According to the International Maritime Organization more than 90% of the global trade, whether it is oil and gas, bulk or containerized cargo, is carried by sea. To this volume leisure, passenger and military shipping must be added to account for the traffic. The stakeholders in the maritime industry are numerous.

Information TEchnology for the Maritime Sector (ITEMS) is an international workshop that aims at creating a forum for researchers and professionals to present and discuss the latest research results and developments of information technologies for the maritime sector. The workshop's scope includes all important aspects of information technology, including simulation of maritime systems (vessels interactions, trajectories, domains); acquisition, processing, and management of maritime data; robotic aspects of port management; web technologies for various aspects of maritime operations; artificial intelligence, decision support systems and data analytics for various maritime partners.

ITEMS will be held in conjunction with DASFAA that is an annual international database conference, located in the Asia-Pacific region, which showcases state-of-the-art R & D activities in database systems and their applications. DASFAA provides a forum for technical presentations and discussions among database researchers, developers, practitioners and users from academia, business and industry.

We solicit papers that address all important aspects of information technologies for the maritime industry. Submissions papers should not be under-review by other conferences/journals. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Navigation and Surveillance Systems such as Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), and Automatic Identification Systems (ASI)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFDI) for asset tracking and infrastructure maintenance
  • Management of maritime information
  • Decision Support Systems for maritime operations
  • Data mining and maritime data analytics
  • Ship movement and traffic simulation
  • Geo-nautical information systems
  • Maritime standards and security
  • Robotics and port management
  • Ship design methods & tools
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Shipping networks
  • Maritime logistics
  • Web technologies