dr. Salman Nazir
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- autonomous ships
- maritime operations
- shore control centre
- seafarer skills
- remote operations
- human-centered design
- Maritime Education and Training