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Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Intelligent Vehicles

The Asociación Española de Profesionales de Automoción (ASEPA), in collaboration with the Red Temática en Vehículos Inteligentes (RETEVI) and the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, summons the award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Intelligent Vehicles. This award is designed to recognize the best research work carried out by Spanish academic institutions in the field of smart vehicles or ITS.

  • The prize will be endowed with 500 euros.
  • The works must correspond to Doctoral Theses read after September 1, 2015 in some Spanish institution.
  • The work must be related to intelligent vehicles or intelligent transport systems.
  • The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017

More information in this link


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ITS Awards organized by the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE ITSS

The Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society has organized two different awards in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems for the first time since its inception in 2012. On the one hand, three awards were given to the Best PhD Theses in the field of ITS developed in Spanish Universities and Research Centers in the past three years. The Best PhD Thesis Award received a certificate and a 600€ check. The second and third awardees received a certificate. Similarly, another three awards were given to the Best Master Theses in ITS developed in Spain also in the past three years. The Best Master Thesis Award received a certificate and a 300€ check, while the second and third awardees received a certificate. All awards were sponsored by the University of Alcalá.

Two different tribunals were formed in order to evaluate the candidates and make the decisions to select the winners. Both tribunals were populated with members of the Spanish Chapter of the ITSS. The names of the awardees are provided below together with their Theses’ titles and supervisors:

 

Best PhD Thesis Award – First Prize

David Vázquez Bermúdez. Computer Vision Center. Barcelona

Title: Domain Adaptation of Virtual and Real Worlds for Pedestrian Detection

Supervisor: Antonio López Peña

 

Best PhD Thesis Award – Second Prize

Sergio Lafuente Arroyo. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Road signs detection and recognition using digital image processing techniques and artificial intelligence

Supervisor: Saturnino Maldonado Bascón

 

Best PhD Thesis Award – Third Prize

Fernando García Fernández. University Carlos III Madrid. Madrid

Title: Data Fusion Architecture for Intelligent Vehicles

Supervisors: Arturo de la Escalera and José María Armingol

 

Best Master Thesis Award – First Prize

Mario Passani Montero. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Conditional Random Fields Applied to Image Understanding

Supervisor: Luis Miguel Bergasa

 

Best Master Thesis Award – Second Prize

Eduardo Romera Carmena. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Driver Behavior Evaluation by Using Smartphones

Supervisor: Luis Miguel Bergasa

 

Best Master Thesis Award – Third Prize

Gabriel Villalonga Pineda. Computer Vision Center. Barcelona

Title: Online City Maps with Pedestrian Behaviours Statistics

Supervisor: Antonio López Peña

 

This activity has provided the opportunity for better cooperation among the members of the ITSS Spanish Chapter. Similarly, it has provided endorsement to the winners (awardees and supervisors) and an enormous motivation for current PhD and Master students that will participate in the next edition of these Awards. The activity has been sponsored by the University of Alcalá and organized by Miguel Ángel Sotelo, as President of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE ITSS.

 

Miguel Ángel Sotelo

President. Spanish Chapter of the IEEE ITSS

 

 


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DLS Event organized by the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE ITSS

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The Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society has organized a public event including presentations and ITS awards delivery in the framework of the Distinguished Lecturer Speakers (DLS) program of IEEE. The event took place on November 26th, at the Technical School of the University of Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares, Spain). The opening was done by Miguel Ángel Sotelo, President of the Spanish Chapter of the ITSS, who provided an overview of the ITSS, including highlights about its publications, flagship conferences, student activities, and membership benefits. After the opening, Raúl Rojas, Professor at TU Berlin, delivered a keynote talk as invited Distinguished Speaker of the ITSS.

