Keynote speakers

Thierry Chanard

  • Urban designer, director of GEA SA, specialized in the integration of new urban mobility systems
  • Title: “Cities of tomorrow : what kind of solutions for the first and last mile?”

Bio: Thierry Chanard is CEO of GEA, a Swiss SME specialized in urban design and landscape planning. He received his architect diploma at the Polytechnical School of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1985. He has been involved in the field of new mobility solutions for about 30 years and co-author of “VOLTair”, a methodology for introducing new forms of urban mobility and territorial studies aiming at the integration of innovative mobility systems in several cities (Strasbourg, Montbéliard, Antibes). He conceived the Cristal transport system, produced by Lohr Industrie (Strasbourg). This public bimodal urban transport is able to be alternatively a free floating system (car sharing) or a shuttle with various capacities (convoy) able to support the existing public transport offer or complete it as a “feeder”. GEA has been involved for 15 years in European R&D projects, dedicated to development and integration of automatic and autonomous urban vehicles.

Abstract: Tomorrow, we will be more to live in the same urban area size. The population density is increasing each and every day and the roads are congested during peak hours. One of the cities’ main challenges is to enhance the capacity of the urban network. Mobility tools have to be shared by the end users. Smart mobility solutions already exist (with more or less success), but what kind of tools can be really operated in the cities of tomorrow and for what type of conditions of use? Which kind of integration measures can be provided? Can the road of today become the street of tomorrow? Some answers and possible visions will be developed during this session.


Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos (to be confirmed)

  • Fuel cell program manager, Department of Energy, USA
  • Title: “DOE hydrogen and fuel cell activities for transportation applications”

Bio: Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos is the Program Manager for Fuel Cells in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office, where he oversees efforts focused on the development of fuel cells and fuel cell systems for transportation, stationary and early market applications. He has 20 years of combined experience in research, technology development and management in areas related to surface science, catalysis, and fuel cell technologies. Prior to joining DOE in 2009, Dimitrios was Head of Catalyst Development at CMR Fuel Cells. Previous positions include those at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) Amsterdam, and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dimitrios received his PhD in Natural Sciences (Chemistry), as a Marie Curie fellow, at the University of Cambridge.

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program engages in comprehensive efforts to enable the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across the country, in order to promote reliable power generation, to expand U.S. manufacturing opportunities and create jobs, and to decrease our dependence on oil. These technologies offer a critical pathway for sustaining the transportation sector in a manner that is complementary to other technologies, like batteries, and that is flexible enough to utilize diverse fuel supplies. The release of the first commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 was a landmark for the industry; however, ongoing work continues to address the challenges associated with fuel cell design, hydrogen storage, production, and delivery, and other complementary needs in technology validation, systems analysis and integration, safety codes and standards. This talk will give an overview of the broad progress that the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has made in these areas, including establishing several national-laboratory-led consortia in key R&D areas, and supporting the H2USA public-private partnership through the national laboratories to develop financial assessment tools for hydrogen infrastructure.


Aymeric Rousseau

  • Manager, Systems Modeling and Control Section, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Title: “Impact of smart mobility on energy and relationship with electrifried vehicles”

Bio: Aymeric Rousseau is the Manager of the Systems Modeling and Control Section at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his engineering diploma at the Industrial System Engineering School in La Rochelle, France in 1997. After working for PSA Peugeot Citroen for several years in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle research department, he joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1999 where he is now responsible of the development of tools and processes designed to quickly and efficiently evaluate the impact of advanced vehicle and transportation technologies from a mobility and energy point of view including Autonomie (vehicle system simulation) and POLARIS (large-scale transportation system simulation).

Abstract: Smart Mobility has the ability to change the transportation system as we know it. The assessment of the energy impact requires the development of new system simulation approaches and tools. Indeed, multiple vehicles need to be simulated along with their environment to develop new vehicle level energy management for V2V or V2I. But to take into account the system level impacts, a much larger number of vehicles needs to be simulated in a transportation system environment. A series of tools and processes to model different geographic areas will be discussed along with specific application examples:
– At the vehicle level, Autonomie is used to develop advanced vehicle energy management (i.e., route based control).
– A new multi-vehicle framework has been developed to assess the potential of V2I and V2V (i.e., Eco-driving, eco-signal…).
– At the transportation system level, an agent based transportation model (POLARIS) has been linked with specific tools to include energy (Autonomie) and GHG (GREET) to quantify the impact of multi-modal, ridesharing, ride hailing…


Bernard Sahut

  • Head of the “StelLab” network, Scientific department, PSA Groupe, France
  • Title: “Next Generation of Electrified Vehicles : from battery to infrastructure – A View from PSA Group”

Bio: Bernard Sahut received in 1997 his PhD in inorganic chemistry (materials and catalysis), at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6). At the end, he spent 4 years working for French “specialty chemicals company” as R & D engineer in charge of the development and industrialization of new materials based on sol-gel chemistry for optical lenses, electronic components, parts automotive and other applications. He joined PSA Groupe in 2002 as a technical leader in lead-acid batteries. In 2007, he moved to the research and innovation department, as Innovation Team Manager, involved in alternative powertrains (electrified ones). In 2007, he was named “Batteries Expert” for the PSA Groupe. In 2009, he has been also named as responsible for Fuel Cell program of PSA Groupe. In 2015, he joined the scientific department of PSA Groupe, as Head of the “StelLab” network, in charge of the research academic partnerships.

Abstract: In a global context of reducing the impact of individual mobility on our environment, the electrification of vehicles is one of the necessary solutions. For this purpose, the car manufacturers, and more particularly the PSA Group, have in place strategies for powertrain electrification. As a result of these new powertrains, the battery carries a large part of the success of its solutions, according the expectations of our customers. What are the batteries evolutions that can be expected for the future? These evolutions pass through two major axes:
– Evolution of “electrochemical” technologies and associated materials
– Recharging strategies and associated infrastructures
In order for an increasingly electric mobility to be a real societal success, these two parts of the “problem” must be kept up.