Conference 2–3 November 2021

The Autonomous Inland and Short Sea Shipping Conference was established in 2019 as a yearly conference. The conference aims at the promotion of technical and scientific exchange between industry, academia and authorities in the fields of autonomous inland and short sea shipping, smart waterborne logistics and related subjects. Contributions related to autonomous shipping, on-board assistance systems, sensor technology, recognition, regulations, test areas, smart port systems, port automation, traffic planning, traffic simulation and optimisation, system control etc. are very welcome.


Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

13:00 Welcome and Registration
14:00 Opening
14:20 Keynote Lecture
Assisted and Automated Driving on Land and Waterways
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Dieter Schramm, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Mechatronics, Duisburg, Germany
15:00 Stefan Krause1, Lisa Wurzler1, Ørnulf Jan Rødseth2, Odd Erik Mørkrid2, Kay Fjørtoft2, Harilaos N. Psaraftis3:
Development of an Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal System with Autonomous Inland and Short Sea Shipping – AEGIS
1Institut für Strukturleichtbau und Energieeffizienz, Germany; 2SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway; 3Technical University of Denmark
15:25 Cyril Alias1; Tobias Bruckmann2, Frédéric Etienne Kracht2, Markus Nieradzik2, Jonas zum Felde1, Bettar Ould El Moctar1, Dieter Schramm2:
HaFoLa – Addressing the Research Needs in Port Logistics with Appropriate Research Infrastructure
1DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems, Department of Logistics and Transportation, Duisburg, Germany; 2University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Mechatronics, Duisburg, Germany
15:50 Coffee break
16:20 Victor Bolbot1, Gerasimos Theotokatos1, Lars Andreas Wennersberg2, Dag Atle Nesheim2, Jérôme Faivre3:
Novel Assurance Framework for Autonomous Ships
1Maritime Safety Research Centre, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK; 2SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway; 3BUREAU VERITAS Marine & Offshore, Paris, France
16:45 Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, Lars Andreas Lien Wennersberg, Håvard Nordahl:
Defining Levels of Autonomy for Ships and Inland Vessels
SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway
17:10 tba
19:00 Conference Dinner

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021

08:00 Registration
08:30 Opening
08:35 Maximilian Jarofka, Philipp Maximilian Sieberg, Christian Hürten, Tim Benedens, Ricarda Peters, Frédéric Etienne Kracht, Dieter Schramm:
From Real to Virtual Environment – Integration of Publicly Available Geodata into a Simulation Environment
University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Mechatronics, Duisburg, Germany
09:00 Jonas Mahler, Jan Oberhagemann:
Software Architecture for Real and Virtual Sensors in GNC Systems
DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems, Duisburg, Germany
09:25 Marvin Huang, Martin Kosch, Jan-Jöran Gehrt, René Zweigel, Dirk Abel:
Application of Recent GNC Approaches for Automation in Shipping
Institute of Automatic Control at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
09:50 tba
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Aparna Nagarajan, Jan Mentjes, Sebastian Feuerstack:
SmartKai: LIDAR Based Real-Time Detection and Tracking of Moving Objects in Maritime Environments
OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, Germany
11:10 Waldemar Boschmann, Dirk Söffker:
Increasing Detection Performance using Redundant Object Detection Approaches
University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Dynamics and Control, Duisburg, Germany
11:35 R. Raulefs, M. Ulmschneider, M. Wirsing:
Terrestrial VDE on the German Inland Waterways
Institute of Communications and Navigation, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
12:00 Ralf Ziebold, Xiangdong An, Christoph Lass:
Current Status of Precise Point Positioning Algorithm Development for Highly Automated Inland Vessel Navigation
DLR, Institute of Communications and Navigation, Neustrelitz, Germany
12:25 Lunch break
13:55 Hendrik Dankowski:
CAPTN Förde Areal – A Smart and Clean Technology Platform for the Testing and Development of Future Autonomous Passenger Ferries
University of Applied Science Kiel, Kiel, Germany
14:20 Alexander Lutz1, Axel Lachmeyer1, Sebastian Wagner2:
NOVIMAR Vessel Train Full-Scale Trial: Results and Conclusions
1Argonics GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany; 2in – innovative navigation GmbH, Kornwestheim, Germany
14:45 Peter Regier, Matthias Waßenberg, Jan Oberhagemann:
ELLA – A Platform for Automation of Harbor Maneuvers
DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems, Duisburg, Germany
15:10 tba
15:35 Coffee break
16:05 Abderahman Bejaoui, Fateme Bakhshande, Dirk Söffker:
Modeling and Formalization of Human Operator Behavior for Mobile Systems and Inland Vessels Using the Situation-Operator-Modeling Approach
University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Dynamics and Control, Duisburg, Germany
16:30 Tim Feierfeil, Christian Schanz, Klemens Kauppert:
Management of Autonomous and Mixed Waterborne Traffic by Cascading Microscopic Traffic Simulation – The Project “mikroVon”
ingenieurbüro kauppert, Nebeniusstraße 34, Karlsruhe, Germany
16:55 Navreet Singh-Thind, Mark Spiller, Dirk Söffker:
Data-Driven Prediction of Inland Vessel Trajectories
University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Dynamics and Control, Duisburg, Germany
17:20 Kathrin Donandt1,2, Dirk Söffker2:
Deep Learning-Based Vessels Driving Behavior Prediction in Inland Navigation
1German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute, Karlsruhe, Germany; 2University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Dynamics and Control, Duisburg, Germany
17:45 Closing
Download programme AISS2021_Program.pdf Full papers are published open access via DuEPublico (


Participants, including presenting authors, are kindly asked to register using the conference registration website

Please consider the following dates:


Register until 24 October 2021


Abstract submission deadline: 31 August 2021
Abstract acceptance notification: 14 September 2021
Paper publication on DUEpublico
Paper submission deadline: 15 October 2021
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Even though the pandemic situation is still ongoing, we are hopeful that the conference can take place with physical presence of all participants. We will at any time follow the COVID-19-related regulations applying for the conduction of the conference to provide a safe and comfortable event with most valuable technical and scientific exchange for all participants. However, in case that stronger restrictions apply, we may transform the conference into a hybrid or even fully virtual event.
All participants will be informed about COVID-19 related safety measures, test requirements etc. as soon as the applicable requirements are known or foreseeable.


Niederrheinische Industrie- und Handelskammer (Chambers of Commerce) Duisburg ∙ Wesel ∙ Kleve

Mercatorstraße 22-24
47051 Duisburg / Germany


Please use the conference email to preferably get in contact with the organizers:

In case of urgent matters, please contact us by phone: +49 203 379 1173

Organizing committee

The conference is organized by University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems e.V. (DST) and RWTH Aachen. Support is provided by the Chambers of Commerce in the Ruhr Region.
Claudia O’Donoghue (UDE, administration)
Pia Klump (DST, administration)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel (RWTH Aachen)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bettar el Moctar (UDE)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Dieter Schramm (UDE)
Dr.-Ing. Rupert Henn (DST)
Dr.-Ing. Frederic Kracht (UDE)
Dr.-Ing. Jens Neugebauer (UDE)
Dr.-Ing. Jan Oberhagemann (DST)
Dr.-Ing. René Zweigel (RWTH Aachen)


The conference venue is close to the city centre of Duisburg and the main station. A lot of hotels are located in the vicinity. Please select the accommodation according to your own preferences. There are no special rates arranged by the organizers.

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