April 16, 2018 — April 19, 2018

Transport Research Arena 2018

Transport Research Arena 2018

Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis is invited at TRA 2018 “A digital Era for Transport” in Vienna (April 16-19 2018) as a panelist for two sessions:

  1. INV12: How to Speed-Up Transition towards Sustainable Urban Mobility Schemes? (Wednesday, April 18th, 8:30)
  2. INV15: Clean & Digitalised Logistics: Opportunities for Sustainable Growth and Jobs (Wednesday, April 18th, 15:15)

The first session is organised and moderated by JPI Urban Europe. Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis joins Bert van Wee (TU Delft) and Steven Sarasini (RISE Viktoria). The second session is organised by the European Commission, ALICE and P&G. The Session Chair is Maria-Cristina Marolda (European Commission). The other panelists are Rosário Macário (Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa), Kathrin Mohr (DB DHL) and Sophie Punte (Smart Freight Centre).


Prof. dr. Thierry Coosemans and dr. Imre Keserü, are also confirmed as speakers. They’ll present their MOBI paper for the Mobility4EU projectUser-centric vision for mobility in 2030: Participatory evaluation of scenarios by the multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA), co-authored by prof. dr. Cathy Macharis and dr. Eliza Gagatsi.

Their presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th at 8:30 during the scientific/technical session on Mobility Planning.


As the ASSURED project coordinator, prof. dr. ir. Noshin Omar, is one of the panelist for the first ASSURED Talks Accelerating the upscale of electric full-size commercial fleets (Wednesday, April 18th, 15.30-16.30 at the UITP stand D07):

The discussion will focus on the ASSURED technological innovations contributing to a successful fleet upscale and provide an insight into the technological, operational, and policy-related aspects, as well as on future trends of electric commercial fleets in cities.”


Prof. dr. ir. Noshin Omar is also confirmed as the speaker for the next ORCA presentation on the Technical Assessment of Hybrid Powertrains for Energy-Efficient Heavy-Duty Vehicles, taking place at TRA 2018 on Tuesday, 17 April, 15:15 to 16:45:

On 17 April, in the session on “New Concepts of Advanced Propulsion Systems: Design & Demonstrators” from 15:15 to 16:45 the ORCA project results will be presented by Prof. dr. Noshin Omar from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The presentation on the “Technical Assessment of Hybrid Powertrains for Energy-Efficient Heavy-Duty Vehicles” will give insight into the approach used for the design optimization of heavy vehicles such as urban buses and delivery trucks as a part of the ORCA project. A methodology to find the optimal combination of hardware components and energy management strategy with the aim of reducing the total cost of ownership will be presented, together with its use cases.”


Tomas Ambra will also be attending TRA 2018. He is one of the laureates of the TRA Visions 2018 Young Researchers Competition (category: cross-modality).

The award ceremony is scheduled on the 1st day of the conference: April 16th at noon. You can still register to take part in TRA 2018. “TRA 2018 will include a broad spectrum of research and innovation activities, which will range from basic research to application-oriented engineering, social, technical and economic aspects, as well as policies and standards. TRA 2018 covers all modes of transport: Road, Rail, Waterborne, Aviation, Cross-modal, not mode-specific.” You can find the full program here.


Ir. Gert Berckmans and ir. Lysander De Sutter are invited to the joint-workshop of H2020 projects, SPICY, Five VB and eCAIMANNext generation of competitive Li-ion batteries to meet customer expectations – made in Europeon Thursday, April 19th. The workshop is planned from 8h30 until 15h00, including lunch break.

Gert and Lysander are scheduled to speak during the scientific session on high voltage materials presenting the modelling techniques developed for the Five VB project. They’ll also join the standardization session for the joint presentation of the white paper from the 3 consortia (VITO/VUB/AIT). You can download the full program here.