Wednesday 8 February 2017 

18.00 - 21.00

Panel discussion on smart mobility, followed by networking buffet and drinks for registered guests

This exclusive evening event will include a round table and interactive panel discussions on modelling for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs). Access to this session is limited to just 40 places and will also include an evening buffet, drinks and extended networking.

Panellists Incude:

Dr. Ismail Zohdy, Chief Specialist, Self-Driving Transport, RTA

Eifion Jenkins, Programme Director, Transport Systems Catapult, UK

Khalaf Belghuzooz, Associate, Aurecon

Andy Stevenson, Mott MacDonald

Jason Zhou, Aecom

Tor Vorraa, Citilabs

Joerg Tonndorf, Arup

Dario Menichetti, PTV Group 

Zeina Nazar, ITS ARAB


Thursday 9 February 2017


Registration, networking and coffee


Conference Room 1

Morning Plenary: Where do we go from here? Transforming transport

Conference Chair's introduction: High regional car ownership and dependency– is there evidence of peak car, and what do we see elsewhere in the world?
Tom van Vuren, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald

Modelling and data in tomorrow's world
Eifion Jenkins, Programme Director, Transport Systems Catapult, UK

Maturity of public transport systems in the Middle East and their contribution to smart cities
Dr Khaled Abbas, Professor and Former Dean of Egypt National Institute of Transport & Expert, CEO Office, Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Agency, Dubai

SPD025 – Dubai’s Future Transport Strategy
Dr. Abdel Malek, RTA (tbc)

Q&A with invited panellists from the day's speakers


Morning tea and coffee served in the exhibition area


Choose from 1 of 2

Conference Room 1

Conference Room 2

Transformative transport technologies

Chair: Martin Tillman, lead for Transport Planning and Modelling, Middle East, Aecom

Hyperloop and Systra’s vision on future transportation
Tristan Vandeputte, Innovation Transport Program Director, Systra

Hyperloop modelling and appraisal in Sweden/Finland
Dr Nigel G Harris, The Railway Consultancy, UK

Modelling shared mobility in city planning
Klaus Noekel, Head of Innovation, PTV

CAVs and ITS: implications for models
Dr Hamid Menouar, R & D Expert, QMIC






Future mobility

Chair: Dario Menichetti, Director, Project Management & Services, Middle East & Asia-Pacific, PTV Group

Forecasting the potential impact of Transport Demand Management (TDM) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): lessons from Abu Dhabi
Mohamed Jama Mohamed, B.Eng., MSc, CEng., PhD (Candidate), Transportation Mobility Specialist, Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT), Abu Dhabi, and
Steve Longman, Local Implementation Leader, Abu Dhabi, Mott MacDonald

EC3 updates: preparing for intelligent mobility
Ian Smith, Chief Intelligent Transportation Systems Specialist, RTA

The need for state-of-the-art labs for transportation research in the Middle East 
Dr. Muhammad Fahran, Associate Professor and Director, Engineering Research, Department of Transportation Engineering, Saudi Aramco Chair for Traffic Safety Research, The University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Dubai Red Line metro extension: public transit futures
Dr Reza Mohammadi, Managing Director, Reza Mohammadi Consultancy





Lunch served in the exhibition area


Choose from 1 of 2

Conference Room 1

Conference Room 2

Implementing smart planning

Chair: Nadeem Shakir, Technical Director, MENA Leader, Transport Planning, Aurecon

Jeddah Public Transport Programme - transport planning
Nick Benbow, International, General Manager, Systra

Dubai Creek smart city: integrated planning
Khalaf Belghuzooz, Aurecon

Transport data collection and analysis: the smart way
Jason Zhou, Technical Director, Head of Transport Modelling, Aecom, and Majid Adeeb, Peter Davidson Consultancy Limited & Aecom

​Jumeirah Central: multi modal public transport modelling and visualisation
Azza Abdallah, Transport Planner, Planning Middle East, Arup

Data and modelling

Chair: Paul O'Neill, Director, Intelligent Data

Economic and Environmental Assessment Model (EEAM) for Abu Dhabi STEAM
Rathish Vijayarajan, Specialist, Transportation Modelling, DMAT, Abu Dhabi

A modeller's dilemma: overfitting or underperforming
Yun Bu, Principal Consultant, Aecom

Modelling and visualisation tools for parking strategies
Francesco Zhou, Senior Consultant, Aecom

Smart modelling for major events: lessons from Rio 2016 and insights for Expo 2020 and Tokyo 2020
Eduardo Lazzarotto, Director, Legion



Afternoon tea and coffee served in the exhibition area


Conference Room 1

Afternoon plenary: Looking ahead to 2030…

Short presentations and facilitated debate, led by Tom Van Vuren

Large-scale microsimulation and VR applications
Eifion Jenkins, Programme Director, Transport Systems Catapult, UK

Transport planning challenges in Dubai
Khalaf Belghuzooz, Associate, Aurecon

Streetlytics: big data fusion for transport analytics and modelling
Tor Vorraa, Citilabs

Future models
Nigel Harris, The Railway Consultancy

Connecting creative urban design with transport modelling
Dario Menichetti, PTV Group 

Big data for smart integrated mobility
Ian Machen, Head of Intelligent Mobility, Middle East, Atkins

Future proofing infrastructure for autonomous vehicles and future mobility
Andy Stevenson, Mott MacDonald

Plus other participants to be confirmed...



Reception Area

Networking drinks


Event close

Programme subject to change.

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