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Simulated MCM survey includes multi-architecture autonomy

20th August 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


UK-based SeeByte and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have joined forces in trials to test a multi-architecture autonomy framework.

The Neptune autonomy engine from SeeByte was combined with the MOOS-IvP from MIT in a  service-oriented, multi-autonomy interface, under a study funded by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR).

MOOS-IvP is a set of open source C++ modules for providing autonomy on robotic platforms, particularly autonomous marine vehicles.

Neptune and MOOS-IvP initially ran together cooperatively on a single asset to carry out a simulated MCM survey mission, SeeByte stated on 17 August.

Andrea Munafo, engineering manager at SeeByte, said: ‘This is a great step towards a best of breed ‘system of systems’ approach, where new or updated autonomy services can be easily integrated together to improve UxV [unmanned vessel] capabilities and give operators a broader range of capabilities.’

The next phase of the ONR study will explore increasingly complex delegation strategies between Neptune and MOOS-IvP, taking into consideration multi-vehicle or multi-domain scenarios. 

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