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Enhanced Protection of Vulnerable Road Users – A Combined Discriminative and Generative Approach for Accurate Detection and Prediction of Pedestrian Intentions
Miguel A. Sotelo, Departamento de Electrónica, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

IoT Wayfaring through Urban Living Labs
David Prendergast, Human in the Loop, Ireland

Intelligent Transport Systems for Smart Cities - Improvement of Air Quality on Roads by Environmentally Oriented Urban Traffic Management
Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany


Enhanced Protection of Vulnerable Road Users – A Combined Discriminative and Generative Approach for Accurate Detection and Prediction of Pedestrian Intentions

Miguel A. Sotelo
Departamento de Electrónica, Universidad de Alcalá

Brief Bio
Miguel Ángel Sotelo received the degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 from the Technical University of Madrid, the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid), Spain, and the Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the European Business School in 2008. From 1993 to 1994, he held an Excellence Research Grant at the University of Alcalá, where he is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering and Vice-president for International Relations. In 1997, he was a Research Visitor at the RSISE of the Australian National University in Canberra. His research interests include Self-driving cars, Cooperative Systems, and Traffic Technologies. He is author of more than 200 publications in journals, conferences, and book chapters. He has been recipient of the Best Research Award in the domain of Automotive and Vehicle Applications in Spain in 2002 and 2009, and the 3M Foundation Awards in the category of eSafety in 2004 and 2009. He served as Auditor and Expert at FITSA Foundation for RTD Projects in the domain of automotive applications in 2004-2010. Miguel Ángel Sotelo has served as Project Evaluator, Rapporteur, and Reviewer for the European Commission in the field of ICT for Intelligent Vehicles and Cooperative Systems in FP6 and FP7. He was Director General of Guadalab Science & Technology Park (2011-2012) and co-founder and CEO of Vision Safety Technologies (2009-2015), a spin-off company established in 2009 to commercialize computer vision systems for road infrastructure inspection. He is member of the IEEE ITSS Board of Governors and Executive Committee. Miguel Ángel Sotelo served as Editor-in-Chief of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Newsletter (2013), Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (2014-2016), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2008-2014), member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles (since 2015), and a member of the Editorial Board of The Open Transportation Journal (2006-2015). He has served as General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’2012) that was held in Alcalá de Henares (Spain) in June 2012. He was recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Editorial Service Award for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the IEEE ITSS Outstanding Application Award in 2013, and the Prize to the Best Team with Full Automation in GCDC 2016. At present, he is President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.  

Driver Assistance Systems have achieved a high level of maturity in the latest years. As an example of that, sophisticated pedestrian protection systems are already available in a number of commercial vehicles from several OEMs. However, accurate pedestrian path prediction is needed in order to go a step further in terms of safety and reliability, since it can make the difference between effective and non-effective intervention. Getting to understand the underlying intent of an observed pedestrian is of paramount interest in a large variety of domains that involve some sort of collaborative and competitive scenarios, such as robotics, surveillance, human-machine interaction, and intelligent vehicles. In contrast to trajectory-based approaches, the consideration of the whole pedestrian body language has the potential to provide early indicators of the pedestrian intentions, much more powerful than those provided by the physical parameters of a trajectory. In this talk, we consider a hybrid approach in which Deep Learning techniques are used to robustly detect pedestrians’ body parts and pose together with a generative approach, based on GPDM (Gaussian Process with Dynamical Model), for accurate trajectory prediction in a time horizon of up to 1.0 s. The proposed system constitutes a further step in the state-of-the-art in the quest for advanced VRU protection systems. 



IoT Wayfaring through Urban Living Labs

David Prendergast
Human in the Loop

Brief Bio
Dr. David Prendergast is a social anthropologist, musician and photography enthusiast. His research over the last twenty years has focused on later life-course transitions and he has authored a wide range of books and articles on ageing, health, technology, and social relationships. David’s doctorate, completed in 2002 at Cambridge University, was published as a monograph ‘From Elder to Ancestor, Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea’. David subsequently worked on several major projects at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Trinity College Dublin including a history of the British Colonial Wildlife Conservation, paid home care services in Ireland; and an ESRC study into death, dying and bereavement in England and Scotland.

