Container Terminal Automation Conference

Automated Intelligence & AI

March 14 – 15, 2018 - London, UK

CTAC2018 - Container Terminal Automation Conference

Automated Intelligence & AI

 March 14 – 15, 2018     London, UK

AI is here. Long has technology threatened to overtake human capability, yet never before have we been challenged with the real ramifications of this. The changes it will make are massive and the potential huge.

Building on the framework of the previous PTI events, we are now taking a major step forward and exploring AI Automation.

AI moves so fast it is difficult to get a grip on the changes that are already occurring in the supply chain.

Therefore the PTI conference brought together the top futurists, analysts and engineers in AI Automation and uncovered the secrets of AI Automation, exploring the latest cutting-edge operations along the supply chain, address the human cost and how that can be leveraged, envision what lays in store for humanity and physical trade, and ensure optimum cybersecurity practices are discovered.

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Delivering Terminal Performance

Automation with Exponential & Disruptive Technologies

Robotization and Automated Terminals

Future of AI & Automation

Humans vs Technology

Intelligent Supply Chains

Delivering Value Through Automation

Ocean Supply Chain Automation

The Industry Today: A Macro Perspective

Speakers & Moderators

Christian Blauert

Christian Blauert started his career 1994 as engineer, project manager and consultant in logistics and transport business. In 1998 he joined the kick off project team for the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg. With his team he was responsible for the development of the automation concept, specification of procedures, functional design of IT, financial evaluation and finally commissioning and go live management. After go live within the ramp up of operation he took over the position as head of terminal development to supervise and continuously improve the first years of operation.


In 2003 Christian Blauert became managing director of the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai GmbH (CTB). The CTB is the biggest container terminal in Hamburg and handled about 3 Mio TEU per year. The director role includes to manage the CTB terminal conversion project. The object was to create the basis for the conversion of the manual straddle carrier operation to automated stacking cranes and to double the terminal capacity on same size of area.


In 2011 Christian Blauert joined the CMA CGM group as Vice President Terminals and managed the subsidiary Terminal Link, which these days was managing operations or act as shareholder in 28 Container Terminals worldwide. From 2013 to 2016 he was involved in diverse port, terminal and logistic projects as shareholder and partner of the Hamburg based HPMport GmbH & Co KG and in addition was acting as management support and consultant under the name of his own “UAB Christiano Blauerto Konsultacijos” based in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Now from 2016 upon he takes over the position of the CEO Chief Executive Officer within the YILPORT Holding Inc. based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Uno Bryfors

Uno Bryfors, Senior Vice President of ABB Ports, is one of the most experienced professionals in the ports industry today. During his more than three decades long career at ABB and in the industry he has been a key person in driving the development of automation solutions for cargo handling starting from automatic grab ship unloader and fully automated yard operations to automatic and remotely operated STS cranes. Uno Bryfors joined ABB as a Development Engineer after graduation with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Since then he has headed the R&D department, led the Crane Systems unit in Sweden, and is now responsible for ABB Ports business - from ship to gate.

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson has over 25 years-experience in the port sector. He joined Drewry in 1997 and founded the company’s ports practice.

His current role is focused on Drewry’s publications and new products in the ports and terminals sector. He has been closely involved as both contributor and editor of all of Drewry’s annual and one-off port sector publications, and spoken at over 90 industry conferences, seminars and private briefing sessions worldwide. He regularly contributes expert insight and analysis to the trade press and national newspapers, as well as TV and radio on occasion.

His previous consultancy experience included participation in port projects in global locations including Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The work included buy and sell-side due diligence, privatisations, strategic advice and working for lenders as well as commercial and market analyses.

Prior to joining Drewry, he spent 8 years with the Port of Tilbury, London, specialising in business planning. He was closely involved in the successful management buy-out of the port in 1992, and its subsequent trade sale to Forth Ports plc in 1995. He also gained Freeport status for the port, acting as Freeport Manager for 2 years. 

A graduate of the Department of Maritime Studies, Cardiff University, his industry experience also includes working for Lloyd’s of London and the Medway Ports Authority, Sheerness, UK.

Gerhard Fischer

Gerhard L. Fischer graduated in 1987 with a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Munich, Germany and visited Arizona state University, USA on a Fulbright exchange.

Since 2008 Gerhard is with Siemens AG in the Cranes business segment in Erlangen, Germany as head of sales. He is member of IEEE Industry Applications
Society, the VDI working group B1 for cranes, the VDE DKE working group for hoisting systems and vice-chairman of the PEMA committee for equipment design and infrastructure.

