Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Monteiro Figueira,
University Lusofona, Portugal

Prof. Monteiro Figueira is since 1990 the General Director of CEITConsultores Engenheiros em Infraestruturas de Transportes, a Portuguese consulting firm focusing on transportation, parking, mobility, traffic engineering and roadways and Senior Professor at the Universidade Lusofona (ULHT) in Lisbon. 
Prof. Monteiro Figueira consults on many projects regarding mobility and transportation in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Macao and is the author of books and articles on highway design and transportation planning. He is currently involved in different projects in Africa (Angola and Mozambique) for governmental departments. 
Prof. Monteiro Figueira worked at JAE - Official National Board of Highways in Portugal for thirty years and was a representative of Portugal at the European Commission in Brussels, at DG VII. 
He was a Professor for more than twenty years at the Technical University in Lisbon until 2000 and at Military Academy, until 1999.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Roberto Montemanni, Department of Innovative Technologies Dalle Molle Institue for Artificaial Intelligence, Switzerland

SocialCar: Integrating carpooling into existing mobility and public transportation systems

Abstract: SocialCar is a European research and innovation project that seeks to incorporate carpooling (people commuting together on a same vehicle) into existing mobility and public transportation systems, by means of powerful planning algorithms and big data integration from public transportation, carpooling systems, and crowd sourcing. 

The project unites transportation engineers, social and economic scientists, information technology experts, carpoolers and public authorities from Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain and Belgium. Their mission is to design, develop, test and roll out a service that simplifies the travel experience of citizens in urban and peri-urban areas. SocialCar will define data processing flows and design algorithms to match travel requests with the integrated public-private transport supply, complemented by a reputation-based mechanism based on social media.  

After a general overview of the project, a detailed description of the route planning and ride matching engines at the basis of the system will be provided. These component are used to provide the users with meaningful alternatives for their trips. 

Biography: Roberto Montemanni is professor of advanced algorithms at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. He is also active as senior researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and as research advisor for PhD students at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. He obtained a Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna, Italy in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Glamorgan, UK in 2002. He is leading basic and applied research projects both at national and international levels. His main research interests are in the fields of mathematical modeling and algorithms, with applications in transportations and logistics.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Gabriel Lodewijks, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherland

Prof. Gabriel Lodewijks studied Mechanical Engineering at Twente University and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He obtained a Master degree in 1992 and a PhD on the dynamics of belt systems in 1996. He is President of Coveyor Experts BV, which he established in 1999. In 2000 he was appointed professor of the department Transport Engineering and Logistics at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. From 2002 he was appointed as chairman of the department. In 2013, Prof. Gabriel Lodewijks was appointed as the overseas lecturing professor of WUT.

His main interest is in belt conveyor technology, automation of transport systems, material engineering and dynamics.

Invited Speaker I

Dr. Koorosh Gharehbaghi, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Koorosh Gharehbaghi is a Lecturer at School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University.
Koorosh has worked in both Public and Private sectors. He has been employed in various Municipalities and some large private organisations, specialising in Heavy Construction. His past projects varied from High Rise Buildings to Civil Construction including Roads and Bridges.
His current research is on computational Infrastructure Assessment and Development.