Dr. Alaa Khamis

AI & Smart Mobility Technical Leader at General Motors, Canada

Dr. Alaa Khamis is an AI & Smart Mobility Technical Leader at General Motors, Canada. He is the author of “Smart Mobility: Exploring Foundational Technologies and Wider Impacts” book. He is also a Lecturer at University of Toronto, an Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University and Nile University and an Affiliate Member of Center of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI) at University of Waterloo. He serves as vice-chair of Canadian Standards Association (CSA)’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Advisory Council (CAVAC). His research interests include smart mobility, autonomous and connected vehicles, cognitive IoT, algorithmic robotics, humanitarian robotics, intelligent data processing and analysis, machine learning and combinatorial optimization. He published 4 books, 5 book chapters, 16 technical reports and more than 130 scientific papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He also filed 16 US patents. For more information, please visit: http://www.alaakhamis.org/

All Sessions by Dr. Alaa Khamis

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hall 1

Panel Discussion: Smart Mobility Triad

Moderator: Dr. Alaa Khamis

  • Dr. Ismail Zohdy
  • Eng. Hossam Yahia
  • Dr. Ahmed Mosa
  • Dr. Wael Sayed El Zanaty
  • Eng. Pensee Esmat


The widespread deployment and the societal acceptance of smart mobility technologies depend not only on the maturity of the technology but also on the availability of a well-developed governance framework and the proper city planning to accommodate these evolving technologies. This means that smart mobility depends on a triad of complementary factors; technology, city planning and governance. This panel discussion addresses how government, city planners, and technologists can work together to respond to changes in people and cargo mobility systems and services.

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Hall 1


Dr. Alaa Khamis
Dr. Mustafa El-Nainay
NTRA Representative
Eng. Ravikiran Annaswamy (IEEE TEMS Society)
Ministry Representative
Dr. Essam Elkordi

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Hall 1

Keynote Speech #1: Smart Mobility: Foundational Technologies, Technology Enablers and Disruptors

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alaa Khamis


Nowadays, we are witnessing several paradigm shifts in mobility systems and services. Cities are decarbonizing the transportation sector and are moving from car-centric mobility to multimodal mobility; from restricted mobility in two-dimensional streets to 3D mobility; from rigid schedule mobility to mobility on demand and on an as-needed basis and from fragmented unconnected mobility to seamless integrated mobility. Mobility companies move from manufacturing and trade economy to service economy or servitization such as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and from the unsustainable “number of vehicles sold”’-based revenue model to vehicle miles traveled (VMT)-based, infonomics-based data and customer experience monetization and passenger economy-based revenue models. Delivery service providers move from conventional slow, rigid and non-transparent last-mile delivery to fast, elastic and transparent last-mile delivery services. People move from ownership to usership and from passive mobility to active and zero-impact mobility. Different foundational technologies, technology enablers and mobility disruptors are behind these paradigm shifts. This talk describes these technologies and highlights their potential growth and eco-socio-economic implications. Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer behaviors and preferences and the expected short-term disruptions and longer-term structural changes in different aspects of mobility systems especially in micromobility, shared mobility, public transit, and contactless last-mile delivery services will also be highlighted.

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