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Final event speakers moderators and panelists

Keynote speakers

Mr. Xavier Leal,  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

xavier lealXavier Leal is the Project Coordinator of the T-TRANS project. He holds a Master in Aeronautical Management and a Master in Project Management. His current job position is Research Development Manager in the Telecommunications Department of UAB, being responsible of assessing all research related activity of the Unit of Logistics and Aeronautics. He is specialized in transport economics and innovation process analysis at firm, national and system levels. He has participated in a number of EC funded projects as technical advisor and financial controller, being an experienced project manager.

Mr. Carlo Corposanto, European Commission

Carlo_CorposantoCarlo Corposanto is the Project Officer for T-TRANS. Working for the Commission since 2008, he joined DG RTD in 2012 as a Policy and Project Officer in the Unit dealing with horizontal aspects in Transport Research. His tasks there include carrying out studies and statistical analyses of policy developments and R&D transport indicators to translate the horizontal objectives of the EU Research Transport Policy into sectorial policies and measures. In addition, in his capacity as Project Officer, Carlo manages a portfolio of TPT Projects.

Before joining DG RTD, Carlo worked as an Internal Auditor in the European Commission Research Executive Agency. Between 2008 and 2011, he was employed in DG TREN/MOVE, where he worked as an Economic Officer in the Unit for Economic Analysis and Impact Assessment.

His previous employment record includes working experiences at the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies , the Association of European Car Manufacturers, the Council of the European Union, and the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union.

He has an academic background in economics and a master in European Economic Studies, awarded by the College of Europe in Bruges.

Dr. Igor Kabashkin, Transport and Telecommunication Institute

Igor KabashkinProfessor of Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Dr.hab.sc.ing. degree in Aviation (1993, Riga Aviation University), Dr.sc.ing. degree in Aviation (1981, Moscow Aviation Institute), Diploma of Radio Engineer (1977, Riga Civil Aviation Engineering Institute). He is author of more than 400 research books and papers and 67 patents. Igor Kabashkin is Member of Technical Committee on Transport and Urban Development of European Commission for Co-operation in Science and Technology (since 1999) and Member of Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee (OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ITF – International Transport Forum) (since 2003).

Igor Kabashkin is chief-editor of the international research journals “Transport and Telecommunication”(Latvia) and “Computer Modelling and New Technologies” (Latvia), Co-editor of the “Journal of Air Transportation” (USA), Member of the board of the journals “Transport” (Lithuania), “Aviation” (Lithuania), “Technological and Economic Development of Economy” (Lithuania), “Transactions on Transport Sciences” (Czech Republic) and “Journal of Modern Computing” (Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania).
Main interests: Transport Telematics and Logistics, Analysis and Modelling of Transport Systems, Information Technology Applications, Electronics and Telecommunication, Decision Support Systems, Air Traffic Control Systems.

Dr. Gereon Meyer, VDI/VDE-IT

Gereon_MeyerGereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects with the Future Technologies and Europe department of VDI/VDE-IT, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining VDI/VDE-IT in 2007 he was a research associate at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (USA) and a visiting scientist with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA (USA) as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (USA). At VDI/VDE-IT Dr. Meyer is an expert for information and communication technologies in the automotive domain. He is the chairman of the annual International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA), and leads the activities of the Working Group Automotive of the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS). He is a member of the European Commission’s Industrial Advisory Group for the PPP European Green Vehicles Initiative, the head of the office of the eNOVA Strategy Board on Electric Mobility in Germany, and the editor of the Springer book series Lecture Notes in Mobility. A book on “Road Vehicle Automation” edited by Dr. Meyer and Dr. Sven Beiker (Stanford) was published in this series just recently.

Mr. Isidoros Passas, Intelspace S.A.

Isidoros PassasIsidoros A. PASSAS holds a Bachelor of Engineering on Computer Systems from the School of Engineering of University of Sussex in U.K, and a Post Graduate diploma on Business Administration from the Univ. of Sheffield in U.K. He has completed a 40h intensive course on project management (PMI International).
He is a research associate to INTELSPACE SA since 2005 and performing research in Urban and Regional Innovation Research Unit (URENIO), in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2001.
His main interests involve the use of information and communication technologies for the knowledge enhancement and the competitiveness of SMEs, and their strategic intelligence. He has been working in numerous European funded projects. His core implementation fields are strategic intelligence, open knowledge diffusion, data mining and data visualization for regions and enterprises.

