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International Scientific Advisory Board

Transport and Telecommunication Institute

International Scientific Advisory Board


About the Board

The Advisory Board is the primary external advisory body for the research establishment of  Transport and Telecommunication Institute. The Board is charged with providing input and advice related to the scientific and research agenda, management, and funding for research of the Institute. Board members transmit their findings to the Vice-Rector for Science and Development Affairs.

Terms of reference

The main role of the Board is to:

  • Reviewing research activities, consulting on global and strategic directions of research
  • Provide insights on the key developments and events based on individual member’s knowledge
  • Give advice on the priority issues on which to engage and how best might the Institute exert influence
  • Act as ambassadors for the Institute at the international level
  • Propose funding opportunities which the Institute should pursue and advice on how to realise those potential opportunities

The Board Members

Prof. Dr. Nicos Komninos (Greece)


Professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece;  founder and director of the Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) and has coordinated about a hundred research projects under the European CIP, FP and Territorial Cooperation Programmes (Interreg, SEE, MED). He has been honoured with the Award for Excellence and Innovation of Aristotle University for achievements in competitive research. He took part in the development of smart cities, technology parks, and innovation strategies in most EU countries; in UNIDO activities on regional innovation in developing countries; in the OECD innovation strategy; and actually in the assessment of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) across many regions of Europe.

Main areas  of research and expertise:

  • City and regional strategic planning
  • Intelligent cities / smart cities design and development
  • Technology transfer, collaborative new product development, digital marketplaces; smart and user-driven innovation ecosystems; living labs; future Internet technologies.
  • Innovation systems analysis and strategy, smart specialization strategies (RIS3); new product development methodologies and tools; innovation performance.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. mult. Michael Schenk



Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF (Magdeburg, Germany)

Managing Director of the Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

University professor, Chair of Logistics Systems, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

He has been honoured with the Fraunhofer Medal for his contribution to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Member of the Research Advisory Board of German Logistics Association BVL, Jenoptik AG; Advisory Board of Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Magdeburg GmbH IGZ and many other companies





Prof. Dr. Andres Monzon De Caceres


Director of TRANSyT (Transport Research Centre) and Professor of Transportation Planning at The Civil Engineering Department, UPM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

He has published 57 books and chapters of books, 89 papers in scientific journals, 111 papers in international Conferences’ Proceedings and 74 in national Conferences and Symposiums. He has been supervisor of 25 doctoral theses.

He has participated in 66 research projects as director. Among them 23 were international projects, mainly EU FP projects. Some of the recent projects related to Urban Mobility are EBSF (European Bus System of the Future), ICT-Emissions (Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on urban car transport emissions), City-Hub (Integrated Design of Urban Interchanges) and TRANSBICI (Travel Behaviour Analysis for Modelling the potential use of bicycle: transition towards a cycling city).

He has been elected new academic co-Charmain for the ERTRAC WG on Urban Mobility.

Main areas  of research and expertise:

  • Sustainable Transportation Planning, Transport Demand Management and Urban Public Transportation.






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