Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers


Prof. Lee Der Horng
National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Dr Lee Der-Horng (李德紘) is a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). Professor Lee was graduated with his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1996. Under the supervision of Professor David Boyce, Professor Lee’s PhD thesis was then the first attempt of formulating and solving a dynamic user-optimal (DUO) route choice model with the aim of experimenting with the test network of the ADVANCE Project (ADVANCE – The Illinois Dynamic Navigation and Route Guidance Demonstration Program). From 1996 to 1997, he was a research fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he participated in several US Federal Government ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) projects. In 1997, Professor Lee joined the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Irvine (UCI) as an assistant researcher. In his 2 years stint at UCI, he played the leading role in the project – California ATMS (Advanced Transportation Management Systems) Testbed. In September 1999, Professor Lee relocated to Singapore and joined NUS as an assistant professor at then the Department of Civil Engineering. Professor Lee was an Honoree of 2002 TR100 Award (now known as TR35) by MIT's Technology Review. TR100 is an award for World 100 top innovators under 35 whose work and ideas will change the world. From 2004 to 2006, Professor Lee served as the Director of Degreed Education at The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific (TLI-AP), a collaboration between NUS and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the areas of global logistics and supply chain management.
Professor Lee’s professional expertise includes Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), container port operations, aviation management, traffic simulation, transportation policy, regional and urban transportation planning, sustainable transportation and mobility. Professor Lee has published more than 250 referred journal papers, book chapters, books, and conference papers detailing his research activities.
Professor Lee is active and committed in the international transportation academic community through journal editorships and editorial board memberships. Professor Lee is one of the editors of EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics (Springer). Concurrently, Professor Lee serves as the associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He was the book editor of “Urban and Regional Transportation Modeling: Essays in Honor of David Boyce” published by Edward Elgar in the book series of “New Dimensions in Networks” with Professor Anna Nagurney as the series editor. Moreover, Professor Lee holds memberships in various international referred and SCI-indexed journals including Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (Elsevier), International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research (Springer), Journal of Remanufacturing (Springer), Journal of Modern Transportation (published by Southwest Jiaotong University, China), and International Journal of Advanced Logistics (official journal of Asia Logistics Society).
In his professional activities with Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, US National Academies, Professor Lee is currently a committee member in Committee on Ports and Channels (AW010). He was a committee member of TRB Committee of Network Modeling (ADB30) from 2000 to 2009 and Committee on Traffic Flow and Characteristics (AHB45) from 2004 to 2013. In local landscape, Professor Lee was the immediate past vice president of Intelligent Transportation Society (Singapore) and Council Member since its inception.
A transportation planner and engineer by training, Professor Lee has been well recognized not only by his international academic peers but also well-received by the government agencies and transport industry as a thought leader. In recent years, Professor Lee has been extensively quoted by local and international mass media (more than 300 quotations on newspapers, 100 interviews by TV and radio programs) with his views and proposals on land transport policies and issues. Professor Lee has also been frequently consulted by technology and engineering firms, financial institutions, think tanks, non-government organizations (NGOs), professional societies, and government agencies for policy matters, technical projects and emerging issues in the areas of transportation, logistics, and urban and regional planning and development.  

Title of Speech: Sustainable Urban Mobility – Singapore’s Context 

Abstract: The ultimate aim of any urban transport system is to make travel and transporting easier, quicker, economical and safer. The list of such defining qualities can only grow when more elements are added, such as comfort, security, stack-holder benefits, elderly-friendly, disabled-friendly, environment-friendly, and resilience to attacks and emergencies. Singapore is globally known for its success in hosting multinational businesses and services. As a top city-state nation in the world, a growth in population is inevitable; though living space is limited. Hence, a challenge always prevails in keeping the transportation system sustainable.
The concerns on traffic congestion are being timely responded by decision makers with the use of state-of-the-art technologies. Nevertheless, it is necessary to cope up with the rapid evolution of plethora of technologies in the domains of information, computing, sensors (including smart phones and wearable gadgets) and even automobile itself. Such opportunities should be leveraged in providing sustainable transport options, both in supply and demand sides.
Singapore could thereby demonstrate to the rest of the world, especially those cities charged with increasing population and blessed with affluence to adapt to innovative strategies, on how urban transport can be designed and operated sustainably.    


