Sixth Workshop on Autonomous, Connected, and Electrified Mobility Systems: Humans in the Loop?

Sixth Workshop on Autonomous, Connected, and Electrified Mobility Systems: Humans in the Loop?
held in conjunction with European Control Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

June 25, 2024

Held in conjunction with the 2024 European Control Conference

Public debate about the future of mobility and transportation is increasingly informed by predictions about the impact of Automation, Connectivity, and Electrification (ACE), yet many other opportunities remain to design mobility systems that serve users and provide safe and efficient mobility. As potentially disruptive technologies are approaching market-readiness and are beginning to be deployed, there are still several socio-technical challenges to be addressed, which may require different narratives and paradigms from the status quo. Many of those require a transdisciplinary view on mobility, for instance:  

  • How can we design human-centered and sustainable mobility systems that integrate ACE technologies
  • How should we adapt our infrastructure to adequately accommodate future autonomous, connected and electrified mobility systems, whilst leveraging existing transportation modes? 
  • What are the socio-technical challenges we are facing and how can our community contribute to address them? 
  • How can we ensure that such technologies benefit all members of society, improving equity and fairness rather than undermining them? 
  • How can we ensure that such technologies are leveraged to help meet sustainability goals? 
  • Are we asking the right questions and studying the right problems, or reverse-engineering belief-driven solutions? 

This workshop will gather experts from control systems, transportation, mechanical engineering, robotics, and social science in order to: 

  1. identify challenges and opportunities in integrating different modalities (e.g., pedestrians, bicycles, etc.) and technologies (ACE) into future transportation systems, 
  2. identify modeling and control methodologies to address them, 
  3. share insights from early deployments and turn such insights into an actionable research roadmap. 

From a technical perspective, we will discuss socio-technical and control problems from the individual user-level up to the transportation-system-level, focusing on the interaction between different modes of transportation, and how they can be integrated to develop safe and efficient intelligent transportation systems. This may include subjects such as human-robot interaction and incentive and tolling schemes as well as network control problems and the combination of new and well-established technologies within sustainable and human-centered mobility systems. Overall, the goal of the workshop is to provide researchers in control with an overview of current and future mobility challenges to be addressed by our community, and, at the same time, exchange results, ideas and visions on how our community can contribute to sustainable and human-centered mobility systems and, ultimately, our society. 

Workshop Moderators

  • Mauro Salazar (, Assistant Professor, Control Systems Technology, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Raphael Stern (, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota, United States

Workshop Speakers

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Andreas Malikopoulos, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Bio: Andreas Malikopoulos is a Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Information and Decision Science Lab at Cornell University. Prior to these appointments, he was the Terri Connor Kelly and John Kelly Career Development Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2017-2023) and the founding Director of the Sociotechnical Systems Center (2019-2023) at the University of Delaware (UD). Before he joined UD, he was the Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow (2010-2017) in the Energy & Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Deputy Director of the Urban Dynamics Institute (2014-2017) at ORNL, and a Senior Researcher in General Motors Global Research & Development (2008-2010). He received a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2004 and 2008, respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests span several fields, including analysis, optimization, and control of cyber-physical systems; decentralized stochastic systems; stochastic scheduling and resource allocation; and learning in complex systems. Dr. Malikopoulos is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the 2007 Dare to Dream Opportunity Grant from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the 2007 University of Michigan Teaching Fellow, the 2010 Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship, the 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Young Researcher Award, and the 2020 UD’s College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to participate in the 2010 German-American Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium and organize a session on transportation at the 2016 European-American FOE Symposium. He has also been selected as a 2012 Kavli Frontiers of Science Scholar by the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Malikopoulos has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2017 through 2020. He is an Associate Editor of Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and a Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ASME, and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. 

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Kenan Zhang, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 

Bio: Kenan Zhang is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and leads the Laboratory for Human-Oriented Mobility Eco-system (HOMES). Her research focuses on the mathematical modeling, optimization and operations management of urban transportation systems, with special interests in emerging mobility services and technologies. 

Kenan obtained her BSc. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University and MSc. in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management (AECM) from Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (with a focus on Transportation System Analysis and Planning) and a second MSc. in Statistics at Northwestern University. Prior to joining EPFL, Kenan worked as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich.

