Safety & Assurance

Work Package 4

Safety & Assurance

Our objective is to research and develop novel methods, models and tools for risk management and safe design and operations of autonomous ships.

This work package will focus on risk reduction, mitigation strategies, and safe solutions for the design and operation of autonomous ships. This achievement relies on the ability to identify the new risks and incorporate necessary (technical, software, security, human and organisational) measures into the systems, the operation, and the associated infrastructure.

The main research tasks are:

  • Task 4.1, which focuses on risk management in operation, and the need to monitor system condition, act upon, and mitigate consequences of hazardous events.
  • Task 4.2, which targets the integration of safety in design phases and fail-safe solutions.
  • Tasks in 4.3, which focuses on system verification and simulation, including cost-efficient approaches to testing and simulations.
  • Task 4.4, which evaluates the implication of autonomous operations and risk acceptance in the context of liability and maritime laws, as well as how assurance tools, standards, and rules can cover the new aspects of autonomous operations.

Projects

Projects

PhD projects

PhD projects

  • Online risk modeling of autonomous ships, Susanna Dybwad Kristensen
  • Risk acceptance and operational constraints in risk modeling of autonomous operations, Spencer Dugan
  • Safety demonstration of autonomous control systems using digital twin, Raffael Wallner
  • The application of the international regulations for preventing collision at sea (COLREGS 1972) to autonomous vessels, Ayoub Tailoussane
  • Marine cybernetics and safety for autonomous ships, Emir Cem Gezer

Postdoc research

Postdoc research

  • Dynamic and simulation-based risk modeling for operational decision support and verification, Alojz Gomola

Recent publications

Recent publications

Dirdal, Johann Alexander; Skjetne, Roger; Roháč, Jan; Fossen, Thor I.. (2022) "Online wave direction and wave number estimation from surface vessel motions using distributed inertial measurement arrays and phase-time-path-differences". Ocean Engineering. Volum 249.

Zhou, Hongyu; Ren, Zhengru; Marley, Mathias; Skjetne, Roger. (2022) "A Guidance and Maneuvering Control System Design With Anti-Collision Using Stream Functions With Vortex Flows for Autonomous Marine Vessels". IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. Volum 30.(6) s. 2630-2645.