Amalia-PolydoropoulouDr. Amalia Polydoropoulou is a Professor at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean and the Director of the Transportation and Decision-Making Laboratory. Her areas of research include transportation systems, transportation demand, market research, and econometrics. She has extensive experience with demand modeling and forecasting techniques, while she has conducted worldwide market research on user response to the introduction of new modes of transportation and the adoption of innovative technologies such as Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility as a Service, Sharing and Active Transport Systems (modeling mode choice, willingness to pay behavior and distributed Value of Time).

Ioanna PagoniDr. Ioanna Pagoni is a Transportation Engineer and works as a Senior Researcher at the Transportation and Decision-Making Laboratory of the University of the Aegean. Ioanna has 14 years of professional and research experience in transportation engineering. Her areas of research include demand modelling, development of business models for emerging transport concepts and transportation system analysis. She has been involved in several EU-funded and national projects related to urban mobility and the implementation of innovative schemes, such as shared mobility, Mobility as a Service, Autonomous mobility, etc.

UAEGEAN has been involved in many European Projects (indicative projects include HARMONY, MaaS4EU, OPTIMUM, GreenLog, WE-TRANSFORM, CLIMAS, etc.) focusing on the exploration and implementation of innovative solutions for urban and regional mobility. With this background, UAEGEAN initiated this effort in collaboration with MOBY and INLE, to conceptualize and prepare the proposal as well as contact several scientific and technical partners and cities to formulate the SPINE consortium.

UAEGEAN expects to strengthen its expertise in transport planning and modelling, including activity-based simulation models and behavioral modelling, as well as enhance its competence in transport project policies, business models, and the implementation of innovative schemes for urban mobility. In addition, we expect to expand our collaborations with research organizations, IT companies, mobility service providers, and public authorities. We will also exploit SPINE to enhance our research capacity, including Ph.D. students funding, scientific work publications, and participation in science and technology research networks, while transferring SPINE results as educational material to UAEGEAN’s relevant graduate/undergraduate programs.

UAEGEAN is leading Work Package (WP) 1, which will set the SPINE innovation and twinning framework. As part of this WP, UAEGEAN is responsible for defining the initial basket of SPINE solutions that will be presented to the LLs at the beginning of the co-creation process. In addition, we contribute to the mapping of the maturity level and the foreseen interventions per city and the definition of the impact assessment and twinning framework. Moreover, UAEGEAN is responsible for developing advanced econometric travel behaviour models which will assess the impact of SPINE solutions on travel behaviour, modal split and satisfaction with public transport services, as well as developing two independent activity-based simulation models. Finally, we are responsible for drawing detailed guidelines for scaling-up the SPINE solutions across Europe and providing policy recommendations for the integration of advanced shared, inclusive, sustainable and resilient urban and peri-urban mobility services in Europe.

Our goal is to contribute to the advancement of the current knowledge and research on the implementation of innovative services for public transport and the impact on SPINE main objectives (increase of PT market share and improvement of users’ satisfaction).  We also hope to achieve successful and productive collaboration with all SPINE partners, where we will exchange new research ideas that will benefit both SPINE but also the research community in general.