19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

Over the next 10-20 years it is expected that more than 60% of the global population will live in cities. Improving mobility, reducing congestion and cutting pollution present some of the biggest challenges for city administrators. Emerging technology, new urban mobility concepts and smarter infrastructure will help to tackle these challenges, thereby improving daily life for citizens and creating new business opportunities.

New technology such as autonomous and self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and connected services will create new forms of personal mobility, ride-sharing platforms, public transport solutions and completely new urban mobility concepts such as urban air transport solutions. How will these new and existing mobility models integrate into cities of the future, and how will city administrators work with mobility providers, technology companies and public transportation operators to integrate their services into the existing infrastructure?

IoT, big data, highly connected vehicles and infrastructure, blockchain technology and EVs are all set to have a huge impact on the movement of people and goods, traffic management, pollution and CO2 levels. They will also enhance innovation and create new business opportunities for existing companies and new start-up app developers in smart cities of the future.

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Conference Programme

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Congressaal 1 - Level 4 Smart Cities & the Global Mobility Challenge


Adela Spulber
Transportation systems analyst
Center for Automotive Research


A grand challenge – the future of mobility

Richard Bruce
Director of energy, technology and innovation
Department for Transport
In recognition of the opportunities presented by significant changes in how people and goods get around, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was established in the UK’s Industrial Strategy to improve people’s lives, increase the country’s productivity and lead the world in transport innovation. With some of the most complex transformations affecting cities first, one of the initial priorities for the Grand Challenge is a Future of Urban Mobility Strategy, to be published by the end of 2018. Richard will discuss the objectives of the strategy and explore the Government’s role in shaping how the changes to urban mobility emerge.


Flow as driver form – smart emerging station types

Anouk Kuitenbrouwer
Architect and urban planner
KCAP Architects & Planners
The design opportunity for stations is their increased integration in the flow and the activity of the city and to connect neighbourhoods through the station. These heavy infrastructures need to become permeable for the city. A key aspect for the transition between city and station is the creation of high-quality public space that provides a high stay quality. The pedestrian flow is a mould for both the build space and the open space. For a series of station areas we have designed the interface between the station and the urban environment to accommodate upcoming transformations.


Seamless, self-assembling transit: redesigning mobility

Dr Arwed Schmidt
Senior researcher
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Forget first- and last-mile solutions. We reimagine transportation as a system, from how we plan our journeys, to how the data cloud and retailers can help us organise our trips, to what kind of comfort and services we expect from public transport, and how autonomous vehicles can unlock potential for new uses of space. We will present the 'self-assembling transit' concept: using a variety of vehicle types in autonomous deployment for daily trips, using the cloud to more effectively manage the flow of services and goals, and how diversified vehicle types will create personalised mobility.


Smartness of urban mobility and quality of life in Vienna

Hermann Knoflacher
University professor
Vienna University of Technology
Eight years ago, the city of Vienna was ranked first in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. It has held this top position ever since. The roots of this position in the global competition are much older than the history of Mercer studies. The concept of 'smartness' is based on expectation. 'Quality of life' is based on experience. The learning process between expectation and experience in Vienna was accompanied by scientific analyses over many decades. The paper will give a comprehensive insight into the content of the studies of the processes based on the experience and data.

10:40 - 11:20



Global urban mobility management – the role of the private sector

Rafael Moreno Cela
O&M manager
OHL Concesiones
The presentation will discuss urban mobility experiences driven by technological development, the important changes aimed at discouraging the use of private vehicles, and the integration of various modes of transport. We will analyse the role of the private sector along with possible business models for this new environment.


E-fast park Murcia

Jaime Ruiz Huescar
E-mobility manager of Murcia city (Spain)
Ayuntamiento de Murcia
This presentation will outline an innovative project that aims to foster e-mobility in Murcia by offering 60 reserved car parking spaces (5m x 2,2m dimension) for EVs in the most valued spots of the city (as a result of a car park distribution study) and managing the parking in these spots through an APP that uses a powerful new sign recognition technology that is much faster than QR codes. This APP enables e-vehicle drivers to check which places are available, allows them to reserve places and provides useful information to us in order to monitor occupancy and demand.


Achieving commercial success in new mobility

Ashish Khanna
Partner and co-lead of L.E.K.'s global new mobility practice
L.E.K. Consulting
Consumer mobility is undergoing a seismic shift along three key dimensions: sharing, electrification and autonomy. New mobility entrants are disrupting decades-old car ownership patterns in developed nations and leapfrogging ownership altogether in developing nations. There is no doubt that the commercial prize is huge and market participants have a strategic imperative to get it right. However, nascent technology, the regulatory environment and consumer demand present many challenges for innovators and investors. L.E.K. shines a light on six key areas players need to focus on in order to crack the new mobility world and maximise their chances of commercial success.

12:35 - 14:00



Heather McQuaid
Director and co-founder
Future Tonic


Case study: developing the next generation of CAVs

Raphael Ani
Head of intelligent mobility at Wayra
In 2017, Wayra, in partnership with Transport Systems Catapult, launched the Intelligent Mobility (IM) Accelerator programme, designed to attract disruptive startups with high growth potential into the UK transport industry, while helping them grow into world-leading companies. The programme focuses on intelligent mobility, including areas such as connected and autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, customer experience, and transport data and analysis. Its goal is to develop companies that will create solutions for the most pressing transport problems facing the world today, improving day-to-day life for millions of travellers while creating new UK-based industry leaders in a £900bn global transport systems market.


Parking cars autonomously with machine/deep learning

Dr Brian Holt
Head of autonomous driving
The size and diversity of the data available today allows researchers to build models to not only accurately find parking and then predict space availability but also to start enabling fully autonomous parking. Learn how machine learning and deep learning can be used extensively for everything from ingesting and processing billions of data points per day, to reading parking signs, to enabling autonomous parking: (1) Accurate global static data (satellite imagery/street imagery); (2) Real-time and predictive space availability information (ingestion/pre-processing /USS/FCD/transaction data/ on/off-street RT sensors); (3) Ability to pay for/reserve a parking space; (4) Indoor mapping and navigation.

14:50 - 15:30



Why smart cities should start with smart public transit

Dennis Mica
Business development manager
This presentation will give an overview of the state of current self-driving technology, its challenges and the experience of 2getthere. It will also explain what the impact will be. If a city or region truly wants to benefit from self-driving technology, it should aim for smart public transport first. Self-driving sustainable public transit is ready to be implemented today and truly reduces the number of vehicle movements and parking needs, offering an alternative to the private (self-driving) car. In addition, it is important to keep the (dis)advantages of mixing with all other traffic in mind due to the effect on transportation value.


A vision for future mobility – shaping innovation to meet London’s objectives

Dr Polyvios Polyviou
Transport innovation policy manager
TfL - Transport for London
To meet the London’s Mayor’s aim for 80% of journeys to be made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041, we need to embrace innovative ideas and solutions that offer answers to our transport challenges. TfL works with a wide range of tech companies around the world to support and learn from innovation that could improve transport across London. This presentation will focus on how TfL is shaping innovation in transport mobility to ensure it meets the interests of all Londoners.

16:20 - 16:50

Panel Discussion

As autonomous mobility solutions become a reality - how should ground and air traffic positively evolve? - How can regulators encourage commercial and private industries to enable real world urban mobility solutions for the future of smart cities?


Heather McQuaid
Director and co-founder
Future Tonic


Nikhil Sachdeva
Senior consultant
Roland Berger
Raphael Ani
Head of intelligent mobility at Wayra
Dr Rainer Schwarzmann
Managing director
TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe (TTK)
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change