Self-driving boats at Cal Maritime

You may have heard about self-driving cargo ships developed by Rolls-Royce. But did you know self-driving vessels are also being researched at Cal Maritime? Dr. Mike Holden, Mechanical Engineering, has been working with ME students to develop an autonomous oceanographic research vessel that collects water quality data from the Carquinez Strait. Dr. Holden will discuss this project at the next Cal Maritime Scholar event, which will also include an interview by Captain Tamara Burback, Marine Transportation.

What’s the current state of this research? What’s the future for autonomous boats and ships?

Come with your questions, next Thursday, November 17, at 1100 in the Compass Room (3rd floor of the Dining Center). Refreshments served!

The Cal Maritime Scholar series was created to promote a culture of  research and scholarship on campus. It aims to share the excitement of research projects happening right now at Cal Maritime. Each event includes an interview by a faculty member outside the speaker’s discipline. Sponsored by the Cal Maritime Library.



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