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 Rogaland County Council 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.
Rogaland County Council invites 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 Cities Marketplace – Best practices and lessons learned from European cities
Working group4: VIA – How can digital twins contribute to safety in urban underground tunneling systems?
Moderator: Edel Bertine Dirdal
Edel Bertine Dirdal has recently started as the EU-advisor in the Business and Development department at Rogaland County Council. Edel has vast international experience, having worked and studied in France, the U.S. and in Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor’s in political science from the University of Paris 13 Sorbonne, where she did an exchange semester in Long beach, California, and a Master’s in political science from the University of Bern. Before moving back to the region, she was serving as the EU Coordinator of the Stavanger Region European Office in Brussels.
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.
Cornelia Dinca is Programme Manager at Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), a network that connects 150+ cities & communities worldwide to learn from each other and exchange digital, data-driven solutions based on Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs). In her role, Cornelia coordinates OASC’s participation in several European innovation projects, including the pilot deployment of the DUET Digital Twins in the European cities and regions of Athens, Pilsen and Flanders. Cornelia is also the International Liaison for Amsterdam Smart City, an innovation platform that brings together governments, companies, knowledge institutions and civil society organizations to shape a futureproof Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. Cornelia holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam and has previously worked on energy, climate change, sustainable mobility and urbanism projects in Canada and Germany.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Helen Roth is CEO of VIA – Vital infrastructure arena, and has helped build the cluster from scratch back to 2016 when it was established as the Norwegian Tunnel Safety Cluster. She has a background from media and from public administration and has for many years worked with business development, business development, research and innovation.