Testbeds for Verification and Validation of Maritime Safety

Marius Brinkmann, Arne Stasch, Axel Hahn
Proceedings of the 12th Marine Traffic Engineering Conference and International Symposium Information on Ships MTE-ISIS 2016
In this paper, the idea of a maritime testbed for the verification and validation of new maritime cyber-physical systems as a contribution to accelerate the development of technology for autonomous and automated seafaring will be described. The history has shown that there is the need for new concepts to make shipping more sustainable and safe. For this, architectural requirements for a testbed architecture considering the changing technologies, infrastructures and organisational structures on bridge as well as on shore are presented and a first concept for the testbed with a polymorphic interface will be described. As a key concept, the polymorphic interface will support various maritime standards/formats/regulations, such as IVEF, NMEA or S-100. It will be designed from a process-oriented point of view to design the testbed attractive for possible prototype developers. Understanding maritime transportation as a sociotechnical system allows the usage of system-engineering methods, such as model-driven development. To strengthen the approach, first implementations of sensor-technology, infrastructure and prototype validations/verifications were implemented in the context of eMIR containing the modelling and simulation toolset HAGGIS and physical testbed LABSKAUS. The components, infrastructure, polymorph interface and process-oriented architecture will enable the users of the maritime testbed to easily validate and verify their prototypes and proceed developing new autonomous and automated vessel concepts.
9 / 2016
Interdisciplinary Research Center on Critical Systems Engineering for Socio-Technical Systems