RaulRojasProfessor Raúl Rojas has been a full professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Freie Universität Berlin since 1997. He received his PhD and venia legendi (habilitation) at this university. He studied mathematics and physics, as well as economics, in Mexico City. After the habilitation, he was appointed visiting professor in Vienna and later professor of Artificial Intelligence at Martin-Luther-University Halle (1994-1997). Raul Rojas’ initial research was dedicated to the design and the construction of Prolog computers for Artificial Intelligence at GMD-FIRST. Today, he works on a broad field of pattern recognition topics with special focus on neural networks and developing robots for various applications. With the FU-Fighters he won the world championship at RoboCup 2004 and 2005. From 2006 on, he and his team have been developing autonomous vehicles, which were certified for city traffic in 2011. For his research on computer vision, Raul Rojas received the Technology Transfer Award from the Technologiestiftung Berlin (Foundation for Innovation and Technology). He was appointed as corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2011, and was “Professor of the Year” in Germany in 2014.

The title of Professor Rojas’ talk was The Car of the Future. In this talk he presented the control architecture of the autonomous car “MadeInGermany”. The vehicle integrates sensor measurements from Lidar, radar, video cameras and a GPS navigation unit. The control architecture consists of a hierarchy of microprocessors feeding preprocessed data to the main computer. This unit computes a long range navigation plan and a short range trajectory. A cost function regulates the decision process. Recently, Prof. Rojas team has also started integrating communication in a fleet of autonomous cars. He showed exhaustive video results illustrating countless experiments (http://www.autonomos.inf.fu-berlin.de/). “MadeInGermany” has been licensed for road and street driving in Germany.  It has been shown driving autonomously in Germany, the USA, and Mexico. As an outstanding merit in the field of Intelligent Vehicles, Professor Rojas has recently made the World’s record in Autonomous Navigation after the experiment that has taken his “MadeInGermany” vehicle on an autonomous run of 2.400 Km between Sonora (at the border between the US and Mexico) and Mexico DF, a remarkable milestone that grants Professor Rojas a distinguished place among ITS researchers worldwide.

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Presentation by Prof. Raúl Rojas.

Immediately after the keynote by Prof. Rojas, we started the Spanish Chapter ITSS Awards Ceremony. The Spanish Chapter of the ITSS has organized two different awards in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. On the one hand, three awards were given to the Best PhD Theses in the field of ITS developed in Spanish Universities and Research Centers in the past three years. The Best PhD Thesis Award received a certificate and a 600€ check. The second and third awardees received a certificate. Similarly, another three awards were given to the Best Master Theses in ITS developed in Spain also in the past three years. The Best Master Thesis Award received a certificate and a 300€ check, while the second and third awardees received a certificate. All awards were sponsored by the University of Alcalá.

The names of the awardees are provided below together with their Theses’ titles and supervisors:


Best PhD Thesis Award – First Prize

David Vázquez Bermúdez. Computer Vision Center. Barcelona

Title: Domain Adaptation of Virtual and Real Worlds for Pedestrian Detection

Supervisor: Antonio López Peña

Best PhD Thesis Award – Second Prize

Sergio Lafuente Arroyo. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Road signs detection and recognition using digital image processing techniques and artificial intelligence

Supervisor: Saturnino Maldonado Bascón

 

Best PhD Thesis Award – Third Prize

Fernando García Fernández. University Carlos III Madrid. Madrid

Title: Data Fusion Architecture for Intelligent Vehicles

Supervisors: Arturo de la Escalera and José María Armingol

Best Master Thesis Award – First Prize

Mario Passani Montero. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Conditional Random Fields Applied to Image Understanding

Supervisor: Luis Miguel Bergasa

Best Master Thesis Award – Second Prize

Eduardo Romera Carmena. University of Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares

Title: Driver Behavior Evaluation by Using Smartphones

Supervisor: Luis Miguel Bergasa

Best Master Thesis Award – Third Prize

Gabriel Villalonga Pineda. Computer Vision Center. Barcelona

Title: Online City Maps with Pedestrian Behaviours Statistics

Supervisor: Antonio López Peña

Awards to the Best PhD Theses were handed out by Professor Rojas while awards to the Best Master Theses were delivered by Prof. Javier Sánchez-Medina, as Vice-president of the Spanish Chapter of the ITSS. David Vázquez and Mario Passani, as recipients of the First Award in both categories, PhD Thesis and Master Thesis, respectively, delivered a presentation of their respective works. The audience participated actively in the Q/A phase after each presentation, resulting in an interesting exchange of ideas among participants.  The DLS event and Awards Ceremony were organized and chaired by Miguel Ángel Sotelo as President of the Spanish Chapter of the ITSS.

