Dr. Angelos Amditis is the Research and Development Director of ICCS and member of its BoD. He is the founder and Director of the I-SENSE Research Group. Since June 2018, he has been the ERTICO-ITS Europe Chairman. He also serves as a member of the Executive Board of ETP-ALICE, Deputy Chairman of Athens Urban Transport Organisation, member of the BoD of Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company, and as the Vice President of ITS Hellas. During his long career, he has been active in the fields of ITS including Automated Transport Systems, Cooperative Systems, Electromobility, Smart Mobility both for people and cargo (ITS for Logistics), ICT for environmental and security applications, risk&crisis management, sensors and information fusion, data management, citizen science, circular economy, platforms, AI/VR, and many more. In the last 20 years, he has participated in numerous research projects being the scientific responsible of more than 150 projects. Currently he is coordinating the projects eCharge4Drivers, DigInTraCE, THETIDA, THEROS, CiROCCO, PoDIUM, XGain, EVENTS, NIGHTINGALE, EIFFEL, 5G-IANA, CitySCAPE, DIONE, HYPERION and CYBER-MAR.
Dr. Fernando Liesa is Secretary General at ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe since its creation in 2013. Fernando holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering by University of Zaragoza (2004, Spain) and has 20+ years of experience in research, knowledge management and management of triple helix organizations and relationships linked to environmental and chemical engineering, process industries, manufacturing and lately, (+17 years) to logistics and supply chain management. After his PhD, Fernando worked for the Technology Transfer Office of University of Zaragoza (2004-2006) and then moved to the Zaragoza Logistics Center (MIT Global Scale Network Center) as Knowledge Transfer & External Funding Director (2006 to 2014). He combined this position with the General Management of the Spanish Logistics Technology Platform, LOGISTOP (2007 to 2014). From 2014 to 2016, he worked for ENIDE as Innovation Leader, being full time engaged with ALICE since September 2016. Fernando is appointed member of the European Commission (DGMOVE) expert groups: Digital Transport and Logistics Forum launched in 2015, of the Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Mobility launched in 2019 and Urban Mobility launched in 2022. Fernando has worked for more than 19 years linked to the European Arena and Institutions. Fernando is proud to have been awarded with the Physical Internet pioneer award in 2017.
François-Régis Le Tourneau is of French and German nationality. He has a strong track record in executive positions in Controlling & Finance as well as Supply Chain Management. During the last 30+ years at L’Oréal, François-Régis has managed organizational and transformational projects on selective and consumer channels with impacts on large teams. His leadership role is always to anticipate, innovate and obtain results in complex organizations. He is now in charge of the international coordination of the Sustainability Program “L’Oréal For The Future”. François-Régis manages a world-wide Sustainability Leaders community in order to ensure, with the General Managers of each country, that sustainability is at the heart of the business transformation. L’Oréal For The Future aims at transforming L’Oréal’s activities to respect planetary boundaries (climate, water, resources), at empowering the company’s ecosystems and at contributing to solving the challenges of the world. Francois Regis is the Chairman of ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, member of the board of France Supply Chain, and advisory at the Bunder Vereinigung Logistik (the German Logistic Association).
Eric BALLOT is Professor in Supply chain management at MINES Paris - PSL and former director of the Scientific Management Lab. He is a visiting professor at Hong Kong University and was a visiting scholar in the Sloane School at MIT in 2007. He worked with Benoit Montreuil on Physical Internet since its inception and is one of the major scientific contributor to the Physical Internet Chair. He is involved in several research projects on PI, leads the Physical Internet Chaire at MINES Paris and one of the author of the book Physical Internet. He serves also as a court expert in Paris. He is member of several boards: snnovation for GS1, scientific for TKBlue, and Marhandise en Ville in France (chairman). His research is highly cited and he received several awards for research projects, conferences and publications.
José Andrés Giménez is Industrial Engineer (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2005) and provides 18 years of experience in the logistics-port sector, developing innovation and research projects focused on the fields of port logistics and maritime transport. His fields of expertise are related to increasing the efficiency of logistics and port operations through the development of Industry 4.0 models and technologies (IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Process Automation, etc.). He has been Director of Energy and Security and currently develops his work as Director of Port Logistics at the Valenciaport Foundation (Port of Valencia). He is responsible for the management and development of innovation projects through the coordination and direction of multidisciplinary technical and management teams, working in an international environment of innovative companies. He has participated in innovation and research projects funded by the European Commission through programs such as Connecting Europe Facility - CEF and Horizon 2020 as well as in national innovation programs. His activity focuses on the implementation of Industry 4.0 and Smart Port solutions in port operations, including the improvement of processes along the logistics chain, automation of operations, standardization in information exchanges, etc. He is currently Secretary General of the international association Terminal Industry Committee (TIC4.0), an entity that brings together global container terminal operators along with port machinery manufacturers and developers of digital solutions. TIC4.0 is an organization that aims at the operational and technological standardization of the port sector, with the purpose of integrating the innovation dimension in the companies of the sector at an international level.
