Symposium on
"Urban Mobility challenges"
13th November 2017


In 2007 half the world’s population lived in cities; by 2050 it is expected that two-thirds will. According to Arthur D . Little, a consultancy, urban journeys already account for nearly two-thirds of all kilometres travelled by people. On current trends urban distance travelled each year will have trebled by 2050, and the average time urban drivers spend languishing in traffic jams is set to double to 106 hours a year.

The traditional policy responses to congestion —build more roads and expand public transport— are too expensive for these cash-strapped times. Hence, the appeal to urban planners of the idea of travellers combining existing mass-transit schemes with a growing variety of private mobility services. It offers a way to attract private capital into public transport. By enabling a closer link between supply and demand it will make mass transport more efficient. Congestion at peak hours will fall as travellers are diverted from crowded routes to less packed ones; varying prices by time of day could help here too.

As well as commuters’ lives, cities will also be transformed. With fewer cars and parking spaces needed, they can be redesigned to be more pedestrian-friendly and to have more green spaces. Quicker journeys will increase the catchment area for job-seekers prepared to travel to work.

There is uncertainty as to how the MaaS marketplace will develop; MaaS offerings may take many forms and be marketed to different types of customer. Providing mobility using MaaS may result in consumers deciding they no longer need to own a car. It may also have other consequences, such as increasing the number of journeys or leading to mode-shift away from public transport. This symposium will show what MaaS could look like from the perspective of the customer. It then identifies the stakeholders that are needed to deliver it and the benefits that MaaS could provide to different stakeholders.

MaaS offers an opportunity to improve how people and goods move, both from the perspective of the policy maker and from the travellers themselves.




9:30h. Welcome & Reception

  10:00h. Opening Session

 Fernando Orejas, Vicerector UPC

• Alexander Siebeneich, Industrial Director CARNET

• Lluís Jofre, Acedemic Director CARNET

10:20h. Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nitin Maslekar, MOIA.Download his presentation following this link.

10:40h. Round Table I: Opportunities and challenges from policy makers perspective

Moderator: Miquel Estrada, Associate professor UPC

 Oscar Puigdollers, R+D+I Chief at Barcelona Serveis Municipals.Download his presentation following this link.

 Sami Sahala, Senior Manager MaaS ERTICO. Download his presentation following this link.

Prof. Mateu Turró, full Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.Download his presentation following this link.

11.30h. Coffee Pause

11:40h. Round Table II: End user perspective and challenges

Moderator: Josep Laborda, Mobility Services RACC

•  Marko Javornik, VP/GM Mobility & Travel at Comtrade Digital Services. Download his presentation following this link.

• George Hazel, Program Manager at MaaS Scotland. Download his presentation following this link.

Osvald Martret, CEO & Co-founder of Shotl. Download his presentation following this link.

12.30h. Coffee Pause

12:40h. Changing mobility patterns (NFF - Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen)

Moderator: Anna M. Jankowski, NFF

1) Intermodal mobility - requirements for a willingness to change mobility patterns
        Amrit Bruns, Institute of Social Sciences at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Download her presentation following this link.

2) Connected driving for inner-city applications
        Maximilian Flormann, Institute of Automotive Engineering. Download his presentation following this link.

3) Finding open parking spots with big traffic data and Artificial Intelligence
        Johannes Riedel, Matthias Natho, AIPARK. Download his presentation following this link.

13:30h. Closure


Presentations of posters (2xA0) and possible prototypes in the form of open Market-Place-Forum To enter into discussion and personal contact.
If you are a doctorate and you want to participate in our event, please, fill this form before the 30th of October.

Download the Agenda PDF
Agenda and Presentations (November 2016)
Agenda and Presentations (November 2015)


Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona,

C/ Jordi Girona 1-3, edifici C2, Conference Hall / Sala d'Actes

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