Autonomy on the Ocean
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  Timothy Barton   Timothy A. Barton
Maritime Chief Engineer


Wednesday, February 1, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Level:  Business/Strategic

Autonomous vehicles are not just to be found on the road, nor is unmanned warfighting only conducted from the air. Leidos and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have partnered to design and build an autonomous, unmanned anti-submarine ship named the Sea Hunter (also known as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV). The Sea Hunter will provide a revolutionary capability that can reduce mission cost and risk.  This presentation offers an overview of the ACTUV Program, the characteristics of the Sea Hunter vessel, and the autonomy architecture and behaviors that had to be designed in order to meet maritime collision regulations compliance. It will also discuss the test and evaluation process.  The technologies developed on this program will prove invaluable, and can be applied broadly in future government and industrial capabilities for autonomous and unmanned platforms.

Dr. Timothy A. Barton is a Leidos Senior Technical Fellow and Solutions Architect. He is currently the Maritime Chief Engineer of the Leidos Maritime, Integration, and Mission Systems Operation, where he oversees all technical aspects of the Operation's efforts in the maritime domain – including a wide variety of sensor systems and platforms. Dr. Barton's technical background and research interests include sonar and radar signal processing, algorithm development, autonomy, test and evaluation, underwater acoustics, and ocean engineering. Prior to joining Leidos (formerly SAIC) in 2005, Dr. Barton was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1993 to 2005. Dr. Barton holds B.Sc. (1987) and M.Sc. (1989) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a D.Sc. (1993) degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University.

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