The Royal Institution of Naval Architects once again hosted its annual President’s Invitation Lecture earlier this month on November 1st.
RINA members and invited guests gathered to hear a wide-ranging talk that looked at one of the current hot topics in the maritime world, the growing use of artificial intelligence. The lecture, which was presented by Rodrigo Perez Fernandez, Software Engineering Senior Director at Siemens DISW and Associate Professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, aimed to bring to light ideas about artificial intelligence and how it will impact the marine industry.
Professor Fernandez provided a vision of this new state-of-the-art technology, including case studies on how the new science can be used in the maritime engineering sector. The lecture looked at how the industry could be enhanced using the artificial intelligence following a careful study of the various ship design stages where it could be applied. Specifically of note was how artificial intelligence can add increased value to the CAD 3D system.
The lecture concluded with a message from Professor Fernandez that artificial intelligence is not a matter for science fiction but a technology that has a tremendous impact in the ship design, shipbuilding and shipping industry, helping to build and operate ships better, faster, and cheaper.
However, he noted that the technology is not completely developed and it is the responsibility of marine industry stakeholders present, including RINA members, to work together to improve its functionality.
The event took place in the Reading and Writing Rooms at the Royal Horse Guards Hotel, London with a large turnout from across the maritime sector. It was followed by a dinner and drinks for the invited guests.