Full programme, including short descriptions.

9.00    Registration and coffee/tea

9.30    Keynote session
Moderator: Maria Grahn, Profile coordinator of Sustainable Vehicle Technologies, Area of Advance Transport, and PhD in Physical Resource Theory

Helena Lindholm, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Gothenburg

Digitalization and dragons
Keynote speaker: Olle Häggström, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology
   Many emerging technologies have enormous potential to create human welfare - but also equally enormous risks. This is particularly true for the nexus of technologies involving digitalization, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. I will argue that a whole new level of foresight is needed in research and innovation policy.

The energy and emissions impacts of autonomous vehicles
Keynote speaker: Paul N Leiby, Distinguished Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
   What would be the overall impact on travel demand, energy use and carbon emissions if driverless cars were readily available today? Because automation has the potential to provide convenient, lower cost mobility, we see it could have large implications for transportation demand, energy use and resulting CO2 emissions, by both passengers and freight.

10.30    Societal effects session
Moderator: Elna Holmberg, director of Swedish Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Centre (SHC)

Long term effects of autonomous vehicles
Anders Grauers, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Specialist at the Swedish Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Centre
   Presentations on autonomous vehicles often focus how self-driving cars can help us in today´s transport system, but that is only a first small step on a much more radical transformation. We may see radical changes in vehicle types, transport system and life style. What are these long term effects, and how can we analyse them?

The function of built environment in the future automated transport system
Lars Marcus, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Chalmers University of Technology
Central to recent developments in analytical approaches to spatial morphology, such as Space Syntax, is the concept of ’affordances’, developed by American Psychologist James Gibson. Affordances is here understood as what emerges in the meeting between the physical environment, not least as structured and shaped by built form, and human physical and cognitive abilities. In this sense the physical environment guides human navigation through urban space, where an original contribution by Space Syntax-research is to have developed geometric descriptions of such affordances, which opens them for modelling. Naturally, one may read into this a parallel to current development of automated transports in cities and the need for vehicles to read the environment they move through.

The City of Gothenburg adapts to future transport systems
Malin Andersson. Head of Department Development and International Affairs, Urban Transport Administration, City of Gothenburg
   What kind of changes do we need to make in the transport system to gain a sustainable, accessible and attractive city? What future challenges could be met by autonomous driving? How can a city approach this futuristic area of advanced technology? The city of Gothenburg is part of the Drive Me project and has recently been elected to an advisory group to World Economic Forum. Mrs Andersson will give a current view from the ongoing discussions.

Changing spaces, changing practices: A Historical perspective to major transformations in transport system
Tiina Männistö-Funk, PhD, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
   History of the mobility during the last 150 years shows how socio-technical changes can transform whole transport systems in a couple of decades, sometimes in mere years. Looking at the shifting roles of cycling and automobility as an example, we can take into consideration two important social factors that are influenced during such transformations and also affect further changes in the system: The use of space and the everyday practices that shape our life.

Auto-charging of electric vehicles
Mats Alaküla, Professor in Industrial Electrical Engineering, Lund University
   Mats will focus on the challenges to provide electric energy to full electric operation or road vehicles, the requirements on charging infrastructure power and distribution and finally the need for a fully automated charging process.

15 min panel reflections

12.00-13.00     Lunch
13.00-14.30     Technological challenges session
Moderator: Johan Woxenius, Professor of Maritime Transport Management and Logistics, University of Gothenburg

COPPLAR: A Platform for Research on Self-Driving Functionality for Inner-City-like Environments.
Christian Berger, Associate professor, Software Engineering, University of Gothenburg
   COPPLAR is an FFI-supported 3-years project with Chalmers, Volvo Cars, Autoliv, ÅF, and AstaZero as project partners. The vision is to develop a vehicular research platform to conduct research on self-driving functionality for inner-city-like environments. Research in COPPLAR focuses on localization, perception, V2X, control, and software architecture to support continuous deployment and experimentation.

Should autonomous cars have several driving styles?
Selpi, PhD, Department of Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology
   Are there actually different driving styles? If there are, what do we know about them? Can we have autonomous cars with “the perfect” driving style? If so, which driving style should be chosen as “the perfect” driving style?

Title to be announced
Christian Grante, technical specialist in autonomous systems and safety at AB Volvo

Revere – A new arena for interdisciplinary research and open innovation
Fredrik von Corswant, ReVeRe (Research Vehicle Resource) Lab
With the new vehicle research lab Revere, Chalmers can support the complete chain of activities from theoretical models, via simulation to implementation in vehicles and testing in authentic traffic conditons. Revere enables advanced vehicle testing mainly in the areas of active safety, autonomous driving and vehicle dynamics. By welcoming researchers, students as well as industry representatives, Revere is also an important meeting place for knowledge transfer and open innovation.

Securing autonomous vehicles
Tomas Olovsson, Associate professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
   When vehicles become more autonomous and communicate more frequently with its surroundings, the ability to deal with malicious communications becomes critical. We will lo at demonstrated security problems and briefly analyze what the problems are. Since we cannot create bug-free and completely secure software, we must design vehicles to be able to deal with security problems.
Legal framework related to self-driving vehicles
Jan Hellåker, Programme Director, Drive Sweden
   One of the major obstacles for rolling out the autonomous driving technologies in a not too distant future is the existing legal framework. This is both related to legal requirements and as well as liabilities. The present activities to adapt the legal framework are not satisfactory and are causing major concerns.

14.30    Coffee/tea

15.00    Digitalisation session – utilisation of the technology
Moderator: Per-Olof Arnäs, Senior Lecturer, Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology

Things happening in, around and to freight transportation - Some observations
Per-Olof Arnäs, Senior Lecturer, Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
   Global trends create a backdrop and an environment where it becomes clear that the, in many aspects conservative, freight industry needs to evolve. Digitalisation is, as a global force, hitting the freight industry very hard and disruptive actors and services are popping up with high frequency. Several emerging technologies are extremely interesting from a freight/logistics perspective and here we can find several recent examples of innovation and evolution in an industry that many have forgotten.

Sharing large naturalistic driving datasets while respecting privacy
Helena Gellerman, area manager Field Operational Test, SAFER

Sharing gains and pains - service needs for safe and efficient platooning
Anders Berger, Transport Solution Specialist at Volvo Technology
   Automated vehicles and machines will require new and extended categories of services and insight into customer processes and operations in order to deliver the intended customer value. A safe and competitive platooning offering will require planning and scheduling services (when, where, what vehicles and loads), match-making services, traffic/weather services, gain sharing models etc.

Freight transport services and autonomous vehicles
Michael Browne, Professor of Logistics and Urban Freight Transport, University of Gothenburg
   Until recently most attention related to freight services and autonomous vehicles has focused on longer distance transport. However, autonomous vehicles could have a dramatic effect on goods movement in urban areas resulting in new services with increased efficiency and lower environmental impacts. Despite the potential benefits for city logistics there are also some important barriers to the use of autonomous freight vehicles.

Mobility as a Service, as a tool for changing people's travel behaviour
MariAnne Karlsson, Professor in Human-Technology Systems, Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology
   Digitalisation plays a key role in the development of new mobility solutions that describe a shift away from private cars towards mobility consumed as a service and the integration of information, boing and payment for access to different transport modes. The introduction of autonomous vehicles is argued to contribute to a scenario including a significant reduction in household car ownership but still offering personalised point-to-point service. 

15 min panel reflections

16.30-17.00     Closing
Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of Area of Advance Transport

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Published: Sun 02 Oct 2016. Modified: Mon 24 Oct 2016