Researchlab Autonomous Shipping (RAS) – Internship or Graduation Project


Website Researchlab Autonomous Shipping

Research Proposal: Graduate/Intern Student / Dreamteam

Where: Researchlab Autonomous Shipping (RAS) on the Greenvillage Delft (

When: September 2019 – September 2020

Faculty: 3mE
Department: Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC)

Support: Paul Tilmans / Professor Rudy Negenborn / Winnie Damen


The Researchlab Autonomous Shipping (RAS) is doing research on autonomous sailing, and smart Shipping topics. The TU Delft would like to be a serious player and authority in the world of autonomous shipping. The Maritime industry is very active with the autonomous shipping theme. Fundamental research questions need to be answered but also practical applications are being launched or worked on.


For this research we ask the student (or team of students) to design a boat (ferry) capable of sailing from point A to B autonomously, choosing the necessary hardware and designing the control systems. Examples of the control systems are the design of perception of other objects, the localization of the autonomous boat, and the path planning function. Save passages and interaction between other ships (nonautonomous) and docking on both sides. But also technical systems for the propulsion and accurate positioning with strong winds and current.

The focus is:

  1. to (re)build all the needed technology onto a scale model. This concerns mechanical design, hardware design, and software design.
  2. Design a controls system to make the sailing from A to B possible.
  3. Prove that it can sail from A-B without interference of humans while reacting on (remote controlled) other vessels and the surrounding.
  4. Save docking at point A and B. 
  5. Concept design for the most optimal ship design for the job.

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