Oscar Pernia

Director of Automation & Process Engineering
Terminal Investment Limited

Dr. Oscar Pernia is Director of Automation and Digitalization for TIL, the Container Terminal business unit for MSC. Based in Geneva HQ, his focus covers Process Engineering, System Integration, Algorithms & Data Science and Applied Innovation competencies. As such he is the Technical Lead for Automated Terminal Design & Deployment, as well as different strategic initiatives to empower efficiency, safety and sustainability through Automation/Digitalization.

His education was on Telecommunications Engineering, and he hold an Industrial Engineering PhD, where he focused on Algorithms Design applied to Marine Operations Optimization – during last 20 years he accumulated an extensive experience in Container Shipping, covering technology solutions across all processes in the ocean supply chain, with specific focus in Ports & Terminals


Debating the Future of Automation
The adoption of automation in ports and terminals has accelerated, but operational difficulties and high costs has meant that the industry has been slow to adopt the technology. In this Panel, industry experts will anticipate the complex variables which will affect the adoption of automation in both brownfield and greenfield projects in the next decade.

– Discussing whether full automation is on the horizon for existing terminals.
– Which factors will improve the business case for automation projects in the coming years?
– Will a winning ‘playbook’ for successful automation emerge?
– How standardisation between terminals would streamline the implementation process and accelerate new automation projects.
– Predicting which innovative advanced technologies will yield the best value.