Smart Mobility Challenge

Nimrod Barshad
Sculptor, Conceptual Artist
Nimrod Barshad
Painter, Conceptual Artist
Tommy Martinez
Painter, Conceptual Artist

Background

Challenge Theme

Smart Mobility Challenge: Barrier-free Accessible Mobility

The elderly population needs to benefit from the current revolution in smart mobility. Population aging is an increasing phenomenon due to declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that 1 in 6 people in the world will be aged 60 years or over by 2030. A large percentage of this population also suffers from disabilities. People with disabilities represent the world’s largest minority and the only minority group that any of us can become a member of at any time. WHO estimates that 1.1 billion people (14.1% of the world’s population) suffer from some form of disability.

Moreover, Globally, approximately one in three of all adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions. Mobility gives access to key aspects of life such as work, healthcare, education, shopping and entertainment. People with disabilities and elderly persons face several mobility barriers in their daily life. Inclusive mobility aims at facilitating mobility of frail seniors and people with disabilities such as people with mobility impairment, visually impaired individuals, hearing-impaired individuals, cognitively impaired and people with intellectual disability and for people with chronic diseases.

Challenge Statement

Several accessible mobility solutions are developed to facilitate the mobility of physically challenged individuals and seniors. These solutions include, but are not limited to, ergonomics and mobility aids, motability Scheme, exoskeletons, soft exosuits, autonomous wheelchairs, voice-enabled navigation apps, vision and speech aids, tracking devices, healthcare transportation and accessibility maps, to name just a few. 

The technical components of inclusive mobility systems should be explicitly conceived and designed following a user-driven approach instead of traditionally used technology-push and problem-focused approaches. Without a user-driven approach, there is a danger that ill-conceived mobility technologies will, at best, be irrelevant or inappropriate and, at worst, will reinforce some of the negative ageist assumptions that frame much of society’s response to aging and/or disability.

This accessible mobility challenge focuses on how we might use user-centric technologies to achieve accessible mobility for people with disabilities and seniors. The user-centric solutions should focus on showing how these aids and assistive technologies can make the mobility of physically challenged individuals and seniors more accessible, inclusive, equitable, and efficient.

In order to cover a wide spectrum of barriers, this pitch-off challenge has the following four tracks with a common design thinking question: “How might we use user-centric technologies to achieve barrier-free mobility?”.

Track 1: Elderly People

How might user-centric mobility technology help elderly people?

Track 2: People with Disabilities

How might user-centric mobility technology help people with disabilities (people with mobility impairment, visually impaired individuals, hearing-impaired individuals, cognitively impaired and people with intellectual disability)?

Track 3: People with Chronic Diseases

How might user-centric mobility technology help people with chronic diseases?

Important Dates

15

April, 2024

Call for Papers

1

July, 2024

Paper submission deadline

31

August, 2024

Notification of Acceptance

7

September, 2024​

Camera-ready paper submission

16-18

September, 2024

Conference Dates

Eligibility Criteria and Registration

Scoring Criteria

The submissions will be evaluated equally by expert judges based on four criteria: Originality, User-Centricity, Execution, and Usefulness.  

  • Originality: Is the solution entirely novel or provides a fresh approach to the targeted challenge?
  • User-Centricity: Is the solution usable by physically challenged individuals and/or seniors? Does the solution have practical benefits for the targeted users in their everyday lives?
  • Execution: Is the solution practical and feasible? If the solution involves the use of an advanced technology, will it be implementable and usable in a realistic time frame? 
  • Usability: Is the solution something that mobility service providers would implement, use, and benefit from to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities and/or seniors? 

 

Each criterion will be evaluated based on a rating scale of 0-10, with 0 being the lowest possible score and 10 being the highest. For example, in the Originality criterion, a score of 0 means the solution is entirely unoriginal and is in use today; while a score of 10 means the solution is entirely novel and has not been used. 

