Maritime Cognitive Decision Support System

The Project is co-financed with 1 Million Euro by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation with grant number INTEGRATED/0918/0032


Sustaining the high activity levels of maritime and coastal tourism and maritime transport and shipping sectors in Cyprus, require: (a) smart management of the country’s limited capabilities and resources via Maritime Spatial Planning, and (b) agile response measures for preserving the natural environment, securing society, and ensuring economic growth.

MARI-Sense combines smart management and agile response capabilities into a family of cognitive systems equipped with perception, reasoning, learning, action, and intelligent resource allocation capabilities that enhance situational awareness under resource constraints imposed by the complex, wide-area, limited connectivity maritime environment. Cognitive systems developed during the project include a suite of software for intelligent information collection and representation, a maritime laboratory equipped with wireless connectivity for testing maritime systems, an autonomous sea surface vehicle, and intelligent buoys. Cognitive maritime cyber-physical systems developed by MARI-Sense operate in synergy with human operators to "make sense" of the maritime environment.

The primary general objective of the MARI-Sense project is the integration and adaptation of existing know-how and the development of novel knowledge and skills to develop the MARI-Sense Cognitive Decision Support System for Maritime Activities Planning, Emergency Response and Planning, and Maritime Spatial Planning. The secondary general objective is the development and implementation of strategies for smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth with beneficial impact to the society, technology, and economy powered by the diverse capabilities of members of the quadruple helix and general public that include:

Academic and Research institutions

University of Nicosia Research Foundation,

KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence, University of Cyprus,

Computational Cognition Lab, Open University of Cyprus,

Cyprus University of Technology,

Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, University of Zagreb


Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services C.S.C.S. Ltd

PHOEBE Research and Innovation Ltd

T.C. Geomatic Ltd

Algolysis Ltd

Cyprus Research and Innovation Center Ltd


Representatives of the Industry and Public

Cyprus Employers’ and Industrialists’ Federation

Limassol Nautical Club


Ministry of Defence

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ioannis Kyriakides

Co-Is: Prof. Dimitris Drikakis, Dr Stelios Neophytou