Albert Hofeldt

Albert Hofeldt Albert is the CTO/MD of Platforms at Genscape based out of Boston, MA. Albert leads a global team of highly seasoned technology architects and data scientists accountable for the design, planning, execution and evolution of the Genscape Product Platform. Albert holds a Ph.D. in engineering and has done research for the DOD, USAF and NASA. Albert then worked as a tech consultant for 10 years then spent another 10 years designing and building real-time systems on Wall Street.


Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise

Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise is CEO of the German Cooperation Weatherdock AG.
Weatherdock is one of the world leaders for Class B AIS technologies with a full range of products. They deliver to OEMs as well as to more than 50 distributors in 30 countries.
The complete product process from development over manufacturing and testing is made by Weatherdock in Germany. The company was awarded as founder of the year in 2008 in South Germany.They participate as committee members in the AIS working groups of the IEC.


Atsushi Karaki

Atsushi Karaki Atsushi Karaki is Manager of IHI Corporation space development division. IHI Corporation is one of the leading companies in Japan for aero-engines & space system, industrial machines, power station plant and other facilities, bridges and other transport-related machinery. IHI established in 1853 as shipyard. IHI merged its ship building unit to JMU(Japan Marine United) in 2012,Atsushi Karaki experienced over 25 years of space development system engineering (Satellite payload, International Space Station, Rocket project). He is focusing on the SAT-AIS application and service development for the past few years.


Carsten Bullemer (chair)

For more than ten years Carsten is developping custom software solutions for the maritime sector. He is cofounder of vesseltracker.com, the largest private AIS Network. With Maritime Data Systems Carsten offers individual consulting, custom data analyses and software development for maritime clients.
Carsten holds a University degree in Computer Science & Logistics.

Maritime Data Systems

Dave Martin

Dave Martin Mr. Martin is currently VP, Global Services at exactEarth Ltd, a data services provider which leverages advanced microsatellite technology to deliver solutions that enhance Maritime Domain Awareness. At exactEarth, Mr. Martin oversees the Global Services and Sales functions. Mr. Martin has extensive experience in the data services industry and is also an active member of the IALA and IEC AIS Technical Working Groups for the evolution of AIS standards and technical specifications.


George T. Best

George Best George Best has spent the last 45 years in North America where he focused his career in the world of computer networking and telecommunications. He held a number of C level executive positions in these industries operating both domestically and internationally.In his present position as Director of AIS Sales, EMEA and APAC for ORBCOMM, he brings nearly 5 years of knowledge gained through the study and application of the use of satellite AIS in government maritime agencies, national navies, vessel tracking service providers and logistic companies. He currently resides in Mallorca, Spain.


Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas Guy Thomas, founder C-SIGMA concept & former Science & Technology Advisor, US national Office for Global Maritime Awareness. Involved in surveillance for over 40 years, from operator to systems engineer to Test Director to inventor and developer. He conceived Satellite AIS in 2001, securing initial funding from USCG in 2004.


Hans Peter Mortensen Hans Peter Mortensen was one of the main students behind the AAUSAT3 satellite designed and build at Aalborg University. After finishing his Msc.EE. he worked for a number of years within the GEO satellite communication field to then return to the small satellite area, where he’s currently a partner in Satlab ApS as well as affiliated with GomSpace ApS. He continues to be part of the Aalborg University Student Satellite advisory board, assisting with training and supporting new students within the space area.

AAUSAT 3 & Satlab

Hu Qinyou, Ph.D.

Hu Qinyou Mr. Hu Qinyou, Ph.D, Professor of Merchant Marine College, Shanghai Maritime University, one of the top maritime universities in China, and he is also the leader of e-Navigation lab fundedby Shanghai Education Committee and the international editor of International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation.

