December 10 & 11, 2019
Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna, Austria

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Conference Program

Stream 7: Quantum Effects Through Big & Small Changes

Day 1: Tuesday, December 10

Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
08:45 - 09:20


The role of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency in supporting research and innovation

Alan Haigh
Head of department, research and innovation
European Commission
The European Commission supports transport research innovation and deployment through the implementation of many funding programs. The Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) are two such programs implemented by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). The total value of the EC grants administered at INEA is currently approaching €33bn. This presentation will highlight elements of each program and examples of the topic areas from aviation to urban mobility. Future funding opportunities will also be highlighted.


Where are we now? Hyperloop development and international standardization

David Pistoni
Co-founder and CEO
Zeleros Hyperloop
Zeleros is a European company leading the development of hyperloop. Zeleros’s main approach minimizes infrastructure costs by adding the main technologies in the vehicle, resulting in a unique solution that provides the needed scalability to connect long distances efficiently, cutting emissions from aviation and trucking as well as offering safe pressures for passengers. After the validation of subsystems at laboratory scale, the company is creating a 2km test track in Spain to demonstrate the system at high speed. Zeleros is promoting international standardization supported by major technological companies, investors and research institutes, with the goal of achieving global interoperability.


Forecasting traffic is the first step to reduce congestion

Thomas Epp
Managing director
PTV Group
Urban population growth increases the demand on transport networks in cities, leading to higher levels of congestion and delays. Advances in ITS technology allow transport authorities to make use of new methods to reduce travel time and traffic congestion, promoting integrated and seamless travel along main corridors. By using traffic forecasts, transport managers have more leverage for maneuvers to implement the best measures. Model-based solutions, which can output dynamic forecasts for a time horizon of up to 60 minutes, combine proven offline traffic modeling with real-time data and algorithms to provide traffic planners with the information they need to make the right decisions.

10:45 - 11:25



The hyperloop: revolutionizing transportation at the speed of sound – challenges and progress

Tim Houter
Co-founder and CEO
Hardt Hyperloop
A thrilling story about the potential of the hyperloop and how it will change the world. What would a hyperloop-connected world look like and what would that mean for society as a whole? We need to find a sustainable alternative for the aviation industry (just this industry alone will emit more CO2 than allowed by the entire world in the Paris Climate Agreement). This alternative is the hyperloop. What's the current status of the hyperloop development, what are the challenges along the way, and when will it be a reality that passengers and cargo can travel in the hyperloop?


Congestion as a tool to avoid congestion: breaking away from the traditional transport paradigm

Prof Hermann Knoflacher
University of Technology Vienna
Dr Harald Frey
Project leader
University of Technology Vienna
The traditional transport paradigm, based on 'growth of mobility', 'travel time saving' and 'freedom of modal choice' sees congestion as a problem that should be prevented. This narrow view was overcome with the knowledge of real system behavior: constants of trips, travel time and the structural determination of human behavior. Quality of Service level F became part of the engineering multimodal toolbox to manage and control the transport and urban system in a sustainable direction. These principles, developed in the 1970s, have been implemented with success and contributed to Vienna's top position in the Quality of Life ranking.


User charging: the key to sustainable roads?

Marissa Burkett
Senior business analyst, RUC
Get to grips with the implementation of road user charging worldwide as a method for funding roads and managing congestion. Map out the global road user charging landscape, including the ever-evolving technologies used to charge for and enforce tolling. Understand best practices for rolling out a successful road user charging scheme, be it congestion zones in cities or motorway tolling. Assess how successful charging for road usage in reducing congestion and pollution in inner cities has been, including case studies of how it has been implemented in cities such as London.

12:40 - 14:00



The Leading Innovation Timeline – an enabler for traffic management roadmaps

Louis Hendriks
Senior advisor international traffic management and ITS
Rijkswaterstaat - National Traffic Centre
To make the right choices concerning smart mobility, road operators must monitor ITS developments relevant for traffic management. To deal with this, Dutch road authority Rijkswaterstaat has developed the Leading Innovation Timeline (LIT) together with the EU ITS Platform. It visualizes future innovations, particularly changes in IT systems that are expected to have an impact on traffic management. The LIT helps create awareness of what is happening around us and how fast it will influence traffic management. When relying on the LIT, investments can be made in a timely manner and the risks of innovations can be better assessed.


