The seminar gave a broad spectrum of speakers with different approaches to the, this far, pretty unexplored field of Maritime Informatics. Informatics guru Richard Watson, University of Georgia and Viktoria Swedish ICT, gave an introduction to the possibilities of Maritime Informatics. Trisha Rajput at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg talked about the Legal aspects of Sea Traffic Management. Fredrik Rauer, from the Port of Gothenburg, talked about how they work with the Gothenburg Approach and Professor Thomas Porathe added a Human Factors aapporach to the seminar. Many more spoke and you can see everything at our Bambuser site here. Due to technical problems the seminar is divided into thirteen clips.
One of the visitors, Thomas Erlund from the Finnish Transport Agency says the legal aspects of Maritime Informatics is very relevant in Finland right now.
– Who is responsible for ensuring that the information from the public agencies to the ships are accurate? That is one big question back home right now and I got interesting input to that discussion at the seminar, he says.
Minas Roukas, who also visited the seminar, is an engineering consultant at Altran, not working within the maritime industry, but hopes that Maritime Informatics will get him in.
– I work within the automotive industry today, but I like boats better than cars. The automotive industry is far ahead when it comes to informatics but the maritime industry will go there, right?
Carl Enbom and Carl Frölund, students doing their graduation project at Ericsson with Sea Traffic Management, were happy to get the possibility to meet people working with these questions.
– It’s not often you get this opportunity since there still aren’t that many people working within this field, Carl Frölund says.
– In our project we look at the broad infrastructure that is needed in this industry and therefore it is interesting to get many different perspectives. One is that of implementation. How do you make business cases and what role could informatics have in the business chain of sea transportation, Carl Enbom says.
Jessica Hjerpe Olausson works with research and innovation at the Swedish Maritime Administration.
– The seminar made me start to think about what competence that will be needed when these systems are implemented aboard or ashore. Should we already start to look if our maritime educations need to change to still be relevant in the future?