CIVITAS DESTINATIONS is a project submitted and approved for the call "MOBILITY for GROWTH 2014-2015 - MG-5.5a-2015 - Demonstrating and testing innovative solutions for cleaner and better urban transport and mobility". It is funded by the European Commission under H2020-EU.3.4. - SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Smart, Green And Integrated Transport.
Within the EU, and particularly following the economic crisis; tourism will be, the ‘engine for economic growth’, particularly in the underperforming Mediterranean economies; where tourism has traditionally been a dominant economic sector. The world market of tourists continues to grow and Europe has unique selling points for further tourist growth from within and outside the EU (including China). The competitive market for tourism means that cities have to provide the high quality, sustainable environments desired by tourists, while providing local sustainable employment opportunities that overcome the seasonal and sometimes informal nature of tourist economies. Achieving sustainable mobility is a vital part of the growth equation for Europe’s tourist cities. DESTINATIONS will develop an innovative holistic approach to building sustainable urban mobility systems for both residents and tourists. The project impacts will make a positive contribution to demonstrating how this can achieve growth and therefore provide a benchmark for other EU tourist cities.
DESTINATIONS will demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative sustainable mobility solutions in 6 tourist cities with different characteristics but sharing common challenges. The solutions will address
• Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning for residents and visitors • Safe, attractive and accessible public spaces for all generations
• Shared mobility and e-infrastructures towards zero emissions transport • Smart & clean urban freight logistics at tourist destinations
• Mobility management & awareness for sustainable mobility
• Attractive, clean, accessible and efficient public transport
CIVITAS DESTINATIONS will implement a set of mutually reinforcing innovative mobility solutions in six urban laboratory areas, including in Funchal and Madeira region in general. Innovative transport solutions implemented in these pilot areas - which represent the variety of tourist destination typologies - will target the resident, tourist and freight mobility demand with a holistic and integrated planning approach, delivering sustainable mobility strategies and solutions at the destinations and in the countries of origin. Achieving the objectives will increase the attractiveness of the city, both for tourists and for businesses in the sector and multiplier impacts in the economy for goods and services. All of these will contribute to better social cohesion (which attracts further investment).
The selected researcher will join an interdisciplinary team, including project technicians and staff and researchers from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), ARDITI (Regional Agency for Research, Technological Development and Innovation), Horários do Funchal (public transport operator) and Municipality of Funchal, working in the fields of Energy, Mobility, Social Networking and HCI in general.
Requirements: Candidates are required to have an academic/university degree in Computer Science / Engineering. Proficient user fluency in English is mandatory.
Workplan: The work to be carried consists in the contribution/participation of ARDITI for the project, in particular under Work Package 2 under Design and Implementation planned for measures MAD 2.2 (Smart sensing / metering and user generated content to improve planning and mobility services) and MAD 6.1 (Gamification as a way to induce behavioural change in Mobility), integrating the existing team. The selected candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of the network of sensors being created for the project, integrating different types of sensors (e.g. air quality monitoring in the city of Funchal and passenger counting in buses), communication equipment and software. Technical work involves prototyping and testing of sensors, troubleshooting and diagnosis of the system implemented, network configurations, with the possibility to be integrated in future developments or expansion of this system. Moreover, the candidate should be able to analysis the feasibility of using the existing ah-doc infrastructure of routers and sensors for proving locals and tourists with transport-related services, investigating a gamification approach.
Scientific guidance and workplace: The work will be coordinated by Prof. Dr. Nuno Nunes (Scientific coordination). Workplace will be at ARDITI and M-ITI (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute), Madeira Island.
Duration: 6 months (may be renewed).
Salary: Monthly maintenance stipend for a research fellowship with a university / bachelor degree (Bolsa de Investigação para Licenciado - BI) in Portugal. ARDITI stipends determined by ‘FCT-Fundação para a Ciência Tecnologia’, as indicated at the URL: http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores.phtml.en.
Evaluation criteria: The jury will select the candidates based on a curricular evaluation and, if necessary, using job professional interviews. The selection criteria is the following:
• Education Background and graduation (50%)
• Technology related skills relevant for the project execution (30%)
• Experience in related tasks (20%)
Selection panel / Jury: Nuno Jardim Nunes; Lúcio Quintal; Clemente Aguiar.
The application must include:
• CV (Europass) with a photo;
• Copy of all certificates that prove the qualifications mentioned in the CV;
Anouncement of the results: By email to be sent to the candidates.