Eco Marine Power to study use of Artificial Intelligence in research projects

By Curious

Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications to be utilized to improve control algorithms and analyze research data

To further enhance its research capabilities Eco Marine Power announced Friday that it will begin using the Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications Inc., as part of a strategy to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into various ongoing ship related technology projects including the further development of the patented Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) and EnergySail.

Eco Marine Power to study use of Artificial Intelligence in research projects
Caption: Aquarius MRE® Technologies and Project Partners

The Neural Network Console is an integrated development environment using deep learning for AI creation and has been used in deep learning applied technology development within Sony since 2015.  Various functions are included such as recognition technology and a full-fledged GUI (graphical user interface) and these allow for deep learning programs to be developed.

Deep learning refers to a form of machine learning that uses neural networks modelled after the human brain and is notable for its high versatility with applications in a wide variety of fields including signal processing, and robotics.

An initial area of focus will be on studying how the Neural Network Console and AI can assist with the development of the automated control system for EMP’s EnergySail.

This system automatically adjusts the position of the EnergySail depending on a number of variables including wind speed and direction. It is also envisaged that AI will be useful in helping to analyze the results of computer simulations related to the Aquarius Eco Ship.

“All of our solutions include a level of automation however we see opportunities to expand on this by using artificial intelligence and deep learning to improve control algorithms, analyse results and develop future systems”, commented Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power. “In addition we intend to explore how recognition technology and sensors can be integrated together to control not only our systems, but other systems and equipment on ships especially in regards to the use of renewable energy on ships”.

Image 2 - EnergySail Computer Control System

For more information about EMP’s research and development projects please see: http://www.ecomarinepower.com/en/research

For more information about the Sony Neural Network Console please see: https://dl.sony.com/

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

Source: EMP