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27 SEP 2022 (TUE), 10:00 – 11:00 HKT

Steering Automated, Shared, Electric Vehicles to a Better Future



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Prof. Daniel Sperling NAE, University of California, Davis

DATE & TIME: 27 September 2022 (Tuesday), 10:00 – 11:00 (Hong Kong Time)


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


Passenger transportation has seen little systems innovation for half a century. That is now changing. The ubiquity of smart phones is enabling the commercialization of a range of new mobility services, rapid advances in battery technology are enabling electrification of vehicles; and rapid advances in digital technologies is enabling automation of vehicles. The challenge is to integrate these innovations and direct them toward the public interest in a timely manner. Professor Sperling will investigate pathways of change for transportation, building on his research and policy experiences.


Professor Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2018 Roy W. Crum award from TRB, its highest research award; and the 2013 Blue planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation Prize for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems.” He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), testified 8 times to the US Congress, and has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future (Island Press, 2018). In 2022 he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.


The Institute of Transport Studies, HKU was established in 2003. It is a university centre that seeks to identify research programmes as mission-oriented activities and not by traditional academic disciplines alone. As an exemplary interdisciplinary research group, the Institute is having 29 Institute Fellows, all being academic staff at the Professional level, from the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. Apart from hosting the Distinguished Transport Lecture series, international workshops and other seminars, the Institute has co-organized the International Conference on Smart Mobility and Logistics in Future Cities with the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics in Hong Kong and the Transport Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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