How to make carsharing work in low population density zones

Dr Michel Parent
Carsharing has proved to be quite successful in dense cities. However, there is a greater need for it in low-density zones as a complement to mass transit. However, in order to be financially sustainable, the empty vehicles need to be moved according to need. While we wait for fully autonomous vehicles, we can start with manual operation combined with low-speed driverless techniques such as platooning and remote operation.


Intelligent trains and autonomous cars: friends or foes?

Pierre Gosset
Chief technical officer
For more than 200 years, trains have offered the public unparalleled service in terms of capacity, speed, safety and, nowadays, low carbon emission. The industry is now about to release a new generation of intelligent autonomous trains, benefiting from innovative technologies, with the aim of substantially increasing reliability and flexibility. The presentation will also tackle two questions. First, how will new trains compete with and complete mobility solutions offered by autonomous cars? Then, why will autonomous cars' use of the principles of connected infrastructure, a technology developed 50 years ago by the railway industry, not spell the end of trains?

15:15 - 15:55



More knowledge, information and intelligence, but the traffic problem remains. How can digitization reduce traffic congestion?

Gunnar Froh
Wunder Mobility
The new emerges where old orders are questioned. But most people don't dare to do that unless there's an excuse – and this is what new technologies are always great for, especially digitization. In particular, networks and mobile systems – from notebooks to smartphones to the Internet of Things – are dissolving the old industrial ways. Technology has been helping to do this step by step. But will this reduce traffic? Gunnar points out what needs to be done, and that digitization can keep its promise to reduce traffic congestion.


Mastering the last mile

Marcus Willand
Head of mobility
Steadily increasing last-mile delivery poses big challenges for cities as it is responsible for congestion on the streets and, to some extent, is economically inefficient. At the same time, new players for vehicles, logistics concepts and digital infrastructure are appearing on the scene to be part of the solution and the business. This presentation will shed some light on the fundamental challenges the involved industries face, and will introduce some innovative approaches to stay ahead of the game.

Day 2: Wednesday, December 11


Preventing overcrowding – pedestrian simulation in virtual environments

Silvia Bernkopf
Business development
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
As the number of public transport users increases, the risk of overcrowding is becoming a major challenge that needs to be addressed. Big crowds must be managed in infrastructures with limited space within a very short time. The application of pedestrian simulations in virtual environments provides analysis and optimization of pedestrian flows and thus minimizes risks and increases efficiency. The session will highlight the possibilities of pedestrian simulation tools from small-scale measures to considerable actions. Successful projects with applications in public transport, major events, city districts and tourist hot spots will demonstrate the benefits and positive impact of pedestrian simulation tools.


New urban mobility now – a pioneering mobility solution

Lars Hesselgren
Director of research
PLP Architecture
PLPLabs and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden have launched a research report unveiling a new transport concept called NuMo – New Urban Mobility. It is a pioneering mobility solution that combines automated electric vehicles (AEVs) with mass transit, and utilizes dedicated street networks and control systems that integrate with existing infrastructure for a smooth transition to a fully automated transport system. Despite investment in road infrastructure, the current traffic systems in cities face significant challenges. NuMo has been developed as a direct response to the current pressures of urban mobility, including congestion, poor air quality, decreasing travel speeds, road accidents and mixed modes.


The future of urban parking in the age of digitization

Dr Mark Friesen
Managing partner
Quinta Consulting
Parking is an important infrastructure location for ground-based transportation. However, the urban parking business has come under pressure in recent years, not only because digital and technological innovations have arisen, but also because market requirements for things like EVs, AVs and TNCs are changing dramatically. This presentation will address the main forces of both, illustrating what urban parking looks like today and explaining how disruptive trends like digitization, data and new modes of surface transportation will shape the future of urban parking.

