2020 TRAIL International PhD Autumn School on Automated Driving

Date: Wednesday 28 October – Friday 30 October 2020
Location: online
Course managers: Prof. Bart van Arem, Dr. Goncalo Correia & Prof. Vincent Marchau
Lecturers: Prof. Bart van Arem (TU Delft), Dr. Goncalo Correia (TU Delft), Dr. Niels Agatz (EUR), Tom Alkim MSc (European Commission), Dr. Haneen Farah (TU Delft), Robbert Janssen (TNO), Prof. Kara Kockelman (UTexas), Robert Lohman MSc (2GetThere), Prof. Vincent Marchau (TU Delft/Radboud University), Prof. Fillippo Santoni Di Sio, Dr. Silvia Varotto (SWOV)

The 2nd TRAIL International Autumn School on Automated Driving was developed in collaboration among TRAIL Research School, the STAD (Spatial and Transport impacts of Automated Driving) project, and the hEAT Lab.

The overall learning goals of the Autumn School on Automated Driving were (1) knowing what Automated Driving is, (2) understanding the possible impacts of Automated Driving on transport, and (3) identifying possible perspectives of action to harvest or mitigate the impacts. Each lecture highlighted a specific type of impact or perspective. A final online exercise was focused on discussing and aligning these different perspectives.

Initially, the School was scheduled as an on-site course in Delft on 24-26 June 2020, preceding the IEEE Forum on Intelligent and Sustainable Transportation Systems on 30 June- 2 July 2020 (also in Delft). The call for participation was published in December 2019 and lead to some 15 participants. The pandemic lead to postponing the School to 28-30 October 2020 and next also giving the course fully on-line, again preceding IEEE Forum ISTS on 3-5 November, also postponed and fully on-line.

Didactic changes were made by flipping the class room providing preparation material for each lecture, limiting the screen time to 6 hours per day, strict time keeping to safeguard breaks and instructing teachers to structure their lecture into 3 mini lectures of 10-15 minutes, allowing for interaction or mini-break in between. Also participants were encouraged to catch fresh air and stretch their legs during the breaks. At the end of each day a brief recap/debrief was done by the students in break out groups.

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