IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

VERT5-Maritime Internet of Things

Track Description

The Internet of Things, among its many uses, is a general approach for exploiting integration of sensor observations for situational awareness, aiding decisions, and taking action.  This encompasses the range from the proper functioning of the of system of observations, to the connectivity and extrication of data from the object under observation, to the analysis of data from sensors fused with that from other relevant sources, and to the actions that are taken within an application. Almost, every science discipline and technology vertical are experimenting with and using this concept. However, in practical applications, the manifestations of IoT solutions can vary significantly. This can be traced back to the following factors:

  • Need addressed
  • Benefits expected
  • Implementation feasibility
  • Acceptance and adoption

The planned Track on “The Maritime Internet of Things” shall provide an overview of the unique requirements for IoT in a Maritime setting, ideas and solutions for current and future applications in this field. As the scope is broad, the need for having a strong involvement of different stakeholders from industry, end-users, the public sector, and academia and specific topics for discussions have been identified. The Track consists of three sessions and shall be structured according to:

  • What is available and used today in Maritime IoT applications
  • How can the communities learn from each other to come up with new technical solutions and shared infrastructure that is characteristic of IoT
  • What is needed in the future to generate major breakthroughs for IoT in the Maritime domain

Lead representatives in the development and application of IoT in the Maritime domain will provide vivid examples of their work. We expect to address an overview of the needs within the Maritime domain, ranging from environmental research, to fishing and aquaculture, to shipping and transportation, and to extraction of natural resources, among others. We look forward to your participation!

Drafted by Christoph Waldmann, MARUM

Track Co-Chairs

Christoph Waldmann, University of Bremen

Christoph Waldmann

Senior Member IEEE
Member of IEEE Sensor Council


10/1975-12/1981: Studying Physics in Munich and Kiel, Germany
12/1981-06/1985: Diploma in Physics at the University of Kiel, Germany
06/1985: PhD (Dr. rer. Nat.) University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Professional Career

07/1985-12/1989: DFG- Postdoc Fellow at Kiel University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
12/1989-12/1992: Postdoc at the Alfred- Wegener- Institute of Polar- and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
01/1993- 09/1996: Associate Scientist at the University of Kiel, Institute of Applied Physics, Germany
Since 10/1996: Senior Scientist at the University of Bremen, MARUM

Studies abroad

03/1987-02/1988: Guest investigator at the WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, USA
12/2006-05/2007: Doherty Visiting Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fl, USA

Daniel Toal, University of Limerick

Daniel Toal

Born in Dublin, Dan is a chartered engineer in Electrical and Systems Engineering: (Hons Dip Elec Eng, Dublin Institute of Technology; BSc (eng) University of Dublin (TCD) 1984;  MSc – Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Cranfield University, UK, 1986; PhD Marine Robotics, University of Limerick (UL) 2004).  He has worked in the Electrical Power and High Voltage sector with GEC in Britain. He has worked in Automation Research and Systems Engineering including major systems engineering reorganization projects in the UK and Ireland and has worked in AMT consultancy in the electronics industry sector. Daniel is currently an Associate Professor at UL and has taught: Automation, Robotics, Instrumentation, Avionics, Sensors and Electrical Machines. His research interests include: field robotics for challenging environments (land-based, marine, airborne / ROVs, AUVs, UAVs). Successes in research are the result of hard work driven by the vision that the Marine Technology, Ocean Environment; Renewable Energy Sectors will grow in crucial importance. Daniel is the founder and director of the Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre at the University of Limerick and is Co PI of the SFI Centre MaREI – Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland With the MMRRC research team, Dan has led the design/build of ROV Latis – a 1,000m depth rated ‘smart’ vehicle along with many other platforms. On-going research addresses unique challenges of operating in ’high energy’ wind, wave and tidal regimes of marine renewable and airborne wind energy. Research also addresses robotic platform development for response in offshore marine incidents, search and rescue (SAR) and marine salvage. Dan is collaborating with research and industrial partners in Ireland, across Europe and North America. He has been chief scientist for numerous off shore research surveys on Celtic Explorer, Celtic Voyager, INS LÉ Eithne, and other vessels. He has numerous Journals, book/book chapters, conference proceedings, invention disclosures, granted and pending patents in sonar technology and renewable energy (see publications tab). He has been awarded the Denny Medal – best journal paper award 2007/2008 – Journal of Marine Engineering. Technology. He has given numerous Plenary talks in Brazil, Korea, and elsewhere.

Track Speakers

Hein Dekkers

Hein DekkersWith 20 years of experience in IT Hein Dekkers currently serves as Technical Officer for Global IoT Sales at Cisco. In this role today he is technically responsible to push innovation and digitization for Cisco’s IoT architectures, with a primary focus on creating replicability. Especially where mobility finds strength across nation borders there is a need for digitization that covers both technical capabilities as well as (data) governance, security and auditability and where they go hand in hand. For this reason, Hein Dekkers is Cisco globally technical responsible for the orchestration of road-/ and harbor digitization.

Hein has a rich background as a specialist in data extraction and delivery services. In that capacity, he has managed a portfolio of roads, Floating Car Data organizations and harbor projects where these are combined with the vision of SMART mobility. Hein has coordinated the implementation of innovative programs that address the ways we work, live, play and learn within the context of transport and logistic efficiency.

Typical innovation delivery and projects being worked on include Floating Car Data(FCD), Block chain technology, Smart Mobility Solutions, Road Digitization and Smart Ports. Where high-end broadband deployment as well as the hyper-distributed application architectures and service delivery models, that will help drive the digitization of society at large, are what is keeping Hein busy on a daily basis.