Airborne drones for marine environments and ports


During Blue Drones you will join presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • The challenges of airborne drone image processing for water applications and possible solutions
  • The use of airborne drones for water quality, coastal protection, marine litter, oil spills and maritime surveillance
  • Cooperation and funding opportunities

Morning sessions

09:30  Registration and welcome coffee

10:00  Welcome and introduction

10:10  Airborne drones at the port of Antwerp

10:10-10:30 KEYNOTE:
Port of Antwerp: Innovation platform for the emerging drone industry
Erwin Verstraelen, Port of Antwerp
10:30-10:50 KEYNOTE:
SAFIR, a glimpse into the (near) future: Managing multiple simultaneous drone missions in a port environment (download PDF)
Koen Meuleman, Unifly

10:50  IMAGE PROCESSING: challenges and solutions

10:50-11:20  Airborne drones image processing: challenges and solutions (download PDF) Robrecht Moelans,
VITO Remote Sensing

11:20  Coffee Break

11:50  APPLICATIONS: Water quality for dredging - Coastal protection

11:50-12:10 Airborne drones in support of dredging (download PDF) Liesbeth De Keukelaere,
VITO Remote Sensing
12:10-12:30 Morpho-sedimentary monitoring in coastal area, from 1D to 2.5D, using airborne drone imagery (download PDF) Antoine Mury,
PSL Université Paris
12:30-12:50 Coastal and environment remote sensing from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(download PDF)
Konstantinos Topouzelis,
University of the Aegean

Lunch Break

12:50  Networking lunch 

All participants will be welcomed to join a sandwich and salad buffet between 12:50-14:00.

Afternoon sessions

14:00  APPLICATIONS: Marine litter, Oil spills and Maritime Surveillance

14:00-14:20 KEYNOTE:
Offshore unmanned aerial vehicles for marine plastic litter detection (download PDF)
Robin de Vries,
The Ocean Cleanup
14:20-14:40 Oil spills detection (download PDF) Thomas De Kerf,
University of Antwerp
14:40-15:00 LUMEN project (download PDF) Jan Dries,
VITO Remote Sensing

15:00  Coffee Break and Virtual Reality Drone Simulator Demo (Vives Hogeschool)

15:30  Cooperation and funding opportunities

  • Cooperation and funding opportunities within the Blue Cluster - Ann Overmeire, Blue Cluster (download PDF)
  • Cooperation and funding opportunities within EUKA - Mark Vanlook, EUKA (download PDF)
  • International cooperation and funding opportunities - Gert Verreet, EWI (download PDF)


16:00  Interactive session

16:00-17:00 Interactive session:
Ask your questions to the experts or bring your ideas related to one of the topics (dredging, coastal protection, marine litter, oil spills, maritime surveillance) during this interactive session

16:00  Guided tours at the 'Havenhuis'

16:00-16:45 Guided tour 1 Havenhuis
16:30-17:15 Guided tour 2 Havenhuis
17:00-17:45 Guided tour 3 Havenhuis


16:00 - 18:00  Reception 

Blue Drones 2019 will end with a networking reception.