Panta Rhei – a World in Constant Motion

Mobility is a multifaceted topic with a complex past development. Ideological quarrels, almost religious wars have been fought during the past decades when talking about mobility issues: boundless mobility for free citizens or priority to humane, liveable settlements? Can mobility cost transparency start an overdue restructuring or would it bring down or complete economic system? Expansion of transport infrastructure to shrink distances or shrinking of transport infrastructure for a compact city of short distances?

How can we use today’s knowledge and techniques to shape the forward-looking mobility of tomorrow? Mobility is necessary; each human spends a certain percentage of their lifetime on mobility. When mankind became permanent residents, transport routes were built to cover our daily needs and start early trade. Today, our cities are completely dependent on mobility processes. But how far must, may, or should mobility form – or dominate – our lives?

Actually, how can mobility be defined? On the one hand of course as movement of persons or things, but on the other hand we have to raise the question whether data traffic in form of current or light impulses is also part of mobility? How do we deal with data mobility, which influences and consequences does data mobility have on “conventional” mobility in a narrower sense? Simplification of transport streams has brought much progress and growth to our planet, but it also brought along a variety of traffic problems; which problems can be caused by steadily increasing data traffic?

Mobility can also be defined by the amounts moved: There is mobility of single persons, but many single mobilites can shape mobility patterns which can cause problems due to their size, for example commuters as short-time, but regular phenomenon or migration movements as one-time, but long-ranging and effectful occurences.

REAL CORP is also going to focus on persons who are – for whatever reason – limited in their personal mobility, be it caused by their age or as a result of physical or mental limitations. These matters, together with accessibility issues (of physical and virtual realities), will be dealt with in an own theme slot.

REAL CORP 2017 deals with everything that moves im time and space. These theme fields will be covered during the conference:

  • Mobility – intermodal, multimodal, on-demand – state of the art and future perspectives
  • One world? Megastructures and global transport hubs
  • Traffic and transport in smart cities and regions
  • E-Mobility and beyond
  • Mobility of an ageing population: How to deal with special mobility needs of impaired people
  • Moving people – migration into cities, international migration, seasonal migration, rediscovery of the villages, ... – from local to global perspectives
  • Data analysis, surveillance and monitoring from above: satellites, planes, drones
  • Changing cities, changing landscapes – slow or fast changes, stable or fragile structures
  • Real time mobility data and applications
  • New and upcoming transport technologies

Special Topics

REAL CORP 2017 is going to have separate presentation blocks or workshops on these special topics:

Accessibility (Chair: Wolfgang W. Wasserburger)

Accessibility is becoming increasingly critical to our lives. It's not only about being able to reach some place by a wheelchair, accessibility means more – like opening things, places and content to people with different kinds of impairment, for example auditive, visual, physical or cognitive disabilities. REAL CORP's special accessibility session will focus on current developments of accessibility in ICT and planning.

GIS and Geoinformation (Chair: Gerhard Navratil)

The special session GIS/Geoinformation at CORP will provide a platform to discuss technical possibilities of developing technologies in connection with new observation technologies and Web 2.0. Such analyses can provide valuable information on societal trends and be used as input for planning processes and guide accompanying measures. Also discussion on ethical questions connected to these technologies are encouraged.

Implication of mobility automation and digitisation in planning processes (chaired by Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, BMVIT)

  • What does it mean in time and space (effects on mobility system and spatial structures)?
  • Which role does planning play? Which new planning skills do we need and which backgrounds and competencies are necessary?
  • Where are the limits of traditional planning approaches? Which new methods and tools help us go beyond these limits?
  • Where is the point of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) to join in the future, and how can things be brought to the ground? What is the role of "Enabling Spaces" like test tracks or real laboratories (e. g. urban mobility labs)?
  • What can be the contribution of a future endowed professorship?

Workshop "Evolution Theory based Transport Planning" (chaired by Vienna University of Technology, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering)

For designing sustainable transport and land use systems the human behaviour and its influencing factors need to be known in depth. The Research Center for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering has been working since decades in an interdisciplinary manner to research the causes of and preconditions for sustainable transport systems. Important fundaments of our research are evolution theory's "Schichtenmodell" developed by Prof. Rupert Riedl and its application to transport planning by Prof. Hermann Knoflacher.
In this workshop we will discuss the concept of sustainable transport planning, introduce the "Schichtenmodell" for the profound explanation of human behaviour and show the implications of the application of the "Schichtenmodell" for transport planning (structure influences behaviour). Furthermore, we will show worldwide examples of the unconscious application of it and introduce tools which we have developed based on this theoretical concept (MARS).
In the second part of the workshop we invite you to change your personal perspective and join us in a guided tour. Accompanied by planning experts from Vienna's public transport operator Wiener Linien  (WL) and the Austrian federal railways (ÖBB) we will experience the public transport system in Vienna between Karlsplatz (WL) and Wien Hauptbahnhof (ÖBB).

Warp Innovation challenges innovation teams, academic spin-offs and start-ups on their business ideas

One important orientation is establishing collaboration amongst proper stakeholders of an eco-system. We therefore engage with strategic partners, following the principle of forming relationships between science, corporates, start-ups, services and investors. Warp Innovation therefore conducts a study – during 2017 in German speaking countries and 2018 within Europe – adhering to this setting. Enabling mutual benefits for all parties involved is our credo. At REAL CORP 2017 we may give some insights to this – proud to be there as the conference format addresses multi domains since its very beginning.