Conference 10–11 September 2024

The Autonomous Inland and Short Sea Shipping Conference was established in 2019 as an annual conference. The conference promotes technical and scientific exchange among industry, academia and authorities in the fields of autonomous inland and short sea shipping as well as port logistics, smart waterborne logistics and related subjects. Contributions related to ship automation, remote operation and assistance systems, model-building, simulators and digital twins, smart port logistics, traffic planning and simulation, transport chain digitalization, emission reduction by assistance systems and automation, research platforms, test fields and infrastructure etc. are very welcome.

Call for abstracts

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to the conference registration website if you wish to present at the conference. Please use this template for the absract.

Full paper publication (optional)

We are glad to announce a special issue of the Ship Technology Research journal for the publication of full papers emerging from conference contributions. Publication of a full paper is optional and each submission will be subjected to a scientific review process. Details about the full paper preparation and submission deadline will be provided after the abstract acceptance. However, submission deadline for journal contributions will be after the conference.


Participants, including presenting authors, are kindly asked to register using the conference registration website The conference program will be published shortly after authors have been informed about the acceptance of the abstracts. The conference fee is 170 € for early bird and 220 € for late bird registrations per person. The conference fee for presenting authors is 170 €. Students (PhD students excluded) may attend the conference at a sponsored rate of 25 € (early bird) or 50 € (late bird).


Abstract submission deadline22nd July 2024
Notifications of acceptance7th August 2024
Programme output8th August 2024
Early bird conference registrationuntil 8th August 2024
Late bird conference registrationuntil 27th August 2024
Conference10–11 September 2024

Conference Venue

Niederrheinische Industrie- und Handelskammer / Chambers of Commerce of the Lower Rhine
Mercatorstrasse 22/24
47051 Duisburg


The conference venue is close to the city center of Duisburg and the main station. Lots 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

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.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bettar el Moctar (DST/UDE)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Dieter Schramm (UDE)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heike Vallery (RWTH)
Dr.-Ing. Rupert Henn (DST)
Dr.-Ing. Frédéric Kracht (UDE)
Dr.-Ing. Jens Neugebauer (UDE)
Cyril Alias M.Sc. (DST)
Tim Reuscher, M.Sc. (RWTH Aachen)


Please use conference email if you wish to get in contact with the organizers.

In case of urgent matters, please contact us by phone: +49 203 37-91173