Fourth International Symposium on Sustainable Mobility


NOTICE: Symposium has been cancelled.

For questions please contact Natalie Ruiz at

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.

Register here.

Panel topics

  • Application of Mechatronics and controls in reducing fuel consumption and emission in transport industry.
  • Alternative powertrain and energy storage units for passenger vehicles.
  • Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications for safer and more efficient transportation.
  • Application of Autonomous and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in energy consumption and emission reduction.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Steven Leeb, EECS and Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Professor Anna Stefanopoulou, Director of Automotive Research Center, University of Michigan
  • Professor Reza Langari, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution (Department Head), Texas A&M University

Registration fees

  • May 1st to June 30th, early bird rate of $ 475
  • July to September registration: $ 590

Register here.

For questions on the conference, contact Natalie Ruiz: U.S. phone number: 530.752.7055

New transportation technologies

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.

Business model innovation

Some core features of business models are:

  • broadening monetisation beyond the selling of products, e.g. by offering services, performance or intellectual property
  • stimulating value co-creation beyond the domain of the firm
  • opening-up the R&D process of individual firms for contributions by external suppliers and research organisations
  • re-configuring value-chains by the means of data and information technologies.

Business models open substantial opportunities for enhancing the sustainability of transportation, such as:

  • providing incentives for reducing externalities of value creation through performance contracting or trading of emission rights
  • sharing transportation assets or networks, e.g. car-sharing, ride-sharing, public transportation or intermodal integration, for example web-based travel-information
  • enhancing the implementation of emission-reducing technologies by open-business models such as electric cars and busses
  • the use of IT-driven services for enhancing the efficiency and reducing emissions caused by transportation.

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.

Call for papers

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:

  • their contribution to the conference key theme
  • conceptual rigor
  • the soundness of evidence and analysis
  • potential impact on knowledge and decision making.

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

Key deadlines

  • Abstract / proposal should be submitted no later than Thursday 31 March 2016 (Extended to Sunday 15 May 2016) and should be submitted by email to the conference team at
  • Acceptance Notification will be communicated on Sunday 1 May 2016 (Extended to Wednesday 1 June 2016).
  • Full papers by Sunday 31 July 2016 (Extended to Wednesday 31 August 2016). Full paper submission is optional for proceedings.

The format of proposals should be an extended abstract of 500 words, describing research problem, methods and key contribution.

Publication opportunities

Selected papers will be considered to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Mobility.

Conference Organising Committee

  • Professor Francis F. Assadian – Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis
  • Dr. Michael Ehret – Reader in Technology Management, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr. Michael Zhang – Reader in International Strategy, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr. Daniel Auger – Lecturer in Automotive Engineering and Technology, Cranfield University
  • Dr. Stefano Longo – Lecturer in Automotive Engineering and Technology, Cranfield University
  • Dr. Gereon Meyer – Head of Strategic Projects, Future Technologies and Europe Dept. VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin
  • Professor Baback Yazdani – Dean, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr. Bo Fu – Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

Suggested Accomodations

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Phone: (916) 447-1700
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Hyatt Regency Sacramento Hotel
Phone: (916) 443-1234
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Hallmark Inn at UC Davis
Phone: (530) 753-3600
110 F Street
Davis, CA 95616


Davis Airporter
Phone: (530) 756-6715 or 1(800) 565-5153

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