Date: March 05, 2019

Time: 16.00 -17.30

President: Francesco FERRERO, Lead Partnership Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg


In order to answer these questions, several speakers will share their experiences, practices and research, namely:

  • David BECQUET, Digital Consultancy & Architecture, Software AG (Belgium/Luxembourg)
  • Jean SCHILTZ,  Directeur adjoint Smart Mobility, Ministry of the Economy (Luxembourg)
  • Patrick WEBER, Department of Mobility, Ministry of Mobility and Public Works (Luxembourg)
  • Jean-Luc WEIDERT, Administrateur - Ingénieur, Schroeder & Associés (Luxembourg)


The modelling of passenger and goods transportation into new intelligent planning scenarios relates to the multimodal optimization of the public transport offer, as well as to the interactions and impacts of connected, cooperative and automated vehicles with drivers/passengers. Indeed, the constant growth of the population and urban area and the necessity to guarantee better fluidity for the mobility of persons and goods encourage decision-makers at the European, national and local levels to reconsider different forms of mobility and anticipate what the intelligent transport systems of tomorrow could look like.

However, the possibility of meeting new needs requires alternative research into solutions based solely on the continuously increasing growth of the rail and road infrastructures and networks. It is at this level that the notion of intelligent transport systems incorporating the application of new technologies, and an integration and interaction of different means of transport (current and future) crops up. This notion of intelligent transport systems becomes a major stake in order to reach all the stakeholders in the geographical area concerned.

The fast and generalized growth of technological applications, due both to the maturity of the underlying technologies, like mobile internet or the deployment of 4G and in due course 5G infrastructures, do not yet today allow us to grasp how this will have an impact on the development of urban planning in the future, what the real repercussions of this will be on the environmental and social challenges of the cities of tomorrow (access to services, quality of life, safety, etc.), and how it will be possible to deploy intelligent transport systems successfully while respecting the budget constraints that affect both the public sector and private businesses. But beyond these technological choices is the fundamental question of the responsibility of each of the stakeholders involved in the modelling and development of an intelligent transport system; responsibilities that are both tangled up with and dispersed between different stakeholders, the European Commission, the State, communities, the City and private businesses.

This round table will ensure that all of these urgent preoccupations are addressed through the set of questions below.


  • How should transport be considered or more simply, the connection between the user regarding mobility, in the presence of varied means of transport (that is, the interaction between the understanding of the urban growth dynamic and transport networks), including connected, cooperative and autonomous vehicles?
  • How will the new service models, such as the “Mobility-as-a-service” paradigm, the “uberization” of mobility, etc. influence the future of mobility and, above all, mass transport?
  • How can all users be included in accordance with the mobility needs and resources specific to citizens (vulnerability, level of revenues, etc.)?
  • Which categories of investment in this mobility can give a future form to cities (reduction of carbon emissions, favouring of innovative mobility, intermodality, etc.)?
  • How can each of the actors in this mobility, public authorities (at European, national and local levels) public transport management, private actors (taxis, coaches, bike rental schemes), infrastructure operators (car parks, bridges, tunnels) be part of the system, compete with each other and be included in the governance and leadership of smart cities?

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