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AWARD 2nd Final Conference: Revolutionizing Logistics – A European Conference on Automation in Logistics | Brussels, 2024

About the final conference

The AWARD project is delighted to invite you to its Final Conference, a key event for the automation and logistics sector, taking place on June 13, 2024, at Comet Meetings – Louise, Brussels. This day will serve as an unparalleled opportunity for professionals, researchers, policy makers, and all stakeholders interested in the latest innovations and future perspectives of this rapidly evolving field.

The conference will highlight significant advancements and key outcomes achieved by the AWARD project, providing a deep dive into the potential impact of emerging technologies in automation and logistics. Through a series of thematic discussions, interactive sessions, and dedicated exhibition spaces, participants will have a unique chance to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices, as well as explore synergies and future collaboration opportunities.

From the introduction by CINEA, offering a comprehensive overview of funded projects in the sector, to sessions led by thought leaders and prominent figures in innovation, such as the MODI project and ALICE, the day will be filled with insightful and networking moments. The event will culminate in a panel discussion reflecting on future research and regulatory needs, charting the path forward for a more efficient, sustainable, and integrated sector.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this innovation-driven day! Stay tuned, as speakers and official projects will be announced shortly.

Why attend?

This transformative gathering is tailor-made for those seeking to stay at the forefront of transportation innovation. Immerse yourself in captivating presentations from leading experts as they showcase the remarkable achievements of the AWARD project. Be part of this convergence of innovation and collaboration and seize the opportunity to shape the future of transportation. Join us at the AWARD Final Conference and let your enterprise thrive in the dynamic landscape of automotive innovation.

*On 12 June at 18:30 there will be a networking dinner at Comet Meetings – Louise: please indicate when registering if you will attend.

Agenda: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

The registration desk, where you will receive your badge, will open as of 8:30 AM.


  • Pablo Perez-Illana, CINEA

Introductory presentation by CINEA with an overview of EU funded projects on CCAM and logistics, and information about the next calls for proposals. 



  • Arwed Schmidt, EasyMile GmbH (AWARD)

This session will assess Europe's 2024 position in autonomous goods transport, highlight the AWARD project's contributions, results, challenges, and key learnings, and offer recommendations for 2025-2030. A focus on necessary advancements in business strategies and scientific research to sustain Europe's competitive edge in autonomous transport technology will be given. 


  • Ragnhild Wahl, ITS Norway and MODI Coordinator


  • Camille Lubon, Brussels Airport Company (STARGATE)
  • Lone-Eirin Lervåg, ITS Norway (MODI)
  • Mehdi Akbarian, EINRIDE (ePicenter)
  • Richard Van Kleef, DFDS (AWARD)

This session will showcase use cases and demonstrations from projects AWARD, MODI, STARGATE and ePIcenter. Following a brief presentation of each project, a panel featuring representatives from the leading organizations will discuss key challenges addressed in their demonstrations and critical gaps in achieving adoption and scalability of their solutions. 

Take advantage of the break to visit the ‘Rollup Exhibition’, where you can find several EU-funded projects.


  • Giuseppe Luppino, ALICE ETP


  • Andreas Gavrielides, IDLab in imec (FOR-FREIGHT)
  • Tammo Märtens, Fraunhofer IML (MultiRELOAD)
  • Ioanna Fergadiotou, Inlecom (AUTOSUP)

This session will focus on the integration of automated road transport in logistics and multimodal operations, featuring experiences from projects MULTIRELOAD, FOR-FREIGHT, as well as the features of newly launched project AUTOSUP. Representatives from these projects will provide brief introduction of their projects and participate in a panel to discuss key challenges and considerations in integrating automation in logistics and intermodal operations. The panel will also address expected results and experiences in the context of road transport automation and its integration into intermodal chains. 


  • Ted Zotos, IRU (AWARD)


  • Ted Zotos, IRU (AWARD)


  • Benedikt Sperling, TractEasy (AWARD)
  • Mads Bentzen Billesø, DFDS
  • Elisah van Kempen, TNO

Testing of automated vehicles is nothing but new. However, the value of automation lays in its application in everyday business operations and can bring lots of value especially to logistics where lots of challenges such as the driver shortage and the continuous increase in demand for goods transported are projected. This panel will discuss opportunities and challenges of AVs in logistics but also examples of Automation already in operation. 

