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Alexander Klein

Alexander Klein is a researcher at the DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures since the end of 2021. He studied Mechatronics for his bachelor's degree and then switched from engineering to computer science for his master's where he specialized in autonomous and intelligent systems. Currently he works on application-specific machine learning topics in the domain of autonomous maritime systems. His research focuses on visual object detection for navigation and the grasping of objects using underwater robots.


Interdisciplinary study on the compliance of autonomous ships with COLREGs

This presentation aims at conveying a transdisciplinary overview of autonomous shipping through the scope of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs). In this framework, the intersection of legal and technical specifications shall be investigated, to determine what the law says on autonomous shipping and what the technic facilitates in this regard. Accordingly, current regulatory developments as well as technical novelties will be considered. These issues take place in the broader perspective of the ever-recurring advance technological advancement enjoys over the legal development, which may result in core incompatibilities of the latter with the former.