Invited and special focus sessions, Tuesday 28 April

Invited session 6:
Top 10 pro tips to get prepared for driverless public transport service

Driverless technology has all the potential to revolutionise the user experience of public transport. It is possible to invest reduced employment cost to 24/7 service availability and for areas where availability has been insufficient before. Also, a new type of service concepts becomes possible. On the other hand, requirements are different and will challenge current city planning. For example depot areas structure is different and charging requires new infrastructure.

This session focuses on learnings from recent autonomous bus pilots and future requirements for transport and city planning. Key themes include: the safety regulation and specification used during the pilots with reliability issues, a thorough study on energy consumption for autonomous buses, user acceptance survey results from open road pilots, also the current market status and the legal obstacles on the way to a sound use case for autonomous vehicles will be presented.

Forum Virium Helsinki

Jari Honkonen
, Project Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki

Taina Haapamäki
, Managing director, FLOU, Helsinki
Mauro Bellone, Roboticist, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Matthias Hartwig, Head of mobility department, IKEM, Berlin
Magdalena Szymanska, Project Coordinator, City of Gdansk
Peter Hafmar, Managing Director, Nobina technology, Stockholm

Invited session 7:
Autonomous and remote-controlled technologies for waterborne traffic

The aim of this session is to inform of the progress made in maritime autonomy and remote control in recent years and to address concerns that the public and maritime actors might have about the new technologies. The scope of this session will include technical presentations by keynote speakers as well as an interactive panel discussion and Q&A.

DIMECC / One Sea

Special focus session 8:
Automated and connected road transport – What challenges, what research needs?

Transport automation and connectivity entails huge opportunities as well as strong threats: In an ideal case, automated and connected mobility could enable a future no-congestion, no-accident, resource-efficient transport system. In a worst case, transport networks could face overload by increasing numbers of poorly coordinated vehicles, with high resource consumption and emissions, and deteriorating safety as hackers attack transport. The session will give room to discuss transport automation and connectivity with regard to its transformative power, challenges ahead, and research needs. In the face of high uncertainty, podium participants from research and industry will present the state of present knowledge, discuss opportunities and threats from automation and connectivity, and develop a research agenda, strongly interacting with session participants.


Special focus session 9:
Digital Railways

Rail digital evolution needs to leverage on the opportunities offered by the major breakthrough technologies in order to be the backbone of a smart, sustainable and user-friendly mobility system. The main technologies and solutions that have accelerated the digital transformation in the rail sector in recent years are Automation and AI, Big Data analytics, IoT coupled with 5G and radio-based connectivity and cloud computing, Satellite and Space, 3D Printing, and Blockchain.

It is important to analyse how these technologies will be mainstreamed in railways, allowing to change its concept of operation. Notably, the debate will adress the following three perspectives to understand the digital technologies implications for rail:

  1. New models for operation management in rail via enhanced traceability of assets and components, state detection, data analytics for predictive maintenance and real-time enhanced maintenance (including via 3D printing).
  2. New operation models optimising energy efficiency, capacity and reliability via advanced signalling and traffic management, based on space technologies, advanced radio systems (5G), automation.
  3. New cooperative models for integrated door-to-door freight services: data layer and business modes enabled by a seamless dynamic information flows across the logistics chain (sensors and data exchange, including Train ID, ETA, Train, Composition, e-consignment note, eFTI).
  4. Digital tools as facilitators for Mobility as a Service.

European Commission/ DG Mobility and Transport

Special focus session 10:
Deployment of Cooperative ITS in Europe

Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) deployment in Europe advances as cross-border harmonization and interoperability of C-ITS services is implemented by Member States, OEMs and service providers. While European C-ITS regulation remains undecided, models to share Safety Related Traffic Information (SRTI) are still under testing and different technologies as well as standards are offered, the ecosystem together agrees that the benefits of C-ITS support traffic safety and flow in the long run.

There are several C-ITS deployment pilots around Europe, not to mention the OEM and service providers’ already existing services, which are clustered around initiatives such as C-Roads Platform and Data Task Force as well as strategic industry consortiums such as Car 2 Car Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) and 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). Aim of the session is to bring together the European stakeholders in C-ITS ecosystem to discuss cross-border and cross-industry collaboration of future C-ITS service ecosystem.

The session offers insight of the European way forward on C-ITS technical solutions, cross-border interoperability and harmonisation as well as  business models and service ecosystems with short stakeholder presentations and a panel discussion. The session supports collaboration and visibility of the European wide C-ITS harmonization. The session is aimed for the public authority decision makers and C-ITS industry members interested in C-ITS deployment.

Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Invited session 11:
Re-thinking transport poverty: redefine its backgrounds and seeking new solutions

To reduce transport poverty, we need first to better understand its geographies and its socio-economic landscape(s). This session aims to provoke a debate about social marginalisation via mobility, going beyond the concept of transport poverty as lack of transport offer. Working on social construction related to any transport system and relying on the extensive fieldwork done for a H2020 project, we present some first outcomes, so to use them as social and market tools to implement innovative mobility systems in Europe. Keeping further in mind the potential conflicts between sustainability goals and social exclusion, we aim to frame possible inclusive futures and uncap market´s potentialities.

