The project consortium

The team introduces itself

For the implementation of the project, several partners from the environment of the University of Duisburg-Essen have pooled their competences. Together with HGK Shipping as an associated partner, the consortium has the resources for the successful implementation of the ambitious project.

The composition of the project team illustrates the innovative strength of Duisburg as an important shipping and logistics location.


The DST – Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems e.V. works as an affiliated institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen on the development of innovative solutions for inland and coastal shipping. The history of the DST goes back to 1954. Since 2019, the development of automated driving in inland navigation is a new research focus.

Chair of Mechatronics, University of Duisburg-Essen

Since the introduction of the term “mechatronics” about 30 years ago, mechatronics has meanwhile developed into a discipline of the engineering sciences that is very well established both in science and in the industrial environment and can no longer be imagined without. It deals with the interaction of mechanical, electronic and information technology components. The chair at the UDE was founded as early as 1991 and is thus one of the oldest university mechatronics chairs in Germany. Here, a team of about 20 scientists under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Dieter Schramm is primarily concerned with applications in the mobility sector.

Chair of Control and System Dynamics, University of Duisburg-Essen

The Chair of Control and System Dynamics, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Söffker, represents control and automation technology in the Faculty of Engineering with a focus on mechanical engineering and computer science-oriented tasks.

HGK Shipping GmbH

HGK Shipping is the leading inland shipping company in Europe. With a fleet of more than 300 owned and chartered inland vessels, it transports around 35 million tons of cargo per year. With operations focused on the Rhine and its tributaries as well as the connected canal system, it links the most important industrial regions in the BENELUX countries, France and Germany.