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November 20, 2022

[VIDEO] TALK | AI Industry Connect Talks by SKEL | The AI Lab: deepSea

After almost two years of monthly business talks, in December we finalised the series AI Industry Connect Talks with the company deepSea Technologies on 8 December 2022.

Invited speakers of DeepSea Technologies, Dr. Antonis Nikitakis, Director of the AI Research department and Mrs. Efi Tsompopoulou, AI Research Engineer delivered the talk: Towards trustworthy AI models in shipping.

Watch the video of the talk:


About the talk: DeepSea Technologies, the award-winning AI-led maritime company, has recently announced its partnership with other industry-leading institutions and researchers in the field of AI to launch the Shifts Project; an international effort to study the distributional shift in machine learning for real-world applications. Maritime has been chosen as one of two case study challenges – the other being distributional shift in relation to the treatment of the chronic condition, Multiple Sclerosis. The most prominent example of distributional shift in maritime AI is where a vessel’s dataset “moves” over time, as a result of hull fouling. Marine fouling occurs when organisms attach themselves to underwater objects like boats, rope, pipes and building structures. This can lead to various operational inefficiencies, thus understanding how a vessel’s dataset shifts over time is of crucial importance for vessel’s performance modelling. More robust and interpretable vessel models could be the key for safety but also to unlocking shipping’s huge decarbonisation potential and minimising fuel waste. The key question raised from the foregoing is: How robust is an AI vessel model on shifting or even unseen conditions? The answer to such a question is of paramount importance when dealing with high-risk AI tasks like routing optimisation. DeepSea has established a benchmark evaluation framework that enables the systematic exploration of a model’s generalisation capability on shifted or unseen data. With the proposed evaluation methodology, released within the Shift Project initiative, we aim to contribute towards the development of transparent and rigorous methods that prove the value of AI but also promote the trust in such technology in the shipping industry. To learn more about the Shifts Project initiative, visit

Antonis Nikitakis is the Director of the AI Research department of DeepSea Technologies. He is a computer engineer and a cognitive psychologist. He holds an Electrical and Computer Engineering diploma, a master’s degree (DUTH & Tech. Uni of Crete) and a PhD in Embedded Design and Hardware Acceleration for Computer Vision Systems (Tech. Uni of Crete). He has more than 20 publications in international journals and conferences on AI, embedded/hardware design and computer vision. He has been involved for more than 10 years as a researcher in numerous European and national competing research programs (FP7, H2020) regarding the design, development and validation of state-of-the-art technologies in reconfigurable hardware, embedded design and AI.

Efi Tsompopoulou is an AI Research Engineer at the AI Research department of DeepSea Technologies, focusing on improving deep learning models’ generalisation capabilities on regression problems. She has a BSc in Physics (NKUA), and a master’s in Data Science (AUEB).

DeepSea is a maritime technology company specialising in vessel performance monitoring and optimisation. We combine many years of experience in the shipping industry with deep expertise in the fields of software, hardware, and Artificial Intelligence. We are passionate about creating products that help our clients make data-driven decisions to achieve their decarbonisation objectives and lead the industry forward. DeepSea has built a pioneering next-generation Performance Routing tool – Pythia – which offers shipowners an average of 8% savings in emissions and fuel consumption. Visit our website to find out more about how we help shipping companies become more efficient and reduce their CO2 emissions.


The AI Industry Connect Talks series was launched in March 2021 by SKEL | The Artificial Intelligence Lab, Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications at NCSR Demokritos and is supported by ahedd Digital Innovation Hub. Through this series of talks, we aim to bring AI innovation to the forefront and inform wider audiences of the endless possibilities. Domain professionals tell us how the Industry applies scientific results in real-life.

A Q&A session follows the presentations. The sessions are live-streamed via Zoom and on YouTube.

[See all previous talks in the dedicated webpage here – [Marine Traffic, Contexity, Causaly, Atypon, LifebitJADBioElsevierQualcoBehavioral SignalsSCiFY, PurposefulOmilia, PollfishAccentureIntelligenciaWappier, code4Thought]

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