POST CITY Symposium I: Future Mobility – A Challenge for Art & Science

FRI Sept. 4, 2015, 10 AM-1:30 PM, POST CITY, Conference Square

The concept of mobility used in this POST CITY Symposium is very broadly defined. It encompasses a spectacular R&D prototype of a self-driving car, a survey of urban mobility worldwide as well as the mobility of data, and all the millions of people who are now migrating to cities. Alexander Mankowsky (DE) will talk about the automotive R&D going on at Mercedes-Benz, and then Martina Mara (AT) will go into the relationship between human beings and autonomous vehicles. Shunji Yamanaka (JP) and Takayuki Furuta (JP) of the Future Robotics Technology Center will present their latest robots. Hiroshi Ishii (JP/US) will elaborate on global data traffic, and then Ou Ning (CN) and Kilian Kleinschmidt (DE) will deal with the movements of huge numbers of refugees: Ning with the great many Chinese people leaving that country’s rural areas; Kleinschmidt with refugee housing that’s fit for human beings.


10 AM Alexander Mankowsky (DE)
10:25 AM Martina Mara (AT)
10:50 AM Q + A
11 AM Shunji Yamanaka (JP), Takayuki Furuta (JP)
11:20 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM Hiroshi Ishii (JP/US)
12 noon Q + A
12:10 noon Ou Ning (CN)
12:40 noon Kilian Kleinschmidt (DE)
1:10 PM Q + A

Moderator: Gerfried Stocker (AT)


Alexander Mankowsky (DE) has worked in the research unit at Daimler AG since 1989, initially focusing on societal trends in mobility. This led him in 2001 to his current field of work – ‘Futures Studies & Ideation’.


Martina Mara (AT) is a Key Researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, where she is responsible for the research field of RoboPsychology.


Takayuki Furuta (JP)  is general manager of Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) at Chiba Institute of Technology.


Shunji Yamanaka (JP) is a design engineer and Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo.

Hiroshi Ishii (JP/US) 
is a Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.


Ou Ning (CN) is a frequent contributor to various magazines, books and exhibition catalogues and has lectured around the world. He lives and works in Bishan Village, where he founded Bishan Commune 2011, an intellectual group devoted to rural reconstruction movement in China.


Kilian Kleinschmidt (DE) is an international networker and humanitarian expert with over 25 years experience in a wide range of countries, emergencies and refugee camps as United Nations official, Aid worker and Diplomat.


Gerfried Stocker (AT) is artistic director of Ars Electronica.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union