Nordic Edge Expo

Nordic Edge Expo

TwinCity: digital twin in urban mobility planning

How can Digital Twin technology help regions and cities to plan for the urban mobility of tomorrow, moving away from fossil-fuel intensive transportation methods and towards climate-neutral mobility? Join us together with the European Commission ‘s DG Connect, POLIS, OASC, Smart Cities Marketplace and the City of Eindhoven on the 23rd of September during this year’s Nordic Edge Expo, where we will discuss and explore the possibilities of using Digital Twin technology in urban mobility planning.

We invite public and private sector stakeholders, researchers within the field of mobility and citizen representatives, for discussions and knowledge-exchanges on the different uses of digital twin technology in the mobility sector. The workshop will start with a keynote speech from Mr. Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit for Technologies for Smart Communities in DG Connect, European Commission. We will then move to the Norwegian fjords, where Mette Fossan, Head of Business Development department, and Tor Aanonsen, project leader at Rogaland County Council, will present the county’s use of digital twin technology for the pilot-project “Bussveien”. The participants will then be divided into three working groups, led by the prominent EU-networks POLIS, Open Agile and Smart Cities (OASC) and the European Commission’s Smart City Marketplace. Our talented moderator, Mr. Anthony Van de Ven, Head of Office at the Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels, will be guiding us through this exciting workshop.

 

Digital Twin working groups

Working group 1: POLIS – the use of Digital Twin in Sustainable Urban Logistics

Working group 2: Open Agile and Smart Cities – Challenges related to data-sharing and standards

Working group 3: Smart City Marketplace – Learn from the best Digital Twin best practice examples

 

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Eddy Hartog is the Head of Unit for Technologies for Smart Communities in DG Connect. He is from Utrecht in the Netherlands and he has a degree in political economics from the Erasmus University and a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe. Hartog has worked in the European Commission since 1989, first in Trade policy, then in Regional policy and in Maritime policy, and then as Head for International Relations in the Directorate General for Information Society and Media.

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As Director Network & Projects at Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Lea works with a community of +150 cities, towns and rural areas worldwide supporting them in their digital transformation.Since 2019, she coordinates the pilot deployment of the DUET Digital Twin project in three European cities and regions – Athens, Pilsen and Flanders. As part of her job, Lea also oversees the development and implementation of the network’s projects as well as the CITYxCITY Festival, Academy and Catalogue. 

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Giacomo joined Polis in May 2015. He is the coordinator of the Polis Urban Freight Working Group. He works on several EU projects, including SolutionsPlus, VitalNodes, BuyZET, ASSURED, Clean Mobile Energy, MORE. He is the moderator of the CIVITAS Urban Freight and Logistics Thematic Group. He has previously worked as policy advisor for Éupolis (the research institute of Lombardy Region in Milan), and collaborated with ISFORT, the Italian research and training institute for transport. He also gained experience at the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE). Giacomo holds a PhD in urban transport governance from the University of Roma Tre, and a Master degree in European economy and business law from the Tor Vergata University in Rome.

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Anthony van de Ven (M) is the Head of Office in the Eindhoven Brainport EU office and in this capacity has responsibility for, among others, the European project activities, the city of Eindhoven and other partners in the Eindhoven region engage in. He has over 25 years of experience in policy advocacy and project acquisition and project management in a wide variety of European funding programmes, ranging from the various EU Structural Funds programmes to the EU Research Framework programmes. Along the years he gained valuable experience in working on advocacy initiatives and projects across EU borders, an essential skill for those engaged in EU projects. Due to his position, and the fact that he works on the broad issues of energy and climate change, urban health and well-being, digitalization in an urban context, with both the public sector as well as with business partners in the region and the knowledge organizations (TU/e and KIC INNO-ENERGY) he is able to grasp quickly the various sustainability aspects facing local authorities. As he is based in Brussels and part of an extensive network of public sector colleagues from across the EU, he is able to share knowledge quickly and easily.

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Tor Aanonsen is the project Coordinator for the planning and development of the “Bussveien” project, the longest connected bus route in Europe when finished. Tor has previously worked as a Project Leader within simulation technologies for Aker Solutions and has a master’s degree in digital architecture from the University of Technology Sydney.”

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Mette is the Head of Business Development department in Rogaland County Council, a county that has smart societies as one of four strategic pilars. As a former head of innovation in Sandnes Municipality, she has previously worked with smart cities in the region. Mette holds a aster in Political Science from the University of Agder, and an excecutive master of management at the college of South-Eastern Norway

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Through involvement in various Belgian and European projects, Lucija’s mission at Th!nk E is to create an enabling framework for energy transition in electricity, heating and mobility sector. As part of European Commission’s Smart Cities Marketplace Lucija brings perspective and experiences of European cities. Lucija has a PhD in electrical engineering from KU Leuven and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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