Artificial Intelligence in port and maritime research in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam
From a ship that has been designed to tell you what maintenance it needs and when, to an intelligent journey planner for global goods transport. The three universities in Zuid-Holland are abuzz with AI research in the field of ports and maritime. Three researchers explain. Part two in a series of five about themes into which the three universities conduct AI-related research.
‘The big challenges facing ports are accessibility, sustainability and finding the right employees,’ says Rudy Negenborn, Professor of Multi-Machine Operations & Logistics in Delft. ‘In a busy port, you have to optimise your planning to avoid delays, congestion and unnecessary emissions. This doesn’t just require solutions to technical challenges: a solution can only be implemented if an organisation wants and has the right infrastructure for this.'
'We can develop technology that makes it possible for ships to enter a port safely and autonomously, so an operator only has to intervene in an emergency. But what would this mean for the operator’s stress levels? How many ships can they monitor at any one time? And would the ships interact and exchange information with one another?’
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