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.


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

Institute for Mobility and Digital Innovation, Stuttgart Media University / Daimler Mobility Services

Wolfgang is passionate about digital innovation and mobility. His work at Daimler Mobility Services and at the Stuttgart Media University’s Institute for Mobility and Digital Innovation focuses on creating more sustainable mobility systems that make use of new technologies and change the way we travel. Wolfgang has worked on shared autonomous mobility systems as Head of Autonomous Mobility Services at car2go, and as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to that, he worked as an entrepreneur and as a manager in Daimler’s Business Innovation unit where he initiated moovel, a mobility platform that offers customers the best options for traveling from point A to point B by combining diverse modes of transportation.



Kent Larson

MIT Media Lab

Kent Larson directs the Media Lab's Changing Places group. Since 1998, he has also directed the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research is focused on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. Larson practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Global Architecture, The New York Times, A+U, and Architectural Digest. His book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000 by The New York Times Review of Books. Related work was selected by Time magazine as a "Best Design of the Year" project.


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.


ARIEL Noyman

MIT Media Lab

Ariel Noyman is a researcher and a project leader at the MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group. He oversees the integration of the group's diverse research topics (city simulation, urban mobility, innovation districts and smart housing) to provide comprehensive solutions for large scale urban questions.

Noyman is an architect and an urban designer with more than a decade of experience in large-scale urban design, institutional and public projects, urban data visualization and graphic design. He practiced at leading architectural and design firms in the US, Europe and Israel. His work was featured in Domus, Archdaily, Dezeen and the Guardian to name a few. 


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.