Speakers

Akin Adamson

Akin Adamson

Director - Middle East

Ricardo Energy and Environment, UAE
Dr. Anvita Arora

Dr. Anvita Arora

Program Director – Transport and Urban Infrastructures

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, KSA
Christian Drakulic

Christian Drakulic

Unit Mobility and Transport Technologies, DG III, Directorate for Innovation

Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Francois Guichard

Francois Guichard

ITS and Automated Driving Focal Point

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Switzerland

François is a road transport and road vehicle expert dealing with pollution, energy and automated driving. He studied mechanical engineering in a double master degree program in France (ENSAM) and Germany (KIT), started his career in the Internal Management Associate Program of Daimler AG which led him to work in various locations in Germany, in the USA and in South Africa.

He then specialized in the field of vehicle testing and vehicle regulations for the Type Approval of road vehicles. He has advised national and international bodies dealing with safety and environmental regulations linked to the automotive industry.

He has been involved in policy processes in the EU and also in other countries, e.g. Australia, USA, China (Mainland and Taipei) and Japan. In total François has worked more than 7 years in the field of external affairs. Since 2012, François is working for the United Nations in the world of multilateral agreements, as the Secretary of the Working Party on Lighting and Light Signalling, the Working Party on Pollution and Energy and then the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear, focusing to date on automated driving.

Frans-Anton Vermast

Frans-Anton Vermast

Strategy Advisor and International Smart City Ambassador

Amsterdam Smart City, Netherlands
Jacob Bangsgaard

Jacob Bangsgaard

Chief Executive Officer

ERTICO, Belgium

Jacob Bangsgaard has been leading ERTICO – ITS Europe since 1st January 2017. ERTICO is a multi-sector platform with 123 partners from more than 25 countries and with headquarter in Brussels, Belgium. He worked for ERTICO also from 2001-2006 as Director of International Affairs and communications where he was responsible for the international deployment support for ITS on markets like China, India, Russia, and Brazil.

Mr Bangsgaard is a Danish national with a university background in international economics and 26 years’ experience working in Brussels on transport and mobility issues.

Mr Bangsgaard was from 2010-2016 Director General of FIA Region I and responsible for the mobility activities of the FIA in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before becoming Director General he worked as Director of International Relations at the FIA Foundation where he was responsible for the deployment support and global campaigning for vehicle safety technologies.

He has also represented mobility interests for a regional authority and he worked for two years in the European Commission Transport Directorate.

Jacob Bangsgaard is also President of the MaaS Alliance, and was on the Board of Euro NCAP from 2010-2016 and Secretary General of the Belgian association eSafetyAware from 2009-2016.

Dr. Jelte Bos

Dr. Jelte Bos

Perceptual and Cognitive Systems

TNO, Netherlands

Prof. dr. Jelte E. Bos holds an M.Sc. degree in physics and a Ph.D. degree in medicine. He is elaborating on the effects of physical and visual motion on human health and safety, comfort and performance, with a particular interest in understanding self-motion perception and motion sickness, using neurophysiological and control theoretical knowledge.  He is appointed by TNO, a large applied scientific research organisation in the Netherlands, and holds a chair at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.  He (co-)authored over 200 peer reviewed papers and project reports (see www.jeltebos.info).

Joerg Tonndorf

Joerg Tonndorf

Associate Director - Transport Planning Lead

ARUP, UAE
Dr. Kabsung Kim

Dr. Kabsung Kim

Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Engineering

Yonsei University, Korea
Dr. Kyung-Won Suh

Dr. Kyung-Won Suh

Senior Research Engineer (Global R&D Master), FCEV Performance Development Team

Hyundai Motor Company, Korea
Reija Viinanen

Reija Viinanen

Director, Aurora Collaboration - Mobility Management and ITS Services

Finnish Transport Agency, Finland

Ms. Reija Viinanen (M.Sc in Agriculture and Forestry, University of Joensuu) has worked in regional development projects for more than 15 years in the Finnish Lapland and has strong cross-sectoral experience from the public private partnership and promoting northern initiatives. During this period she has run several business-driven projects and planned regional development strategies. She has also worked as a business advisor having special experience and knowledge of business management and SME's operational actions. Viinanen has led Aurora Intelligent Transport Test Ecosystem project since it started in 2015. From the year 2017 she has been working for Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) in the Mobility management and ITS unit and is in charge of the Aurora collaboration. The project Aurora focuses on facilitating and enabling connected and automated driving development and cross-border testing in all weather conditions. Viinanen knows Lapland like the back of her hand and her motto is “It's the attitude that counts!”

Dr. Eng. Sebastian Wagner

Dr. Eng. Sebastian Wagner

Group Leader Vehicle Control and Sensor Technology

Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems, Germany

Sebastian Wagner (IVI) holds a Master of Science in Control Systems Engineering (2003) and a Ph.D. in Transportation and Traffic Sciences (2010) both from Dresden University of Technology. He leads the workgroup Vehicle Control and Sensor Systems at Fraunhofer IVI in different business areas like e.g. project management and RTD. His areas of expertise are modelling and control of mechatronic systems, rapid control prototyping, advanced steering systems, autonomous driving, and systems engineering for distributed hybrid drivelines.

Taher Diab

Taher Diab

Senior Director – Strategy and Planning

Supreme Council of Energy, UAE
Torgier Vaa

Torgier Vaa

Senior Principal Engineer - Transport Technology

Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
Dr. Yoshiaki Ichikawa

Dr. Yoshiaki Ichikawa

Senior Chief Engineer

International Standardization Office, Hitachi Ltd., Japan

Dr. Ichikawa (Yoshi) received Dr. Eng. degree in 1987 from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He started working for Hitachi, Ltd., in 1979. He was first engaged in robotics, artificial intelligence, network management. In 2000 he started providing support tools and consulting in the environmental field to top managements of leading companies in Japan. In 2005 he joined in Environmental Strategy Office and provided internal consulting to group companies and business divisions mainly regarding ecodesign, global legal compliance. Since 2013, He has been with International standardization office giving advice to international standardization activities throughout Hitachi group. In 2016 he started heading Chief Architect Office in Research and Development Group. His international activities include the chair of IEC TC111 (Environmental Standardisation), the chair of ISO TC 268/SC1 (Smart Community Infrastructures), an expert of ISO TC207 (Environmental Management). He received Thomas Edison Award from IEC for his long-term chairmanship in 2016. He is also a visiting professor of Tokyo City University (Faculty of Environmental Studies) and Tama University (Center for Rule Making Strategy Research).