In 1990 Gerhard joined Siemens AG in Erlangen, Germany to develop high frequency and large-power converters. In 1995 he changed to sales/marketing of variable speed drives followed in 1996 by a posting in Siemens´ Centre of Competence in Singapore and Taiwan developing cranes business. From 2005 till 2008 he worked with Siemens in The Hague, Netherlands in a business development function for harbour cranes.

David Pendleton

David Pendleton is currently the Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems UK, design, a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of specialised equipment and systems for the marine transportation and energy industry.

He was one of the founding directors of Mersey Maritime, one of the UKs leading industry representative bodies for the ports and maritime industry in the UK.

Prior to this David worked for Corning Incorporated as an International Business Development Manager in their telecoms division working across Europe, China and Africa and was responsible for working with clients on the development of new telecoms infrastructure projects.

David holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from Liverpool John Moores University and has attended the IMD Management School in Lausanne, Switzerland working on Driving Innovation.

Inna Kuznetsova

Inna Kuznetsova is the President and COO at INTTRA - the world’s ocean shipping SaaS B2B e-commerce portal, information and service provider. In this role, Inna provides the strategic direction and holds the full P&L responsibility for the business growth. She also serves on board of Sage PLC, as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Prior to joining INTTRA, Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Board of CEVA Logistics, where she led the global sales, marketing and solution design organization in 2012-2014. Before CEVA, Inna spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different Executive positions primarily in growth areas of business or turnarounds.

Dr. Oscar Pernia

During his time with Navis, Dr. Oscar Pernia has had an intense focus on analysing industry-driving forces regarding operational efficiency. He then developed innovative and effective operational input to the Navis and XVELA Roadmap. Prior to this, Dr. Pernia focused primarily on terminal automation, being part of the core team that designed, tested and deployed the new N4 3.0 platform. Dr. Pernia is now responsible for ATOM, an operational innovation laboratory.

Ottonel Popesco

• Group Board Director of Cavotec SA, Switzerland a Nasdaq OMX public listed company, engineering & manufacturing systems for ports and airports • Chairman of the Board of Directors of group, Holland, a SIX Switzerland public listed company, on line travel and leisure activity • President of the Board of Directors of Port Equipment Manufacturers Association, Belgium, International Association of Port Equipment manufacturers

Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson started his career with P&O primarily on container vessels where he served as a navigating officer.

Ron then went into the port business working in the Port of Tilbury on the Container and RoRo terminal, in various Managerial roles, ending up as the Terminal Manager.

During this period Ron led the development of a new dedicated short sea container terminal. Ron then spent 14 years in sales and consulting for Navis and Tideworks Technologies in TOS systems.

In October 2013 Ron joined Kalmar as a Sales Director in Solution Sales team responsible for automated terminals.

Dr. Yvo Saanen

Dr. Yvo Saanen is Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA Group, a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in The Netherlands. He is currently in charge of business development and all commercial activities within the company.

Dr. Saanen holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a PhD on the design and simulation of robotized container terminals, both from Delft University of Technology. He is a professor at the Rotterdam School of Management teaching Maritime Economics and Logistics and, in various bodies, lectures about terminal design by means of simulation, and publishes regularly about his work in scientific magazines as well as business magazines.

Dr. Eva Savelsberg

Speeding-up and optimizing the decision-making processes in terminal operations is the focus of Dr. Eva Savelsberg. As Senior Vice President of INFORM’s Logistics Division, she specialises in Agile Optimization Software which renders a wide range of business processes more productive, agile and reliable, including processes for maritime and inland ports as well as distribution centers.  

Besides her role at INFORM, Eva is also lecturer at the University of Aachen (RWTH), where she received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. Eva has published four books and over 30 papers on innovation in freight transportation.

Michael Geiger

Michael Geiger, Director Sales and Marketing at Hans Kuenz GmbH, has a 20 years’ experience in the sector materials handling equipment.

Since his graduation at the Technical University Graz (Austria) in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics, Michael Geiger was employed in the transportation and crane construction fields. Material handling has always been Michael Geiger’s passion. During his employment at Kuenz as a Sales Director, he has been essentially involved in the optimization of the international distribution channel and after sales services. Major projects, such as automated stacking cranes for customers like APM Terminals (Maasvlakte II and Tangier, Morocco), and Container Terminal Burchardkai, Hamburg, as well as numerous crane installations for CSX, one of the leading transportation suppliers in North America, were realized. Also, other Automated Process Equipment in the raw Material sector or in the Hydro power Industry has been implemented.

