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4th International Symposium On Autonomous Inland Shipping
Sharing technological experiences

4th International Symposium On Autonomous Inland Shipping

Sharing technological experiences

Last year’s symposium focussed on the current international state of the art of autonomous shipping. The field of operation of current autonomous shipping platforms was illustrated and the existing technological challenges were addressed. 

This year's symposium will focus on the experimental experiences gathered by various autonomous shipping demonstration projects (Belgium, Norway and China) and will try to link them to the requirement of industrial partners and the governmental vision. 

Following keynote questions will be answered:

  • What can we learn from current autonomous ships?
  • Why aren't we seeing autonomous vessels everywhere?
  • Why do we need autonomous ships?

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The symposium is organised by the KU Leuven Intelligent Mobile Platforms research group in cooperation with De Vlaamse Waterweg nv and the Port of Antwerp. You are invited to the Port House in Antwerp on the 7th of October 2019.

Preliminary day schedule

13h30 Introduction

13h45 Prof. Peter Slaets - KU Leuven (BE) - Smart autonomous shipping: from concept to demonstration

14h15 Dr. Ir. Jialun Liu  - WUT (CH) - Application of the Navigation Brain System to Smart Inland Ferries and Remote-Control Ships

14h45 Msc. Per Erik Kwam - Kongsberg (NO) - H2H – leveraging EGNSS for safer maritime navigation

15h15 Coffee break

15h45  Peter Geirnaert - Urban Waterway Logistics (BE)Modal shift - transport of waste using the inland waterways

16h15  Koen Smits - Vanheede Environmental Logistics (BE) - Transportation of waste using  water instead of land

16h45  Ann-Sofie Pauwelyn  - De Vlaamse Waterweg nv (BE) - Intelligent Inland Navigation

17h15 General discussion

17h30 Reception


Practical information

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When? Monday the 7th of October 2019, plenary session 13h30 - 18h00.

Where? Auditorium, Port House, Zaha Hadidplein 1, 2030 Antwerpen.


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