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Dorine Duives, Department of Transport and Planning, Technical University of Delft 

Bio: Dorine Duives is an assistant professor at the department of Transport & Planning. Her research interests lie in the modelling of the dynamics of the active modes of transport and the deduction of travel behavior by means of field experiments and big data analysis. Her expertise lies in traffic operations and management, especially in the context of the active modes of transportation, such as pedestrians and cyclists, within urban environments. In her work on the monitoring and management of crowd movements and cyclist traffic she cooperates closely with the planning departments and security organizations of municipalities, large-scale events and transportation hubs.

After obtaining a BSc in Civil Engineering, she completed MSc degree Transport Modelling at Northwestern University – Chicago, USA. Subsequently, she completed a second MSc degree Transport & Planning at the Delft University of Technology, which involved the testing of a new UAV data collection technique at a Dutch music festival. She completed her Ph.D. in 2016, which concerned the analysis and modelling of crowd movement dynamics at large-scale events.

Dorine is committed to the further exploration of both the practical and theoretic sides of the management and operation of active mode infrastructure. The aim is to fuse insights from the contemporary management practice as well as the theoretic traffic flow theory, in order to improve the understanding, the simulation and management of the active modes of traffic.

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Shelley Bontje, Dutch Cycling Embassy 

Bio: Shelley Bontje is highly motivated to contribute to a livable, enjoyable, and future-proof world. She believes in active and environmentally friendly modes of transport as a key to enable an inclusive society for all. Therefore, she fully embraces the mission of the Dutch Cycling Embassy: Cycling for Everyone. 

She connects the best of Dutch cycling knowledge, experience, and experts with the rest of the world. Shelley has a background in Human Geography and Urban Planning and holds a Geography teacher’s degree (BSc Human Geography, Urban Planning and Development studies, University of Amsterdam, MSc Environment and Society studies, Radboud University, MSc European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy, Cardiff University) . She is culturally sensitive, open-minded, and always willing to think along or chat about concrete steps that can positively contribute to our surroundings.

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Jonas Mårtensson, Division of Decision and Control Systems, KTH Royal Technical University 

Bio: Jonas Mårtensson is a Professor at the Division of Decision and Control Systems at KTH. He is the director of the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) and he is co-leading the KTH Smart Mobility Lab.

His main research is within automated and connected transport systems, in particular related to automation of heavy-duty vehicles. He is involved in several collaboration projects with Scania CV in Södertälje, dealing with collaborative adaptive cruise control, look-ahead platooning, route optimization and coordination for platooning, path planning and predictive control of autonomous heavy vehicles, and related topics.

Jonas Mårtensson received the MSc degree in vehicle engineering in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in automatic control 2007, both from KTH. He received the docent title in 2016.

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Håkan Karlsson, Region Stockholm 

Bio: Håkan Karlsson is a senior strategist for business development focusing on new areas and functions. Håkan has experience working with development in public transportation for 8 years and with development in other businesses before that. He has also managed several innovation projects together with partners in the area of autonomous and mobility. 

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Stefania Santini, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Napoli Federico II

Bio: Stefania Santini is a Professor at the University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy—with the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Information Technologies (DIETI)—where she leads the Distributed Automation Systems Lab. She is involved in many projects with industry, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, also operating in the transportation field. Her research interests include  control of nonlinear and cyber-physical systems, and networked control with applications to energy, automotive engineering, transportation technologies. She is currently Associated Editor of IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems. She is the Vice-chair of the IEEE ITSS - Italian Chapter and member of the IEEE TC on Smart Cities (TC-SC).

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Kameshwar Poolla

Bio: Kameshwar Poolla is the Cadence Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley in EECS and ME. His current research interests include many aspects of future energy and transportation systems including economics and regulation. He also served as the Founding Director of the IMPACT Center for Integrated Circuit manufacturing. Dr. Poolla co-founded OnWafer Technologies which was acquired by KLA-Tencor in 2007.. Dr. Poolla has been awarded a 1988 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1993 Hugo Schuck Best Paper Prize, the 1994 Donald P. Eckman Award, the 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, the 2005 and 2007 IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing Best Paper Prizes, and the 2009 IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award.


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