News: Centre Northern LEAD related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 10 May 2021 21:07:57 +0200 Initiative seminar for AoA Transport<p><b>​Area of Advance Transport’s Initiative seminar Transportation in the Age of Digitalisation attracted many satisfied participants. Among the topics were self-driving vehicles, block-chain and adaptations to a new market.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Approximately 300 representatives from industry and academia had gathered when Sinisa Krajnovic, Head of the Transport Area of Advance, entered the stage to welcome all.</span><div>“We always try to choose a theme of current interest for our Initiative seminars. Right now, we are discussing automation and mobility, but also shared economy”, he said.</div> <div>New technology makes it possible to label goods, in order to keep track not only on its location, but also the surrounding’s temperature and humidity. Trucks are also able to transfer data, which shows the vehicles current status. So:</div> <div>“The entire traffic system is becoming more and more automated. Transport is no longer just about having enough buses in the city network, but about what apps we use.”<br /><br /><strong>Impossible to foresee the future</strong></div> <div>Robin Teigland, Professor in Management of Digitalisation, gave the Key note lecture and talked about how society and economy is changing. She quoted Bill Gates:</div> <div>“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. So how will we be able to work, when we don’t even know what we don’t know?”</div> <div>One way to view market demands, is to think about what we need and answer the question with a verb instead of a noun, Robin Teigland said. To illustrate, she showed a picture of a woman waving at a taxi.</div> <div>“Think about what she wants to do, instead of what she wants to have! Where does she want to go? And why? View technology as a means, not as an answer.”<br /><br /><strong>Topics varied throughout the day</strong></div> <div>Henrik Sahlin, from Ericsson, talked about autonomous cars, the technology needed and challenges to solve. The car must be able to “talk” to other cars, with infrastructure, pedestrians and networks. What happens if the car loose internet connection? Do we need to wait for 5G in order for this to work?</div> <div>Chalmers Professor Maria Ljunggren Söderman gave an insight into necessary metals for the automotive industry – 25 different ones – which are not currently being recycled. MariAnne Karlsson, also a Professor from Chalmers, talked about MaaS; Mobility as a Service.</div> <div>“We see a paradigm shift coming. In the future, actors will present their offers together. And this can make people change their behavior, for example make them not buy a car”, she said, and was replaced on stage by Hans Arby, whose company Ubigo offers exactly this kind of service.</div> <div>During the afternoon, Érika Martin's Silva Ramos from Gothenburg University spoke about user preferences, Klas Hedvall from Volvo GTT talked about vehicle maintenance in the connected future, and Jonas Flodén from Gothenburg University about block-chain.</div> <div>Last on stage, before the closing panel discussion, was Ikea’s Stefan Holmberg, who presented the company’s challenges in a new market.</div> <div>“We started at a time when people had more time than money. Today it’s the other way around; people have money, but not time. Our department stores provide inspiration, but most visitors immediately start looking for the shortcuts. They do not have the time and desire to walk around the store for several hours.”<br /><br /><strong>Important to ensure future competences</strong></div> <div>The panel discussed how to ensure the competence needs in the future. Industry needs are difficult to foresee, which means that competences of the students who are currently being educated is already in demand. This is just one of several factors that will make closer cooperation between academia and industry increasingly important in the future.</div> <div>Head of Area of Advance Sinisa Krajnovic ended the day with a story about his friend, retired truck driver Peter. Peter worked alone and was often away on long tours. He had a difficult time finding a replacement if he fell ill, and sometimes he had to wait several days for spare parts on site in Europe. Over the years, he lost a lot of time that could have been spent with his family. But future truck drivers will work differently, Krajnovic said:</div> <div>“The trucks will be in a plutoon, and the driver in the first truck will be the only one actually driving. The others can spend the time on other things, like skype calls to the family. Or they can even sit at home and drive their trucks remotely.”</div> <div>The participants seemed content as they left Chalmers’ conference hall Runan. Next year, it is time again for an Initiative seminar. Welcome back!<br /><br /></div> <div>Text and photos: Mia Malmstedt</div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0200 the way forward for logistics <p><b>​A steadily increasing transport flow, tougher environmental requirements - but consumers do not want to pay for the transport of goods. An impossible equation? Lisa Melander believes that digitalisation is part of the solution for sustainable and cost-effective logistics.