Recent advances in sensing, actuating and communication technology have led to the development of cyber-physical systems, subsequently enabling a smarter world. Smart cities and smart production lanes are examples of this new technological process. This development has already triggered worldwide demands in port areas, where the right balance between economy, available resources and ecology is a key issue. The underlying benefits of a smart port range from more efficient traffic management over monitoring and controlling of goods, supply chains and work flows towards easier inspections and operations in the port basin. Research challenges involved are, e.g., the (regenerative) energy supply of sensors and actuators, medium access and network traffic control in densely colocated wireless networks and underwater vehicles, as well as control of autonomous transportation and inspection vessels. This talk will first sketch the facets and challenges of smart ports and their realization before it will turn to relevant research projects already in progress and those planned for the near future at the research group smartPORT.
Christian Renner is a Juniorprofessor (assistant professor) and head of the research group smartPORT at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) since April 2016. He was born in Winsen/Luhe and grew up in the village Ramelsloh near Hamburg. He studied Computer Science and Engineering from 2003 to 2008 at TUHH, spending one semester at ETH Zürich. He received his Diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in 2008 from TUHH. Christian pursued his doctoral studies at the Institute of Telematics at TUHH from 2008 until 2012. He received his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in 2013. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as a lecturer and post doctoral researcher at the Institute of Computer Engineering of the University of Lübeck. His research interests include applications of networked sensing and embedded systems, particularly aiming at energy harvesting and networking aspects, and mobile underwater swarm robotics with a special focus on underwater acoustic communication. He is covering both algorithmic and electronic aspects. Christian has been a coach and organizer for programming competitions related to the ACM ICPC from 2009 to 2012. He has been a reviewer for International journals and conferences and has organized several workshops. He has published over 40 scientific papers. Christian is an alumnus of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. He was awarded the Diploma Prize by the Stiftung zur Förderung der TU Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH Foundation). His dissertation thesis was nominated for the disseration award of the GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik) and awarded the Karl-Heinz-Ditze Prize of TUHH. He received the Walter Dosch Teaching Award from the University of Lübeck.