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Future of Mobility

Life and Matter Sciences, Social Sciences International Symposium Thursday, April 20th, 2023, 4:00 PM CET Madrid

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Organized with MIT-Industrial Liaison Program  

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.


Eduardo GarridoProgram Director, Relaciones Corporativas MIT.

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The 6th MIT Madrid Symposium, in collaboration with Fundacion Ramon Areces, focuses on the future of mobility. The symposium brings together leading experts and thought leaders in the field, to discuss the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of transportation.

This symposium covers a wide range of topics, including batteries for electric vehicles, electric and hybrid powertrains, shared mobility services, and the impact of emerging technologies on transportation infrastructure and the future of air travel. These experts will also discuss the role of public policy in shaping the future of mobility, with a particular focus on sustainability and accessibility.

Throughout this event, MIT Professors Donald Sadoway, Florian Allroggen and Jinhua Zhao will share insights and ideas on the key challenges and opportunities facing the Mobility industry. They will also explore the potential implications of emerging technologies and trends on society, the economy, and the environment.

Overall, the 6th MIT Madrid Symposium will provide a valuable platform for experts and stakeholders to collaborate, exchange ideas, and explore new approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities of the future of mobility.

Donald Sadoway. Bumps along the Road to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles. Sustainability and Environment, Vehicles and Energy
Over his long career as an electrochemist and professor, Donald Sadoway has earned an impressive variety of honors, from being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 to appearing on “The Colbert Report,” where he talked about “renewable energy and world peace,”. In August of 2022, Sadoway and colleagues published a paper in Nature about one of the first new battery chemistries in 30 years, that invented something that was better, much better, than the expensive lithium-ion batteries used in today’s electric cars. In this talk, Prof. Sadoway discusses challenges of new battery chemistries that have to satisfy the demanding performance requirements of cost, sustainability, and supply chain security for environmentalfriendly mobility of the future.

Jinhua Zhao. Behavior and Computation: Urban Mobility in the Future of Work
The transportation world is booming but in flux: the industry is being reshuffled, communities and cities are often confused and anxious about their mobility future, and the ecosystem pressure is daunting. Mobility is in the midst of profound transformation with an unprecedented combination of new technologies: autonomy, electrification, connectivity, and AI, meeting new evolving priorities: decarbonization, public health, and social justice. Prof. Zhao focuses on two forces that drive the mobility future: behavior and computation. Behaviorally he investigates is travel social? is travel emotional? and is travel perceptual? He uses a behavioral lens to examine mobility technologies and translates business decisions into a set of behavioral inquiries. Computationally, he brings AI and machine learning methods to sense, predict, nudge and regulate travel behavior.

In this talk, Prof. Zhao illustrates the power of fusing behavioral and computational thinking to design multimodal mobility systems in the context of the future of work. Job is an anchor. It secures one’s economics, defines one’s social identity, and grounds one in the defined time, space and organizational (T, S, O) arrangements.  The future of work is shaking this anchor and loosening each dimension of such arrangements. There are a spectrum of ‘workplaces’, different degrees of temporal flexibilities, and a variety of employer-employee relationships. Combining the three dimensions yields a rich set of more fluid (T, S, O) arrangements. We bring organization behavior and travel behavior together and propose an agenda for both empirical and methodological research. Transportation industry can be more ambitious--mobility service providers, workplace providers and corporations working together to imagine the future of work and mobility.

Florian Allroggen.  Creating a sustainable future for aviation
Air transportation provides vital links for business and leisure passengers and enables transportation of perishable goods, goods of high value, and time-critical deliveries. At the same time, global civil air transportation is estimated to contribute about 2% to anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Non-CO2 effects result in aviation’s impact on anthropogenic warming to be at around 5%. In addition, aviation emissions contribute to global-scale air pollution leading to impaired human health.

