Invited and special focus sessions, Wednesday 29 April

Invited session 21:
Ecosystem Vehicle-Infrastructure for CCAM

Operational design domain (ODD) is a description of the specific operating conditions in which the automated driving system is designed to properly operate, including but not limited to roadway types, speed range, environmental conditions (weather, daytime/night time, etc.), prevailing traffic law and regulations, and other domain constraints. Any automation use case of level 1-4 is usable only in its specific ODD, thereby an ODD can be very limited, for instance a segregated road or a single fixed route on low-speed public streets. The attributes of the ODD can be differentiated between vehicle design (technology constraints for environmental conditions) and operational domain (technology constraints for infrastructure). They are directly connected to the way the automated driving system works and the interaction with its environment and the infrastructure, which can be classified by Infrastructure Support Classification for Automated Driving, ISAD.  In this session, known information about ODD and ISAD shall be combined to help extending the today´s research use cases for faster innovation.


Special focus session 22:
BuildourAVfuture: How is automated driving impacting our road authorities and our future?

The Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) study assignments have focused on crosscutting automation up to 2040 that support road safety, traffic efficiency, environment, customer service. In this moderated session experts will be reflecting their draft study results in light of TRA2020 narratives. Somehow like the ‘eyes and ears’ of CEDR and NRAs with regard to European and global developments in a fast moving domain of ITS and connected & automated transport, this provides understanding and fresh first hand results from three diverse study teams into dynamically evolving core elements of European Transport Future: How will automation change the core business of NRA’s? What new options do NRAs have from digitalisation and automation? Practical learnings for NRAs from test sites; The role of road authorities in Europe’s next two decades transition period deserves rethinking: with a focus on key findings and managerial implications, the audience together with members of CEDR CAD WG and CEDR Secretary General will dig into some of the latest developments and their consequences for our future infrastructure.

Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)

Special focus session 23:
Towards healthy mobility – Transdisciplinary contribution to health, climate and business targets

Physical inactivity is a major social concern of late-modern lifestyles. To boost physical activity through increasing the modal share of cycling and walking (i.e. healthy mobility), actions across various domains need to join hands. This session brings together perspectives of sustainable mobility, health and physical activity promotion, community planning, consumer research, business model development and futures studies.

The session will feature a panel of internationally acknowledged experts and local practitioners to discuss the obstacles and actions to support heathy mobility. The audience will be invited to take part in the discussion together with the keynote speakers and by using a digital message board and mobile voting system.

The session is hosted by STYLE (Healthy Lifestyles to Boost Sustainable Growth) research project that is funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd,  Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku

Invited session 24:
Preparing for the Future of Ports: EU funded enabling tools & technologies

Despite being essential for the European economy, influencing modal decisions and the whole transport chain, Ports create externalities that must be mitigated. Several challenges arise in the quest for the modernisation of Ports, among which, the need for emission reduction, sustainability, port-city interface and digitalisation of processes. This workshop, organised by ETP ALICE, four Horizon 2020 funded projects (DocksTheFuture, COREALIS, PortForward & Pixel) and an INTERREG project (ResQU2), will focus on bringing together different perspectives, stemming from the several tools and technologies developed within the scope of the projects, which will greatly contribute towards the Port(s) of the Future vision.

Magellan – European Affairs Consultancy and University of Turku

Lauri Ojala, Professor, University of Turku

Special focus session 25:
Test areas and living labs accelerating innovations and increasing research impacts

Mobility labs are an increasingly utilized tool for bridging the gap between research and realized impacts. But what do we mean by “mobility labs”? The title covers a variety of real world test areas and living labs with differing objectives, methodologies and activities. Whereas some focus on technical development and commercial innovation, others respond primarily to improving the citizens’ quality of life. The methods vary from user engagement and provision of data to multi-actor cooperation and supporting real-world experimentation.

The session will discuss the role and relevance of mobility labs – the key functions and potential for accelerating business cases, supporting planning and policy making, ensuring societal acceptance and scaling of solutions as well as realizing impacts from research. The aim is to improve practitioners’ and scientists’ understanding of mobility labs as an approach, and their potential as well as challenges and how to further refine the approaches.

