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David Brandt

David Brandt is a Research Scientist at the DLR Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures since the beginning of 2020. He studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Robotics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Currently he is working on increasing the abilities of autonomous systems in the maritime domain. His research focuses on autonomous survey missions 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.