The Future of Urban Mass Transportation Conference brings together researchers and scientists form the UK and abroad to imagine the full potential of emerging technologies.

Lars Hesselgren, RIBA

Director Research

PLP Architecture

Lars Hesselgren is Director of Research and a Senior Associate Partner at PLP Architecture.

He is a founding director of the SmartGeometry group which is encouraging the spread of parametric thinking as an architectural design discipline. Currently he is leading a research and concept design for Cartube, a pioneering mobility solution.  Lars lectures and presents extensively both in US and in Europe. He was educated at the Architectural Association (London) and earned a post-graduate degree in architectural theory from The Bartlett (London).

Professor Nick Reed

Research Director

Transport Research Laboratory

Nick is Academy director at TRL, where he is responsible for coordinating research and innovation across the business. Nick joined the Human Factors and Simulation group at TRL in January 2004 following post-doctoral work in visual perception at the University of Oxford and has championed work in the area of vehicle automation at TRL, culminating in his technical leadership of the flagship UK government and industry funded GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project.

Professor Niloy J. Mitra


University College London

Niloy J. Mitra leads the Smart Geometry Processing group in the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL). Niloy received his Masters and PhD degree from Stanford University. His research interests include shape understanding, computational design, geometric processing, and more generally in computer graphics. Niloy received the ACM Siggraph Significant New Researcher Award in 2013 and the BCS Roger Needham Award in 2015.

Dr Paul Shepherd

Lecturer in Digital Architectonics

University of Bath

Dr Paul Shepherd combined his degree in Mathematics and PhD in Engineering to set up and lead the software modelling & analysis group of international consultancy Buro Happold, developing new computational modelling techniques and applying them on iconic projects around the world.  He is now Lecturer in Digital Architectonics at the University of Bath, where his research leads to new and innovative ways that computers can help to improve the design of our built-environment.

Kevin McCullagh


Plan London

Kevin is founder of a product strategy consultancy based in London called Plan. It focuses on opportunity scoping, product experience strategy and innovation management, for clients including: Ford, Toyota, Samsung and Deutsche Telecom. is background spans design, marketing, engineering and social forecasting. Never short of an opinion or three, he writes, speaks, and chairs conferences on design, technology, business, and society. He has been published and cited in publications including: The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph and FastCompany.

Professor Richard Koeck


Liverpool University

Richard Koeck is Professor and Chair in Architecture and the Visual Arts in the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool. He is Director of the Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) and Associate Head (Research & Impact) of the School of the Arts as well as founding Director of film production company CineTecture. His nterdisciplinary publications and activities frequently blur the boundaries between research and practice in which he investigates architectural/urban space in relation to time-based media.

Stelios Rodoulis

Innovation Researcher


Stelios is an Innovation Researcher at Jacobs with background in Urban & Transport Planning. He is passionate about the interaction of driverless technology and cities, and currently provides strategic advice to Jacobs clients with regards to planning for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles.  Stelios is also Vice Chair of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transport (CIHT) for the London Region.

Dr Tuba Kocaturk

Director RUE Network

Liverpool University

Dr. Tuba Kocaturk is a Reader in Digital Architecture, at Liverpool School of Architecture; and is the director of Postgraduate Research of the School of Arts. She holds a PhD degree in Architecture and Building Technology, from TUDelft (Netherlands). She has published extensively in the areas of Digital Architecture, IT impact on Design, Emerging socio-technical systems and Data-Driven Design. She is the founder and co-director of Resilient Urban Ecosystems (RUE) Network (in collaboration with ARUP) and European Design Network.

Jim Coleman

Chief Economist

Buro Happold

Jim is Global Head of Economics at BuroHappold Engineering, based in London. He is a highly-experienced economist specialising in local and regional economic development and urban regeneration. He has expertise in a wide range of fields including local/regional economic competitiveness, labour markets, business and sector development, enterprise and SME support. He is a specialist in the economics of cities: covering economic strategy, large-scale urban development projects, industrial development & clusters, and urban regeneration.

Karl Sharro


PLP Architecture

Karl Sharro is a director at PLP, an urban designer and a writer. Karl’s experience encompasses a broad range of architectural projects, integrating urban and architectural design. He has worked on developments in the Middle East, Britain and Europe. Karl received his Master of Science degree in City Design and Social Science through the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Thomas Sevcik

Managing Director


Thomas Sevcik is the co-founder of internationally acclaimed frontier strategist arthesia based in Hong Kong, Zurich and Los Angeles. He holds an Architecture degree from Technische Universität Berlin.  Thomas works on repositioning and brand narrative projects for companies, organizations and cities. He is also the mastermind behind innovative large and unique real estate projects ranging from corporate theme parks and brand experiences to AirportCities, urban districts and special zones. Thomas lectures at Central Saint Martins College of Arts in London and at Hong Kong University, is a frequent commentator and panelist and sits on several advisory boards.

Arnd Bätzner

Member of the Board of Directors Mobility Cooperative, University of St.Gallen

Arnd Bätzner provides consulting on advanced transit solutions integrating emerging forms of demand-responsive transportation with high-capacity rail and bus systems. Based in Switzerland, his PhD research at the University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich is focused on elevated connectors in dense urban environments. Arnd is a director at the nationwide Swiss car-sharing operator Mobility and a member of the Rail Transit Systems Committee of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB).


David Lutton

Executive Director, Policy

London First

David has a policy interest in international financial market reform and EU financial affairs. He earned a PhD in politics at the University of Strathclyde and attended Harvard. He currently works as Executive Director, Policy with responsibility for tax and competitiveness at business member organisation London First. David has worked at the Democratic progressive think tank, Center for American Progress, in Washington D.C. on policy issues relating to US financial regulatory reform and economic growth. He has published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and his work has featured in policy publications at the Center for American Progress and London First. Prior to his policy work David had a successful commercial career in finance and corporate communications.

Esfandiar Khaleghi

Chair of GLR YMP, IMechE

Esfandiar Ltd

Esfandiar received an M.Eng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate in Design Thinking from Stanford Technology Ventures Program of Stanford University. Esfandiar is active in innovation, research and product development. He consults companies in the consumer, medical, automotive and industrial sector. He is currently the Chair of GLR YMP and a member of Young Members Board at the Institutions of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He has been named as one of the UK’s Top Young Medical Engineers by Institutions of Mechanical Engineers.

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