DIGEX Project

Digital technologies are transforming our societies. Sensors, IoT, big data, machine learning and automation are transforming social & economic activity.

Infrastructure is not an exception. Digitalisation is transforming how infrastructures are designed, built maintained and operated. Digitalisation can bring substantial cost reductions to the operation of infrastructures.

However, it is well-known at this stage that digitalisation often also brings disruption, new market players and new market structures. Traditional market players can be displaced or commoditised.

There is abundant literature on the digitalisation of infrastructures. Most of the literature merely describe specific digitalisation projects. It is more difficult to identify the overall impact of digitalisation in the management of a specific type of infrastructure. Even more difficult is to identify the transversal trends created by digitalisation in the management of any kind of infrastructure.

DIGEX- DIGITALIZING INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP OF EXPERTS

At the Florence School of Regulation we created DIGEX, a working group (think tank), DIGITALIZING INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP OF EXPERTS. The objective is to share knowledge on the digitalisation of infrastructure by putting together a group of experts on the different infrastructures (roads, rails, maritime transport, airports, telecoms, electricity, water, postal/delivery, etc.).

The kick-off meeting of the working group was held in Florence in June 2019. The coordinators of the group proposed a framework for analysis of digitalisation in infrastructures. At this meeting, the common structure for the work was discussed. It was agreed to have to two further meetings to present and discuss the work. As a result of DIGEX research work, A MODERN GUIDE TO THE DIGITALIZATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE  will be published in 2021.

If you wish to learn more, please contact us at FSR.Transport@eui.eu

2nd DIGEX meeting

Coordinators of the DIGEX Group

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Matthias Finger
FSR

Matthias Finger is Part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation and full Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs the Chair Management of Network Industries.

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Juan José Montero Pascual
FSR

Juan Montero (PhD Law, EUI) is a Professor of Administrative Law and Economic Regulation in the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid.

DIGEX Experts

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Ivan Arnold
HungaroControl

Ivan Arnold is an advisor to the CEO of HungaroControl, the Hungarian air navigation service provider. Ivan has a legal background, he holds an LLM degree in EU competition law from the Brussels School of Competition and he is member of the Budapest Bar Association.

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Lorenzo Casulo
Ricardo Energy and Environment

Lorenzo is Associate Director at Ricardo, providing advice on sustainable and intelligent transport. An economist by training, he has a global track record matured across infrastructure sectors both in private consultancy and as an international civil servant at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Carlos Oliveira Cruz
University of Lisbon

Carlos Oliveira Cruz is an Assistant Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and Researcher at CERIS.

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Brenda Espinosa
Tilburg University

Brenda Espinosa is a Ph.D. Candidate affiliated to the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the Department of Law, Technology, Markets and Society (LTMS) at Tilburg University, in the Netherlands.

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Jean-Michel Glachant
FSR

Jean-Michel Glachant is the Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair. Glachant took his Ph.D. in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne.

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Christian Jaag
Swiss Economics

Christian Jaag is a co-founder and counsel at Swiss Economics. He provides economic support to corporate and public-sector clients across the litigation/arbitration spectrum in commercial disputes, regulatory matters and competition cases including financial valuation and damages quantification.

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Gunter Knieps
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Günter Knieps is professor of economics at the University of Freiburg. Before that he held a position as professor of microeconomics at Groningen (Netherlands).

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Valerie Reif
FSR

Valerie is part of the FSR research team in electricity regulation. Her main research interests are the EU Electricity Network Codes and the EU Clean Energy Package.

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Nicolo Rossetto
FSR

Nicolò has a degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics, Law and Institutions from the University of Pavia (Italy). He has almost ten years of experience in the energy sector, acquired both within and outside the academia (e.g., World Bank and ISPI).

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Joaquim Miranda Sarmento
University of Lisbon

Joaquim Miranda Sarmento is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

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Volker Stocker
TU Berlin

Volker Stocker is a Postdoctoral Researcher at TU Berlin and at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society where he leads a research group.

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Anastasia Tsvetkova
Åbo Akademi

Dr Anastasia Tsvetkova, Docent, is a postdoc researcher at the Laboratory of Industrial Management, Åbo Akademi University within profile area ‘The Sea’.

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Kim Wikström
Åbo Akademi

Kim Wikström is professor (chair) in Industrial Management, with a specific focus on project business and industrial marketing at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University.

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