Francisco Grau

Francisco J. Grau is the Managing Director of Orbita Ports&Terminals, a division of Orbita Ingenieria. Industrial Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, he is specialized in Control Systems and Electronics. Original founder of the Company, in his current role as MD Mr. Grau has assumed the task of expanding the Orbita’s business in the Maritime sector as part of the diversification strategy of the Company.

Lars Jensen

Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis, process improvement and revenue management in the container shipping sector. He has 16 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry, including eight years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company.

Additionally, he has spent two years as the CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, founded the publishing house Vespucci Maritime Publishing and is the author of the books “Liner Shipping 2025” and “Culture Shock in Maersk Line”. He co-founded LinerGrid in 2016, providing advanced tools to optimise network design for container carriers, and joined the board of the New York Shipping Exchange.

Furthermore, Lars is the CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry, and co-founder of LinerGame, providing innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry.

Kris Kosmala

Hands-on experience in managing business and IT, consulting project management, sales, pre-sales, business development, and training. 

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual, with strong inter-personal skills. Built and motivated teams in consulting and sales to perform at their best and reach ambitious goals.

OPEN MIND: Solved business dilemmas in areas of business financial management, supply chain and logistics, asset management, sales, marketing, customer loyalty, capital project management, and many unique aspects of operations.

In-depth KNOWLEDGE of specific industry issues and solutions: 
• Transport (sea container/bulk, airlines, road, railways, ports/airports)
• Logistics (3PL, captives)
• Manufacturing: CPG, Hi-Tech 
• Oil & gas (upstream, downstream)
• Telcos (retail, wholesale)
• Retail and distribution
• Financial services (retail, wholesale, investment banking)

RESULTS: significant improvements in financial and operational performance from exploiting profitable opportunities arising at the intersection of business strategy and information technology.

• (re)Alignment of Information Technologies with business strategy
• "Impossible" turnarounds: badly managed P&Ls; complex projects that went off the rails
• Trusted C-Level Advisor

• Development of Consulting Services and Sales Organizations
• Sales Competitive Strategies: Single Deal, Enterprise Account, Industry, or Vertical Market
• Partner & Alliance Management
• Multi-national Program Management
• Multi-national Team Leadership

Wolfgang Lehmacher

Wolfgang Lehmacher is an author, global executive, advisor, entrepreneur, and expert in the field of supply chains, transport and logistics. During his career, Lehmacher has been involved in various major change initiatives in the supply chain industry, and is now Director: Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum.

Chris Mason

Chris Mason joined Rajant in June 2016, with responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Working with distributors, resellers and end-users, Chris is responsible for development of these key geographies and further penetration of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh technology.

With over 30 years ICT experience, Chris has worked in start-ups and small businesses and and in some of the largest global organisations finding and developing IT solutions to business challenges. Over 16 years of this time was with British Telecom plc in a variety of sales, business development and senior management roles, across multiple geographies and industry sectors.

Radio solutions have been an integral part of Chris’ background, given his involvement with the UK’s TETRA network for the Emergency Services and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Prior to working for BT, Chris was responsible for worldwide 3rd party distribution for a leading Business Information organisation and has held various senior positions in the IT Industry, including some years working for Burroughs /Unisys.

Chris holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature followed by an MSc from University College London in Telecommunications Business and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Home for Chris is in the South West of the UK in a beautiful part of the country called the Somerset Levels.

Peter Miedema

Peter Miedema, the Senior IT Executive with over 24 years progressive IT management experience – both in consultancy and line management roles - with a proven track record of creating value by developing and implementing IT strategies, providing strong leadership as well as building and managing high performance teams in Europe and North America.

Broad IT background and extensive knowledge and experience of the Logistics and Container Industry.

Specialties: IT Strategy / Roadmap development, Program and Project Management, Change Management, People Management

Dr. Hannu Oja

Dr. Tech. Hannu Oja joined Konecranes in 1985 as a Product Development Engineer. Since then, he has held several positions within the corporation: Factory Manager, R&D Project Manager, R&D Manager, Chief Engineer of Container Handling Cranes and currently Director of Port Technology. In this position, Hannu is responsible for technology, product development and engineering activities within Konecranes Port Cranes, with a product offering comprising straddle carriers, RTGs, RMGs, STSs, grab unloaders, shipyard cranes and related automated systems. Besides his business duties, Hannu has contributed in the CEN crane standardization workgroups, and he has participated in many university research programs. He is also Chairman of the Safety Committee of PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers Association).

