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.’