New R&D project to enhance safety

24 May 2013
CASCADe aims to develop an adaptive bridge system that will recognise, prevent and recover from human errors

CASCADe aims to develop an adaptive bridge system that will recognise, prevent and recover from human errors

A new three year European Research Project, CASCADe (model based Cooperative and Adaptive Ship based Context Award Design), has been launched to help increase safety onboard vessels.

The project, which is part funded by the European Union, aims to address the lack of symbiosis which exists between current bridge design, operational procedures and the end user.

Studies have shown that the use of instruments within the maritime environment which have a range of different user interfaces, or the provision of too much information, can lead to errors and reduction in performance.

CASCADe aims to develop an adaptive bridge system that will recognise, prevent and recover from human errors by improving the interaction between the crew and machines on the bridge.

The new 'human centred design methodology' will support the analysis of agent interactions at early development stages.

Under the coordination of Oldenburg Research and Development Institute for Information Technology Tools and Systems (OFFIS), a consortium of seven project partners from five EU countries will collaborate in the project. Participants include BMT Group Ltd, Raytheon Anschuetz GmbH, Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd, the University of Cardiff, Marimatech AS and Symbio Concepts and Products SPRL.

The Maritime Cluster Northern Germany, Nautilus International, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG and the University of Tasmania will also provide support.

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