David joined Intel in 2006 as Social Science Lead in the Digital Health Group and Principal Investigator in the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre. In 2011 he moved to Intel Labs as User Experience Lead and helped set up and run the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities with Imperial College and University College London until 2015. In recent years David has focused on directing Urban Living Labs and ‘Internet of Things’ research testbeds in London, San Jose and Dublin. David left Intel in 2018 in order to return to his anthropological roots and focus on his UX and photography consultancy ‘Human in the Loop’.

David has also held the positions of Visiting Professor of Healthcare Innovation at Trinity College Dublin and External Examiner to the Design Ethnography MSc at Dundee University. His most recent volume ‘Ageing and the Digital Life Course’ edited with Chiara Garattini was named a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ by the American Library Association and was described as one of ‘the two most fascinating books on aging in the 21st Century’ by the Huffington Post.

Fortune Magazine named David a ‘hero of the 500’ for his involvement in helping establish LauraLynn House, Ireland’s first children’s hospice.

As the Internet of Things matures, the value of focused transdisciplinary research perspectives that are able to tackle difficult challenges across complex ecosystems has become increasingly evident. When designing end to end IoT platforms and use cases, we need to think beyond the simple acquisition and communication of data and consider where, when and how it is analysed, represented, and turned into forms of action and value for often diverse stakeholders. This will be explored through a series of practical testbed and urban living lab examples ranging from independent living for aging populations, to smart stadiums, air quality and flood monitoring, to designing autonomous vehicles.



Intelligent Transport Systems for Smart Cities - Improvement of Air Quality on Roads by Environmentally Oriented Urban Traffic Management

Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Brief Bio
Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck is Director of Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions ( The institute aims to strengthen the cooperation of the university´s research teams in Urban Water Management and Sanitation, Biotechnology in Resources Management, Transport System Planning and Urban Energy Systems in the areas of teaching, research and consultancy work. This encompasses the further development of degree programs, joint doctorate colloquia and joint research and development activities. The research and teaching in this field follows interdisciplinary ideas of creating sustainable design solutions for material- and energy-flows, which are the common focus of the key participating chairs of the institute.   Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck graduated in Civil Engineering in 1990, completed the Dr.-Ing. in Transport Planning in 1995. Between 2005 and 2014 he was Managing Director of pwp-systems GmbH. Since 2014 he is Full-Professor of Transport System Planning, in the Department of Civil Engineering. His main fields of special competence are: · implementation of telematic-systems and integration in traffic management concepts, · moderation and conducting of planning and development processes, · conducting of national and international research projects in the field of traffic management, project planning and business economics, · modelling and forecasting of traffic, on the basis of high experiences in simulation models, statistics and mathematical methods, surveys and data acquisition, · Planning and design of transport infrastructure, main emphasis on urban and rural planning, airport planning and railway infrastructure and preparation and planning of transport concepts for large scale events (like world exhibitions, fares and sporting events). Furthermore he is member of the executive board of the Bauhaus Weiterbildungs-Akademie Weimar (Acedemy for further education) and member of the scientific board of DGON (German Institute of Navigation).

The transport system is of central importance for any economy in the world especially for big cities. By the year 2025, it is predicted that approximately 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Global challenges such as the climate chance, scarcity of resources, increasing transport and urban sprawl demand a change of thinking. The question how policy can advance the future of integrated and sustainable mobility needs to be answered with intelligent solutions for smart cities.

In this context the improvement of air quality by traffic management measures, that is becoming increasingly important worldwide, is an excellent example for the role of Intelligent Transport Systems in this context. Especially in major cities in many countries worldwide the atmospheric pollution has reached rapidly intolerable high levels. New approaches in road traffic control could make significant contributions to multi-disciplinary efforts to stop these increasing air pollution.

Environmentally oriented local traffic management is based on permanent monitoring of traffic conditions, environmental data, and climate data. It includes strategy management, the operation of information systems and quality management with the aim to reduce traffic volume and to minimize acceleration and braking events. With this approach significant reductions in the emissions and imissions of relevant air pollutants can be achieved. Such systems are now in regular operation and are due to be deployed to the entire of metropolitan areas.