Nigel LeeNigel is the Chief Strategy Officer for Robosys Automation Ltd, a UK UK-headquartered Maritime Autonomy and Smart Shipping software company. He has over 17 years of experience as a global business leader in the international Maritime and Naval sector serving with Lockheed Martin, Ultra Electronics and with US Private Equity owned DTC. Previously Nigel served in the Royal Navy for 23 years as both an engineer and as a Seaman/Warfare Officer, on both ships and submarines. Nigel holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Technology and was awarded the hereditary Freedom of Dunfermline in 2008.
Developing a COLREGS-compliant autonomous navigation system
This presentation will review a +20-year journey to develop a maritime autonomous navigation system (ANS) for USVs. From an obstacle avoidance algorithm first developed for the NASA Mars Rover to real-life and simulated autonomous navigation and collision avoidance trials, it has proved its COLREGs compliance from Canada to Australia. With Indian Register of Shipping class society certification for its Voyager AI software on board an uncrewed 30m tug. Robosys is now working with integrated bridge system (IBS) manufacturers to develop a bridge-based collision avoidance decision aid (CADA) for lean crewed ships to improve safety in complex navigational waters.