In this talk, Dr. Allroggen outlines aviation’s broader economic and environmental impacts and will discuss strategies for mitigating the environmental footprint. As the air transportation sector is adopting increasingly ambitious environmental goals, while trying to expand global access to the air transportation network, system-wide solutions will be needed. These include large-scale adoption of low-carbon fuels, new aircraft and engine technologies, and new ways for operating aircraft.

Thursday,  20 April

15:30 h.

Attendees check-in

16:00 h.

Welcome and Introduction

Raimundo Pérez-Hernández 
Director, Fundación Ramón Areces.

Klaus Schleicher 
Director, MIT Corporate Relations.

Eduardo Garrido
Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations.

 16:15 h.

Bumps along the Road to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Prof. Donald Sadoway
John F. Elliott Professor Emeritus of Materials Chemistry.

17:00 h.

Behavior and Computation: Urban Mobility in the Future of Work  

Prof. Jinhua Zhao
Edward and Joyce Linde Associate Professor of City and Transportation. Founder and Faculty Director, MIT Mobility Initiative.


17:45 h.


 18:15 h.

Creating a sustainable future for aviation

Dr. Florian Allroggen
Executive Director Aerospace Climate & Sustainability in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

19:00 h.


Klaus Schleicher

Prof. Donald Sadoway
Prof. Jinhua Zhao
Dr. Florian Allroggen

 19:30 h.

Wrap up and closing

Eduardo Garrido 
Director de Programa, Relaciones Corporativas MIT.

  Donald Sadoway

Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor Emeritus of Materials Chemistry in the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. After a year of postdoctoral study at MIT as a NATO Fellow, Dr. Sadoway joined the faculty in 1978. He is author of over 180 scientific papers and holder of over 37 U.S. patents, and his research is directed towards the development of batteries for grid-level storage and mobile applications as well as environmentally sound technologies for the extraction of metals. Sadoway’s contributions include two breakthroughs.

First came the liquid metal battery, which could enable the large-scale stationary storage of renewable energy. That represents a huge step forward in the transition to green energy, according to  António Campinos, president of the European Patent Office, when Sadoway won the 2022 European Inventor Award for the invention in the category for Non-European Patent Office Countries. The second breakthrough is molten oxide electrolysis which produces metal from ore with no CO2 emissions. Discovered at MIT, Sadoway spun out the company today known as Boston Metal which is the most credible solution to green steel. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. 

   Jinhua Zhao

Jinhua Zhao is the Edward and Joyce Linde Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He integrates behavioral and computational thinking to decarbonize the global mobility system. Prof. Zhao founded and directs the MIT Mobility Initiative, coalescing the Institute’s efforts on transportation research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. He hosts the MIT Mobility Forum, curating cutting-edge transportation research across the globe. Prof. Zhao directs the JTL Urban Mobility Lab and Transit Lab at MIT.

He leads long-term collaborations with transportation authorities and operators worldwide, including London, Chicago, Washington DC, and Hong Kong and enables cross-culture learning between cities in North America, Asia and Europe. He develops methods to sense, predict, nudge, and regulate travel behavior, and designs multimodal mobility systems that integrate autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, and public transport. He is the co-founder and chief scientist for TRAM Global, a mobility decarbonization venture.

  Florian Allroggen

Dr. Allroggen is a Research Scientist in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department’s Executive Director Aerospace Climate & Sustainability. He is co-leading the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and the Transportation Decarbonization efforts in the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. Furthermore, he is the Executive Director of MIT’s Zero Impact Aviation Alliance.

His research brings together Transport Economics, Environmental Economics, and related research questions in Energy Economics. In his recent work, he focuses on understanding the transition of transportation towards sustainable solutions. He develops and applies methods for techno-economic and lifecycle assessments, policy analyses, cost- benefit analysis, and market response modeling.

Dr. Allroggen is a nominated expert to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, particularly the Fuels Task Group and the Long-Term Aspirational Goal Task Group.

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