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Lisa Melander is passionate about business-related research within logistics and sustainability. In her new role as assistant professor in Supply Chain Management she will study how companies collaborate in their supplier networks to develop sustainable solutions. Product development, service innovations or new business models are some of her topics of interest.</span><div>“In particular, I look forward to studying how digitalisation can lead to new forms of cooperation between companies&quot;, she says.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Digitalisation contributes to lower costs</h3> <div>Digitalisation and collaboration in logistics contributes to the solution of one of our society’s biggest challenges: how to transport a steadily increasing amount of goods in a sustainable manner without high costs for the customer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are facing major challenges in terms of sustainable logistics solutions”, says Lisa Melander. “We see increased demand for transport in combination with increased environmental requirements, while the consumers are unwilling to pay for transport of goods.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>So how can digitalisation in the logistics line lower the final cost for the consumer?</strong></div> <div>“For example, new digital platforms enable companies to more easily sell and buy transport shares”, says Lisa Melander. <span style="background-color:initial">She</span><span style="background-color:initial"> explains that today, co-transportation often takes place between larger companies that already know each other. Through digital platforms, companies that do not have an established network may participate as well. This leads to better utilized cargo spaces, higher efficiency, fewer emissions and ultimately lower transport costs.</span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Collaboration facilitates innovation</h3> <div>According to Lisa Melander, collaboration is very important for innovations in the area of digitalisation to be implemented. When companies, universities and authorities work together to develop and test new technology, large companies can share knowledge, while smaller, specialised companies are also able to influence the development.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As the knowledge increases within an entire industry, the possibility of innovations to gain acceptance grows. I would like to see more collaboration across organisational boundaries to find solutions to future challenges.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Lisa Melander works at the department of Technology Management and Economics and is assistant professor within Chalmers Transport Area of Advance.​</em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div>Text and photo: Emilia Lundgren</div> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100 between universities strengthens transport research<p><b>​Transport and logistics research will benefit from extended collaboration between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, according to Michael Browne. He is the new profile coordinator of Transport Efficiency and Customer Adapted Logistics within Chalmers Area of Advance Transport. </b></p>​“Research that contributes to transport system improvements to enable efficient and long-term sustainable transport and customer adapted logistics is very important and is something that should be addressed by researchers from different disciplines”, says Michael Browne. <br /><br />With a background from University of Westminster in London, Michael Browne is full professor in logistics and urban freight at University of Gothenburg since 2015. During the past 10-15 years his research has increasingly focused on urban freight and logistics.<br /><br />“Most of my research has considered the interaction between public policies and business decisions”, he says. “I am particularly interested in the way that research can influence public policy and organizational behavior.”<br /><br />As profile coordinator Michael Browne wants to play a part in continuing and extending the collaboration between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers building on the work of Dan Andersson, previous profile coordinator. He points out that there are already many areas where the two universities collaborate very well, and takes autonomous transport as an example of a field where technology, engineering and social sciences benefit from working together.<br /><br />“The transition to future transport provides many challenges and is an opportunity for researchers to work together on providing insights and potential solutions”, he says. “Combining our expertise in fields including psychology, geography, urban form, technology developments and logistics opens many possibilities.” <br /><br />Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of Area of Advance Transport, welcomes the strengthened connection between the universities. <br /><br />“Chalmers and University of Gothenburg need to increase their cooperation in the field of transport in order to meet the interdisciplinary challenges of society and industry. My hope is that Professor Browne will help us to cross borders between two universities and that this will lead to more joint projects and activities.”