Session #04: How start-ups scale up the use of AI technologies in ports

Terminal automation efforts have been underway for three decades. While yard management and gates were initially the focus of automation efforts, today, horizontal transport and quay cranes are increasingly automated. Much has been achieved, yet only a fraction of the world's terminals is automated. Not every automation project succeeds. What are the factors for a successful automation project? What needs to be considered in motivation, planning, and implementation? We discussed these and more questions with our guests:

Adriaan Landman, COO & Co-Founder, AllRead

As a COO and co-founder of AllRead, Adriaan is responsible for the company’s Strategy and Operations, bringing cutting edge computer vision solutions to major Ports and Terminals in Europe and LATAM, such as Hutchison Ports, Port Authority of Valencia, HGK. Adriaan strongly believes that innovation is about breaking down financial and technical barriers to technology adoption.

Stephan Piworus, Vice President Europe, atai

Stephan Piworus joined Atai in 2023 as Vice President Europe. Previously, he was Global Vice President at Identec Solutions, responsible for the Marine & Ports business unit including global sales activities. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Hamburg, specialising in logistics, economics and transport sciences.

Stephan gained many years of diverse experience in various functions in industry and the public sector. He was instrumental in founding the Maritime Cluster in Hamburg, which is now a thriving and renowned organisation. Innovation and change management have been at the centre of his interests throughout his career.

Alois Krtil, Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg

Alois Krtil has a degree in computer science and industrial engineering and has worked as a senior management consultant in the European automotive and aviation industries.

Since 2011, he has headed a public-private partnership in the field of knowledge and technology transfer, where he initiated and supported more than 300 digitalisation projects in the deep tech sector. In 2019, he founded and has since headed the Hamburg AI Centre ARIC, which is located at the interface of business and science and brings together more than 50 industry members, 200 scientists and 100 international cooperation partners.

As a technology and AI expert, Alois is on the Quantum Computing Advisory Board of the DLR, advises the German Federal Government and is on the supervisory board of two German software companies. He is the founder and CDO of Cap's and Collars GmbH, a venture studio in Hamburg.


Christina Prieser, Associate Partner at HPC, has moderated the debate.

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