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David Vázquez Bermúdez, CVC. Best PhD Thesis Award.

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Mario Passani Montero, University of Alcalá. Best Master Thesis Award.

After the Awards Ceremony, the audience, awardees, Distinguished Lecturer and organizers enjoyed a dinner together provided by the Spanish Chapter at the Canteen of the Technical School of the University of Alcalá. The event provided the opportunity for a great gathering of members of the ITSS Spanish Chapter.

Miguel Ángel Sotelo

President. Spanish Chapter of the IEEE ITSS


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IV conference on ITS for Highways

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We are pleased to enclose the program of the Fourth Conference on ITS on the Turnpike that will be developed in Madrid, Ministry of Public Works ( Projection Room ) next November 20, 2013 .

ITS Spain organizer of the conference in collaboration with Aseta , thank you in advance for your interest and we are available to inform you on any matter . want to know about it in the offices of ITS Spain .

For reasons of organization and capacity, registrations for the conference must be made before the day November 18, 2013


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V2V Comunication, the satarting point for the ITS

Advances in security systems and technologies are driving at a point where the generation of information exceeds several times the capacity of management of it , wasting a high volume of data that could be useful to improve aspects such as safety, efficiency and comfort during movement.

 

Comunicación V2V, el punto de partida para el transporte inteligente

What can bring the driving comunication V2V?
Under this framework wasted huge amounts of information a priori , it seeks to adapt a protocol able to find this information useful to establish a level of intelligence to anticipate events and adapt the traffic in real time. The technology is there , and it is now necessary to define how we use that information and what benefits we can report as collective management of data generated now.

 

 

The key lies in the ability of management information

 

La inversión en sistemas de comunicación y transporte inteligente se multiplicará por 4 para 2018

Security, reducing consumption and improving life on board are some of the improvements arising from the adoption of intelligent communication network

This is how is born the concept of V2V communication , vehicle -to -vehicle and V2I , Vehicle -to – Infrastructure. Two protocols to define the degree of communication , in quality and quantity , which will flow into bidreccional sense between vehicles and infrastructure to speed up circulation and reduce to a minimum any possible accidents .

The communication thus represents a critical first step towards full autonomous driving , as a vehicle capable of interacting with their environment , the problems of this type of driving away.

Comunicación V2V, el punto de partida para el transporte inteligente

On the theoretical level , the concept is simple because only offers an intelligent network a certain amount of information generated by all vehicles and with infrastructures involved. Likewise, in a common junction we find vehicles who want to change direction, pedestrian crossing and signals intended to provide priority should use.

Through V2V communication may accelerate to such an extent that this everyday situation , the vehicle approaches the intersection should not be stopped because the light will be able to streamline the rest of our crosses to avoid arrest , lowering the cost of fuel maintain an average speed , limiting the risk of collision to calculate our way over other vehicles involved and saving all present time because everything will have been managed to be realized in the shortest possible time. Easy, right ?

 

Safety, efficiency and comfort upon application of an intelligent network

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Well, not so much, because it needs a large capacity of information management for the development of this type of real-time communication, taking into account the many variables that can happen in milliseconds.

Modern technologies installed on vehicles like the new Ford Mondeo is able to generate 25 Gigabytes / hour of data.

At present all the automakers have projects related to V2V communication at different scales. Car2Car consortium is currently listed as the latest initiative with the backing of major manufacturers such as Volvo, Ford, PSA, Honda, Daimler, BMW, Volkswaegn, Renault … and the auxiliary industry leading manufacturers such as Bosch, Delphi, Denso, Continental…

Once we know the capacity of the installed technologies in the car, we repeat is plentiful, the state of development of this technology now passes management information from the infrastructures. His large-scale application is expected in the period between 2016 and 2020, providing a new range of possibilities within driving and facilitating the transition between classical driving, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous driving driving.