Take advantage of the break to visit the ‘Rollup Exhibition’, where you can find several EU-funded projects.


  • Maria Cristina Galassi, European Commission


  • Nathalie Teer, EasyMile (AWARD)
  • Espedito Rusciano, EC Joint Research Centre
  • Florence Gallay, French Ministry of Transport

This session will present the current EU regulation on automated vehicles, detailing the hub-to-hub use case and further regulatory actions under preparation. A panel discussion with representatives from 2-3 projects, such as AWARD and MODI, will follow. They will explain their experience with the implementation of EU regulation 2022/1426 on type-approval of automated driving systems (ADS) or fully automated vehicles, discuss additional use cases to be incorporated in future regulation revisions, and address other regulatory needs for deploying automated vehicles in the logistics sector, including remote driving operations. 

Take advantage of the break to visit the ‘Rollup Exhibition’, where you can find several EU-funded projects.


  • Guido Di Pasquale, PAVE Europe


  • Arwed Schmidt, EasyMile GmbH (AWARD)
  • Elisah van Kempen, TNO
  • Mehdi Akbarian, EINRIDE 
  • Mads Bentzen Billesø, DFDS


  • Sergio Escriba, CINEA


  • Andrea De Candido, DG RTD - EC
  • Fernando Liesa, ALICE
  • Nathalie Teer, EasyMile (AWARD)

Closing session moderated by CINEA with final remarks, wrap-up conclusions by DG RTD, DG MOVE, ALICE and AWARD coordinator. 

Projects Rollup Exhibition

During the Final Conference on 13 June, we are excited to host a special exhibition featuring EU-funded projects. The exhibition will take place during coffee and lunch breaks, as specified in the event agenda. Rollups will be available all day, with project assistants present especially during the breaks between sessions. This is a great opportunity to explore various innovative projects and their contributions.

Speakers and Moderators

Pablo Perez-Illana

Deputy Head of Horizon Transport Unit - CINEA

Arwed Schmidt

Managing Director - EasyMile GmbH


Ragnhild Wahl

Director for Research and Innovation at ITS Norway & MODI Coordinator

Camille Lubon

Accessibility & Mobility Expert - Brussels Airport Company


Lone-Eirin Lervåg

Senior Project Manager - ITS Norway


Mehdi Akbarian

Head of product strategy and efficient mobility - EINRIDE


Richard van Kleef

General Manager Terminal Vlaardingen - DFDS


Giuseppe Luppino

Program Manager TG2 and TG3 - ALICE ETP

Andreas Gavrielides

Senior Postdoc - IDLab in imec


Tammo Märtens

Researcher - Fraunhofer IML


Ioanna Fergadiotou

Head of Inlecom Innovation - Inlecom


Ted Zotos

Research & Innovation Manager - IRU


Elisah van Kempen

Researcher Sustainable Transport and Logistic - TNO

Maria Cristina Galassi

Team Leader Connected Automated Driving and Safety - European Commission

Nathalie Teer

Strategic Affairs Lead - EasyMile


Espedito Rusciano

Program Manager Scientific Research - EC Joint Research Centre

Florence Gallay

Officer in charge of automated road freight - French Ministry of Transport

Guido Di Pasquale

Managing Director - PAVE Europe

Jaco Van Meijeren

Senior Business Consultant Smart and Sustainable Logistics - TNO

Mads Bentzen Billesø

Head of Innovation & Partnerships - DFDS

Sergio Escriba

Head of Sector Automated Transport and Implementation Support - CINEA


Fernando Liesa

Secretary General - ALICE

Andrea De Candido

Policy Officer CCAM - Clean Transport Transitions, DG RTD - EC

Practical Information

How to find us

Comet Meetings – Louise: Pl. Stéphanie 20, 1050 Bruxelles

How to Get There:

  • Public Transport: Comet Meetings – Louise is easily accessible by public transport, with several bus, tram, and metro stations nearby. The closest metro station is Louise (lines 2,6), just a few minutes’ walk from the venue.
  • By Car: If you are driving to the event, public parking is available in the vicinity of the venue. Inter-Parking Stéphanie-Louise (preferential rate), Q-Park Parking, ZenPark Parking.
  • By Bike: Bike racks are available outside the venue for those who prefer to cycle.


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