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Ontology-Based Information Infrastructure for Autonomous Ships

Dean Sumić orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies, Split, Croatia *
Lada Maleš ; University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Split, Croatia
Tonćo Marušić orcid id ; University of Mostar, Faculty of Science and Education, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marko Rosić orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Science, Split, Croatia

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The maritime industry is witnessing a revolutionary transformation with the development of autonomous ships. Unmanned vessels employ advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, and intelligent agents for autonomous navigation. The successful integration of autonomous ships into existing maritime ecosystems requires a robust infrastructure capable of addressing various challenges, including interoperability of different ship systems. To ensure interoperability, it is crucial to establish a suitable information infrastructure. The implementation of ontologies within the information infrastructure of autonomous ships facilitates the use of intelligent agents. This paper discusses the concept of ontological information infrastructure tailored for autonomous ships and gives an example of an ontology designed specifically for autonomous vessel firefighting systems.


Autonomous ships; Interoperability; Ontologies

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