“Smart Ocean Technologies” position paper

Solutions for responsible ocean use -- six recommendations


We are driving underwater research forward with the goal of making our actions as sustainable as possible. To find out to what extent high-tech research and ecological challenges are interdependent, read more:

Underwater image processing

Calibrating underwater cameras

Light refracts differently under water: Conventional visual computing solutions need to be rethought. And that is exactly what we are doing.

Measuring cavitation optically

Cavitation effects on ship propellers are disruptive. We are helping to understand this physically complex effect, and make it mathematically comprehensible and predictable in order to factor it into design and operation.


“SynaptiCam” is a smart camera that makes it possible to detect, classify and segment objects in real time. It uses less power and makes it simple to connect different types of cameras.

Acoustic eye

An innovative 3D imaging and surveying system using bionic principles

Environmental monitoring

Monitoring environmental parameters is extremely useful for gaining deeper insight or noticing changes quickly. The automation of these processes as well as machine learning lighten the workload, and help with planning and sustainability.

Ships & Ports

Plant engineering

CAD model-based, hardware-accelerated on-site measuring for shipbuilding and plant engineering

Ship windows

Integration of cyber-physical functions into ship windows for safe navigation

Port digitization

Digital sensors and targeted digital data collection allow universal ports to speed up the necessary digitization process and stay competitive.

Ocean Technology Campus (OTC) in Rostock

Digital Ocean Lab

Our Digital Ocean Lab is the heart of the Ocean Technology Campus going up in Rostock. We are working with our partners in a state-of-the-art environment to come up with new ideas for underwater research.


Recovering unexploded ordnance

The Munitect network is a coalition of businesses and research institutes driving forward cost-effective unexploded ordnance detection systems for underwater use.


Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) make dives for inspecting underwater structures safer and more efficient where they are not replacing them completely. We are part of a network making effective, affordable day-to-day work possible.