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Friday, 25 March 14:00 - 15:00 (CET) / 22:00 - 23:00 (JST)

Smart urban mobility: user experiences and impacts

Abstract Different technological and societal trends, ranging from electrification, Internet of Things, shared mobility and urbanisation are likely to come together to create drastic changes in mobility systems over the next decades. Local policies on sustainable and inclusive mobility will impact the implementation of smart mobility. Looked at in isolation, each trend is significant, but their combined impact on will be profound. In this keynote, prof Geurs, will argue for a broad and integrated perspective on smart mobility and vehicular systems. In the keynote, I will argue that a user centric approach is needed to develop smart mobility systems. The keynote will focus on ongoing research projects on smart bicycles and smart mobility hubs. Smart bicycles combines the capabilities of sensing, wireless technology and data science to make bicycle transportation more safe, reliable, and comfortable. Smart mobility hubs are dedicated locations offering various (shared) mobility services. What makes these developments smart? How can we define levels of smartness? I will argue we need an integrated approach linking smart mobility developments to three interrelated dimensions: physical, digital and social integration dimension.

Speaker: Karst Geurs (University of Twente, the Netherlands)

Karst Geurs is a Full Professor of Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research focuses on interactions between urbanization, mobility and smart mobility innovations and its mobility, accessibility and societal impacts. From 2009-2013 he was Associate Professor at the Department of CE. He worked at the National Institute for Public Health and Environment from 1997 and moved to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in 2005. In 2006 he received his PhD at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, on accessibility appraisal of land-use and transport policy strategies. He is chair of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR), Editor-in-Chief of the European Transport Research Review (ETRR), editor of the Journal of Transport Geography and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Transport and Land Use (JTLU).