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Special Session
Special Session on
Automated Vehicles: The Social and Economic Transformations in the FUTURE of Mobility
 - SET FUTURE 2019

3 - 5 May, 2019 - Crete, Greece

Within the 5th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems - VEHITS 2019


Elia Vardaki
Technical University of Crete

Brief Bio
Elia Vardaki received her D.Phil in cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford. She holds an M.St. in anthropological archaeology from the same university and a B.A. in archaeology and history of art from the University of Crete (UoC). She taught extensively in Greek Universities (the University of Ioannina, UoC and Technical University of Crete). She was a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley in 2011. She has collaborated as a research associate in various international, interdisciplinary projects in England KIP (UCL), in Greece in the EU funded project Med-Voices (UoCrete). She is currently a senior research associate in the TRAMAN 21. Her research is on the Social and Cultural Impact of the Autonomous Vehicles. She has also published in internationally acclaimed journals and edited books as well as a reviewer for the Journal of South European Society and Politics. Her research interests in cultural anthropology and material culture include space analysis, heritage politics, technology and social transformation.


Autonomous driving technology is around the corner. The admission of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) mobility in our lives poses a societal challenge in a changing world, where inclusive, innovative and reflective societies foster a closer interconnectedness between human and technology. This emerging innovative context shapes new types of relations and social perceptions. Technological innovations have a significant impact on developing and transforming socioeconomic aspects and creating new patterns of behaviour and cognitive perception of the urban landscape. Automation, digitization and robotics have disruptive effects on human culture, influencing sustainability and productivity. Accordingly, the fostering of new relations with the urban landscape or with the environment, the moulding of new types of governance set tensions on safety issues and on sharing personal information and finally raise liability questions concerning control and ownership. More research is needed to assess the effects of these transformations and to propose policies that would include the diffusion of this new technology in society. The main issues to be raised in this special session would be socio-economic and cultural transformations stemming from the emerging technological innovation on governance for the future. Issues of trust and change of spatial and temporal cognition should be included.


1. Socio-economic transformations on future mobility
2. Autonomous mobility and social inclusivity. 
3. Sustainability in transportation infrastructure
4. The role of trust in the diffusion of AVs
5. Governance, AI and human rights on the AV technology. 
6. Safety and liability issues of AVs 
7. Intelligent Transportation System and privacy 
8. Policies implementation for the diffusion of the new technology
9. Cognition and the agency of AI in AVs
10. Policy implementation for the diffusion of the new technology 
11.The effects of AVs in the sharing economy



Paper Submission: February 28, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 15, 2019 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2019 (expired)


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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
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After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by The DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Engineering Index (EI), SCOPUS, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


VEHITS Special Sessions - SET FUTURE 2019
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