Theme Autonomous Harbor

The following speakers are confirmed for Autonomous Harbor:

Kees Pieters (
Rotterdam University of Applied Science)
Peter Verheijen (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Mark Frequin (Director General for Mobility and Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure)
Title: The Netherlands: centre for Innovative Mobility

Abstract: The Rotterdam harbour is one of the most efficient and innovative harbours of the world. The Netherlands gradually has become a first class centre for innovation in mobility. Combining “bits” and “mortar” is key for our strategy. Autonomous mobility, Mobility as a Service, the award winning students with their Hyperloop pod and Talking Traffic are some successful Dutch examples.
There is much more innovation to come. Developments in the field of mobility will speed-up. The ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment is aiming to further develop its competitive advantage with regards to innovative mobility for the harbour, in shipping, but also in other mobility sectors. This implies to speed-up ambitions regarding:
– Scaling up innovations to products
– Breakthrough testing and pilots
– Government as launching customer for autonomous mobility
– Transforming innovations to commercial products
– Become a global centre for new innovations
– Providing first class (test) facilities and accept failures

Autonomous shipping is on the brink of happening. Later this year, the Netherlands will organise the Smart Shipping Challenge, providing the next step for the Dutch shipping industry.

Mark Neerincx  (TNO/ Delft University of Technology)
Title: The Quantified Human-Autonomy Team

Abstract: Integration of sensing tools, machine learning methods, collaborative technology, cognitive agents and robots into teamwork provides opportunities to substantially enhance team’s effectiveness and resilience in high-risk domains. We are developing and applying a situated cognitive engineering method to establish a human-centred technology integration into the evolving human-autonomy teamwork. An important component is the development of extensible (sub-)ontologies, which univocally specify the social, cognitive, affective and physical processes that affect the team performance. The concerning models provide the knowledge-base, for example, for harmonizing Human-Autonomy Situation Awareness and Task Allocation, and for establishing adequate levels of reciprocal Human-Autonomy Trust. These models are shared by the team and underpin both the human- and agent-based reasoning processes. The Situation Awareness ontology for disaster response, for example, entails the shared awareness of the environment states (fires, dangerous substances, victims, …), and teamwork states (workload, dependencies, activities, …). Organizational policies set the constraints of the model states (e.g., activities and workload) to establish norm-compliant behaviour (e.g., the conditions in which a robot can show autonomous behaviour, like navigation, and the conditions in which the robot behaves under direct supervision). The presentation will provide several examples of evolving human-autonomy teams, and the methods to enhance team’s effectiveness ad resilience.

Paul Smits (Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V.)

Abstract: The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. For the fourth consecutive year, the World Economic Forum named The Netherlands’ port infrastructure the best in the world. But in the future also digital infrastructure will be increasingly important, especially with Internet of Things and autonomous mobility developing at the pace they do.

Although the container terminals on Maasvlakte 2 already operate largely automated, with unmanned quay cranes and automated guided vehicles (AGV’s), autonomous shipping is still in its infancy. Several companies have proposed innovative concepts. The Port of Rotterdam conducts several pilots and is building innovative applications. Although these are necessary steps towards more autonomous shipping in ports, a number of challenges still remain. Therefore we would like to invite everyone with ideas and solutions to join us in becoming the world’s first autonomous port.





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