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Cafe Scientifique

January 30, 2020 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm


Annapolis Cafe Scientifique: A place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. At 49 West, CoffeeHouse, Winebar and Gallery. You can reserve your seats by calling 410-626-9796. 


Dear Patrons,

Please join us on January 20, 2020 at 6:15pm for:

 “Ships without Souls”, by R. Glenn Wright, PhD

Abstract: Unmanned and autonomous ships are quickly becoming a reality in an effort to make shipping safer and more efficient. However, traditional lines based upon function and scale become blurred as new technology changes how the unique needs of different sectors are met. In addition to large vessels dedicated to the transport of goods and cargos across the oceans, major efforts are underway towards automation of small coastal shipping that includes ferries, tugboats, supply and service vessels and barges. Further innovation is taking place in automated vessels replacing conventional ships for inspecting and servicing pipelines, drilling platforms, wind farms and other offshore installations. This presentation will describe many of the changes that are taking place in automation and its potential effects on the Maritime and related industries.

About the Speaker: R. Glenn Wright is the President of GMATEK, Inc. in Annapolis, MD and has 40 years experience in research and the development of sensor-based systems for maritime, aeronautical and medical applications. He holds a PhD in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University in Malmö Sweden, a MS in Computer Science from the NYU Polytechnic Institute of New York, BS in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Wright is a Master Mariner and operates a research vessel investigating meteorological, oceanographic and electromagnetic phenomena and the use of artificial intelligence for sensor analytics and to navigate and operate vessels. His upcoming book titled Unmanned and Autonomous Ships published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC is planned for release in early 2020.

Hope you have relaxing enjoyable Holidays!

Tracy Gill and Andy Loftus


January 30, 2020
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm