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.

Call for papers / Programme

Please submit an abstract containing about 500 words and a maximum of two figures using the template from the conference website to Upon abstract acceptance, you may prepare a full paper using the full paper template and submit it to the mentioned email address. Abstracts are published on the conference website. Full papers are published open access via DuEPublico (

The conference programme will be published on 21 September 2021.


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

Please consider the following dates:


Register until 12 October 2021


Abstract submission deadline: 31 August 2021
(download template for abstract submission: (45 kB).
Abstract acceptance notification: 14 September 2021
Paper publication on DUEpublico
Paper submission deadline: 15 October 2021


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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