International course

Planning for Autonomous Mobility

The online course that planners and city officials need to prepare the future of mobility - today!

Why do you need it?


Technology. Safety. Impacts. Land use. Change.
Besides considering each factor, walk away with a sense of the combined impact.


Transit. Mixed traffic. Path dependency. Infrastructure. Other cities.
Your city will inevitably absorb the impact. We help you plan ways to do this.

Can your city lead or will it undergo?


Regulations. Choice. Place. Barriers. Systems thinking.
Get beyond the hype. Consider secondary and tertiary implications and interactions.


Inclusion. Change. Behavioural economics. Monetization. Acceptance.
Yes, technology disrupts; but you can set the plan for what your city wants to achieve.

Online course limited to 25 participants
May 25th-June 30th 2021

Online course limited to 25 participants
May 25th-June 30th 2021

Course outline

Objective: Understand the origin of autonomous vehicle technology and its history in different geographical locations, and how that history reflects in today’s autonomous vehicle market.

Objective: Understand the different technologies behind autonomous vehicles and their implications in terms of infrastructure. Understand the business models envisioned by different companies, and their short and long impacts on cities (environment, mobility, pollution, congestion, safety…).

Objective: Understand through an actual example the impacts of deploying ride-sharing with automated vehicles in a whole city, and understand the limitations of autonomous vehicles to meet the actual cities’ needs.

Objective: Appreciate the social factors expected to be influenced by this technology, including increased access to mobility by some demographics and the abandonment of vehicle ownership by others, and increased ownership by still others. Some impacts will influence planning or regulatory factors, which will in turn have other social impacts — for example settlement behaviours will gradually change, and opportunities for new kinds of city spaces will arise. Residences may be packed closer together if people don’t own cars, but settlements may spread farther apart because of automation. What we do while in cars may change, especially if average trip length changes and that will change the monetization of that time and space — with yet more social impacts.

Objectives: We will look at automation in goods movement and see an overview of an international standard for a ground control system for loading and unloading at the curb and for managing and regulating sidewalk robots. In session 2 students will examine aspects of human economic and psychological behavior that can be relied on to avoid change or cause many people to behave in apparently economically suboptimal ways. We will also consider ways to use these same behavioral economic features to mitigate those same behaviors.

The last week will consist of a second support workshop to provide feedback to the groups about their projects. In the final session, the groups will present their projects for the final evaluation.

Online course limited to 25 participants
May 25th-June 30th 2021

What's included


6 weeks curriculum


2 weekly sessions of 1.5 hours live (online) lectures, workshops and Q&A


Weekly training pre-work including pdf and videos                         


Access to all materials and recorded instruction sessions


Weekly expert academic and subject matter guest speakers


Networking opportunity with global colleagues and faculty and dedicated LinkedIn group (invite only)


Short course certificate issued by Mines ParisTech Engineering School EXED (Executive education program) 

Online course limited to 25 participants
May 25th-June 30th 2021


Bern Grush

Harmonize Mobility

Carlos Holguin


Jerry Boyer

Harmonize Mobility

Michel Parent


Guest lecturers

Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle

Prof. Arnaud de la Fortelle, PhD, HCR
Director – Mines ParisTech Center for Robotics (FR)
Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has engineer degrees from the French École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées (2 top French institutions) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Probability Theory) prepared at Inria. He moved to MINES ParisTech in 2006 and he became director of the Center for Robotics in 2008. He was Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2017-2018. He has been elected in 2009 to the Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society and again in 2019. He has been member of several program committees for conferences and was General Chair of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2019 in Paris. He was member, then president of the French ANR scientific evaluation committee for sustainable mobility and cities in 2008-2017. He also serves regularly as expert for the European research program (FP7, H2020). He coordinates two chairs: the international research chair Drive for All sponsored by PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Safran and Valeo dealing with automated driving for ground vehicles (in partnership with EPFL, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and UC Berkeley); and the chair on Urban logistics sponsored by Renault, La Poste, POMONA, City of Paris and ADEME. 

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Matthieu Graindorge
Senior Project Manager - Smart & Green Mobility - City of Helmond (FR-NL)
Matthieu Graindorge is a senior project manager on smart & green mobility at the City of Helmond. He holds master degrees in Political Science - from Science Po Lille and Pantheon-Sorbonne University (France). He joined the City of Helmond in August 2018. Matthieu has an extensive working experience in European projects in the fields of mobility and energy. From 2000 to 2006, as a consultant, he notably worked on research projects related to urban freight (FREDERIC, FIDEUS). From July 2006 until August 2018, he acted as a European project manager at La Rochelle Urban Community (France). He was in charge of the implementation of several EU mobility projects, in various frameworks. He was notably involved as the local organizer of the CityMobil Final Conference and was the local coordinator of the CityMobil2 project (2012-2016) on Automated Road Transport Systems in La Rochelle. In Helmond, Matthieu has been working on several H2020 European projects dealing with C-ITS and automated road transport systems : CAPITAL (2016-2019 : C-ITS training); 5G-MOBIX (2018 - 2021 : 5G and CCAM); SECREDAS (2018-2021 : Cybersecurity and CCAM); CiViTAS-ReVeAL (2019-2022) : UVAR and ISA.

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Sebastian Hörl, PhD
Researcher - System-X (CH-FR)
Sebastian Hörl is a researcher at IRT SystemX in Paris where he is involved in various projects on agent-based transport simulation for passenger transport and logistics. He received his MSc in Complex Adaptive Systems at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and his PhD in Transport Planning at ETH Zurich. His main interests revolve around the topics of replicable use of open data and software in transport planning and applied large-scale transport simulation.

Online course limited to 25 participants
May 25th-June 30th 2021


"This course went deep into the detail while continuing to keep a focus on how we apply our unique situation to build an actionable plan as a take away – highly recommended."

"There is so much hype in this space – the instructors were able to break through the hype and give a clear way forward where possible. I am much clearer on what we need to do now to prepare for future automation."

“a ton of ground in a short time; including inter-related problems across a broad spectrum of professions" 

2021 course format


May 25th to June 30th, 2021


17:00 – 18.30 CET (Paris time) 
11 AM – 12:30 PM EST (NYC time) 
8 AM – 9.30 AM PST (LA time)


2 weekly LIVE online sessions
(1.5 hour each) for 5 weeks


Course fees

Payment in other currencies will be processed at the currency exchange rate 

Public officials: 1300€


Private companies: 1950€


15% early bird discount! 

Register before April 10th 2021

Course Organizers

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