Technische Universitaet Berlin

Simone Bosetti, TRT Italy

Mary Crass, Gender, travel behaviour, and economic benefits of accessibility, ITF
Delphine Grandsart, Putting people first – The role of passengers is shaping transport polices, European Passenger Federation
Rosário Macário, From problems to solutions: how to support innovative transport systems, University of Lisbon – Portugal
Massimo Moraglio, Transport as a social challenge, Technische Universitaet Berlin – Germany
Tim Schwanen, Mobility, Wellbeing and Inequality: understanding the links, Oxford University – UK

Invited session 12:
Shifting Transports Demand: exploiting the self-determination theory by means of urban games and co-design

How to support people, from different cultural background and different contexts, in the transition toward a healthier and environmentally friendly lifestyle? This session is conceived to answer the above question by shedding the light on urban initiatives devoted to urban transition by leveraging urban games. This session hosts speakers from a wide range of disciplines (from psychology to computer science, from urban policies to game design) with the aim of picturing a comprehensive framework of the most successful levers available for shifting the transport demand. Moreover, Horizon 2020 MUV project  partners will share the final results in terms of engagement, empowerment and impact, of the three years research project that applied some of those levers in 16 cities around the world.

LINKS Foundation

Invited session 13:
Rethinking Transport – Big Data, Big Transformation

The European transport industry is becoming increasingly ‘data rich’. Despite this, the application of Big Data technology to the transport domain is still in its infancy. Many providers still struggle to understand their data assets and how these can be leveraged to manage operational and business desires. This session will explore the conjunction of emerging methods and technology around Big Data in transport, taking into account economic, legal, social, ethical, policy and technical aspects. Real-life examples will be considered during the session and interactive discussions will be held, not only to enhance economic sustainability, but also to increase competitiveness of European transport sector. Issues such as privacy and data security are central to any discussion around the use of Big Data technology. The session will closely examine these issues and consider policy and research roadmaps that could maximize the opportunities Big Data technology can offer to transport, while overcoming various challenges and barriers.

The Confederation of Organisations in Road Transport Enforcement (CORTE)

Invited session 14:
The Dark Side of Mobility – Smuggling, Trafficking and Unauthorized Immigration

Europe strives to create the Single Market and works towards open borders where people and goods move seamlessly between Member States. This creates opportunities for undesirable mobility and destructive and counterproductive transports. Illegal goods and people are being secretly hauled across borders resulting in increased crime, human suffering and deterioration of trust within European societies. Border guards, Customs, charity organisations and immigration officials, among others, are responsible for safeguarding  society from such nefarious activities. This session will debate the dark side of increased mobility and seek examples, measures and strategies that can be deployed by the wider mobility system community to counteract these activities. The aim of the session is to open the debate and to help find new avenues for policy-making and research.

Institute for Transport Economics

Invited session 16:
Intelligent maritime logistics and data exchange

Sea transport is not an isolated mode of transport to be left alone. It is an integrated part of the whole transport chain and more than 80% of the goods in the world is at one point transported on water.

This session will showcase some of the latest initiatives on digitalization in the maritime sector and how these will drastically reduce the environmental impact, and at the same time provide opportunities for ports and land-based transport for increasing their efficiency and competitiveness.

The workshop part of the session will identify ideas and opportunities for further use and services.
Sea Traffic Management, STM, is a concept with global standards and a common maritime digital infrastructure where real-time and other information can be exchanged. The infrastructure provides a cyber-secure way for information owners to select with whom they share their information.

Swedish Maritime Administration

Invited session 17:
CaaS – digital logistic corridors and supply chain visibility

CaaS (Corridor as a Service) session focuses on multimodal federated freight logistics and how to make it more efficient, by using new digital solutions and services. Session is hosted be CaaS Nordic association and speakers represents the international pioneers in the sector. Session highlights the importance of secure and agile data and information sharing and end-to-end visibility in supply chains. Speakers will provide examples of new technologies and solutions which can be utilized to achieve more than 10 % productivity improvement for industry and trade. In addition to the economic benefits, CaaS concept aims for emission reductions.

CaaS Nordic association

Special focus session 18:
Rethinking Transport over 2020-2030: the decade for Physical Internet Implementation

Emissions from freight transport and logistics are still growing, despite combating climate change being a clear international priority. The development and adoption of green vehicles and transport: trains; barges and ships which enable more environmentally-friendly transport fleets, is currently forecasted to be too slow to hit properly our climate change targets.

The Physical Internet concept aims to improve asset utilisation in all types of transport and logistics resources doing more with less hence delivering positive impacts to adress these challenges in the next 10 critical years. If the idle capacity of these assets could be better used; if it could be opened up and made available for all stakeholders in the logistic chain and hence overcoming the issues around sector fragmentation, we would see logistics services and networks connecting seamlessly and large benefits for all in terms of efficiency and sustainability. It is this flexible, interconnected use of freight transport and logistics resources, that, creates the Physical Internet, or PI.

In this session we will share and discuss with the whole transport community why we need the Physical Internet, which benefits will bring to the European society and how it should be delivered. The progress made so far and the plans for the next 10 years will be shared so discussion and input are incorporated to the implementation of the Physical Internet roadmap.


Special focus session 19:
Long-term strategy for decarbonisation of transport through electrification

Electrification of road transport is progressing rapidly. Viable electric mobility technologies and solutions are being deployed in many transport modes. Electrification is a key measure to reduce total energy use and carbon footprint from the transport sector. It helps mitigating air quality problems in urban areas. The session discusses the status and outlook of transport electrification in the global setting, in terms of technology, market, procurement, finance, and the multitude of local and regional implementations including cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

European perspective in urban transit systems is discussed through the European clean bus deployment initiative and the APOLLO project. Global EV outlook gives status of policy and market diffusion in the global context, whereas approaches to sustainable electrification in large urban areas is addressed through recent activities of the EU-funded SOLUTIONS+ project, which, together with UN Environment and the International Energy Agency, establishes a global platform for shared, public and commercial e-mobility solutions.


Special focus session 20:
Key Performance Indicators for road safety: burden or blessing?

FERSI – Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes, Swedish Transport Administration and KTH and TNO

Programme information will be updated continually. Also, please note that all sessions and presenters are subject to change.