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Date(s)
Jan 28 - 29, 2023
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Location
CIC Tokyo, Japan
Course Length
2 days
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The course sharply focuses on two forces driving the future of urban mobility: behavior and computation. We use a behavioral lens to examine mobility technologies such as automation, connectivity, sharing, and electrification, and demonstrate the power of integrating behavioral and computational thinking. We observe that travel behavior is emotional, social, and perceptual, and mobility service can be predictive, individualized, experimental, and multimodal.

Underpinning the paradigm shift in urban mobility, we ask fundamental questions of what are the changes in transportation, what are the invariances in transportation, and what are the human agencies in shaping the mobility of the future. We examine transportation as the “makers and breakers” of cities, and how future mobility can sustain urban livability and cultivate urban creativity. We identify immense opportunities and risks for business disruption in the transportation industry and plant the seed of imagination in creating your own mobility ventures. 

    The course is a part of the 3-course Sustainability, Infrastructure, and Innovation Program. The program is delivered in collaboration with CIC Tokyo

    For information about this course in Japanese, please visit here

    Please email project.tokyo@cic.com if you have any questions. 

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Program Outline

    Part I: Urban Mobility Fundamental and Emerging Trends

    1. Mobility Fundamentals: Changes, Invariances and Human Agency

    2. Mobility Emerging Trends

    3. Responses from the Mobility Industry, Community, and Consumers

    Part II: What Defines Future Urban Mobility? Behavior and Computation

    1. The Paradigm Shift in Urban Mobility

    2. Behavioral Understanding of Mobility Technologies

    3. Integrating Behavioral and Computational Thinking

    Part III: Transportation: Makers and Breakers of Cities

    1. System of Systems: Mobility and Cities

    2. Governing Urban Mobility

    3. Urban Creativity and Mobility Innovation

    Part IV: Mobility Venture: Imagining Future Urban Mobility

    1. Six Thought Experiments in Transportation

    2. Four Ideas of Blue-sky Business Ventures

    3. Reflections After Each Session

    Program Schedule

    January 28th, Saturday 9:00-17:00

    8:30-9:00

    Optional-Breakfast and networking

    9:00-10:30

    Session 1: Mobility Fundamentals: Changes, Invariances and Human Agency

    10:30-11:00

    Break/networking

    11:00-12:30

    Session 2: Mobility Emerging Trends; Responses from the mobility industry, community, and consumers

    12:30-13:30

    Lunch

    13:30-15:00

    Session 3: The paradigm shift in urban mobility; Behavioral Understanding of Mobility Technologies

    15:00-15:30

    Break/networking

    15:30-17:00

    Session 4: Integrating Behavioral and Computational Thinking

     

    January 29th, Sunday 9:00-17:00

    8:30-9:00

    Optional-Breakfast and networking

    9:00-10:30

    Session 5: Transportation: Makers and Breakers of Cities; and System of Systems: Mobility and Cities

    10:30-11:00

    Break/networking

    11:00-12:30

    Session 6: Governing urban mobility; Urban Creativity and Mobility Innovation

    12:30-13:30

    Lunch

    13:30-15:00

    Session 7: Mobility Venture: Six Thought Experiments in Transportation

    15:00-15:30

    Break/networking

    15:30-17:00

    Session 8: Mobility Venture: Four Ideas of Blue-sky Business Ventures

    Learning Outcomes
    • Use behavioral perspective to examine technologies such as automation, connectivity, sharing, and electrification
    • Understand the emotional, social, and perceptual aspects of human mobility 
    • Be familiar with the cutting-edge computational methods to sense, predict, nudge and regulate travel behavior
    • Be exposed to multimodal mobility systems that integrate shared and autonomous vehicles with public transit 
    • Develop your own blue-sky idea on mobility business venture 

    Students are the protagonist of the class, you are required to:

    1. Actively participate in six thought experiments on transportation
    2. Reflect after each lecture and connect your own experiences to urban mobility innovations
    3. Co-create four ideas for blue-sky business ventures with Prof. Zhao

    Activities and Expectations

    Part 1. Be part of the dialog and capture the moment

    Active class participation is an ESSENTIAL part of the course. I persist in encouraging everyone to be part of the dialogue.

    Capture the moment: I hope that at least some parts of each class inspire you to think, and I like you to capture these moments. I allocate 5 minutes in each class for everyone to type a half-page idea note. A few thoughts on what to write (don’t feel constrained by them):

    • What does the talk today inspire you to think? Either as an entrepreneur, as a practitioner, as a researcher, or as a decision maker?
    • Any personal experience related to the discussion today?
    • Does the discussion today change any of your prior notions of human behavior? 
    • How does the discussion connect to your practice, research, events, or planning or policy debates?
    • Did you learn any new data source or analytical method that might be of use for your future work?

    Part 2. Six thought experiments

    Students are required to actively participate in six thought experiments in transportation designed by Prof. Zhao, 

    Part 3. Business venture ideas

    Students are required to co-create four initial blue-sky ideas for business ventures with Prof. Zhao and develop one of them at a moderate level of depth in groups. 

     

    Who Should Attend

    Professionals with different expertise and backgrounds may benefit from this program, including: 

    • CTOs, CIOs, and leaders of technological departments or projects who wish to understand how urban mobility has evolved and learn how to best manage technology for their companies.
    • Technical professionals who want a broader strategic view of the opportunities and challenges of urban mobility and how it can transform their business activities.
    • CEOs, entrepreneurs, and functional managers from technical areas and sectors looking to explore the transportation industry and expand their current activities.
    • Leaders, pioneers, and researchers in the government, public/private transportation sector, automobile industry, infrastructure companies, sustainability/green system organizations, and beyond.
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