Rui José is an Assistant Professor at University of Minho, where he leads the Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems group at the Algoritmi Research centre. He has been involved in collaborative research as PI or co-PI in multiple international research projects (FP7, FET-OPEN, Portugal/CMU partnership) and also collaborative projects with industry (QREN, P2020). His main research interests are Ubiquitous Systems and Smart Cities, particularly the design and development of ubiquitous information services for urban spaces. He is currently involved in research on data services for soft mobility, situated urban displays and seamless outdoor/indoor mapping.
Information Services for Soft Mobility: New opportunities and challenges
Sustainable mobility needs to promote and embrace many alternative modes of transportation, including bicycles, electrical scooters or walking. Valuable information services can play a key role in the adoption of those mobility modes. They can increase awareness and reduce uncertainty, helping to remove many adoption obstacles. However, while we currently have plenty of excellent car navigation applications, soft mobility modes are still lacking reliable, widely available and targeted services. This is a huge obstacle for anyone considering these mobility modes but is also a huge challenge for municipalities and other entities that need this type of information for their decision-making processes. This talk discusses some of the key challenges and opportunities involved in creating new types of information services for soft mobility modes.