Seminar Vessel Routing

This seminar will be completely held in English. It consists of 2 student talks and 1 practice talk given by Carsten Bullemer, the founder and CEO of Maritime Systems. The talk about IT security originally announced will not take place.

Date: All talks will take place on Wednesday, December 2 starting at 14:15 (2.15 p.m.) (changed!)

About the subject

Routing is the task to compute a favorable route for an individual traffic participant from a given geographic start to a predetermined target. Routing is relevant for all means of transportation (car, train, plane, boat). By routing we understand the computation of an optimal route for the means of transportation as well as for the useres of public transport operated by a timetable. Today an IT support is standard for all means of transportation. The foundations were laid in 1959 by Edsgar Dijkstra with his basic single source routing algorithm. This algorithm is discussed in the 1st semester of all IT oriented bachelor programmes in the course Discrete Mathematics.

In practice, routing always depends on navigation for individual traffic paticipants, and this depends on positioning. This is why navigation and positioning must be considered in the context of routing.

The most important challenge for practical applications is the consideration of individual preferences of the users and the current traffic situation (dynamical routing). The focus of recent developments is in these areas.

This seminar places a special focus on routing and navigation of sea vessels. This is done in cooperation with Carsten Bullemer, the founder of Maritime Data Systems former CEO of Vesseltracker, the operator of the portal

Mr. Bullemer offers jobs for interested students with good programming skills.

The talks of this semester

Johannes Busenbach (Bachelor student FH Wedel, Business and Computer Science):

Vessel Routing as an Application of the Shortest Path Problem

December 2, 14:15, HS 5


Ansgar Mertens (Bachelor student FH Wedel, Business and Computer Science):

Visualizing Weather along Ship Routes

December 2, 15:30, HS 5


Carsten Bullemer (Founder, CEO of Maritime Data Systems):

Why Maritime Data Matters

December 2, 17:00, HS 5