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Scientific supervisor at ENSTA ParisTech: Cyril Touzé

cyril.touze [at] 

Scientific supervisor at ENSM: Yann Vachias

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AM DEMAS: Design and Exploitation of Autonomous Maritime System

The curriculum DEMAS aims at training technical specialists on the emergent theme of the design and exploitation of maritime autonomous systems, by giving a double expertise, on one hand in mechanical design for maritime systems, and on the other hand in software engineering, informatics skills for smart systems and cyber-security.

The program is held by both ENSTA ParisTech and ENSM. ENSTA ParisTech has a longstanding tradition in design maritime engineering for more than 200 years, while ENSM, based on the legacy of hydrogarphic schools founded by Colbert in the 17th century, is the key actor for the training of merchant navy in France.



Autonomous systems are more and more appreciated and used in maritime engineering thus constituting an important vector for development. The first steps toward empowerment has been pioneered with ROV (Remotly Operated Vehicles) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) which are now routinely used in a number of applications ranging from maintenance to prospection. Nowadays, new ideas are emerging with the advent of autonomous surface vessels (USV : Unmanned Surface Vehicles) and the growing utilisation of artificial intelligence onboard (e.g. decision support), together with the existence of cartography services operated by gliders and/or remote operations.

The aim of this curriculum is to give a double competence to students, both in mechanics and informatics, so that they should be able to understand and cope with integrated developping programs on autonomous maritime systems. This core training is completed by a number of key notions in system engineering, exploitation challenges, maritime law and classification/regulation to complete the acquired knowledge with operational skills. The partnership between ENSTA ParisTech and ENSM is the vector for combining specialised technical competencies to professional use in order to train multitask professional profiles, specialised in autonomous systems.



Autonomisation of maritime systems is a broad movement that shares implications in all the fields that are related on one way or another to maritime engineering. Be it in transport sector (automatisation of container ships, ongoing projects for the development of a completely autonomous container feeder), energy area (monitoring and maintenance of oil wells, automated prospects, cartography), and in the military or civil domain (on the use of maritime drones for control monitoring, mine detection, ...) ; a number of opportunities will be given to students that will benefit from the double technical competence in order to grasp all the aspects of a maritime autonomous system.

The companies in the maritime field developping autonomous technologies range from petroleum and para-petroleum industries (e.g. TechnipFMC, Saipem, Doris Engineering, d2m, ...), marine energies companies (e.g. Woodgroup Kenny, Principle Power, EOLFI, ...) to the important groups of shipbuilding (e.g. Naval Group, STX, ...), certification and regulation companies (BureauVeritas, DNV-GL). The size of the companies varies a lot from large companies (TechnipFMC, Naval Group, STX, ...) to small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) engaged to niche markets for auton omous systems (e.g. SubseaTech, iXBlue, Sofresud, COMEX, ...) used with the goal of inspection, monitoring, maintenance, cartography or data collection in a broad sense.

Learn more about the program



  • Master’s degree
  • Master of Science + 3 years of professional experience


Organisation of training

  • 13 months of training program

> September to March: lessons and projects

> April to September: internship

  • Location:

ENSTA ParisTech - 828, boulevard des Maréchaux - 91120 Palaiseau (scientific campus)

ENSM - 39, avenue du corail - 13008 Marseille (one week training)


Cost of training 

  • individuals in initial training: 7 000 €
  • continuous training with a company agreement: 12 000 € 
  • plus 200 € of registration fee