Keynote Speaker



Prof. Roberto Montemanni

University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland


Roberto Montemanni is professor of advanced algorithms at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. He is also active as senior researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and as research advisor for PhD students at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. He obtained a Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna, Italy in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Glamorgan, UK in 2002. He is leading basic and applied research projects both at national and international levels. His main research interests are in the fields of mathematical modeling and algorithms, with applications in transportations and logistics.


Speech Title: SocialCar: Integrating Carpooling into Existing Mobility and Public Transportation Systems


Abstract: SocialCar is a European research and innovation project that seeks to incorporate carpooling (people commuting together on a same vehicle) into existing mobility and public transportation systems, by means of powerful planning algorithms and big data integration from public transportation, carpooling systems, and crowd sourcing. The project unites transportation engineers, social and economic scientists, information technology experts, carpoolers and public authorities from Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain and Belgium. Their mission is to design, develop, test and roll out a service that simplifies the travel experience of citizens in urban and peri-urban areas. SocialCar will define data processing flows and design algorithms to match travel requests with the integrated public-private transport supply, complemented by a reputation-based mechanism based on social media. After a general overview of the project, a detailed description of the route planning and ride matching engines at the basis of the system will be provided. These component are used to provide the users with meaningful alternatives for their trips.


Prof. Alexey Vinel
Halmstad University, Sweden

Alexey Vinel was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1983. He received his Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Systems and Computer Networks from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences in 2007. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, Germany, in 2008, and was the group leader and senior researcher at the Saint-Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, Russian Academy of Science. In 2010 he joined Tampere University of Technology, Finland as a Researcher. Alexey Vinel has been an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He has been the chairman of several international conferences and workshops, for example ITST and Nets4Cars, and he has also been in the editorial board for top ranked scientific journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing and IEEE Communications Letters. In 2013 Alexey Vinel started at Halmstad University as Guest Professor, and he was appointed Professor in 2015.




Plenary Speaker


Prof. Mahmoud Shafik

Principal Technology Investigator at University of Derby, UK


Professor Mahmoud Shafik is an international expert who has made a personal distinction and international leadership recognition, in the field of Intelligent Mechatronics Systems and Technology, with more than 20-years industrial applied research experience in Mechatronics Systems Hardware and Software, Precision Engineering, 3D Smart Actuators for Autonomous Vehicle, Robotic Systems and Machine Vision, Electric Cars: Steer-by-wire, Sustainable Rail Transport Infrastructure, Innovation for Sustainable Engineering, Control and instrumentation, Cancer Treatment using CVD Diamond Radio Therapy Technology, Information Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired people, Chronic Diseases ICT Technological Solutions, Assisted Living Technology, AD-HOC Wireless Technology, TeleHealth, Telecare, CO2 and Climate Change, Electro-Rheological Fluid Micro Actuators Technology, and Software Tools.

Professor Shafik has been leading several industrial applied research projects from European Commission and UK Research Council, of a budget of several millions of Euro’s and have made a great economic and social impact in his area of expertise in UK and EU, as a whole. His research work has brought many innovative outcomes that have been used commercially by a number of Small to Medium and Large enterprise organisations around the world. This includes: Intersurgical Ltd – UK, Veslatec Oy – Finland, Semelab plc. – UK, PTW Freiburg – Germany, Neotek – France, Kirchmayer Handel & Consulting GmbH – Austria, Spectrum Telecom Installations Ltd – Ireland, Diamond Materials GmbH – Germany, Fireworks International Ltd – UK, Pirotecnia Oscense SA – Spain, Total Motion Systems Ltd –UK, Micromech Limited – UK, Smart Technology Ltd – UK, Audi -Germany, Ford – UK, Schlumberger – France, Nissan – Japan and Rolls Royce - UK.

Professor Shafik has been supervising and external examiners for a number of PhD and MSc research students, across Europe and has a number of industrial notes and several publications in international/world leading journals and conferences. He has also a number of patents in his areas, of industrial applied research and sustainable technology.

Professor Shafik is a visiting professor for a few universities in EU and Middle East. He is co-leading investigator of BHIMASENA Research and Development Network-url: http://bhimasena.unsysdigital.com/index.php/testimonials/35-testimonials-2/102-mahmoud-shafik. He is also the Principal Technology Investigator of the University of Derby and hold the position of A/Professor (Reader) within the Collage of Engineering and Technology-url: http://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/mahmoud-shafik/.

Professor Shafik is the founder of International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics-url: http://ojs.unsysdigital.com/index.php/ijrm and serving as an editorial board member of a few International Journals. He has been also serving as a Knowledge Transfer Expert for the UK-Egypt Technology/Knowledge Transfer Network.

For more information of Professor Shafik profile, career, achievements and selected publications please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mahmoud-shafik-ph-d/7/237/60 & https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mahmoud_Shafik.