The leaders driving the new mobility trends are here. They will give you insights on the technologies, trends, policies, and businesses that are disrupting mobility, and changing society.

Ryan Chin

MIT Media Lab, City Science Initiative

Dr. Ryan Chin is the managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He conducts research on disruptive urban systems in the areas of urban mobility, live/work, building-integrated agriculture, and big data analytics. Dr. Chin is creating Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems – a network of self-driving, shared-use, lightweight electric vehicles (EVs) for cities. He also developed MoD EVs including the GreenWheel, RoboScooter, Persuasive Electric Vehicle, and the CityCar – a foldable, electric, two-passenger vehicle. The CityCar is designed to meet European Union regulations for roadworthy urban EVs. Time Magazine named CityCar the “Automotive Invention of the Year” in 2007. Research on MoD systems led to the MIT Press publication of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century by Mitchell, Borroni-Bird, and Burns in 2010.


adam cohen

Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Adam Cohen is a research associate at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the group in 2004, he has focused his research on shared mobility. He has co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. In 2008, he completed a dual Masters degree in city and regional planning and international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 


Wolfgang Gruel

MIT Media Lab / Daimler

Wolfgang Gruel holds a dual appointment with MIT Media Lab and moovel, Daimler's subsidary for innovative mobility solutions, to create outstanding mobility solutions for urban areas.  Wolfgang helped to build up car2go and the mobility platform moovel. While car2go is the world’s leading provider of flexible carsharing programs that is now available in more than 25 cities worldwide, the mobility platform moovel is offering customers the best options for traveling from point A to point B by combining diverse modes of transportation.



Florian Lennert


Florian Lennert is Director of the Intelligent City Forum, a joint venture of InnoZ and LSE based in Berlin, Germany focusing on sustainable urban innovation at the interface of smart mobility, urban renewable energy systems, intelligent infrastructure and future city design.  InnoZ is a leading German innovation centre, jointly established by the German Social Science Centre (WZB), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Deutsche Bahn, Siemens and T-Systems in Berlin, Germany. InnoZ collaborates with industry, start-ups, utilities, municipalities, science and government in developing and scaling future energy and mobility systems. Florian previously co-founded the LSE Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment (with Professor Lord Nick Stern) and the LSE Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and served as Director of Corporate Relations at LSE.


LSE Cities

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities which includes co-directing the cities research programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has previously led the coordination of the chapters on Green Cities and Green Buildings for the United Nations Environment Programme's Green Economy Report. Rode is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society in over a dozen world cities.


Susan Shaheen

Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

Susan’s interest in environmentally- and socially-beneficial technology applications led her to focus her doctoral research on carsharing, linked to public transit in the mid-1990s. Today, she is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy and co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She has authored 55 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, four book chapters, and co-edited one book. Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards.