Project COOCK Smart Port 2025

A smart port needs smart companies. And vice versa. Digital technology offers unprecedented opportunities to make our ports, our companies and their value chains sustainable, resilient and competitive. 🛳️

Smart, that is what the professors and researchers at the University of Antwerp and Imec are all about. For years they have been conducting research into Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the endless possibilities of this technology.

This valuable knowledge is now ready to be applied. In the next three years, we will be organising a series of activities to transfer this knowledge to companies and port organisations, to turn this into concrete projects and perhaps apply for subsidies or get started right away.

And as a company or port organisation, you are central. Together with you, we want to see how technology such as AI can be a solution for the opportunities and challenges you see. To do this, we offer a series of interactive and co-creative activities.

COOCK Smart Ports 2025 is a project financed by VLAIO that aims to transfer knowledge and implement it in companies via pilot projects.

SESSIONS 2021

Autumn 2021 – More info soon

Latest sessions:

18 June ’21  ||    Inspiration session: Watch the replay here

25 June ’21 ||    Co-creation session: Optimisation and prediction in the logistics chain.

Click through visuals below for the rapport of the co-creation session or download here

Survey Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions in port operations

This survey collects ideas on problems that can be solved by AI solutions in port operations. You are invited to share your experience and ideas, so we can then disseminate them and bring them into practice. 

What is in for you? 

You will receive an aggregated report regarding AI solutions in ports and best practices.


Want to know more about this project and what it can do for your business?


Talk to Bart Braem about it during a 1-on-1 meeting. As leader of the COOCK Smart Port 2025 project and responsible for business development at IDLab, he can help you further.

>> Schedule a meeting with Bart!  📅