This lecture is a part of Tsinghua University’s Global Open Course, “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative”. Prof. QU will share his thoughts with regard to the revolution from traditional transportation engineering to intelligent transportation systems, which is triggered by the rapid development of vehicular, telecommunications, data collection, and processing technologies. Then three trends will be discussed:

  1. high-resolution big data (due to the paradigm change in data collection and processing),
  2. emerging mobility modes and their integration with existing systems (e.g. connected and automated vehicles, modular buses, flying cars, boring), and
  3. systems of multiple systems (e.g. interactions with the electricity grid, telecommunications systems).

These three trends will play important roles in the planning, design, operations, and control of our next-generation transportation systems. A series of applications of these three trends will be introduced, and their benefit in relieving congestion reduction will be presented. This revolution needs collective multi-disciplinary efforts from transport engineering, vehicle engineering, industrial engineering and operations research, electrical engineering, social science as well as other relevant sectors.


Prof. QU Xiaobo

QU Xiaobo is a Professor at the School of Vehicle and Mobility, Tsinghua University, and an elected member of Academia Europaea. His research is focused on intelligent transportation systems, vertical transportation systems, and vehicle-city connectivity.

Dr. Qu currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Communications in Transportation Research, the Executive Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intelligent and Connected Vehicles, and an editor of Transportation Research Part A/Part E, The Innovation, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, and ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering.

Prior to his current appointment with Tsinghua University, he was a lecturer/senior lecturer with Griffith University from 2012 to 2016, a senior lecturer with the University of Technology Sydney from 2016 to 2018, a professor with the Chalmers University of Technology from 2018 to 2019, and a chair professor with the Chalmers University of Technology from 2020 to 2021. 

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Course Background

China’s President Addresses United Nations General Debate, 76th Session

In 2021, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In response, Tsinghua University developed and launched the graduate course, namely “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative” for 2022 Autumn semester, presenting the latest development of China’s society, economy, culture, and science and technology. This course will introduce the frontiers in research and relevant practices in China, focusing on digital economy, poverty reduction, COVID medication and vaccine, development financing, climate change and green development, interconnection, and other fields.

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