The idea of the annual conference is to enable the participants to exchange knowledge and experience in working with simulators as well as identify the common objectives and solutions in improvement of the products intended to be used in the educational process, in trainings as well as research and development work.
At the invitation of Konsberg Digital, one of the leaders in the area of simulation systems for the maritime sector, the following representatives of the Maritime University of Szczecin took part in the conference: Deputy Director of the Institute of Marine Traffic, Wiesław Juszkiewicz, PhD, Eng., and the Director of the Marine Traffic Engineering Centre Rafał Gralak, PhD, Eng.
During 3-day sessions, the management staff of the producer presented e.g. the main assumptions and trends constituting the milestones in future development of the company. Except for improvement of the systems in their present form known to the users, a common feature of future navigation, offshore and mechanical simulators will be the use of Mixed Reality, including e.g. Augmented Reality.
In the interval between the sessions, the conference participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with prototypes of applications using MR technology solutions. Using Oculus Rift® and HTC Vive® headsets, the producer presented a demo of the software for training within the scope of SAR actions and engine room operation.
The subject matter and the content of the conference fitted in the international development trends of simulation systems. It seems that the future of maritime simulators is connected with the use of MR technology, which confirms the assumptions and the direction of research within this scope adopted by the employees of both MUS institutes.