Seminar 'Autonomous Operations'

Vakgroep P&L

Seminar 'Autonomous Operations'

Our P&L chapter invites you to the seminar 'Autonomous Operations', on 12 December in Antwerp!

The rise of the “Internet of Things” has made our operations field more connected and autonomous than ever before. We will deep dive into understanding the latest trends in terms of digital connectivity and autonomy. What are the latest trends, algorithms and applications? Will we transition towards fully autonomous and digital operations? Or, is there a limit?

The objective of this seminar is to bring you up to speed with the latest advancements within autonomous operations, with a focus on the Internet of Things as an enabler to support this (r)evolution. Hosted by ‘The Beacon’ –an innovative smart community hub in Antwerp –we are proud to present two distinguished speakers: Professor Peter Hellinckx from the University of Antwerp and Louis-Robert Cool, CEO of Seafar NV. They will deep dive into the latest trends while showing an application of autonomous sailing in the Port of Antwerp.

The first speaker is Professor Peter Hellinckx from the University of Antwerp. Prof. Hellinckx is an expert in Distributed Artificial Intelligence systems for systems that gather data using the Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems. His main application domains are autonomous driving/shipping, logistics, mobility, Industry 4.0 and smart cities. Prof. Hellinckx will elaborate on the latest research trends within his field, and his experience working with practitioners on these topics.

Louis-Robert Cool, CEO of Seafar NV will then demonstrate how to put theory into practice. Seafar NV is a ship management company, developing technology to operate crewless vessels for inland navigation. Via the Shore Control Center, multiple unmanned vessels are monitored and operated by a shore captain.  By doing this, Seafar is providing an answer to the shortage of crew in the inland shipping sector and increasing operational efficiency. Louis-Robert will introduce this showcase and share his experience about how to transition towards more autonomous operations.

We look forward meeting you all there!

Vakgroep Productie & Logistiek


Members of PICS / Ekonomika Alumni: €30
Non-members: €40



Welcome & registration

(with coffee & sandwiches)



Start of the seminar



Networking drink



Expected end

Practical information

Attendance certificates are provided during the seminar. Parking is possible near The Beacon.


  1. Via email to, with following information: AUTONOMOUS OPERATIONS 12/12/2019 and “Name – Company – Function – Email address”
  2. Transfer the registration fee to account nr BE38 4643 2792 0172 on behalf of P&L, mentioning “your name + company + Autonomy” before 1st of December, 2019.

More information on this Seminar?
Contact Joren Gijsbrechts ( or Wim Mues (

P&L thanks its loyal sponsors:

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Vakgroep P&L

P&L, Vakgroep Productie & Logistiek, is one of the groups of Ekonomika Alumni. P&L aims at providing continuous education to alumni by offering evening seminars and company visits on various topics. Additionally, these events offer an opportunity to maintain contacts, build new relationships and discuss ideas outside the daily work environment. 

More information on P&L can be found here on our website:

For further information on P&L, please contact: David Desmet -

Joint offering with PICS

In order to provide a broader offer to the Ekonomika alumni members, P&L collaborates with PICS Belgium since September 2006. This allows our members to participate in company visits and seminars that are organized by PICS at the same conditions as PICS members. P&L members will also be informed about the trainings organized by PICS. For more information on PICS, please visit the website

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