<br /><br /><em>Text and photo: Emilia Lundgren</em><br /><br />Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 seminar 2016: Save the date!<p><b></b></p><strong>Autonomous transport systems - the good, the bad and the unknown</strong><div><em>​Connected and sustainable transport systems</em><div><br /></div> <div>​<strong>Save the date 27 October!</strong><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The seminar is arranged by Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, and will be held at Malmstenssalen, Scool of Business, Economics and Law, Vasagatan 1, Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>More information about the seminar will be presented <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/calendar/initiative-seminar-2016/Pages/default.aspx">on the conference webpage</a> shortly.</div></div>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200 Area of Advance Initiative Seminar 2015<p><b><p>It is time for this year's Initiative Seminar held by Chalmers Transport Area of Advance.<br /></p></b></p><div style="text-align:left"><span><div style="line-height:18px"><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Date/time: </strong>6th of October, 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.<br /><strong>Place:<span></span> </strong>Lindholmen Science Park Conference Centre</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><h3>Registration is closed.</h3></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4"><strong>Programme</strong><span style="font-size:2em;line-height:1.5em"> </span></h4></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div><div><div style="line-height:18px"><strong>09.00-09.30</strong>  Coffee and registration</div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>09.30-09.35</strong>  Welcome, Anna Dubois, Chalmers</div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>09.35-10.00  Key note speaker: Karin Svensson Smith, Swedish Parliament</strong></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /><em>Moderators: Anna-Nilsson-Ehle and Per-Olof Arnäs</em></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /><strong>10.00-11.00  Automated transport systems – technology and society</strong><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><ul><li>Introduction, Anna Nilsson-Ehle<br /></li> <li>The Campus Shuttle project, Christian Berger, University of Gothenburg<br /></li> <li>Drive Me, Muhammad Ali, Volvo Car Group<br /></li> <li>The city as an innovation arena, Malin Andersson, City of Gothenburg<br /></li> <li>Drive Sweden – Peter Öhman, Lindholmen Science Park<br /></li> <li>Threats to the Connected Car, Pierre Kleberger, Chalmers<br /></li></ul></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong><br />11.00-11.30  </strong>Coffee</div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong><br />11.30-12.30  Urban Transport</strong></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><ul><li>Urban form: Setting the scene for transport, Lars Marcus, Chalmers <br /></li> <li>Urban Freight – A collaborative approach, Maria Lindholm, Chalmers<br /></li> <li>The potential of Freight Trip Generation Studies – A Contribution to Urban Planning, Sofia Guldbrand and Linda Johansson, Chalmers<br /></li> <li>Will we own cars in the future? Frances Sprei, Chalmers<br /></li> <li>Future mobility as a service, MariAnne Karlsson, Chalmers<br /></li></ul></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>12.30-13.15 </strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><strong> </strong></span>Lunch</div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>13.15-13.45  Panel: Urban Mobility Challenges</strong></div> <div><span style="line-height:18px"><span></span>Malin Andersson, Gothenburg City; Anders Brännström, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations; Mike Browne, University of Gothenburg; Lars Marcus and Sönke Behrends, Chalmers</span></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><em>Moderators: Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg and Linda Styhre, IVL</em></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>13.45-15.30<span style="white-space:pre">  </span></strong><strong>Long distance transport challenges (including coffee break)</strong></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><ul><li>Developments in transport procurement, Fredrik Vråmo, Volvo Group Trucks Operations <br /></li> <li>How is KNEG progressing? Anders Ahlbäck , GMV<br /></li> <li>Fuels in shipping, Karin Andersson, Chalmers<br /></li> <li>Electrofuels for the future – Audi’s perspective, Irene Bernald, Audi<br /></li> <li>A systems perspective on High Capacity Transport, Emeli Adell, Trivector<br /></li> <li>Supply chain finance, Lars-Göran Malmberg and Ted Lindblom, University of Gothenburg<br /></li> <li>Fossil free transport: Have good ideas fallen between chairs? Jakob Lagercrantz, 2030-sekretariatet, Fores<br /></li></ul></div> <div style="line-height:18px"></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>15.30-16.00 Panel: Sustainability challenges</strong></div> <div style="line-height:18px">Irene Bernald, Audi; Lars Mårtensson, AB Volvo; Karin Svensson Smith, Swedish Parliament; Jakob Lagercrantz, 2030-sekretariatet; Frances Sprei, Chalmers</div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><strong>16.00-16.30</strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"><strong> </strong></span>Summary - Magnus Blinge, Chalmers</div></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div> <div style="line-height:18px"><br /></div></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="line-height:18px">-------------------------------------<span></span><span></span></span> </p></span><span style="line-height:18px"> <div><strong>The details of the programme will be continuously updated.