Alan Peterson

Alan Peterson has been involved in technical sales since 1978 joining first Westinghouse and then GE in 1989.  Initially responsible for supporting heavy industry, container ports and shipbuilding in Virginia USA, Alan transitioned to TMEIC in 2006 and has since been working full time in the marine container terminal marketplace.  Terminal automation and advanced lifting equipment technologies are his specialty.  

            Currently acting as Business Segment Leader for the Crane Systems Group within TMEIC, his responsibilities include managing a global sales force and helping to shape the strategic direction of the business.

            Alan resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is very active in his community.

Prof. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Jean-Paul Rodrigue received a Ph.D. in Transport Geography from the Université de Montréal (1994) and has been at the Department of Economics & Geography at Hofstra University since 1999. In 2008, he became part of the Department of Global Studies and Geography.

Dr. Rodrigue, as project director, contributed to the development of a web site about transport geography and was chair of the Transport Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2004-2006). He is also on the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography and the Cahiers Scientifiques du Transport, acts as the Van Horne Researcher in Transportation and Logistics, is a member of University Transportation Research Center, Region II of the City University of New York and is a lead member of the initiative. He regularly performs advisory and consulting assignments for international organizations and corporations. Dr. Rodrigue is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing (2011-2013) and a board member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. In 2013, the US Secretary of Transportation appointed Dr. Rodrigue to sit on the Advisory Board of the US Merchant Marine Academy.

Guenter Schmidmeir

Guenter Schmidmeir is Senior Vice President, Global Terminal Operators at Kalmar. Guenter leads Kalmar’s strategic account management to further strengthen and deepen relationships with the global terminal operators (GTOs) and large regional operators. The aim is to provide customers with comprehensive solutions comprising service, software and equipment from the Kalmar Business Area’s brands Kalmar, Navis, Bromma and XVELA.

Guenter joined Kalmar Business Area’s Leadership Team from Navis in November 2017, where he was leading the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region since 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. He has 20 years of experience in the port and terminals industry, most of which he has gained at Navis in various positions stationed in London, Antwerp, Dubai, Hamburg and Oakland.   

Robert Schena

In 2002, Robert Schena co-founded Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh Networks and a Finalist for PACT’s Emerging Technology Company of the Year.

In 1999, Robert Schena co-founded Airclic, Inc., a wireless application and scanning company and raised $15 million from a group led by Goldman Sachs and Blue Capital Management. Motorola and Symbol Technologies forged a partnership to acquire Airclic and closed a $287 million financial round as well as the contribution of intellectual property in excess of $162 million. Also in 1999, Mr. Schena participated in the founding of World Wide Packets, a Gigabit Ethernet company.

In 1996, Mr. Schena successfully obtained for his company an FCC license to provide an Open Video System, becoming the first one to do so. In 2004, he was successful in changing U.S. telecommunications regulations, resulting in obtaining the first FCC license for broadband services delivered in the U.S. from a Canadian satellite.
In 1992, Schena founded FutureVision of America (FVA), forging a partnership with Bell Atlantic to commercially launch the first video dial tone and digital TV over television. FVA was successfully sold to Bell Atlantic.

Prior to founding FVA, Schena served as the CFO, Treasurer, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Marketing for Harron Communications. Mr. Schena was appointed to the State of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Board by Governor Ridge in 2001 and reappointed by Governor Rendell in 2004 and 2008. He serves on the Board of the Methodist Home for Children. In late 2010, Mr. Schena was named to Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Transition Team.

Mr. Schena earned a BA in Business Administration from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured extensively on broadband communications to professional and corporate organizations.

Andy Barrons

Andy Barrons is responsible for Navis Marketing and Corporate Strategy.

Prior to joining Navis, Andy was Vice President Marketing for INTTRA, the world's leading web portal for ocean containerized freight, where he created a more customer centric strategic marketing capability for the company. Earlier in his career, he spent over fifteen years at the Financial Times, leading marketing and BD for the FT in Europe & North America. In these positions, Andy led key initiatives to expand FT media including the re-launch of the FT in North America.

