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This seminar is also part of the training track for the lifelong learning course in New Trends on Urban Mobility.


1st Edition
2 ECTS (10 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: (September 2022)
Friday: 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this seminar?
In Europe, the mobility sector is a crucial component of economic stability and growth. It has a significant multiplier effect by bringing many sectors and business services together along the value chain, in addition to direct employment at vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. The ability of professionals to keep up with the rising rate of technology-driven change depends on their ability to adapt quickly. Integrated transportation services and disruptive technologies are enabling a growing number of smart solutions, increasing competitiveness and obviating the need for restrictions. To meet these new challenges, professionals who have been trained in a century-old industry with a traditional way of working will need to continue their education.

The main focus of this seminar is the transition from a century of private automobiles to the time when society sees mobility dramatically re-envisioned. It analyses the past, present and future evolutionary patterns and business models to give an answer on how the society has arrived to want a more sustainable, heterogeneous, intelligent and shared mobility, and where are the cities possibly going.
Promoted by:
  • To conceive strategies in urban planning to adapt to new developments in urban mobility.
  • To identify potential new services in the automotive sector, considering city sprawl, sustainability issues, the emergence of novel technologies and smart infrastructures.
Who is it for?
  • Professionals who want to train or renew concepts on the new trends in urban mobility.
  • Professionals who are already involved in the mobility sector and want to bring innovation to their institutions.
  • Professionals working in the automotive industry, either directly for the automaker or auxiliary companies.
  • Industrial and civil Engineers.
  • Professionals from public organizations linked to the technology sector.
  • Data scientists, computer engineers and other professionals related to the technology field.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 10h
Blended learning
Changes in Automotive Business: from Automotive to Mobility
  • Passenger and freight mobility services in the last millenium, focusing on the period 1945-2021 (post-WWII).
  • Cross-related issues of the automotive sector with city sprawl, the emergence of novel technologies and smart infrastructures...
  • Market structure and evolution. Services operated by LSP and logistic services in urban areas. Turnover and revenues of vehicle manufacturers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and new players in City Logistics.
Diploma issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya..
Range of modules
This seminar is part of the training track for the lifelong learning course in New Trends on Urban Mobility .
The lifelong learning course programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire lifelong learning course you can sign on one or several modules.
Lifelong learning course:
relation Seminars:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

For subjects 1 to 4, there is a self-study period of two or three weeks after the synchronous learning that includes:
  • 2 or 3 micro-moocs: short video-lessons with some learning material to complete.
  • A short project that will be proposed in class, with the possibility to have academic and Industrial tutoring during this off-line period. If you are taking the seminar 'Innovation and Start-up Ecosystem in Urban Mobility', this projects will be related to your start-up project.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Advanced asynchronous communication
Systems that enable smooth and clear communication in any situation (video chats, forums, recorded lectures, etc.).
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Virtual campus
The students on this seminar will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Ribas Vila, Imma
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    PhD in Advanced Production Systems from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV) and industrial engineer from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). She is currently vice-rector and professor at the Department of Business Organization at UPC. She is a member of the TechTalent-Lab and the Supply Chain and Operations Management research group. She has led research and technology transfer projects in the field of operations and supply chain, a field in which she publishes internationally. She is associate editor of the scientific journals Journal of Urban Mobility and Expert Systems with Applications.
  • Sayrol Clols, Elisa
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    She holds a degree and a doctoral degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently, she is an associate professor at UPC and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in signals and systems, audiovisual coding, deep learning and biometrics. She collaborates with CARNET and is the academic director at UPC of the KIC on Urban Mobility. She has been associate dean and dean of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineering of Barcelona (ETSETB) and vice rector for Institutional Relationships at UPC. In the past, she was a visiting scholar at Northeastern University and at the University of Southern California.
Teaching staff
  • Baalsrud Hauge, Jannicke