10:15 - 10:45



UAE transportation challenges and opportunities

Laila Hareb
Advisor to DG
General Civil Aviation Authority
The UAE is a leading country in the implementation of new technologies in the field of transportation. The recent announcements of the hyperloop implementation and Dubai UAV AirTaxi have created some challenges for the government to reshape its governance framework to foster these technologies. The presentation will shed some light on these challenges and future opportunities in the UAE transportation system.


Mobility in the city of tomorrow

Nora Szabo
Traffic manager
PTV Group
The concept of new mobility stems from the new way of looking at the basic human need to move from place to place, intrinsically linked with an unprecedented level of information provided to people in the age of the current digital revolution. New mobility consists of three analytical pillars: real-time traffic modeling including air quality and congestion management segments, MaaS and algorithms for shared and autonomous driving. Only through advanced modeling, simulation and real-time operational solutions is it possible to evaluate the impact (social, financial and technological) of the change we are facing. The session will present global experiences and modeling case studies, which provide an insight into how we can be ready to adopt the global change for mobility in the city of tomorrow.


Next-generation logistics – improving transport mobility with modular cargo trains and AVs

Prof Tjark Siefkes
Department manager - vehicle concepts
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The presentation will discuss improved transport mobility with less traffic through integrated, seamless door-to-door logistics, achieved via new high-speed modular cargo trains and modular autonomous road vehicles. Both transport modes are connected via a new type of logistics terminal, which loads and unloads a complete train within three minutes. A central feature of the road vehicle is a standardized autonomous electric drive board with integrated lifting device for holding various cargo containers. Central features of the double-deck train are individually driven cars (400km/h) with automatic loading. The intermodal terminal minimizes the throughput time of the various goods.


Hyperloop: coming soon to a station near you?

Becrom Basu
L.E.K. Consulting
Hyperloop technology has the potential to revolutionize travel. It promises massively reduced journey times, lower capital costs and better energy efficiency. It is also expected to bring significant agglomeration benefits – claims that, coupled with the ability to 'virtualize' existing transport hubs, have caught the imagination of the market. Considerable work is underway to make hyperloop technology a reality, but what role will it play in future transport provision? L.E.K. Consulting examines the challenges aspiring hyperloop operators and investors must deal with before the technology can become a reality: overcoming technology barriers; pricing, public subsidy and commercial feasibility; and timing of rollout.

12:25 - 13:25



How London’s transport authority embraces disruptive innovation

Dr Polyvios Polyviou
Transport innovation policy manager
TfL - Transport for London
New mobility services, if well managed, could play an important role in urban mobility. London’s ambitious target for 80% of journeys to be made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041 makes it even more necessary to embrace innovative solutions that offer answers to key transport challenges. This presentation will provide some practical examples of how policymaking, trials and new ways of procuring can support disruptive innovation.


From shared mobility to micromobility – the enabling devices and technology

Nixon Xavier
Vice president, innovation
Katalyst Technologies
Crowdsourcing services like Uber make it possible to find transportation through private rides, bikes or scooters within minutes. This session will cover the future and adoption of micromobility, and how it will replace the larger shared mobility market. Attendees will learn more about the devices and technology that will enable organizations to innovate in compliance with regulations for the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.


The future of mobility starts with non-mobility

Pedro Pacheco
Senior director of research, automotive and smart mobility
Gartner Inc
Climate change and congestion can no longer be addressed only through advanced transportation and infrastructure technologies. The current situation requires a greater sense of urgency: we must rethink how society uses mobility. Technology can greatly reduce the need for commuting in cities. Many tasks that today involve traveling – for professional or personal purposes – can tomorrow be conducted remotely. Innovation can improve efficiency for all means of transportation, in terms of capacity utilization, routing and frequency. This presentation will show how small investments can deliver substantial improvements in traffic and air quality around our urban centers.

14:40 - 15:10


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