On Friday the 16th of September, eGovlab hosted the CISMOB conference on Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Mobility, at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, University of Stockholm. With over 150 participants, and 18 speakers representing different countries and institutions, the conference started by opening remarks from Vasilis Koulolias, the director of eGovlab, followed by a series of presentations showing cases of international and local perspectives on Intelligent Transport Systems, from Sweden to Singapore.

In the second part of the conference, the focus was narrowed down to Stockholm. The City of Stockholm and ITS Sweden, gave an overview of their future smart city initiatives and plans on mobility, highlighting the need for collaboration, citizen engagement and co-creation in the implementation of ICT integration into regional or municipal programs.

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Before moving forward with the program, participants were introduced to CISMOB, the EU Interreg project that made this conference possible. Smriti Dutta shared with the audience the project’s overall objectives and mission to promote innovative ways to reduce carbon footprint and increase the sustainability in urban areas by using ICT to improve efficiency in the use of urban transport infrastructure.

In the third part of the conference, the audience learned about the EC’s Perspective on connectivity and Smart Mobility and the role of "Digital co-production/Co-creation" in transportation. The speakers highlighted the role of ICT in automating functions and providing more safety for citizens while becoming more energy efficient and enabling new services. In addition, they shed the light on the role of research funds provided by Horizon 2020 and the EU Stakeholder Platforms’ major progress made in the area. Such efforts have made it possible to utilize the Internet and Mobile technologies to enable citizens (particularly, but not only, the digital natives) to engage in co-production of public services and transportation.

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Following this, a panel discussion was held on the topic of Open Data and co-creation in the public sphere, which led to a constructive dialogue around the opportunities open data triggered in the field of mobility, as well as the boundaries and privacy issues. The panel discussion explored the creative use of open data over the transport ecosystem context and its links to innovation. Moreover, it discussed the question of how public agencies can release data and unlock the potential of Smart Mobility in unprecedented ways; and how citizens can get involved in the creation and development of a smart mobility ecosystem.

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Moreover, a series of presentations on “creating synergies between the civil, academic, public and private sector” were conducted. Experts from KTH, Stockholm University, Deloitte and Interactive Institute, presented a new decentralised and participatory approach in using ideas and innovation between all sectors, from academia to the business. These presentations helped the audience understand how different sectors meet users’ and markets’ needs: the users are at the heart of innovation contributing in the design process and idea generation for new services and products.

Finally, the conference concluded by closing remarks from Professor Harald Kjellin, who summarized the major key points of the discussion during the conference and highlighted some key points for future discussions on intelligent transport systems.