City of Helsinki and AustriaTech

Invited session 26:
Catenary electrified trucking: Autobahn trials and outlook for large-scale deployment

Catenary electrified trucks are being trialed on two sections of the German Autobahn. This solution has been investigated extensively in the past couple of years, both regarding technical questions and in terms of feasibility and benefits of a large-scale implementation. This session allows topic experts to give 10 min speeches summarizing their work and findings, followed be a moderated panel discussion on the implications for other markets, to achieve sustainable long-haul road transport.

Siemens Mobility GmbH

Invited session 27:
Current and Future Challenges in Rural Road Asset Management

Even though urbanization will continue to be the main societal trend in the coming decades, the majority of road networks by length will remain in rural areas. The adequate condition of this vascular road network system will be critical for the support of society at large and for this reason the development of sustainable asset management for rural roads should not be forgotten. This session will focus on the current and future challenges in rural road asset management and will also present research results and solutions that have proven to be successful, such as the ROADEX projects and PEHKO project.

Roadscanners Oy / ROADEX Secretariat

Krister Palo, Trafikverket, Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden

Ron Munro, Munroconsult Ltd, Scotland
Olli Mourujärvi, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Lapland, Finland
Mika Pyhähuhta, Laboratorio Uleåborg, Finland
Annele Matintupa, Roadscanners Oy, Finland
Goran Mladenovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Invited session 28:
Rethinking Infrastructure due to tourism

Tourism activities set demands on infrastructure planning and design.

This session focuses on the challenges of heritage nature tourism using case material from different Nordic countries. The approach is holistic. The ‘fishbowl’ method is applied for discussing the multiple infrastructural challenges caused by a growing tourism. The method is ideal for activating the experts of different fields as well as the audience.

With emphasis on traffic safety, questions of accessibility of nature to tourism and inflicted consequences will be discussed. Rethinking upgrading of low-volume roads, provisions of road user services, and how to solve conflicts of interests are other relevant topics.

‘NordFoU’, which is a collaboration of national Nordic road and transport administrations, is organizing the session.

Six Nordic Road Administrations (NordFoU)

Special focus session 29:
Rethinking the city through the transport system – towards a resilient, energy efficient and sustainable urban environment

The session focuses on how to make resilient, energy efficient and sustainable EU cities in face of climate change and natural events (e.g. heat waves and flooding), pressing issues such as water scarcity and migration as well as new transport infrastructure demands reshaping cities like car electrification and autonomy.

In particular the attention is on how cities’ transport infrastructures, buildings and the built environment would be able to cope to them, whilst maintaining the vital functions and services they have to provide.

The goal is to propose solutions on how to transform these challenges into opportunities to outline a view for a future smart, resilient, efficient and sustainable city including buildings and its infrastructure networks which will be more dependent on each other that ever before.

In this session, speakers will provide different, yet complementary perspectives to the topic, namely:
• Daily issues and challenges in managing the transition towards safe, resilient and sustainable cities.
• Setting the basis for shaping the vision of future city, in light of climatic, natural and technological challenges;
• A view on new operational and innovative solutions for the management of a city, representing the way the industry sees to secure a long-lasting impact.


Invited session 31:
Fast charging of EVs: which requirements for a successful roll-out?

The session is organised to present the common position paper drafted by public and private partners gathered in the “Fast charging” sub-group of the Working Group 5 “Application and integration – Mobile” of Batteries Europe, the ETIP for batteries.

As electromobility becomes a reality, the remaining users’ hurdles need to be urgently overcome: range anxiety, duration and comfort of charging as well as charging infrastructure availability. The deployment of fast-charging infrastructure could act as a key enabler to overcome some of these barriers, particularly for long trips.
Following in-depth discussions, the expert group has produced a common paper identifying research needs and future areas to be investigated (both at European and national levels) in order to make fast charging of EVs a reality across Europe. The group has worked together to firstly agree on a common definition of the fast charge definition and requirements for fast charging and secondly to identify relevant research and innovation targets/areas and their associated challenges.

While passenger cars will be the main driver for fast charging development, other key applications have been considered in the discussions from the very beginning (commercial vehicles and flight applications).
The session should allow to disseminate the identified priorities, share input gathered in the framework of the ETIP Batteries and identify opportunities to collaborate with national authorities to take the necessary actions to implement a fast charging network across Europe.


Special focus session 32:
Hydrogen-powered future for shipping and ports environment

The shipping industry has recently committed to reduce GHG emissions by ‘at least’ 50% by 2050. Achieving this target will require new ships, new engines and — above all else — new fuels such as hydrogen. Governments and industry technology developers worldwide are realizing the potential for hydrogen maritime applications including vessels, port vehicles, shore power, and port related equipment. Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels have great potential to meet same operational requirements (range, refueling time) as diesel/HFO ships.

