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Thursday, September 15–Saturday, September 17, 2016
University of California, Davis, United States
The 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Mobility — presented by the UC Davis Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and Nottingham Trent Business School — will engage engineers, scientists, and business experts in a discussion regarding the role of new technology and business models in reducing carbon footprint and fuel consumption in transport industry.
The symposium is being held on the campus of the University of California, Davis—located 15 miles (24 kilometers) from California’s state capital city of Sacramento.
Transportation is one of the key drivers of emissions and environmental threats on our planet. Currently, technology is making exciting breakthroughs unlocking the potential for clean transportation. At the same time, business model innovation is opening new modes for exploiting the potential of technology and enabling smarter use of transportation like mobility-as-a-service. New challenges such as an ageing population and increasing hyper-urbanisation call for the orchestration of technology, business model innovation and infrastructure-policies for enhancing the sustainability of transportation.
Over the past two decades, there have been major technology advancements that potentially lead to cleaner and more sustainable transportation. Enabled by advances in embedded computing and power electronics, it has become possible to implement complex-yet-reliable power trains, advanced engines, and efficient renewable power generation systems. Hybrid and electric vehicles were once considered niche products, and they are rapidly becoming mainstream.
Technology is rapidly turning towards increased connectedness and autonomy. Travelers already have access to sophisticated route planning systems. Most high-end passenger cars have a degree of partial autonomy in the form of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Furthermore, recent and further developments on Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) interaction and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) interaction promise safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient transportation by enabling smart automobiles to communicate with each other, with the surrounding infrastructure and with the driver. Last but not least, current research is also exploring the technologies required for a wider view of personal transportation and movement of goods that is mode-agnostic and integrated, while providing an excellent consumer experience.
Some core features of business models are:
Business models open substantial opportunities for enhancing the sustainability of transportation, such as:
Despite evidence and public interest in business models, there is little systematic research in business model innovation in sustainable transportation. Against this background, the purpose of the research group is to identify systematic and effective approaches of business model innovation for the enhancing of sustainable transportation. It is also necessary to consider the current trends in technological research, to understand how these might be developed to support new business models, and to determine whether there are any ‘technology gaps’ that are potentially limiting and how these might be addressed.
Against this background, we are inviting researchers, managers, policy makers, administrators and other stakeholders to present work that is relevant for the systematic and effective approaches of technology and business model innovation for enhancing of sustainable transportation. We will give special priority to contributions which advance the interaction of business and technology in innovative business models.
We will evaluate papers based on:
We welcome papers from multiple disciplines not only from engineering, managerial and economic disciplines, social sciences or public policy. Papers should make a systematic contribution, based on theory, and / or sound quantitative or qualitative empirical research.
Two templates for the call for papers (one for business/management and one for technology/engineering) are attached:
Submit your paper by sending an email to email@example.com.
The format of proposals should be an extended abstract of 500 words, describing research problem, methods and key contribution.
Selected papers will be considered to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Mobility.
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