Source:  Tecmovia | Car2Car | Safecar | BMW | Daimler


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The importance of technology in the transport of the future

The four pillars of future transport, are marked by the development of ITS, future technologies that will help to achieve transport:
1. Reduce emissions, caring for CO2 emissions

2. Increase Security in preventing road accidents

3. Reduce costs, improve performance

4. Always connected, communication and Internet of things in the vehicle

We are used in our day to day to see new and unstoppable technological developments in passenger cars. Since the new fuels, hybrids, electric to augmented reality applications in-vehicle entertainment.

In the industrial vehicle is exactly the same and more sense, since the carrier lives on the road, so the industry is evolving at a rapid new technological changes towards a more efficient transport steps, safe, environmentally friendly and always connected.

The government is very involved in the issue, to the point of having involved the Directorate General of Land Transportation (General Management Branch, Analysis and Innovation), the Directorate General of Highways (General Branch Network Operation and Management) and Prospective and Technology Division of Transportation. All with a common goal proliferation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and, in general, of New Technologies (ICT) for the transport. You can read more on the following link.

In Spain we seek efficiency in transport and be competitive face Europe and we must work to have vehicles ready in these four pillars, where to get:

1. Reducing CO2 emissions through improved driving, thanks to increased transport and training systems that help the driver continuous improvement, as EfiBus in passenger transport.

2. To reduce accidents and increase safety for drivers.

3. Make the most competitive and profitable transport through fleet management systems and cost reduction.

4. Always connected. Can you imagine a driver of international automatic tolling system without having to stop at every highway toll? Or a flotista have to call every 30 minutes because unknown where his vehicle and load? Or that a driver does not have alarms or cabin safety?

In the market there are numerous solutions that help transport gradually adapt to new technologies and staying connected. Today no carrier should raise not have a GPS tracking system .

It is not a matter of control, it is an issue of location service to others, saving communication costs and optimizing routes and processes. Hard we try to fight the new technologies we must join them in pursuit of productivity and take advantage of what they can do for us.

Source: http://blogs.icemd.com/blog-customer-experience-en-transporte-y-automocion/el-futuro-en-el-transporte-esta-en-el-its/


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Suspense in transport policy

In a globalized world, economic development is increasingly dependent on efficient logistics, and the relationship between social development and accessible transport is also increasingly narrow. The competitiveness of companies is subordinate to its ability to quickly replace products and services wherever the demand arises, and personal development is closely linked to mobility for work, study or enjoyment. Concepts such as connectivity, intermodal and logistics nodes and are inexorable part of any planning horizon towards a positive future.

Suspense in transport policy: During the past two years, government investment has fallen to less than half

Spain was a leading country in transport policies, but today it is not. Between 2004 and 2011, including the onset of the economic crisis, the state invested over 17,000 million euros per year on average in transport infrastructure. As a result of this strategic commitment, railways, airports, ports and roads Spanish were among the best in Europe, they boosted our economy, generated millions of jobs and helped to structure the country and combat climate change. There were certainly very unfortunate cases of waste, but any objective and fair balance will be positive.

During the past two years, the state investment in transport systems has fallen to less than half the budgets for 2014 and planning to spend only 7,300 million to such necessity. This investment slowdown, according to the CEOE, “apart from job losses involved, seriously compromises the competitiveness of the country by hindering maintenance of the existing infrastructure, and hinder the process of continuous modernization and improvement.” The average fall was 18% in ADIF, AENA 57%, 47% Ports and 83% in SEITTSA (roads). According to business calculations, they have been lost because of this around 300,000 jobs per year. The PITVI (Plan for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing) government is only in a document of intent without prioritizing or budget, over a longer time horizon.

