Where are we going? Trends and research directions in transports

Initiative Seminar 2021

This initiative seminar – Where are we going? Trends and research directions in transports – was an online event, presented live from Chalmers on September 21, and streamed on Youtube. The entire recording is available to watch, via this link to Youtube. You can see the programme below.

One could argue that transport is not just transport anymore.
Today we look at transport in a new way: As embedded in various contexts and systems. New transport solutions are key to achieving sustainable personal mobility and freight transport, in a new – and safe – urban society. Technical development for shared and/or autonomous transports and sustainable fuels are moving fast. At the same time, e-commerce has grown dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic, and new transport and logistics solutions in the value chain are in demand.
The boundaries between different research areas are also beginning to blur. We are seeing an increased interdisciplinary approach, where transport issues are integrated with energy, urbanization and information technology issues.  In Gothenburg, the Green City Zone is an example of that new way of looking at transport and urbanization.

These fast-growing trends spark new ideas, and needs for discussion and dialogue. Transport Area of Advance arranged the initiative seminar Where are we going? Trends and research directions in transports on September 21.

The day was divided into five different parts with focus on dialogues.


9:00-9:15 Introduction by Kajsa Hulthén, Area of Advance Co-director.

9:15-10:45 Session 1

The role of hydrogen in the transport system​

Which role will hydrogen play in the future transport system? What are the pros and cons? Is hydrogen the great solution we think? Our speakers will highlight hydrogen from different perspectives, and with different transport modes in mind.

Long-Haul Road Freight: Hydrogen or Electricity?
David Cebon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.

What role could hydrogen play in the Nordic transport sector until 2050?
Julia Hansson, Researcher, Sustainable Society, Energy, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Maritime Environmental Sciences, Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology.

Fueling the future transport – it is not all about electricity
Bengt Johansson, Professor in Combustion Engines at Mechanical Engineering, and Director of CERC  (Combustion Engine Research Center), Chalmers University of Technology.

Panel discussion also includes: Monica Johansson, Fuel & Energy Analyst and Hydrogen Infrastructure, Volvo Group, Per Stefenson, Senior Advisor, Stena teknik, and Tomas Grönstedt, Professor in Turbomachinery, Department of mechanics and maritime sciences, Chalmers University of Technology.

Moderator: Selma Brynolf, Profile area coordinator for Sustainable vehicle technologies.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Session 2

Active mobility

In order to achieve sustainability in global safety, health and environment, we need to shift travel toward cleaner, safer and affordable modes incorporating higher levels of physical activity such as walking, bicycling and other active modes. How can we promote an active mobility? What are the hurdles, the benefits and future research needs? As we are moving towards cities with more active mobility modes, we need to provide research-based facts to ensure availability, attractiveness and safety.

Changing behaviours: how different perspectives lead to different solutions
MariAnne Karlsson, Professor and Head of Division for Design & Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology.

Solutions – who, what and how to protect
Jolyon Carrol, Senior Biomechanical Specialist at Autoliv.

Active mobility – how does Trafikverket encourage and support?
Rikard Fredriksson, Senior Advisor at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

Moderator: Magnus Granström, Profile area coordinator for Traffic safety.

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:30 Session 3

Transport and urban development

What will tomorrow’s cities look like? How will new transport solutions connect with urban development, to create attractive cities with climate-neutral, efficient and safe transports of people and goods? We will discuss solutions for the future, where new technologies can help us to shape the environments we demand.

Regulate, build or operate? The role of local authorities for sustainable urban logistics
Sönke von Wieding, Senior Researcher in Sustainable Transport, SSPA.

Future transport: the view from urban design
Jorge Gil, Assistant Professor, Urban Analytics and Informatics, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.

Volvo Cars in the emerging green and dense cities – the Green City Zone initiative
Stefan Christiernin, assoc. prof physics, (former) professor computer engineering, Volvo Cars’ coordinator Green City Zone and Chair person, Volvo Cars Strategic Knowledge & Research Comm.

Panel discussion also includes: Kajsa Hulthén, Area of Advance Co-director.

Moderator: Michael Browne, Profile area coordinator for Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics.

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-15:45 Session 4

Horizontal collaboration for efficient and effective logistics and transport

Sustainability goals and new technology has put horizontal collaborations in focus. But what does it really mean? How can we open up for new collaboration partners, and think outside the box? What needs to be done to enable new solutions?

The government assignment: Horizontal collaborations and data sharing for increased load factor performances and transport efficiency
Christer Strömberg, Project manager, Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration).

Horizontal collaboration as a facilitator of efficient rail transport – how does it work in practice?
Patric Strömberg, CEO, LOGS Logistics AB, and Magnus Eliasson, Logistics manager Rail and transport system, SSAB.

Developments in Horizontal collaboration
Gunnar Stefansson, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.

Moderator: Dan Andersson, Profile area coordinator for Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics.

15:45-15:55 Break

15:55-16:55 Session 5

Safety in the value chain

One year has passed since the UN conference on traffic safety in Stockholm. So where are we now? And how does traffic safety and safety in the value chain connect? What needs to be done to ensure that goals and aspirations are turned into actions? Our speakers will discuss different perspectives on these questions, as well as highlighting the opportunity that this development represents for a major improvement in transport safety.

Safety in the value chain – what does it mean?
Claes Tingvall, Adjunct professor, Chalmers University of Technology.

FIA Road Safey index, a feasibility study
Sanna Eveby, Head of department and project manager, AFRY.

Panel discussion also includes: Anders Kullgren, Head of research at Folksam.

Moderators: Magnus Granström, Profile area coordinator for Traffic safety, and Michael Browne, Profile area coordinator for Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics.

16:55-17:00 Closing by Kajsa Hulthén, Area of Advance Co-director.

Welcome to watch this initiative seminar!

Because transport is not only about moving from A to B – it’s all about how we live our lives.

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