Unmanned and Autonomous Ships
An Overview of Maritime Autonomus Surface Ships (MASS) by Dr. R. Glenn Wright

About the Author

R. Glenn Wright holds a Ph.D Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden; M.S. Computer Science from the NYU Polytechnic Institute of New York, and B.S. Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Wright has over 40 years experience in industry and led projects associated with sensor-based systems for electronic test; surface vessel, autonomous underwater and marine remotely operated vehicles; meteorological and oceanographic data systems, and surface navigation. He is a USCG licensed Master Mariner with additional ratings as Able Seaman-Special, Able Seaman-Sail, Lifeboatman, Wiper and Stewards Department.
Dr. Wright is member of the U.S. National Academy’s Transportation Research Board Committee on Maritime Safety and the Committee on Artificial Intelligence. He is also an expert contributor to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Crowd Sourced Bathymetry Working Group (CSBWG).

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Ships Without Souls - An interview with Dr. R. Glenn Wright was published by Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Bay Weekly Magazine discussing autonomous ships prior to his January 30, 2020 talk for Café Scientifique at the 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis.

Further information about the author may be found at LinkedIn.


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