The session started with introductory sections presenting the three CSAs to the audience. Then, an interactive section followed, to collect participants’ feedback on EU research on mobility. A panel discussion closed the day.
Setting the scene
A few icebreaking questions allowed us to get to know the audience expertise and transport domain. Then, Andrea Gentili from the European Commission (DG-RTD) gave a presentation on how the EC plans to address research bottlenecks in the field of transport (click to download the full presentation). Subsequently, Micol Biscotto of Deep Blue gave an overview of the three projects, highlighting synergies and describing the main results so far.
The CAMERA project
CAMERA automatically analysed the abstracts of more than 40.000 projects on the CORDIS database. Of these, 926 were identified to be contributing to achieve mobility goals in different sectors. Powered by a set of algorithms of natural-language processing, the CAMERA methodology classified the projects in nine broad topics related to mobility. The two topics which received the overall greatest financial contribution are “Security systems in transport and mobility” and “Novel concepts in mobility”. By contrast, the topic “Intelligent machines and automation in transport” is still rather a niche area of research, though it has seen a great acceleration in recent years.
The OPTICS2 project
OPTICS2 State-of-the-Art of Safety and Security Research is organised according to the ten Action Areas defined in the ACARE Strategic Research Agenda (SRIA2 ,revised in 2017 by ACARE). OPTICS2 selects the projects and maps them onto the action areas, action lines and action elements. Afterwards, it assesses them against a number of criteria, e.g. Coverage, Maturity, Ease of adoption, etc. The results of the assessment are internally moderated and subsequently sent to the project coordinator for a final feedback. Then, the summary of the results feeds the yearly State-of-the-art Report. Regarding safety, the most covered action areas are 5 (Safe design, manufacturing and certification), 4 (Safe operations) and 2 (Human and organizational factors). As for security, the projects assessed are more or less evenly distributed among all the action areas.
The RINGO project
RINGO published its final report in May 2020. RINGO studied the existing research infrastructures in the aviation field and highlighted needs and problems to address. The main findings were that 37% of the needs could be already covered by existing infrastructure. This points to the necessity of a greater commitment to coordination and matching between demand and offer across Europe.
During this session, the participants split into five breakout rooms. We asked them to identify up to 3 research priorities that, in their opinion, would need further investment in the future. This was done by placing virtual post-its on an interactive MIRO board.
We had previously organised the research priorities in 5 macro areas, or ‘layers’ in the jargon of CAMERA. These correspond to mobility objectives for a seamless, safe and secure transport system in Europe by 2050:
- ‘Passenger-centred mobility system’
- ‘Door-to-door performance of the system’
- ‘Network resilience’
- ‘Safe and Secure mobility systems’
- ‘Intermodal integration’
The main results of the breakout rooms were:
- The majority of the research priorities identified are under layer 5 (Intermodal integration).
- Layer 2 (door-to-door performance) was the research area with the smallest number of priorities.
- The most frequent keywords identified by the participants were single-ticketing, integration of services, empowering passengers, user-needs, cybersecurity, Covid-19.
Peter Hullah of EUROCONTROL moderated the panel discussion that closed the invited session. The discussion involved representatives from the three projects and the EC: Mariken Everdij for OPTICS2, Christophe Hermans for RINGO, Paula Lopez Catala for CAMERA, and Andrea Gentili for the EC- DG RTD.
The panelists answered the questions coming from the audience, and discussed the results of the breakout rooms.