Prof. Miquel Angel Piera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Miquel Piera

Dr. Piera is full time Professor in the System Engineering Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Graduated with excellence from UAB in Computer Engineering (1988), Msc from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Control Engineering (1991), and PhD from UAB in 1993.

Dr Piera is UAB delegate for Technical Innovation Cluster, deputy director of the UAB Engineering School and director of LogiSim (research group on Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems). He is member of the Editorial Board of 3 international journals, Editor in Chief of IJBRM and coordinator of the Spanish CEA-IFAC research team on Modeling and Simulation.

He has coordinated as Scientific Coordinator more than 10 Spanish research projects and more than 20 Industrial funded projects, he has also participated in a number of EC funded research and academic.


Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis, SEERC

panayotis ketikidisProfessor Ketikidis is the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation & External Relations of CITY College – An International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, and the Chairman of the Management Committee & Academic Director of the Doctoral Programme at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC). He has over 25 years of experience in management, education, research and competitive research funding with various networks established as a result of this experience.
He is a member of the International Faculty Administration Board of CITY College which provides steer and leadership on the academic and development strategy of the College (1993-present) and has been also the Head of the Computer Science department of CITY College (1993-2001).
Professor Ketikidis is the President of the Greek Computer Society (EPY) – Macedonia-Thrace chapter (elected 2008-2010); He has been elected as President of the International Society of Logistics – Chapter Thessaloniki (1999-2005) and from 2006 he is an Emeritus President of the International Society of Logistics; Scientific Advisor of the Management Board for the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE: 1998-present) and was for many years an Expert (reviewer) of DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation) of the European Commission. He has also been involved in many European Information Technology projects funded by the European Commission (1992 -current) and participated in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research Cluster.

Mr. Arturo Pérez, AEDIVE

Arturo PérezArturo Pérez was born and raised in U.S., he arrived to Spain at the age of 13 and obtained the degree in Media Studies, specializing in Journalism, at the Complutense University in Madrid. His professional career has been involved in managing several technical publications in fields such as Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Mobility and he has also been Marketing & Communication Manager of engineering companies dedicated to innovation and research in energy efficiency and energy savings. Since 2011 he holds the position of Managing Director at AEDIVE, the Spanish Association for the Boosting and Development of the Electric Vehicle market.

Panellists and consortium members

Prof. Lorenzo CastelliUniversita degli Studi di Trieste

Lorenzo CastelliAssistant Professor in Operations Research at the University of Trieste, holds a Master degree in Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation from the same University. In the last decade, Lorenzo Castelli has been focusing his research activity on the development of economic schemes and mathematical optimisation applied to air transport and ATM (market-based mechanisms for ATFM and airport slot allocation; models to integrate flexibility to flights in congested airspaces or subject to disruptions as during explosive volcanic eruptions).

The results of these research activities appear in more than 40 scientific journal and conference papers. Lorenzo also has been acting for several years in the programme committee of major European ATM events as SESAR Innovation Days and the International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT).

Mr. Teun PloegDNV-GL

Teun_PloegTeun Ploeg is principal consultant for rail and power systems of DNV-GL. His previous employment record includes working as regional manager Transportation System and Executive consultant, market issue leader Rail an principal consultant for power supply and control and command for railinfrastructures and operational director of KEMA RTC, Notified Body voor Rail Transport Certification.

Since 1998 he was executive consultant for the Dutch Rail infra provider concerning the performance of the energy supply system, investment plan, the implication of the liberalised electricity market and the Implementation of RAMS-management and CSM within of the rail infrastructure. He also acted, from 2005 to 2006, as interim manager of the infra management department “Energy Supply” of ProRail and in 2008, as interim manager of the infra management team “Train detection” of ProRail.

During his work in projects, Mr. Ploeg has acquired experience in the design of medium voltage industrial grids. He also developed studies related to the design of new grids as well as the extension and reinforcement of existing grids. Aspects such as economical and technical feasibility, basic design, commissioning, performance assessment and consultancy services have been covered. Besides industrial networks, feasibility studies have been performed for the planning and extension of high voltage transmission grids. During this time he has acquired extension experience in the field of overhead lines and substations applied to all kinds of services starting from study stage through design and construction supervision.