    PhD in Engineering from the University of Bremen. She is currently associate professor in production logistics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2003, she worked as a research scientist at the University of Bremen responsible for an e-commerce architecture in an EU project. In 2003 she joined Bremer Institut fuer Produktion und Logistik and in 2015 Royal Institute of technology. She has been coordinating several EU and national projects for ICT in production and logistics, as well as educational projects. She is a member of several boards and has published more than 250 papers.
  • Campos Cacheda, José Magín
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    PhD Civil Engineer from the University of Cantabria. Postgraduate Degree in Mobility Planning and Management, Master's Degree in e-Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Master's Degree in Law and Shipping Maritime Business and Port Management and a Master Degree in Mobility Planning and Management. Professor at Polytechnic University of Catalonia from 1999. Project Director at Center for Innovation in Transport (CENIT) from 2008 to 2012.
  • Estrada Romeu, Miquel Àngel
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    PhD on Civil Engineering, Canals and Ports from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), he is currently an associate professor of transportation at the same university. Member of the CARNET Academic Board (consortium between UPC and Volkswagen Group). He is responsible for the EIT Urban Mobility activities at the UPC since January 2022. His topics of research are city logistics and public transport service design. He has directed or participated in more than 50 R+D+i projects, 10 of national public calls and 8 in European projects (FPVII-H2020-EIT UM Innovation calls).
  • Jeong, Yongkuk (Jake)
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    Assistant professor in production logistics at the Department of Sustainable Production Development in KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Södertälje. He received his PhD in Engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea in 2018. He has experience in production and logistics simulation with companies in South Korea and Sweden. His research interests are digitalization in production logistics and manufacturing simulation.
  • Magrinyà Torner, Francesc
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    Civil Engineer by UPC (1988) and Doctor in Urbanism from the ENPC and Paris-Sorbonne (2002). Town Planning and Transport Consultant (1988-1996). Head of mobility at the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency (2000-2006), Director of the Strategic Planning Area of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (2015-2019). He has been a councillor in the Eixample District of Barcelona since 2015. Professor of Urbanism in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UPC). Coordinator of the EXIT-UPC Research Group (Engineering, Networks, Infrastructures and Transport). Outstanding publications: The evolution of engineering in urban planning (2002); The urban space of mobility (2007); Cerdà, one hundred and fifty years of modernity (2010).
  • Mercadé Aloy, Josep

    Architect and Civil Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), doctor with international mention (UPC-ETH Zurich). Associate Professor of Urbanism at the UPC and has been an academic guest at ETH Zurich. His research has focused on the development of spatial analysis tools for the characterization of the built environment. In the professional field, he has worked at the Foster+Partners studio and has been working as a freelancer since 2003, carrying out projects, planning and urban and territorial studies.
  • Milanes, Vicente
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    Electronic Engineer from the University of Extremadura, PhD in Autonomous Systems from the University of Alcala in Spain, and he also holds a Higher Degree Research (HDR) from the University of Technology of Compiègne in France. He is responsible for Innovation in Renault Spain since November 2020. He has led more than 20 research projects in the past in the field of mobility in Europe and United States. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, and he holds more than 25 industrial patents with Renault.
  • Ortigosa Marin, Javier

    Civil Engineer from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Master in Transport and Logistics from the Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Doctor in Traffic Engineering from the Federal Polytechnic School of Zurich (ETH-Zürich). Specialist in networks, control and traffic operations. He is an associate professor at UPC. He is part of the Drafting Service of the Metropolitan Urban Master Plan for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (PDU-AMB), coordinating mobility and transport infrastructure issues.
  • Pérez Rastelli, Joshué Manuel
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    He has more than 14 years of experience in the Intelligent Transportation System field where he has successfully designed, developed, and implemented intelligent systems ranging from advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) up to fully automated vehicles. He started working at the Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC), in Spain, within the AUTOPIA program for autonomous vehicles, where he got his Ph.D. in 2012. Then, he moved to the National Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), in France, where he has technically led more than 10 EU and national projects for demonstrating different ADAS technologies. He has more than 180 publications related to automated driving, ADAS and cooperatives maneuvers.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.

Career opportunities

At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop roles that require knowledge and practical skills to succeed when dealing with new challenges in urban mobility, either in the automotive sector, public bodies, mobility operators, consulting firms, engineering departments or start-ups.

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