The Anthropolis Chair colloquium, or humans at the heart of tomorrow’s urban mobility

Launched in February 2015 by the Institut de Recherche Technologique (IRT) SystemX and the  CentraleSupélec engineering school for a four-year period, the Anthropolis Chair puts humans first in designing urban systems and services.

Some 70 people attended the first colloquium organized for the Anthropolis Chair at the Espace Hamelin, Paris, on September 28th, and learned about its research into urban mobility.

There were several memorable features to the colloquium, starting with an introduction by Hervé Biausser, the Director of the CentraleSupélec School, and speeches by Eric Perrin-Pelletier, the CEO of IRT SystemX, and Estelle Iacona, the research director at CentraleSupélec.

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The keynote speech was made by Jakob Puchinger, the current holder of the Anthropolis Chair. During his speech, Jakob Puchinger shared personal anecdotes on his experience of transports, to illustrate the importance of the research being carried out with the aim of placing the user at the heart of tomorrow’s urban mobility.


This speech was followed by a round table featuring representatives of several large groups that partner the Chair who underlined their groups’ interest in the Chair’s work and also laid out their expectations:

  • Nadine Leclair, Expert Fellow, Member of the Renault Board, Director of the expertise arm of Renault
  • Isabelle Moretti, Technology Director, Engie
  • Pierre Becquart, Direction of Innovation and Sustainable Development, RATP
  • Fabrice Toulouse, Digital Mobility Innovation Director, Alstom


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