Emilia Silvas’ drive to AI for mobility, transport and logistics

Published on: 15 September 2020

The Dutch economy is largely driven by Mobility, Transport and Logistics. The need to strengthen the competitive position of the Netherlands and to provide solutions to social issues such as employment, traffic safety, sustainability, congestion, comfort and air quality stimulates innovation in mobility developments. Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays an increasing role in these developments. It is only from an ecosystem approach that it is possible to tackle these societal challenges.

Kees van der Klauw, Coalition manager of the Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC), is pleased to announce that Emilia Silvas, Cluster Programme Manager Smart Vehicle at TNO and University Lecturer at TU/e, has started as chair of the Mobility, Transport and Logistics working group. Emilia is working on cooperative and automatic mobility solutions, and sees the more and more important role of AI. Emilia explains: “AI is increasingly being applied in the mobility and transport ecosystem, ranging from application in individual automated vehicles to vehicle fleets and to optimisation of the entire traffic network. This is an essential application of AI to achieve goals such as ‘no more deaths in traffic’ and ‘no more emissions’. AI can improve performance and efficiency, for example when processing large amounts of data, sensors in the vehicle and infrastructure and linking the different layers of communication”.

Emilia says “This is probably just the tip of the iceberg and we need to be sure that the system has a safe design and is functioning correctly. I am pleased that, in my new role at the coalition, I can bring together various experts; from system experts, application experts, researchers, ethics experts, policy makers, start-ups to technology developers. Together we can explore and discover the possible AI developments, and increase the added value.”

Working group

The complexity of these developments, the amount of data available and the computing power of computers are increasing rapidly and require a unique and integrated approach. AI offers the possibility to supply solutions. The working group therefore focusses on the most important opportunities and challenges in this sector and aspires to identify and develop AI solutions. These are addressed together with participants in the working group by connecting collaborative partners and working together on concrete actions.


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