He developed a computer aided system to enable ship collision avoidance expert system to negotiate with each other from 2003 to 2006. In recent years, his research interests have been shifted to ship AIS information collecting, storing, publishing and data mining. He lead more than 40 projects which are funded by the government or the shipping industry. He published over 50 papers and take 9 patents. His team developed AIS directional antenna, AIS data recorder, AIS NoSQL database and several AIS big data applications. His team also cooperate with Maili to operate the HiFleet website.
Merchant Marine College, Shanghai Maritime University

Julian Longson

Julian is the Director – Business Development of Pole Star Global. He graduated from the UK’s Cranfield Institute of Technology with an MSc in Applied Remote Sensing. Julian’s career to-date has consisted of 26 years in the geospatial business with a range of international organisations and private firms based in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

He has been with Pole Star since the company’s formation in 1998 and was formative in the commercial shipping sector’s adoption of ship tracking as a common technology service. At the international regulatory level, Julian has for the last 11 years provided key expert industry support during the IMO’s development of the Ship Security Alert System and Long Range Identification and Tracking regulations.

Pole Star

Kai Voigt

Kai is a training instructor at Cloudera, providing Hadoop and Data Science classes on Big Data worldwide. Prior to Cloudera, he spent 6 years as a principal instructor, teaching all MySQL courses delivered from Oracle, and did this globally. Kai currently resides in Kiel, Germany, and holds a Master’s degree in computer science.



Kay Dausendschön

Kay Dausendschön is in charge of development of new businesses for DNV GL’s Maritime Advisory division.
DNV GL is an international certification body and classification society with main expertise in technical assurance, engineering, certification, and risk management. It is the world’s largest ship classification society and technical consultancy to onshore and offshore wind, wave, tidal, and solar industries, as well as the global oil & gas industry.
Kay has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. He has mainly worked as a management consultant for maritime and oil & gas companies.


Ken Tore Tallakstad

Ken is part of DNV GL’s Strategic Research & Innovation program for IT-analytics, focusing mainly on Big Data within the maritime sector.

He has his academic background from the University of Oslo, where he took his PhD in physics, and worked as a researcher within flow in porous media and fractures. Prior to joining DNV GL, he worked within offshore safety, doing consequence modelling CFD and risk analysis.


Kurt Schwehr

Kurt Schwehr Kurt Schwer is Head of Ocean Engineering and GIS Data Engineer for Oceans at Google and Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/NOAA Joint Hydrographic Center/Visualization Lab at the University of New Hampshire.

Kurt Schwehr is engineer at Google working on Earth Engine and Global Fishing Watch. He has a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is Affiliate Faculty at the University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. He is the creator of the libais open source software, the architect of the WhaleAlert AIS system, co-creator of NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), and has served on the RTCM SC121 working group. Papers


University of New Hampshire

John Paskin

John Paskin is the CEO of Commodity Flow, a technology company which specialises in energy trading and commodities applications, using a variety of different AIS vendors, and selling to some of the largest financial institutions in the world.

Commodity Flow

Jürgen Wehnert (chair)

Jürgen is a consultant with a focus on the application of IT systems for transport, logistics and transport security in the maritime and the road sector. Jürgen has gained significant experience with a number of internet applications for the logistics industry.

Jürgen’s message to the AIS Summit participants: “I look forward to being the moderator of the AIS Summit for the third time. It will be exciting to hear about AIS progress that has been made in the last two years and to address the topic of new and complex big data applications. See you in Hamburg!”

Mark Deverill

Mark Deverill Mark is an expert in commercial maritime data with over 20 years experience of data research and 25 years experience of Information technology specializing in database and internet systems. Mark was recently appointed Director Maritime Data with Genscape Vesseltracker, after spending 20 years working for Lloyds List Intelligence as Head of Data Projects & Shipping Database Team Manager. At Lloyds he led the creation of their AIS network, shipping research systems and electronic data services. Mark’s focus is on capturing, processing and providing maritime data services fusing information from AIS with maritime registers or class lists and completing research with analyst input where necessary. Working closely with market analysts, Mark aims to provide commercial advantage by extracting business intelligence and meeting clients specific needs in every situation.


Michael Eldred

Michael Eldred has had a varied career in highly technical fields. Starting with 12.5 years of experience operating and repairing Nuclear Propulsion Plants on Submarines and Air Craft Carriers in the U.S. Navy. He continued outside of the Navy as a field engineer installing and programming GaN Compound Semi-conductor machines. For the past 8 years I have been working in the marine industry at both a Caterpillar dealership in the U.S. and the Marine headquarters for Caterpillar in Hamburg Germany. He is now part of the Technology Enabled Solutions team for Energy and Transportation Division.