Prof. Monteiro Figueira
Lusofona University - Lisbon Portugal 

Prof. Monteiro Figueira is since 1990 the General Director of CEITConsultores Engenheiros em Infraestruturas de Transportes, a Portuguese consulting firm focusing on transportation, parking, mobility, traffic engineering and roadways and Senior Professor at the Universidade Lusofona (ULHT) in Lisbon.
Prof. Monteiro Figueira consults on many projects regarding mobility and transportation in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Macao and is the author of books and articles on highway design and transportation planning. He is currently involved in different projects in Africa (Angola and Mozambique) for governmental departments.
Prof. Monteiro Figueira worked at JAE - Official National Board of Highways in Portugal for thirty years and was a representative of Portugal at the European Commission in Brussels, at DG VII.
He was a Professor for more than twenty years at the Technical University in Lisbon until 2000 and at Military Academy, until 1999. 

Title of Speech: MaaS - Mobility as a Service From Concept to Delivery  

Abstract: The integration of various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand is now on the mood. Moreover, it a real need in our generation and the solution for our mobility needs. We are facing a new paradigm where ownership is giving rise to the use and macro trends are forcing changes. MaaS fulfils users’ needs for mobility with a wide range of transport services for both travelers and goods, offering tailor-made transport on demand. To meet a customer’s needs, a MaaS service provider arranges the most suitable transport means, be it public transport, taxi or car rental, or even ride-, car- or bike-sharing.
What is clear is that a growing number of key players in the transportation sector – from authorities, to service providers and suppliers – are convinced that MaaS, will soon take root and probably sooner than we can think.
We talk about that and about what we are doing in Europe. We hope you will find it interesting and useful.    


Prof. Alan Nicholson
University of Canterbury, New Zealand 

Professor Nicholson holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), a Master of Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, awarded by the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). He also holds a Master of Science in Transportation and Traffic Planning, awarded by the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom).
He worked for six years as a Civil Engineer, before joining the University of Canterbury in 1981. He was Director of the Transportation Engineering Programme for 15 years (2002-2016) and was Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering for five years (2005 to 2009).
Professor Nicholson has twice been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to undertake research at the University of London Centre for Transport Studies, University College London (1993-1994) and the Transport Operations Research Group, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2001).
He has 28 years’ experience advising various Government authorities in New Zealand on transport research, and has been an expert advisor to the Australian Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Israeli Ran Naor Foundation for the Advancement of Road Safety Research, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Qatar Foundation’s National Research Fund.
Professor Nicholson has reviewed papers for sixteen International Journals, including Transportation Research A, Transportation Research B, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Advanced Transportation, European Journal of Operations Research, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, and Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.
He was for eight years a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Accident Analysis and Prevention, and has since 2013 been a member of the Education Advisory Board of the UK Institute of Risk Management. He has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Symposia on Transportation Network Reliability since 2001 and a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Symposia on Transport Simulation since 2008.
Professor Nicholson’s research interests include transport network reliability, transport risk management, transport planning and modelling, and road safety. He is the author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers in International Journals, Proceedings of International and National Conferences, and chapters in edited books. He has been an invited keynote speaker at over ten international conferences in various countries, including Australia, China, Italy, Jordan and Syria.
He has been a Fellow of the New Zealand Institution of Professional Engineers since 2000.  

Title of Speech: Intelligent Transportation Engineering: What is it and how can we achieve it? 

Abstract: There has been a quickening in the growth of interest in innovative technologies in transportation, with traditional and non-traditional vehicle manufacturers developing and promoting advanced vehicle technologies, such as autonomous vehicles. Intelligent transportation engineering involves much more than simply adopting the latest technology or ‘intelligent transportation systems’. It requires one to clearly identify the objective or goal, to then identify options with a good level of potential for achieving the objective, to then appraise those options thoroughly, and to then select the option based on how well it is aligned with the objective, its effectiveness and its economic efficiency.
Intelligent transportation engineering involves recognising that the promoters of some options have a vested interest in their being adopted, that there is often considerable uncertainty associated with estimates of the effectiveness and economic efficiency of options, and that a thorough post-implementation evaluation of the selected option should be undertaken. It is argued that while advances in technology have resulted in major benefits, intelligent transportation engineering requires a more discerning approach. In particular, there is a need to be wary of the hype commonly associated with technological innovations and for greater attention to technology readiness, human factors (e.g. the acceptability and affordability of advanced vehicle technologies), and civil and criminal liability matters.  