The highest scoring solutions will make it to the final round on March 20, 2023, where the participants will have the opportunity to present live in front of the judges for 20 minutes.  In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, the finalists will be also judged on Presentation during the live event. The total score will be calculated using the following weighted average formula:

Total_Score=0.2*orginality_Score + 0.25*User_centricity_Score + 0.15*Execution_Score +0.15*Usability_Score + 0.25*Presentation_Score

General Instructions

  • Participants can use design thinking, solution drafting, and business planning to answer the main question of the selected track.
  • Participants should consider innovative user-driven solutions that can ensure accessible, inclusive, and equitable mobility conditions. Your proposal should explain how your solution empowers the targeted users in the selected track. The proposal should also identify the used/proposed technologies and mechanisms, and clearly explain the different components and specifications that your solution would comprise.
  • In case of planning end-user interviews/research sessions with targeted users, these sessions should be carried out in informal and non-threatening settings and should be subject to the established ethical guidelines and procedures in your country. Procedures for informing prospective users and gaining consent should be indicated as part of the submitted proposal in this case.

We will be looking forward to receiving your submissions,
Kindly promote the IEEE (SM’24) to interested individuals and communities in your vicinity.

Best regards, and looking forward to seeing you at the IEEE (SM’24) in September!

Challenge Organizers

Main Organizers

Strategic Partners

Main Organizers

Smart Mobility Challenge Sponsor

Subscribe Newsletter

[mc4wp_form id="4846"]

Hurry Up!

To Register

Register With Us as soon as possible

The International Conference on Smart Mobility - IEEE (SM) is designated for reporting recent research and development results in smart mobility systems and services, their challenging problems, and their potential applications.

© 2024 Copyright - All Rights Are Reserved - IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility - IEEE (SM)
Smart Mobility Challenge Awards
IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility (IEEESM)
Shortlisted teams will be financially supported for travel and accommodation expenses to attend the physical pitching session, part of the IEEESM ’23, taking place in KAUST, Saudi Arabia, during March 21st, 2023
Financial and in kind awards will be issued
Certificates of Participation will be issued to all participating teams
A list of winning designs will be posted on the official website of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility.
Overlay Image
Smart Mobility Challenge Awards
Shortlisted teams will be financially supported for travel and accommodation expenses to attend the physical pitching session, part of the IEEESM ’23, taking place in KAUST, Saudi Arabia, during March 21st, 2023
Financial and in kind awards will be issued
Certificates of Participation will be issued to all participating teams
A list of winning designs will be posted on the official website of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility
Overlay Image
Panel Title: Engineering and Societal Adoption Challenges of Automated Driving Systems
IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility (IEEESM)
Across the globe, there are tens of companies pursuing the development of automated driving systems (ADS), ranging over SAE Driving Automation Levels 3-5. There are several open engineering challenges of ADS software – particularly in development and validation of ADS operation in challenging weather conditions, critical corner cases, dealing with a variety of pedestrians and traffic conditions, and cooperation with human operated vehicles. Many standards (e.g., ISO 26262, ISO 21448) are emerging providing guidelines to ensure safety of ADS under the intended operating conditions. On the other hand, there are societal concerns that technological advancements such as ADS and robotics might bring in, e.g., people being out of work, competing with automation etc.. Initiatives like Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) aim to alleviate such concerns by educating public and policymakers on pros and cons of automated driving systems. This panel discussion will focus on ADS engineering and societal adoption challenges and offer some possible solutions.
Ramesh S Senior Technical Fellow, General Motors, USA
Panel Moderator
Arun Adiththan Senior Researcher, General Motors, USA
Panel Moderator
Panel Description
Overlay Image
Panel Title: Engineering and Societal Adoption Challenges of Automated Driving Systems
IEEE International Conference on Smart Mobility (IEEESM)
Across the globe, there are tens of companies pursuing the development of automated driving systems (ADS), ranging over SAE Driving Automation Levels 3-5. There are several open engineering challenges of ADS software – particularly in development and validation of ADS operation in challenging weather conditions, critical corner cases, dealing with a variety of pedestrians and traffic conditions, and cooperation with human operated vehicles. Many standards (e.g., ISO 26262, ISO 21448) are emerging providing guidelines to ensure safety of ADS under the intended operating conditions. On the other hand, there are societal concerns that technological advancements such as ADS and robotics might bring in, e.g., people being out of work, competing with automation etc.. Initiatives like Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) aim to alleviate such concerns by educating public and policymakers on pros and cons of automated driving systems. This panel discussion will focus on ADS engineering and societal adoption challenges and offer some possible solutions.
Ramesh S Senior Technical Fellow, General Motors, USA
Arun Adiththan Senior Researcher, General Motors, USA
Panel Moderator
Panel Description
Panel Moderator
Overlay Image