Symposium on
"Urban Mobility challenges"
18th November 2019

Urban Mobility Challenges 2019

Digital Technologies in Transport

According to the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, externalities induced by current mobility models are enormous: congestion already costs Europe 100 Billion Euros annually, poor air quality leads to 500k premature deaths, and road fatalities – especially in cities – are still far too high. Last year, 185 persons lost their lives because of road crashes only in Catalonia (+10% with respect to previous year).

In this context, managing urban mobility, not only cars but also every other transport mode, is a key issue in denser cities. Innovative ways of transporting passenger and goods, future urban concepts and new business models will deeply affect the way people move and surely have an impact on the car-centered paradigm we are currently living in, hopefully making more room for citizens in eco-friendlier environments.

To optimize these urban mobility systems as well as the way they are managed, data will have a key role in future years since every user will become an incredible source of information. Our Symposium is organized together with the third conference of the CM3 (Computational Models and Methods for Mobility) series of ECCOMAS Thematic Conferences “International workshop on Digital Technologies in Transport”, giving a strong data-oriented component to the event this year.

Finally, since moving people is not enough to make cities more sustainable, harbors logistics and freight transportation will be tackled, giving us a deeper insight into the emerging possibilities of the maritime technologies. Among other issues, harbors will undoubtedly benefit from the deployment of autonomous vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions and move towards a more sustainable society.

Organizers & Co-funders

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09:00h. Welcome & Reception

09:45h. Opening Session

•  Prof. Dr. Lluís Jofre Roca, Academic Director of CARNET
•  Alexander Siebeneich, Industrial Director of CARNET
•  Pedro Díez, Director of the Civil Engineering School of Barcelona

10:00 - 10:20h. KEY NOTE: Managing urban mobility in dense cities - Dynamic clustering, congestion propagation and perimeter control in large-scale urban networks

•  Prof. Nikolas Geroliminis, École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (EPFL)     Abstract

10:20 - 11:10h. Round Table I: New paradigms in the management of urban mobility systems and urban spaces

Moderator: Dr. Roman Henze. NFF. Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen.

•  Lluís Alegre, Director of the Mobility Area, ATM
•  Miguel Ángel Fernandez Ros, Project Manager Área Desarrollo Digital Dirección Territorio Mediterráneo at Telefónica
•  Prof. Erik Jenelius, Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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11:10 - 11:30h. Coffee break

11:30 - 11:50h. KIC Urban Mobility

•  Dr. Martin Vendel, Interim Director Education EIT Urban Mobility, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

11:50 - 12:40h. Round Table II: AI in Urban Mobility

Moderator: Ángel López, Director of stretegical sustainable mobility at Ajuntament de Barcelona.

•  Ramon Gras, Co-Founder of Arethian
•  Prof. Dr. David Woisetschläger, NFF. Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen
•  Carlos Rosales, Area Manager Infotainment and Cybersecurity at Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG)

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12:40 - 13:30h. Round Table III: Innovation in Maritime Transport

Moderator: Manel Grifoll, Vice-Dean of International Relations and Research. Facultat de Nàutica. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

•  Enric Rodellas, Cap de Plànol del Port de Barcelona
•  Thanassis Karlis, Strategic Planning and Marketing Officer at Piraeus Port Authority S.A.
•  Carolina Navarro, Port-City Area Manager at Fundación Valenciaport

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13:30h. Closure

•  Mariano Yagüez Insa, Gerente de AA.PP., Telefónica Cataluña
•  Jordi Berenguer, Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer and Innovation, UPC

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

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