Chuck Schneider

Chuck Schneider is the Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, for Navis, LLC. In this role, Chuck is responsible for all sales, support and professional services for the Americas region.

During his tenure at Navis, Chuck has been involved in numerous process automation projects utilizing technologies such as OCR, RFID and DGPS to automate data collection functions at container terminals. In addition he managed the services team that delivered on automated terminals projects for APMT Virginia and DPW Antwerp.

Prior to joining Navis, Chuck held the position of Vice President of Custom Solutions for Embarcadero Systems Corporation where he managed large custom software and system integration projects for marine terminal operators. His background includes experience with Terminal Operating System Design, Gate and Yard Automation as well as Internet strategies for integrating shippers, truckers and other supply chain stakeholders with marine terminals.

Chuck Schneider holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering as well as a Masters of Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

Guy Rey-Herme

One of the industry’s foremost SaaS supply chain experts, Guy Rey-Herme brings to XVELA more than 17 years of experience growing emerging supply chain software businesses into successful and thriving companies. As President of XVELA, he successfully balances an entrepreneurial mindset with the framework needed to guide broad, systemic and transformational changes. Guy previously served as co-founder and COO of GT Nexus, now Infor, one of the most successful many-to-many SaaS platforms in the supply chain space. He has also held executive positions at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Seabury Trade Finance Exchange, International Trade Bank at Bank of America, and Citigroup.

Miguel Llop

Miguel Llop is a Telecommunications Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is currently the Information and Communications Technology director in the Valenciaport Foundation of the Port of Valencia. He has a high knowledge and expertise in processes related with maritime transport, container terminal operations, port logistics, customs and international trade. His work and experience of more than twenty years in single windows and port community systems have given him a joint and integrated vision of the progress of these initiatives in different countries around the world.


He has been responsible of more than ten high scale European projects in the framework of research and innovation in the transport sector and in the application of information technologies. He has also participated as an expert in reengineering, process improvement and change management in other projects related with the transportation sector. He has participated in more than 70 international seminars and workshops in different European, Asian, African and American countries.


Among his recent works it can be found the application of interoperable Internet of Things solutions and Big Data technologies for container terminals, ports and transport for the INTER-IoT and Transforming Transport European research projects.

Scott Peoples

Scott Peoples is President of the Terminal Operating System Business Line for Navis.  In this role he is responsible for the overall business and product direction for the Navis TOS business.


Scott has been with Navis for over 15 years and has held roles leading professional services, support, sales and products.  He has been actively involved with automated terminals in North America, Europe, the Middle East and China.  Prior to Navis, Scott held executive roles in other enterprise software companies such as PeopleSoft and Commerce One.

Thomas Gylling

Mr. Thomas Gylling (MsC Tech) is leading Konecranes Port Solutions marketing worldwide. Prior to his current position, he held various positions at Konecranes for 14 years, concentrating on the container handling industry. His areas of focus have been in different managerial positions covering automation business, automation R&D, productizing and launching, project delivery, sales and marketing. Mr. Gylling brings energy, insight and vision to the drive for automation and new technology in the container handling industry.

Captain Richard Brough OBE BA

Captain Richard Brough OBE BA  started his career with the Merchant Navy in 1969 culminating in command level and at the same time serving a commission in the RNR

He came ashore in 1989 and had various port and stevedoring managerial positions culminating as MD of one of ABP’s stevedoring companies.  During this time he also served as  a Port Captain/Container ship planner for a leading ro-ro company.

 In 2004 he left to set-up his own company; Brough Marine Limited; offering professional advice to companies involved in the Ports & Logistics sector

This led to him providing the Technical Adviser service to ICHCA International, becoming its CEO  in 2013.

He was awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2011

Being happily married to his wife Sheila for almost 45 years, in what is left of his spare time enjoys good restaurants, arts, culture and travel.

Dr. Alex Bäcker

Alex is the co-founder and CEO of QLess and serves on the California Institute of Technology Information Sciences and Technology Board of Advisors. He holds a degree in Biology and Economics from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems and Biology from Caltech. Prior to starting QLess, Alex held positions at McKinsey & Co., the Center for Computation, Computers, Information and Mathematics of Sandia National Labs, and Caltech.


Alex's research on neural coding and artificial intelligence has been published in the world’s leading publications such as Nature and Neural Computation. He has received a number of distinctions including the 2010 inaugural 40 Under 40 from 


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