This session will present the state of the art of hydrogen technologies for maritime applications and lessons learned from EU projects including regulatory challenges, and discuss operational requirements, technology gaps and needed safety codes and standards, to accelerate technology development and address barriers to industry commercialization, including policy measures and regulatory framework.

FCH JU (European Commission) and VTT

Invited session 33:
Rethinking logistics – best practices for policymakers

The recent technological developments in logistics operations can greatly contribute to transforming transport in Europe. However, policymakers and transport planners need support to actually implement these innovations on a wide scale.

The session, in the form of a discussion panel, brings together key stakeholders from companies, universities and public administration and focuses on recommendations to advance a user-centric, sustainable and innovative logistics. In particular, the panellists will address the following common challenges: climate change, user-centricity, physical infrastructure, policymaking: Spatial & freight transport planning.
The achievements of their research and innovation projects will inform a set of recommendations to help policymakers and transport planners make more evidence-based decisions and investments related to air, land and maritime sustainable logistics.

ENIDE Solutions SL

Vicent Pastor, Head of Corporate Development, ENIDE Solutions SL
Annarita LeserriProject Manager, ENIDE Solutions SL

George Economides, Future Mobility Team Leader, Oxfordshir County Council
Melinda Matyas, Senior Research Associate, University College London (UCL)
Davide Scatorchia, Project Coordinator, AirCargoBelgium
Marcel Huschebeck, Logistics Manager, PTV
Philip Van den Bosch, Thought Leader & Program Manager, Lineas
Gijs Putmans, Mechanical Engineer, Ancra Systems BV>
Ariadna Claret, Senior Researcher, LEITAT Technological Centre
Christian Blobner, Head of International Research Networks, International Business Development at Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Invited session 34:
Integrated approaches for infrastructure and spatial development in corridors and urban regions

The development of the transport system takes place at different spatial levels and involves many stakeholders such as governments and transport organisations. The achievement of a sustainable and integrated transport system is essential for a good functioning of society, economy and environment. However, when planning the transport system, different stakeholders on different levels of scale face an on-going pressure to collaborate and integrate the planning and development of their part with other parts of the system. There is a need to link topics such as SUMPs and TEN-T.

The CEDR projects on collaborative planning ‘SPINtrends’, ‘SPINdesign’, ‘SPADE’ and the EU H2020 project ‘Vital Nodes’ and ‘Networking for urban Vitality (NUVit)’ have joined their forces to present and discuss the topic raised above. The outcome will serve amongst others as input for a vision for CEDR on how to approach the topic and for the EU to make further steps in deployment and research in connecting the different levels of governance. The main objective of the session is to discuss the ‘next steps’ in integrated, collaborative planning of infrastructure and spatial development.

HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Invited session 35:
Air transport safety: the role of structural health monitoring and nondestructive testing

Structural health monitoring (SHM) and nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques are fundamental elements for safety assurance in transport industry. The session will bring together senior experts and young researchers from leading European industrial and academic stakeholders involved in the NDTonAIR and SAFEFLY MSCA-ITN projects in order to discuss current challenges related to SHM and NDT technologies for efficient and effective aircraft inspection.  A wide overview of the current research directions in these fields will be given, with special focus on the practical implementation of the techniques in the daily aircrafts assurance process and on their possible application to other transport sectors.

H2020 MSCA-ITN-2016 projects: NDTonAIR and SAFE-FLY

Special focus session 37:
From research results to deployment: some transport success stories and ways forward

Horizon2020 is a pivotal instrument for European Research and Innovation (R&I) to advance research results for the optimisation and decarbonisation of transport networks towards deployment into the market of ready-to-use technologies.

From very low Technology Readiness Levels (i.e. finding the idea) to prototyping and deploying new transport solutions into the market, beneficiaries have to take multiple steps which can be supported by different European programmes. One example of a programme that can facilitate deployment of H2020 results is the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

This session will explain how synergies and complementarities between European programmes and different European funding opportunities can facilitate successful development of research results up to  market deployment . The session will also present success stories of projects managed by INEA that made the transition from research results to deployment.

Other supporting mechanisms will be also presented in view of the next Framework Programme for R&I Horizon Europe.

Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)


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