George is Chair Professor of Smart Manufacturing at Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He gained BEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Southeast University (China) and Cardiff University (UK) respectively. He has conducted research projects in areas of Smart Manufacturing, Logistics, and Construction Systems Analytics through IoT-enabled Cyber-Physical Internet with substantial government and industrial grants exceeding HK$120M. He collaborated closely with industries through joint projects and start-up companies. He has published extensively and his works have been widely cited by research communities. He serves as associate editors and editorial members for several international journals. He is Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of ASME, CILT, HKIE, IET, and IISE.
Lóránt (Lóri) Tavasszy is Full Professor in Freight Transportation and Logistics Systems at the Delft University of Technology. He graduated from TU Delft as Transportation Engineer. Until 2016 he was with the research institute TNO, and held visiting professor positions in Nijmegen and Delft. His main research topic is freight transportation modelling. He has written over 200 papers for journals, books and conferences and has extensive experience as principal investigator and policy advisor for developed and developing countries. His work with communities of practice revolves around the creation of innovation roadmaps in several areas: Freight Modelling (Rijkswaterstaat), Port Logistics (Smartport), Sustainable City Logistics (City of Rotterdam) as well as Synchromodality, Zero-emission Logistics and the Physical Internet. Prof. Tavasszy chairs the Scientific Committee of the World Conference for Transport Research Society and is vice-chair of the Task Group on Sustainable Transport in ALICE. He is co-author of the recent ALICE publications Towards Zero Emission Logistics and Physical Internet Roadmap and is recipient of the 2019 IPIC/ALICE Physical Internet Builder Award.
Andreas has been CEO of the Open Logistics Foundation since 2022 and is responsible for strategy, open source content, community and network management. He works on open source solutions for logistics and supply chain management with a special focus on the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Andreas has a background in computer science and is a member of several initiatives working on the digitalisation of logistics and supply chain management, such as ALICE, the European Technology Platform on Logistics and Plattform Industrie 4.0. In parallel, he is also part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund and responsible for strategic initiatives and European cooperation.
Dr Per Olof Arnäs has been working with and in the transportation industry since the late 1980s. After a decade doing research, he decided that just studying the future was not enough when you can help build it instead. He joined the digital freight mobility company Einride in 2021 as Director of Logistics Strategy. Einride delivers electric, autonomous and cost-efficient freight solutions to shippers. You have probably read some of the many articles about their cabless autonomous trucks. Per Olof loves the 21st century.
Magnus BLINGE holds a position as Research Manager for the area Future Transport Systems at the Innovation Office at Scania CV with a focus on Urban logistics. The department's task is to support and accelerate technology development within Scania to ensure a relevant interface and cooperation with external research actors and to increase Scania's capabilities to develop new innovations.He also holds a position as Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Logistics at The Division of Logistics and Quality Management at Linköping University, Sweden. He worked 2010 – 2016 as Co-Director for Chalmers University Area of advance Transport. The areas of advance represent a field of strength at Chalmers on all 3 sides of the knowledge triangle; research, education and innovation, crossing scientific borders that impede progress. He also held a position as head of Division of Service Management and Logistics from 2014 – 2016. 2007 - 2010, Magnus worked at VINNOVA – Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation as Head of the Transport Department and responsible for Vinnova’s work with strengthening the Swedish innovation system. The Transport Department was responsible for the development of national and joint international R&D-programs in the whole field of transport research with a budget of approx. 13 million €. Magnus background as a researcher and his experience from OEMs, Academy and Authorities in both national and international projects, has given him a solid and experience based understanding of the importance of systems thinking and how to best utilize.
Chief Executive Officer and shareholder of Fit Consulting. Degree in Statistics. She has more than 25 years’ experience on International and national Research and Innovation on urban mobility and logistics, sustainable urban planning, collaborative logistics, curb side management and logistics supply chain. Project coordinator and director of many research and implementation projects addressing several Programmes of the European Commission (e.g., Horizon Europe – including the EU Cities Mission - EIT Urban Mobility, IEE-STEER, LIFE +, CIVITAS Programme, JTI-FCH, HORIZON 2020 and former EU Framework programmes – from 4th to 7th). Passionate and specialist in logistics and e-commerce business intelligence. Invited Professor for: “Urban Logistics Management” - Master in Sustainable Mobility (Link Campus University) on “City Logistics” (Link Campus University) and Master in Eco-mobility Management (Luiss Business School of Management). She is in vice-chair of the thematic group on Urban Logistics in ALICE “Alliance for Logistics Innovation through collaboration in Europe”. She is member in the Scientific Committee of the European Parking Association Congress, in particular for the topic curb-side management and urban freight. She is author of several R&I papers and publications in urban logistics and urban mobility.
Hans Schurmans is the logistics operations Director at Proximus Group, the major telecom and digital service provider in Belgium and ALICE Urban Logistics Vice-Chair. He has extensive experience in operational execution in a multisite retail environment and led major innovation and transformation programs within the group. Transforming classic logistic operations into a logistic customer experience added value service provider. Previously, Hans held management positions in multiple domains such as IT, purchase, commercial and project management. His focus besides operations is digital transformation, sustainability / innovation, circularity and people development.
Professor Franklin is currently Professor of Logistics Practice and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany. Professor Franklin is an engineer by training and a registered Professional Engineer. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University (graduating with distinction), his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business (graduating with honors), and his doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
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