Plenary Speakers


Prof. Susumu Hara
Nagoya University, Japan 

Susumu Hara received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan in 1992, 1994, and 1996, respectively, all in engineering. From 1995 to 2000, he was a Research Fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 1996 to 2000, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. In 2000, he joined the faculty of Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan. In 2008, he joined the faculty of Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering. His current research interests include motion and vibration control of mechanical structures and spacecraft, nonstationary control methods, and control problems of man machine systems. He is a member of the JSME, SICE, RSJ, IEEJ, JSPE, IEEE, AIAA, and JSASS. 

Title of Speech: Study on Remote Motion Control Systems Taking Operators' Safety and Operability Into Account  

Abstract: Recently, proceeding of the aging society has encouraged research and development of power assist systems. The speaker's research group studies on the assist system control using an assist cart as rollator. The merit of the proposed system is the aging people walk by themselves using the cart as the assisting tool and it helps anti-aging. Most serious problems of the proposed system are the avoidance of fallings and collisions without losing operability. To solve the problem, this study proposes the remote control system taking operators' safety and operability into account. The remote control has possibility of the establishment of the cost effective multiple target control system by reducing the requirement for each control target system. However, because of the limitation of communication data capabilities, the controller cannot grasp the state of the controlled object completely. To grasp the state and keep the safety, the speaker's group applies an evaluator in the remote control system. It detects the effect of the uncertainty and keeps the controlled object safe. In addition, as an interface of the users to avoid the collisions, this study applies the stiffness control. Introducing the virtual spring into the control system, the proposed system prevents the controlled object to collide the obstacle, without losing operability. Based on an application example for the one-dimensional assist rollator collision avoidance, this study reveals the practicality of the proposed system by conducting experiments and the simulations. The result shows the proposed way is one of effective ways for applying a remote control system to the assist system problem.    


Assoc. Prof. Tsuguo Nobe
 Chief Advanced Service Architect and Director at Intel Corporation
Visiting Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Japan 

Tsuguo Nobe joined NEC Corporation in 1983 after graduated from Waseda University, majoring in Applied Physics, and took responsibilities for engineering and business development of NEC AT-Compatible PCs in international and domestic markets. Based on the expertize in PC technology, he also managed various types of product developments including Video on Demand Media Sever, Video Conferencing Systems, Data Broadcasting System on Terrestrial and Satellite TVs, TV-STB and PDA. While at NEC, he attended Harvard Business School and served as a Fellow at Harvard Center for Information Resource Policy from 1988 to 1990. Directly after leaving NEC in late 2000, he supported to make a Joint Venture between Softbank and World’s largest MMORPG on-line game company and took position as CEO of the Joint Venture until late 2003.

Then, as the automotive industry realized the growing importance of the electronics component in building next-generation cars, he was scouted to spearhead Nissan's efforts for IT and Vehicle convergence. IT support for NISSAN LEAF was a good example of the convergence, with which NISSAN was awarded the Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport at GSMA 2011. In 2012, he joined Intel K.K. as the Chief Service Architect and Director of its automotive efforts with the objective to standardize Vehicle IT in global basis. He has served as keynote speaker at major conferences of IEEE in Japan and other Vehicle and IT related seminars. Also, he takes several positions as official members of governmental committees. He concurrently takes a position as Visiting Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Green Mobility Collaboration Research Center.

Title of Speech: Mobility-as-a-Service with Level 4 self-driving will transform the car industry 

Abstract: Major car OEMs in Europe and the US recognize that Automated Vehicles (AV) would be made possible by software on an on-board computer which drives a car in place of human driver. While there are witnessed difficulties on safe hand-over from AV system to a human driver at Level 3, several OEMs are gaining confidence on commercial deployment of Level 4 self-driving cars, with no human intervention, based on the recent exponential advancements of Deep Learning. Another apparent movement, especially in the US, is the importance of Mobility-as-a-Service operators, which may potentially change the transportation industry for both people and parcels. Furthermore, these movements would also be more emphasized and further required in China because of many reasons, including to cap further penetration of car ownership and limit energy consumption and air pollutions. Upon establishing a mobility service business, the market advantage will shift from conventional car company, if remained as a mere manufacture, to mobility service providers. It is an urgent matter for car industry to think about the transformation of business and commercialize the service business using the Cloud which enables the global expansion of their business. I will discuss these issues within my speech.