Ms. Anita Toni, ERTICO

toniAnita Toni holds a Master’s Degree in European administration from Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. She is also enrolled in a post graduate programme in Managing Technology and Innovation at the Open University. She has been working in transport, logistics and in the project management sector for several years. She previously covered the role of policy advisor for CLECAT, the European organisation of freight forwarders and logistics service providers. She was previously involved in the project iCargo and she is now part of the Compass4D and CO-GISTICS management team as ERTICO support manager. Lastly, she is actively involved in the ERTICO task force for ITS in freight and logistics covering topics as logistics policies, users awareness and business developments.

Dr. Manfred DrosteITS Germany

Manfred DrosteManfred Droste, President of ITS Germany since 2006, holds a degree in civil engineering from Karlsruhe University and a doctoral thesis in traffic engineering (K.I.T. Karlsruhe). During his career he hold different positions like: Senior Engineer and Assistant Professor for Traffic Engineering (KIT Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany), Managing Director in Studiengesellschaft Nahverkehr, Hamburg (company for comparative analysis of public transport techniques) and Chief Officer in the Road Administration of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (northern part of Germany Hamburg to Denmark) for road and bridge planning, building and maintenance. Until 2005, he was also Head of the ITS department in the Ministry of Science, Economy and Transportation of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Currently, Dr. Droste, in adittion to his position in ITS Germany, is member of the ITS advisory board of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (Berlin) and acts as Managing Partner in Droste Consult (consultancy for traffic & technology).

Mr. Ignacio Muttoni, LGI Consulting

Ignacio MuttoniIgnacio Muttoni is a young engineer specialized in project and innovation management. After having intervened in innovative energy and electro-mobility projects, he has joined LGI Consulting to apply his skills and experience in the intelligent transport sector.

Before joining LGI Consulting, he participated in the management of IT projects in the energy sector. He also took part of the Electric Vehicle Business Development team for one of the most important French carmakers. With an engineer-manager profile, his career gives evidence of a growing interest in innovative technologies.

Mr. Francisco Sánchez, CTAG

Francisco SánchezFrancisco Sánchez is Director of Electronics & ITS at CTAG. He finished his studies in Physics in 1988 and additionally got a Master Degree in Software Engineering in 1992 at the University of Barcelona.

He has developed his professional career in the automotive and transport industry, where he has led many different R&D projects. He joined the VW-Group in 1991, spending 14 years working at SEAT Technical Centre within the Electric and Electronic Division. There he carried out different responsibilities, among others leading the Electronic Predevelopment Department and the SEAT HMI Innovation Centre. He joined CTAG in January 2005 as Innovation Director and since 2009 he became Electronics & ITS Director, developing the new CTAG’s Centre for Electronics and Intelligent Vehicles.

Mr. Sánchez primary research and development fields includes the domains of driver assistance systems, automated driving, connectivity, electromobility, HMI, intelligent infrastructures and electronic system validation.

He is also Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at the Master in Automotive Engineering organised by Vigo University. Since 2012 Francisco is Member of the ERTICO Supervisory Board as well as the ERTICO Strategy Board.

Mr. Sebástien Albertus, Renault

Sebástien AlbertusSébastien Albertus,a French engineer, is the head of Charging Infrastructure and Electric Mobility at Renault. Former Business Development Manager for the Renault ZE electric vehicle program, Sébastien has been working in the electro-mobility sector since the begining of the French cars manufacturer’s EV market exploit. He also actively participated in European mobility projects such as PlanGridEV and Green eMotion.


Prof. David Morris, Coventry University
David MorrisDavid Morris is Professor of Business Development at Coventry University. He has a BA Degree in Economics and Psychology from Keele University, a Masters in Economics from McMaster University and a PhD from the University of Warwick. He has taught at many universities in the UK and elsewhere including those at Aachen, Nottingham, Leicester, Warwick, Jeddah, Malaysia and the Open University.
A major strand of his research work has been the development of the global automotive industry. Over the past thirty years this has spanned the regional impact of industry change, especially as it affects the UK; the interplay between technological development and “productive models”; reconfiguration of the supply chain; and mergers and acquisitions.