Keynote Speakers

Javier Gutiérrez Puebla

Javier Gutiérrez Puebla is Full Professor of Human Geography at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, director of the Research Group tGIS (Transport, Infrastructure and Territory) and director of the Department of Geography. He specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), transport and urban studies. He has written more than 100 scientific publications (about 30 articles JCR Q1), with more than 4,000 citations in Google Scholar. He has directed numerous research projects. He has taught at the Complutense University and other universities in undergraduate and master's degree studies, particularly in the field of GIS and transportation geography.


José Gomes Mendes

José Gomes Mendes was born in Braga in 1962.

He is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance '

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, Doctorate and Aggregate in Territory Planning from the University of Minho. He is a professor of Regional and Urban Systems at the University of Minho, where he held the post of Vice Rector for the Valorisation of Knowledge between 2009 and 2015.

As a researcher, he developed activities in the 1990s at Clark University and South Dakota State University, USA.

He founded the UM-Cidades platform and was until 2015 President of the Board of Directors of AvePark S.A Science and Technology Park, and President of the Management of the University-Company Association TecMinho.

He joined the Founders Council of the Serralves Foundation.

He served as consultant and appraiser at the European Commission, EACEA, ETF and NERC.

He was the national representative at the European Council of Civil Engineers (2010-2014) and Coordinator of the College of Civil Engineering - North (2010-13).


António Pais Antunes 

António Pais Antunes is a Professor at the University of Coimbra, where he has developed all his academic career, and the Deputy Director of CITTA – Research Centre for Territory Transports and Environment (research unit of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology).

He holds a Licentiate Degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Coimbra and a PhD in Applied Sciences by the Catholic University of Louvain.

He has been a Planning Director at the Centro Region Coordination and Development Commission (1983/85), a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University (1997/98), and Invited Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (2009/10) and a Visiting Professor at MIT (2013/14).

Over his career, he supervised 23 PhD theses, was involved in 25 research projects and actions and authored over 200 publications in the fields of Transport and Spatial Planning.

He is a member of the Operating Committee of the MIT Portugal Program and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Singapore MIT Alliance for Science and Technology – Future Urban Mobility area (2009/15).