A public disinvestment no disconcerting add transport policy. In December 2012 it announced a “major liberalization in the railways”, which a year later was a sad offer to manage Strawberry Train. AENA privatization and management of AVE are announced, but the Bolivarian nationalization of toll roads is promoted. Railway companies RENFE and FEVE are added, to stop segregating the RENFE and ADIF itself in up to six different companies. Rates are lower in the ports to attract traffic which are already growing, but rates are rising in airports where traffic is dwindling. Minister promises to reduce tolls on the roads of their land, while Secretary of State speculates generalize tolls on all others.

By mode, the railway has received the most damage. The opening of the Barcelona-Paris route, another “socialist heritage” can not hide the stoppage of planned and financed major corridors from Europe: investment in the Mediterranean runners, central, Atlantic and the Basque will be reduced between 38% and 57% in the period 2012-2014. The divestment is primed especially in freight transport, crucial for economic recovery, but still falling in Spain (3%) while growing in Europe (18%). For its part, the application of new “public service obligations” has been deleted more than 50 lines of average distance used around a million travelers. And it does not understand the pricing policy cheapens tickets for high-speed and expensive titles for the shuttle, on which depends the mobility of the most vulnerable families.

Development is committed to advancing the liberalization of rail passenger service that the EU reserve for 2019. The minister argued “service improvements”, but the experiences of the UK and Chile suggest precisely the opposite direction: the less quality service, more insecurity and higher prices. Experts warn: an early liberalization will benefit private companies that exploit millions infrastructure that Spaniards have paid our taxes, while threatening the survival of the public operator RENFE, insufficiently prepared for the co mpetencia open to European giants Railway .

Nobody knows what the government plans for the future of the airport operator AENA. Possibly the Government does not know. AENA president has commissioned a report to the Council on Privatization to sell “up to 60% of capital,” but the minister said that “the state will keep the majority.” What majority? Does the State is the majority shareholder with 40% or maintain a majority stake of 51%? This process takes the same path of opacity and risk of irregularities other than those strongly rebuked by the Court of Auditors for Repsol, Endesa and Telefonica. We do know that Europe will not allow a private monopoly airports in Spain, so the great fractional operator network and the less profitable airports most likely would end closed.

Meanwhile, the minister boasts of “benefits” in AENA, not counting Spaniards to boast a positive accountable to any private buyers, the Government has had to sacrifice operation at airports, reducing investments, dismissing 1,500 workers and rising rates , with consequent lessening of traffic. This aimed at attracting private investors policy has jeopardized the first Spanish airport, Madrid-Barajas, the only peninsular ensuring our connectivity hub with America and Asia. The arrival of a small Norwegian operator between government fanfare, with only 500,000 new passengers per year as more optimistic forecast not offset the nearly half million lost by the departure of Easyjet and Ryanair retail operation as a result of high rates . In fact, between January and November 2013, Barajas has lost 11.4% of operations, 12.9% rating and 5.1% of goods.

Privatization plans have reached the Spanish ports only way that worked reasonably far, thanks to efficient investments made in recent years and the application of good Port Law agreed in the previous legislature by PSOE and PP. Instead of using geographic and competitive advantage of our ports, the government misleads potential new investors and new customers with uncertainties over the future ownership of these strategic infrastructure. The drop in investment is causing serious disruption to the process of the port system connectivity with major European corridors, railways and airports consequences here. Some ports isolated from the rail network are some inefficient ports. Investors delays in Algeciras and Barcelona, ​​for example, are inexplicable.

Ground transportation drag multiple problems, without any attempt at effective short-term solution is glimpsed. The most serious is the abandonment of the conservation of our roads. Technical advise to invest in maintenance equivalent to 2% of the equity value of the annual amount roads. This would involve more than 1,600 million euros per year. The crisis has already reduced this amount to a risky 1.150 million in 2011, but the 2014 budget set aside just over 800 million. It is foolhardy because the risk is no longer functional in nature, but affects the security itself, and talk less traffic accidents is talking more and more victims. To further aggravate the situation, the government announced an increase of speed limits on motorways to 130 kilometers per hour. More speed on roads worse: bad formula.

