Preliminary Conference Program

Wednesday 26 June

Integrated Data
09:10 - 10:30


Cyber-resilience for autonomous ships

Joseph Beel
Strategic programs manager
Cisco Systems Inc
Kelly Jones
Systems engineer
Cisco Systems Inc
Cloud, mobility, IoT and AI/ML are transforming how ships operate. These advancements have also increased the attack surface. Old methods of cybersecurity focusing on perimeter defense are ineffective. Cyber-resilience focuses on mission preparedness, continuity, restoration and improvement. This includes maintaining a state of preparedness against attacks to prevent/reduce compromise, continuous monitoring to capture attack activity that cannot be blocked, capturing activity to support forensics, investigation and detection, continuing essential mission functions despite attack, restoring mission functions after attack, and changing functions to reduce adverse affects. The paper will address how to prepare for, withstand and recover from attack.


Integrated satellite-terrestrial connectivity for autonomous ships: 5G and beyond

Dr Marko Höyhtyä
Research team leader, autonomous systems connectivity
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
This talk concentrates on defining an integrated satellite-terrestrial connectivity concept for autonomous ships. Latest research in 5G and beyond is discussed, including intelligent connectivity management and the need for authenticated ship gateways due to the use of multiple technologies simultaneously. Part of the material is based on a national SEAMUS project that has studied requirements and defined a roadmap for autonomous ship connectivity. It has also contributed to the 3GPP standardization on future maritime communications systems.


Solutions and savings for autonomous ship connectivity: a multi-technology platform

Heikki Keränen
Solution manager
Autonomous ships require various communications channels and technologies. Varying needs depend, for example, on distance from the shore and required bandwidth. The most differentiating factor is the criticality level of the communications. How to provide savings by combining the varying communications technologies into one device? And how to intelligently allocate resources on available channels? How to ensure that the highest-priority communications are always transmitted securely? How to ensure the cybersecurity of the communications? Connectivity also includes positioning systems, so how to combine high-accuracy positioning with other communications?


Panel Q&A

Wednesday 26 June

Autonomy on Inland Waterways
11:00 - 12:40


Smart shipping on inland waterways

Ann-Sofie Pauwelyn
RIS project manager - Smart Shipping
De Vlaamse Waterweg NV
De Vlaamse Waterweg NV believes that innovations related to automation and digitization can help the inland waterway sector evolve. Therefore, the company started the Smart Shipping program. In this presentation an update will be given on the activities inside the Flemish test area. First results of a study concerning the influence of smart ships on shore infrastructure and communication methods will be shared. The state of play in international regulation concerning smart shipping on inland waterways will be described, as well as the activities Flanders has initiated on an international level. Future activities and ambitions will also be presented.


The autonomous lake freighter

Thiru Vikram
Buffalo Automation
The presentation will outline the technical challenges and commercial opportunities discovered by Buffalo Automation while implementing autonomy in four incremental phases on lake freighters in the Great Lakes.


Smart shipping on the Netherlands’ inland waterways

Nancy Scheijven-Westra
Director vessel traffic & water management
The Netherlands is home to Europe’s largest port and biggest inland navigation fleet, and lies at the mouth of Europe’s busiest waterway. To increase the competitiveness, safety and sustainability of the inland sector, the Netherlands wants to be one of the leaders in applying innovative automated shipping technologies. In this presentation the Government of the Netherlands demonstrates how it (1) Expects its smart shipping ambitions to contribute to the competitiveness, safety and sustainability of the maritime sector; (2) Facilitates development and testing of automated shipping technologies in densely navigated waters; (3) Anticipates its role as waterway manager in the future.


Demonstration of the Hull-to-Hull project with an unmanned inland ship

Peter Slaets
KU Leuven
The H2020 project GNSS Hull-to-Hull focuses on safely navigating in close proximity to other stationary or moving vessels and objects. This goal will be met by using EGNSS fused with other sensors and communication processes. The Intelligent Mobile Platforms research group at KU Leuven will use its scale model (4.8m long) of an inland cargo ship as a demonstrator of the project in inland waterways. This presentation will discuss the specific close-proximity-navigation challenges of the inland waterways, and the construction and implementation of the scale model with its custom-built actuation and advanced sensory equipment.


Panel Q&A

Wednesday 26 June

Case Studies
14:00 - 16:10


Redefining the way the world is working at sea

Richard Daltry
R&D director
L3 Technologies, Unmanned Maritime Systems
This presentation will cover the disruptive changes already happening in areas of the maritime industry due to the exploitation of autonomous vessels. Deep-water search has been revolutionized by massive force multiplication using autonomous vessels. All Tier 1 navies are moving toward autonomous systems for mine countermeasure tasks. Advancements in autonomy are reducing the cost of remote inspection operations in oil and gas. L3 Technologies’ Unmanned Maritime Systems division is delivering and developing these solutions. This presentation will provide an update on recent deliveries and operations enabling these disruptive changes.


Special presentation of the Kongsberg Maritime solutions for autonomous vessels


Automation transparency: the Trondheim autonomous harbor ferry

Thomas Porathe
Professor of interaction design
NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
In Trondheim, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is developing an autonomous passenger/bicycle ferry for urban canals. It will be a push-button on-demand ferry with electrical propulsion and COLREG-based anti-collision. Maneuvering tests with a half-scale model have been underway since 2017, and the full-scale hull is under construction. The Trondheim harbor canal offers many challenges with intense leisure boat traffic and kayak rental services for tourists in the summertime. A major task is to make automation transparent and communicate intentions to other mariners and passengers onboard, as well as to the remote operators in the monitoring center.


Presentation on Short Sea Autonomous Operations


Panel Q&A

Wednesday 26 June

16:10 - 17:30


Route decision-making strategy development using Monte Carlo simulation

Dr Se Won Kim
Research engineer
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Efficient route decision-making strategy is the key component of autonomous ocean voyages. Currently, three-dimensional dynamic programming is the representative state of the art. This presentation will propose a new route strategy that shows noticeable improvements compared with the state of the art. The Monte Carlo-based route decision-making method will be introduced along with its flexible grid system of optimization. A 173,000 cbm LNG carrier is evaluated in the simulation, which proves the excellence of the proposed method. Korea's autonomous vessel research activities will also be presented.


Presentation from Dutch Joint Industry Project Autonomous Shipping


Safety assurance of collision avoidance and situational awareness systems

Andreas Brandsæter
Senior researcher
Tom Arne Pedersen
Principal researcher
Autonomous ships are expected to change water based transport of both cargo and people, and large investments are being made internationally. A key element of an autonomous ship is the autonomous navigation system including collision avoidance and situational awareness capabilities. Assurance of these systems will require product assurance using large-scale, systematic simulation studies, sophisticated test procedures, and traditional process assurance.This presentation focuses on how collision avoidance can be tested using simulators, and focus on the interface between simulator and navigation system, cooperation with manufacturer, dynamic test scenarios and automatic assessment towards COLREGs. Furthermore, it presents an overview of the ongoing development of an enhanced test and assurance framework for situational awareness for autonomous navigation. Topics include: model interpretability, unrehearsed testing, quantitative evaluation, cross validation, improved training data collection, simulation of new test data based on data permutation, and sensor redundancy for system assessment in operation.


Panel Q&A

Please note: this conference program may be subject to change