Research Themes and Applications

  • Dependable Software Systems & Cybersecurity

    Automation and communications are the keys to efficiency and reliability aboard ship but depend heavily on software-based systems. We are developing techniques for increasing the reliability, resiliency, fault-tolerance and dependability of software used in shipboard environments.

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  • Designing for People

    The evolution of the internet of things and the associated digital twin of the ship means that there is an unprecedented amount of information that can now be presented on the bridge of the ship, in real time.

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  • Digital Controls & High Performance Computing

    Advanced digital control systems will be key to ensuring stable and efficient operation of ship’s systems. As marine technology relies increasingly on sensor integration, inter-ship communications networks, and autonomous vehicles, the efficiency of computing platforms is becoming critical for capability.

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  • Materials and Corrosion

    Ships operate in a complex ocean environment. The structure is dynamically loaded in multiaxial stress regime that needs to be considered if any changes to typical structure is considered. Furthermore, the sea is corrosive to metals and also degrades other materials like composites.

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  • Shipboard Communications, Sensors & EMC

    Ship crews require high levels of situational awareness in order to avoid or deal with dangerous situations. Our research focuses on next-generation wireless sensor networks to monitor the integrity of the ship, its environment and its cargo.

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