Caterpillar Marine

Neal Arundale

Neal Arundale, who is retired, has a life long interest in radio and electronics.
Relevant to this Conference, he is a licenced Radio Amateur, is an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, and has GMDSS General Operator Certification. He been programming mainly mini-computers for 40 years and writing AIS decoding software for 10 years.
He will be discussing “Why AIS data can be inaccurate” and providing some practical ideas to assist data providers improve the data they distribute to end users.

Paul Woods

Paul Woods Paul is the CTO at SkyTruth, an NGO dedicated to the practical application of remote sensing to global environmental issues.

Paul is also the technical lead on the Global Fishing Watch project which uses global satellite and terrestrial AIS data combined with machine learning algorithms and big data analytics to identify and visualize fishing and related behaviors from all trackable vessels from 2012 through the present.


Peter Platzer

Peter Platzer Peter Platzer is CEO of Spire. He cofounded the company in 2012 with a vision to provide satellite-powered data from any location on earth. Platzer is now regarded as one of the pioneers in launching small form factor satellites into space. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013.Prior to launching Spire, Platzer trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in Germany, Singapore, and Thailand. Platzer joined a quantitative investment management firm out of Harvard Business School. After attending Singularity University’s inaugural Executive Program in 2009, Platzer decided to leave finance to focus on high frequency and high accuracy data in space. He interned at NASA Ames’ Space Portal and in 2012, Platzer graduated with a MSS from the International Space University.Platzer co-created and launched CareerTeams at Harvard Business School and currently serves as a Career Coach at Harvard Business School. Platzer received a M.S. in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna and an M.B.A. from Harvard, where he was a Baker scholar.


Peter Stoyanov

Peter Stoyanov is the managing director and owner of Astra Paging Ltd. He established Astra Paging Ltd in 1997. The company has started development of software for the maritime industry in 2004 and developed the national AIS server and VTS database for Bulgarian Maritime Administration, the VTMIS monitoring systems in Bulgaria and the Netherlands, the implementation of AIS in the Naval and Coastguard surveillance systems. Astra Paging Ltd has started developping of its own AIS network and the provision of VT Explorer vessel tracking service in 2006. Since 2009 Astra Paging hosts the volunteer AIS sharing center AISHub.


Richie Ramsden

Richie Ramsden is a team leader in the area of Fouling Control within research in AkzoNobel performance Coatings. AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and Coatings Company and a major producer of specialty chemicals with brands that include International Paint and Dulux. AkzoNobel is the world’s leading supplier of fouling control technologies for the Marine market.Richie runs a number of fouling control projects delivering technology platforms for the coatings business. Trained as a research polymer chemist, Richie realised the potential AIS and Big Data held for marine coatings a number of years ago and has been integrating their use both in technical and business processes since. Richie is one of the inventors of Intertrac, pioneering software which enables tailoring of advanced International® hull coating specifications to specific vessel operations.


Simon Tucker

Simon Tucker is CEO of UK based SRT Marine Technology Limited who are the world’s leading developer and provider of AIS transceiver technologies and products. SRT has been developing AIS technologies and products since 1999 and developed the world’s first Class B in 2006. Today SRT provides over 110 customers worldwide with a wide variety of AIS module and white label product solutions from Class A and Class B to advanced receivers, Aids to Navigation and specialist custom devices such as the Identifier. Customers include authorities, governments and leading marine electronics companies seeking low cost, high quality, reliable AIS technology and product solutions. With over 90% of all AIS products worldwide reliant on SRT derived technology, SRT plays an important role in the development and evolution of the AIS standards.


Thomas Mestl

Thomas Mestl has worked in DNVGL’s Research Department for the last 18 years within the field of information technology. He has a PhD in mathematics and a degree in precision engineering. A large part of his work is about identifying emerging technology trends, evaluating new ICT technologies, and exploring promising business opportunities. Over the last years he has worked with data related to bunker fuel, fuel related engine damages and AIS.