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5-6 JULY 2016

News: October 2016, the Workshop Proceedings are now available for download.


Thousands of vessels cross EU waters and hundreds enter into EU ports every day, generating an overwhelming amount of tracking data and reports that make it possible to disguise illegal operations. Detecting steadily changing deceptive behaviours at sea is becoming like trying to find a needle in a haystack and calls for advanced automatic and adaptive tools to discover useful information from the data.

Data mining, information fusion and visual analytics are becoming central to the discovery of knowledge from the increasingly available information on vessels and their movements (e.g. Automatic Identification System - AIS, Long Range Identification and Tracking - LRIT, radar tracks, Earth Observation) at global scale. This enables the automatic detection of structured anomalies, the prediction of vessel routes up to a few days in advance, the behavioural characterisation of vessels, the understanding and mapping of activities at sea and the analysis of their trends over time. Such knowledge provides a new set of possibilities for improving Maritime Situational Awareness and safety of navigation, understanding what is happening and might be happening at sea.

This event aims at bringing together technology and research providers (academia, industry) and users (operational authorities) in the field of Maritime Knowledge Discovery to identify current capability gaps and highlight the most promising research strands.


The final Agenda is now available and can be downloaded here.


Authorities will set the scene either through presentations, speeches and live demos introducing the current operational capabilities. This will be followed up by industry, showing the latest state-of-the-art on big data services in the maritime domain. Finally, academia and research centres will show the latest research efforts and methods to improve knowledge discovery in the maritime domain.

A final round-table discussion will help collecting suggestions from authorities and industry to highlight the most promising and relevant areas of research and identify, together with research providers, possible solutions.


The contributions will introduce research and development results and state-of-the-art developments with direct impact on safety of navigation, maritime security, fisheries, and transport in the maritime domain. Main topics will include the following:

  • Knowledge discovery, route extraction, maritime flows and networks;
  • Visual and data analytics, knowledge representation;
  • Anomaly Detection, behavioural characterisation and vessel profiling;
  • Vessel reporting counter-spoofing and detection of transponder On/Off events;
  • Advanced vessel tracking/observations data fusion;
  • Knowledge based route prediction.


Authors are invited to submit Abstract (between 150 and 350 words) to by 15 May 2016. All submissions will be subject to a scientific review process by a technical committee of scientists and the authors will be notified of the outcome by 31 May 2016. Prospective contributions should present novel aspects within the scope as stated in the Call for Papers.

After the notification of acceptance (31 May 2016), authors will be invited to prepare a full proceedings-paper of 2 to 4 pages. All papers must be formatted according to the templates available at the following link: Word / Latex.

Final accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the workshop, which will be accessible online from the Blue Hub JRC dedicated web page (KDAD Workshop). In addition, opportunities to submit an extended version of the selected contributions to a Special Issue of an international journal will also be explored.

Authors of accepted papers will receive details for online registration. No participation fees will be charged.


Abstracts, papers and presentations will be in English.


  • 15 May 2016 - abstract submission
  • 31 May 2016 - notification of acceptance
  • 30 June 2016 - full paper submission
  • 5-6 July 2016 - workshop in Ispra


Travel and accommodation is at the participant’s own expense, except for a limited number of speakers (and not more than one author per paper/contribution) who will receive an invitation letter where all conditions of reimbursement will be detailed. Information on how to get to JRC-Ispra can be found here.


European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Visitors' Centre meeting room, Via E. Fermi, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy.

As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety. The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific work experience and continually builds its expertise based on its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist laboratories and unique research facilities. They are located in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

While most of our scientific work serves the policy Directorates-General of the European Commission, we address key societal challenges while stimulating innovation and developing new methods, tools and standards. We share know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. The JRC collaborates with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements.


The workshop will be opened by a tour of the JRC Visitors' Centre. The JRC Visitors' Centre offers lots of interactive exhibits which explain the many areas of JRC research. Our detailed floor map file helps you to see what there is to explore at the Visitors' Centre (info).


Michele Vespe, Fabio Mazzarella (European Commission – Joint Research Centre)


Alfredo Alessandrini, Marlene Alvarez Alvarez, Thomas Barbas, David Berger, Fernando Bryton, Guido Ferraro, Harm Greidanus, Vincenzo Gammieri, Fabio Mazzarella, Franco Oliveri, Carlos Santamaria, Mattia Stasolla, Dario Tarchi, Michele Vespe (European Commission – Joint Research Centre).