</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>The Initiative Seminar is <strong>limited to 150 attendants</strong>. The seminar is free but an administrative fee of SEK 500 will be incurred if you register and not show up. You can pass your registration on to a colleague.</div> <div><br /></div> <h3>Registration is closed.</h3></span></div> <div> </div> <p> </p>Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0200 Seminar - A Great Success<p><b>Expecting about 100 participants, it was gratifying to welcome 140 interested guests to the annual Initiative Seminar hosted by Chalmers Transport Area of Advance  - Green, Safe, and Efficient Transport. Three special current topics had been chosen: Autonomous Vehicles, Fossil Free Transport, and Urban Freight. </b></p>Chris Gerdes, Stanford University gave a much appreciated and inspiring keynote on autonomous vehicles describing how accurate these vehicles can drive today. This was followed by presentations of projects, plans and visions in the field of autonomous vehicles by Erik Coelingh from Volvo Cars, Christian Grante from AB Volvo, Suzanne Andersson from Gothenburg City, Susanne Planath from the Swedish Transport Authority and Peter Janevik from AstaZero. A panel of researchers led by Jonas Sjöberg from the Department of Signals and Systems then presented research in several collaborating research disciplines. <br /><br />The theme Fossil Free Transport was introduced by Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt from Scania who presented what is happening in the field of electrification of heavy road transport. This was followed by research presentations of developments in alternative fuels, electric vehicles and new battery technologies. Anders Ådahl, Director of the Energy Area of Advance, concluded the session with a reflection on how the energy and transport research will increasingly need to be integrated to meet the challenges involved in fossil free transport. <br /><br />The Urban Freight theme began with a global outlook by Michael Browne. Representatives from Stockholm and Gothenburg then described ongoing developments in both cities. The researchers' challenges in measuring the effects of various actions were exemplified by &quot;Stadsleveransen&quot; in Gothenburg. <div><br /><hr /> <div><br /></div> <div><i>Photo: Dan Andersson, Anna Nilsson-Ehle, Anna Dubois, Chris Gerdes, Maria Grahn.</i></div></div>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200 to Send Final Bid Proposal for WCTR 2019<p><b>Gothenburg’s proposal to host the 15th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR) in 2019 has been keen to the eyes of the Site Selection Sub-Committee of the WCTR Society. Chalmers and University of Gothenburg have now been asked to send a Final Bid Proposal which will be reviewed and later decided upon in the summer of 2015.<br /></b></p><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Transport/Johan-Woxenius.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The WCTR is one of the biggest transport conference and is being held every third year in different geological spots all around the world. Some of the previous years’ host cities are Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, and Berkeley and Johan Woxenius, a graduate of Chalmers now active at University of Gothenburg and proposed conference chair, have high hopes that in 2019 Gothenburg will be added to the list of WCTR host cities.<br /><br /><div>TThe proposal explains in an excellent way, in its first sentence, why Gothenburg would be a suitable place for WCTR: &quot;In Gothenburg, on the Swedish west coast, metropolitan benefits are combined with a genuine and warm atmosphere.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>- Gothenburg is a city which appreciates hosting big events like the WCTR - and the city is very good at it as well. Gothenburg has excellent arenas and infrastructure for a conference like this and I do believe we have good chances with our proposal, Johan explains.</div> <div><div><br /></div> <div>Johan leads Gothenburg’s proposal together with Chalmers Area of Advance Transport Co-director Magnus Blinge and a wide team of transport researchers will now look over the proposal to see what they can do to better the city's chances of being selected as host for the 2019 conference.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The proposal will be presented in Washington, D.C. in January and the final decision will be made next summer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The next conference will be held in Shanghai, 2016.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about WCTRS on the official website​</a></div></div> <div><br /></div> <hr />  ​​<div><i>Text: Oskar Ängermark</i></div> <div><i>Photo: Daniel Karlsson</i></div>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200