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Michele Acciaro

Head of Logistics Department and Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics, Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Hamburg, Germany

Making the most of digitalisation in port-cities: how to ensure that the developments of smart port-cities will benefit citizens and society.

The enthusiasm associated with the rampant uptake of digitalisation is justifiable in view of the great benefits that new technologies have afforded humanity. Port-cities are a very fertile ground for experimentation and many new technologies have already been applied widely across the globe ranging from (semi)-automated public transport, augmented reality, advanced payment systems and Internet-of-Things applications in ports. Many of these technology applications have the potential of solving some of the most pressing problems in port-cities, such as congestion, increased accessibility and mobility, lower costs and more liveable cities. However, as a result of the industry 4.0 hype, technologies with very different purposes and impacts are bundled together and promoted with little or no thorough investigation. The risk is favouring a form of development that has the technology at its core, instead of its users. The presentation will review some of the more significant developments in the port-city digital revolution, with particular attention to the benefits for citizens and society.


Michele Acciaro is Head of the Logistics Department and Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU). Until December 2012 he held the position of Senior Researcher on Green Shipping at the Research and Innovation department of Det Norske Veritas AS (now DNV-GL) in Høvik, near Oslo. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked as deputy director and researcher at the Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL)/Erasmus SmartPort of Erasmus University Rotterdam, with which he is still associated. Dr. Acciaro holds a BSc and a MSc (cum Laude) in Statistics and Economics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”; a MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics from Erasmus University Rotterdam for which he was awarded the NOL/APL Prize for Student Excellence; and a PhD in Logistics also from Erasmus University Rotterdam.>
Since 2001 he worked as a consultant, advisor and researcher in the areas of liner shipping economics, terminal management and operations optimisation, green shipping, container logistics integration and supply chain pricing and finance. He has lectured at several institutions around the world, he authored over thirty publications and has been invited speaker at industry events such as TOC Europe and Intermodal.