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The Challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Global digitalisation is just around the corner. It will have a major impact on many sectors of society, widely ranging from services to social interactions. Data science is meant to play a key role in tackling the challenges of tomorrow, including the fields of transportation and mobility.

At the Data Science and Mobility Conference, EPFL is bringing people together to brainstorm and to start paving the way toward mobility 4.0. Both researchers and decision-makers will bring to the table their ground-breaking vision and skills in order to foresee the potential of digital disruption in transportation-related fields. Researchers will present their current projects combining data science and mobility and experts will share their needs and vision. Through four challenging workshop sessions, we will have the opportunity to question the specific needs of mobility in the digital age.

In collaboration with the Swiss railway operator SBB, the Data Science and Mobility Conference will be hosted by EPFL at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, on Wednesday 31st of January 2018. 

Goal of the conference

The goal of the conference is to look at specific examples to find out what role data science has to play in tackling the challenges facing the mobility of the future. Further, we aim to identify knowledge gaps where we need additional research and where researchers can play a part in supporting mobility providers. Researchers will, therefore, be presenting past and ongoing projects combining data science and mobility, while experts from the transport industry will share their requirements and vision. In four workshop sessions, we will then focus on the specific needs of the mobility sector and some suitable approaches to meeting them developed in the industry and by researchers.

Targeted audience 

  • Academia: leading researchers from European universities
  • Transport-related industry: international, national and regional industry with some connection to transport and/or relevant technology
  • Mobility providers: international, national and regional mobility providers
  • Transport and/or technology consultants
  • Transport- and/or technology-related associations (national, international)
  • Political decision-makers: European, national, cantonal level

The conference will encompass three parts:

  • Introduction and overview with Martin Vetterli (EPFL) and Andreas Meyer (SBB)
  • Presentation of projects from research, industry and a mobility provider
  • Workshops with relevant participants and experts from EPFL and from SBB

Full Program