More than 70 delegates attended the Discovery Room event, hosted by Marine-i at Tremough Innovation Centre in Penryn on 22nd November. The theme of the day was “Marine Technology – Robotics and Artificial Intelligence” and the audience heard how these rapidly growing technologies are creating exciting opportunities for businesses in Cornwall.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The aim of the programme is to help businesses develop new products and bring them to market. Simon Cheeseman, who managed the event, said:

“Robotics and artificial intelligence are a real game-changer. They are having a massive impact on the way that marine businesses operate, opening new opportunities and creating high tech jobs. This unique event brought delegates up to speed with the very latest thinking from many of the leading experts in this area.”

Marine-i conference at Tremough Innovation Centre CIOS Growth Program

InnovateUK outlined the government support for innovation in this field, while the ORE Catapult spoke about how the technology is being used in the offshore renewable energy industry. SEICHE AutoNaut and ASV Global presented the latest innovations in autonomous marine craft, and TouchByte showcased their leading-edge face recognition software. There were contributions from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University, as well as interactive exhibits, so that delegates could see the technology in action.

Commenting on the day, Councillor Bob Egerton, Portfolio Holder for the Economy at Cornwall Council, said:

“Robotics are set to transform the marine technology sector, bringing new opportunities for innovative businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We see Cornwall as a potential world leader in this rapidly evolving field. Today’s stimulating event will help businesses expand their horizons and accelerate growth. This exciting work forms part of the Council’s Cabinet priorities to achieve a prosperous Cornwall.”

Marine-i Project Partners and Investment

Marine-i is a £9.3m collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Full details on the project can be seen at


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