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Monday, November 8 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Safe Micro & Soft Mobility : Leveraging the Power of AI

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The Middle East and North Africa has long been characterized by a lack of safe, suitable infrastructure for pedestrians, bikes or any other forms of soft- and micro-mobility. This status quo has been altered in recent years through a combination of pedestrian-friendly facilities, as well as the surge in online ordering and delivery services triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. These trends present road planners and traffic engineers with new challenges in their mission to offer a shared road space for all. AI algorithms will probably never replace the keen human eye in evaluating these new risks, but they can supplement human-led analysis and provide valuable support to the work of traffic engineers in the field.

This panel will explore opportunities to combine emerging AI applications that assist road agencies datamine their asset and traffic information in order to produce effective “heat maps” of road risk for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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Jonathan Spear

Transport Policy Advisor, Atkins Acuity
Jonathan Spear is a Transport Policy Advisor with 26 years of experience and currently working with Atkins Acuity in Dubai. He has extensive experience in national, regional and local transport planning studies in the international sphere and has worked in UK, Asia-Pacific, Africa... Read More →

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Hussain Al Banna

Executive Director, Traffic Department, Dubai Roads & Transport Authority
Eng. Hussain Al Banna is an Executive Director of Traffic Department in the Traffic & Roads agency at Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). He has over 17 years of professional experience ranging from project management to directing strategic city-development plans aiming at... Read More →
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Dr. Georges Aoude

Co-Founder & CEO, DERQ
Dr. Georges Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an MIT spin-off with a mission to eliminate road accidents for both conventional and autonomous vehicles using patented artificial intelligence and connected vehicle technology.   Dr. Aoude holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aerospace... Read More →
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Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty

Trustee Chair, Pegasus Professor and Dept. Chair, University of Central Florida
Dr. Aty is a Trustee Endowed Chair at University of Central Florida (UCF). He is a Pegasus Distinguished Professor and the Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department. He is leading the Future City initiative at UCF. He is well recognized in work and... Read More →
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Leila Muchanga-Hvelplund

Technical Advisor, Founder, ASI.gov
Technical advisor with over 10 years in projects at an international level.Leila Muchanga-Hvelplund has over 10 years of combined experience including engineering, strategy and mentoring, and as part of executive management teams. Leila works with advanced technology and disruptive... Read More →

Monday November 8, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am GMT+04
Sheikh Maktoum - A