Abstract: A large naval warship ship is the most complex
structure built by man. The technology
trends over the last 70 years have made automation a necessity for controlling
the components, systems, and integrated systems of systems that make up a
warship. The presentation will provide a
brief introduction of the ship as a system of systems. The evolution of the Navy’s automation to
intelligent agent-based distributed controls will be described. In addition, opportunities for educational
support and joint research with the Navy opportunities will be discussed.