Rolls-Royce has inked a deal with Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems which are believed to make existing vessels safer and are essential for autonomous ships to become a reality.The agreement, said to be the first of its kind in the marine sector, was signed at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden on October 3. It allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.“While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient. By working with Google Cloud we can make these systems better faster, saving lives,” Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence, commented.As disclosed, Rolls-Royce will use Google Cloud’s software to create machine learning models which can interpret large and diverse marine data sets created by Rolls-Royce. Data will be prepared to train models, ensuring that it is relevant and in sufficient quantity to create statistical significance. As part of the machine learning process, the models’ predictions are evaluated in practical marine applications, allowing the models to be further refined.By accessing this software through the Cloud, the models can be developed from anywhere in the world and are immediately accessible globally allowing thousands of users. Models can, therefore, be trained on large quantities (terabytes) of data. This will be essential as autonomous ships become commonplace.In the longer term, Rolls-Royce and Google intend to undertake joint research on unsupervised and multimodal learning. The two companies will also test whether speech recognition and synthesis are viable solutions for human-machine interfaces in marine applications. They will also work on optimizing the performance of local neural network computing on board ships using open source machine intelligence software libraries such as Google’s TensorFlow.Intelligent awareness systems are expected to make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, Rolls-Royce said.
THE Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) third Under-16 tournament for 2017 will be staged tomorrow at the Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard beginning at 13:00hrs.The tournament which is being sponsored by Demerara Distillers Limited under its Pepsi Brand has attracted the participation of seven boxing gyms from around the country and includes the recently formed savannah Boxing Gym from Rupununi, Region Nine, which will be represented by three pugilists.The other gyms that have indicated their participation are Forgotten Youth Foundation, Harpy Eagles, Vergenoegen Boxing Gym and Rose Hall Jammers among others.The recently formed Savannah Boxing Gym will be led by Kevin Tacoordeen and includes Julia Rodney and Troy Nero.The Savannah Boxing Gym is the brainchild of Minister of National Cohesion, Dr George Norton who also has responsibility for Sport.Minister Norton personally ensured the gym has a coach who is dedicated to the sport and in this regard, he used his office to have boxing coach Orlando go into Region Nine and coach the boxers over a period of time.Meanwhile, the GBA National Open Championships will run from November 27 to 30 and will be held at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, beginning at 19:30hrs each night.Over 10 boxing gyms have indicated an interest in participating.Among the fighters expected to reassert their dominance in the amateur arena are; Jason Barker of the Guyana Defence Force who holds the heavyweight title, Dennis Thomas of the Guyana Police Force who is the defending middleweight champion, GDF’s Colin Lewis (junior welterweight champion), Clairmont Gibson of the GDF who is the bantamweight champion and Markember Pierre also of the GDF, who is the National and Caribbean middleweight champion.