Alex Burrows

Director of Enterprise & Innovation at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham

Alex Burrows

Topic of the invited lecture: "Innovation in action: Introducing hydrogen technology to the railway"

Alex Burrows is Director of Enterprise & Innovation at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham – the largest specialist railway research, education, and innovation centre in Europe – responsible for commercial and enterprise activities, innovation projects and building partnerships and collaborations with the global rail industry. 

He is the lead for enabling and introducing innovation into rail, which is his area of research interest as well as wider strategy and public policy in this field.

He is also the Thematic Lead for ‘Introducing Innovation’ in the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) - a ground-breaking partnership between academia and the rail industry. 

Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2018, Alex was Marketing & Strategy Director at Alstom UK & Ireland and has previously held senior roles at Atkins, the Transport Systems Catapult and Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority). 

Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Saša Vojvodić, M. Sc.

Service Business Area Manager and Program Manager of the Competence Center for Smart Cities

Ericsson Nikola Tesla

Saša Vojvodić

Topic of the invited lecture: "Connected transport - future is happening"

Saša Vojvodić is an expert with international experience and responsibilities in establishing and managing complex and multiple countries organizations.

He has been leading strategic programs, and projects executions in the country (Croatia), in the world (Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Belarus, Montenegro, Kosovo, Sweden), and globally for Ericsson's internal needs.

He is actively involved as an expert and project manager related to the implementation of solutions from the ITS Directive (National Access Point for Multimodal Transport).

His particular interest is knowledge management, connection, and collaboration of different domain knowledge and organizations for the development of unconventional solutions.

One of such is the application of analytics of anonymized mass datasets in traffic and other business verticals. 

Saša is the program manager for the implementation of research and development projects of the Competence Center for Smart Cities with a total project value of HRK 150 million, in which, along with 19 partners, Ericsson Nikola Tesla leads several implementation teams.

Saša has successfully completed applications and is leading the implementation of five research projects from the H2020 program, Horizon Europe, EIT and Interreg. 

He graduated and obtained his Master of Science degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb.

He had been working at the Institute Ruđer Bošković and Croatian Post and Telecommunication before coming to Ericsson Nikola Tesla. He has published several scientific papers in his scientific career. 

He is married and has four children.

Mag. Dr. Herbert Kotzab

Professor of Logistics Management

University of Bremen, Germany

Herbert Kotzab

Topic of the invited lecture: "Last-mile in E-Commerce - convenient and/or sustainable?"

Prof. Kotzab received his PhD and a postdoctoral degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and prior to that, obtained an MBA in Marketing and Management from the same institution.

Prof. Kotzab lectures at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in marketing, logistics and supply chain management.

Prior to his assignment in Bremen, prof. Kotzab held a position as Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Department of Operations Management. In 1998, prof. Kotzab was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research focuses on supply chain management as a critical success factor for a firm’s performance, e-enabled supply chain management, service operations and consumer driven value networks.

Prof. Kotzab published over 300 publications in leading journals such as Journal of Business Logistics, The International Journal of Logistics Management, The International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, The International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management,  Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Production & Operations Management (POM), Supply Chain Management: An International Journal,  Electronic Markets, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Industrial Management and Data Systems, chapters in books, conference proceedings and non-refereed journals.  

Prof. Kotzab has lectured and offered executive education programs in close cooperation with the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, INSEAD, European Business School, ETH Zurich, ESCCA Angers and the University of St. Gallen as well as provided logistics consulting services to several international companies and the Austrian Efficient Consumer Response Initiative.

He has also been a frequent speaker and session chair at leading academic and practitioners’ conferences in the field. Prof. Kotzab is also a member of the Editorial board of Logistics Research.




Rosa Maria Arnaldo

Associated Professor

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Rosa Maria Arnaldo-150x150

Topic of the invited lecture: “Challenges in the certification of AI (Artificial Intelligence) human centred applications for a long term sustainable air transport and ATM”

Rosa Maria Arnaldo held a B.Eng. Degree in Aeronautic Engineering in 1994 from the UPM (Spain), a Master on Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) in 2006 and a PhD. Degree in Aeronautics from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) in 2005.

She is an expert in safety, human factors, and simulation in the field of Air Traffic Management Systems.

She is currently developing research activities in the field of safety, human factors, risk evaluation and modelling, and innovative Navigation and ATM concepts as professor/researcher at the Infrastructure, Air and Space Systems and Airports Department at the UPM.

Dr. Arnaldo has accumulated over 20 years of experience in Air Navigation and ATM.

She started her professional career in the Air Navigation Division of Aena (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation Service Provider) in 1994 as engineer responsible for advance navigation systems (MLS, GNSS, ADS-B,…) research and test programs.

She was system test engineer at the multinational team in charge of the EGNOS System initial phase (lead by the European Space Agency at CNES) during 1996 and 1997.

She has been responsible from the ATM simulation activities of Enaire for 5 years and was appointed as Safety Manager from 2006.

She has been appointed as president of the Spanish Civil Aviation Accidents Investigation authority from 2010 to 2016 and member of the Performance Review Board of the Single Sky by the European Commission from 2018 to 2021.

In parallel she has developed a career at the Polytechnic University of Madrid as associated professor and titular professor since 2004.

Ruth Ester Häusler Hermann

Head of Human Factors Team

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Ruth Ester Häusler Hermann

Topic of the invited lecture: “Human competency in advanced technical systems - roots and routes to expertise”

Dr. Ruth Häusler studied Psychology and Business Management at the Universities of Berne and Basel in Switzerland.

She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Her doctoral thesis is on performance enhancing strategies under high task load („Cockpit Crews auf Erfolgskurs. Eine videobasierte Analyse adaptiver Aufgabenstrategien in beanspruchenden Situationen“).

She chairs the CRM/HF Advisory Group for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation in Switzerland.

She is a member of the EASA Human Factors Advisory Group (EHFAG) and former board member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP).

Ruth collaborated in the GIHRE project („Group Interaction in High Risk Environment“) launched by the Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz foundation contributing a simulator study on team work in the cockpit under high task load.

Dr. Häusler is an expert on Crew Resource Management and Human Factors.

She is a lecturer for Human Factors at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and chairs the CRM/HF Advisory Group for the Federal Office of Civil Aviation in Switzerland. 

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