The business structure of the Spanish road transport remains a highly fragmented and uncompetitive structure. On the way we work today to losses because small entrepreneurs who borrowed to buy a truck can not afford downtime. However, the government has paralyzed the initiatives in order to improve the activity and work in the sector. Moreover, it threatens the implementation of the “Eurovignette”, as known in Europe to widespread tolls on roads in the public network. The Secretary of State confirmed the intentions, the prime minister denies it, and the minister says he is “not on the table”. It would be an injustice for carriers and a disaster for the general public every day with less income and every day more taxes and more taxes on their backs.

The saga of the toll road seems endless streams, as some Venezuelan telenovelas. And in Venezuela precisely Promotion team seems to have been inspired for his latest proposal. In January 2012 they warned of the need for an “urgent solution” to the problem, to avoid “reputational harm the industry worldwide.” They immediately stopped the previous government’s plans to save the situation by restructuring companies and concessions by developing “viable packages” with profitable and unprofitable tolls. And two years later we have nine companies in bankruptcy, “reputation” on the floor and no clear solution in sight. The Bolivarian inspiration points to the creation of a public company, a sort of bad bank motorway socialize the losses of private companies. The minister denied that includes public funding, but employers have more than 300 million tax losses to offset reduced traffic and the additional costs of expropriations. It’s not a good idea and we will oppose.

In a European context that invites the economic recovery and employment, Spain can not afford a transport policy so erratic. The minister can not hide behind the trap of “inheritance” received. Two years have passed. Now this government is inheriting itself.

It must develop a new strategy for our infrastructure and transport policy. It’s going much about it. Recover reasonable investment levels to undertake major European corridors on which depends our competitiveness. Let’s prioritize the boost to rail freight and improving metropolitan commuter for travelers. Postpone the liberalization of passenger transport until we have secured the future of our public operator RENFE under competitive conditions. We guarantee an airport operator with more than 50% of public capital and to attract and rates traffics not retract upon which the tourism industry. Let us strive to connect our ports with integrated efficient transport networks in Europe. And we improve land transport with incentives for corporate restructuring of road transport, with proper conservation of the tracks.

For our part, the Socialist parliamentary group is always open for dialogue and agreement on a new transport policy for competitiveness, employment, environmental preservation and improvement of the quality of life of the Spaniards.

Rafael Simancas PSOE spokesman in the Development Commission of the Congress.


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Quercus license plate recognition

SmartLPR® Access is a license plate reading equipment designed to perform traffic control vehicle access barriers.

It is a license plate reading device All-in-One. Integrates on a single computer lighting, camera, processor, and the inputs and outputs. The features of this system are:

Color plate recognition, capturing color images tuition and provides complete information at any time of day and overnight. Multi-Country Recognition Quercus First: Recognize license plates from different countries in Europe, Middle East, America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Easy Start Up Up Quercus First: Connect the network cable, power, identify the unit with its corresponding IP and adjust the optics. Wide Angle Recognition Quercus First: Optimal license plate recognition difficult reading angles. Adaptation Quercus First Light: Optimal result in license plate reading at any time of day and overnight. High reliability: High percentages of recognition.

Source: Quercus News


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TRIP Flash Report: HORIZON 2020 – First Work Programme adopted and Calls announced

Flash Report

HORIZON 2020 – First Work Programme adopted and Calls announced

It is now official. The launch of calls for proposals and related activities under the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2014-15 has been announced today in the Official Journal of the European Union.

In relation to transport, 8 calls are open under the work programme “Smart Green and Integrated Transport”:

 

For 2014

• Green Vehicles 2014

• Mobility for Growth 2014 – Two Stages

• Mobility for Growth 2014 – Single Stage A

• Mobility for Growth 2014 – Single Stage B

 

For 2015

• Green Vehicles

• Mobility for Growth 2015 – Two Stages

• Mobility for Growth 2015 – Single Stage A

• Mobility for Growth 2015 – Single Stage B

 

More details on the calls can be found in the Participant Portal.

As from today, the new site dedicated to H2020 is also available!

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