August 10, 2017

Back to the Future! Program for MOBI’s 2017 seminar announced!

Back to the Future! Program for MOBI’s 2017 seminar announced!

We’re glad to announce the full program for our annual seminar. This year will be a special occasion as we are also celebrating our 10th anniversary! On the 26th of October we want to invite you to look back to the future and celebrate with us! 

The theme of the seminar is the Future of Urban Mobility. Have a look at the full program below or download it here

You can register at the VUB event page.

We look forward to meeting you there!


When? Thursday, October 26th 2017

Where? Le Bouche à l’Oreille, Félix Hapstraat 11, 1040 Brussels


13h30 Registration

14h00 Welcome by prof. dr. Joeri Van Mierlo and prof. dr. Cathy Macharis

14h20 Keynote

  • Mobility as a Service by Sampo Hietanen (founder and CEO of MaaS-Global, Finland)
  • The Human City by prof. dr. Cathy Macharis (Director VUB-MOBI)

15h00 Break and to parallel sessions

15h15 Three parallel sessions
(each presentation 15min, followed by Q&A)

A) The city of the future
Chaired by André Céron
– Director Logistics at Dreamland, Dreambaby, Collishop – Group Colruyt:

  • Deliveries of tomorrow – Dr. Sara Verlinde
  • The city car of the future – Prof. dr. Lieselot Vanhaverbeke
  • Challenges for new (freight) transport technologies in the city of tomorrow– Prof. dr. Tom Van Lier

B) Citizens Science
Chaired by Xavier Verhaeghe
– Vice President Technology Solutions at Oracle

  • Measurements by the crowd – Dr. Imre Keserü & Nils Wuytens
  • Evaluation 2.0 – Dr. ir. Maarten Messagie
  • Artificial intelligence in transport – Prof. dr. Tias Guns

C) Technology 2.0
Chaired by Jan Vliegen
– Senior Vice President at Umicore

  • Electric busses: The next generation public transport technology – Prof. dr. ir. Thierry Coosemans
  • The battery of the future – ir. Shovon Goutam
  • Energy Efficient Routing – Dr. ir. Cedric De Cauwer

16h15 Break

16h40 Keynote

  • Reinvent mobility in the 4th industrial revolution by Thierry Geerts -Country Director Belgium at Google

17h00 Debate Urban mobility of the future: how will it look like?

Moderator: Marjan Temmerman – presentor and journalist for VRT

  • Pascal SmetBrussels Minister for Mobility
  • Antoine Aubert – Director Public Policy and EU Strategy at Uber
  • Sampo Hietanen – Founder and CEO of MaaS-Global
  • Laurent Willaert – Director Public Affairs at FEBIAC
  • Guida Umberto – Director Research and Innovation at UITP
  • Joeri Van Mierlo – Director MOBI (VUB)
  • Sara Verlinde – Senior Researcher MOBI (VUB)
  • André Céron – Director Logistics at Dreamland, Dreambaby, Collishop – Group Colruyt

18h30 Reception and walking dinner for MOBI’s 10th anniversary!