Konstantinos Gkoumas

Konstantinos Gkoumas
European Commission | ec · Joint Research Centre (JRC)

PhD in Transportation Engineering

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Introduction
I am a Programme Officer at the Sustainable Transport Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). My involvement is in the development of tools and methodologies to advance the analytical capabilities of the European Commission's Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS), with focus on transport infrastructures, connected and automated mobility and new and emerging transport technologies.
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - March 2018
Politecnico di Milano
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Teachning assistant for the course of Bridge Theory and Design held by Professor Pier Giorgio Malerba. The course is taken by second year Master of Science students and includes a project of a prestressed concrete bridge.
April 2017 - present
European Commission
Position
  • Programme Officer
November 2012 - June 2016
StroNGER S.r.l.
Position
  • Partner/Entrepreneur - research and development
Description
  • Research and development activity, with focus since March 2014 on the ESA funded project piezoTsensor.
Education
November 2004 - April 2008
Sapienza University of Rome
Field of study
  • Transportation Engineering/Operation Research
November 1995 - December 2003
Sapienza University of Rome
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering

Publications

Publications (138)
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Pairing, or bunching, of vehicles on a public transportation line influences the adaptive choice at stops due to the random headways and waiting times it determines. In order to ensure consistency with the characteristics of service perturbations, as represented by a transit operation model, it is important to identify the headway distributions rep...
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A long-span suspension bridge is a complex structural system that interacts with the surrounding environment and the users. The environmental actions and the corresponding loads (wind, temperature, rain, earthquake, etc.) together with the live loads (railway traffic, highway traffic), have a strong influence on the dynamic response of the bridge,...
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Rapid technological developments in autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) and an evolving legislation may soon open the way for their large-scale implementation in the last mile delivery of products. The use of drones could drastically decrease labour costs and has been hyped as a potential disruptor to the parcel delivery industry. O...
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This study focuses on the conceptual development, analytical modeling and experimental wind tunnel testing of a high efficiency energy harvesting (EH) device, based on piezoelectric materials, with an application for the sustainability of smart buildings. The device, harvests the airflow inside Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) syste...
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This paper represents an expert view from Europe of future emerging technologies within the wind energy sector considering their potential, challenges, applications and technology readiness and how they might evolve in the coming years. These technologies were identified as originating primarily from the academic sector, some start-up companies and...
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In recent years, natural disasters are recognized to be the cause of considerable human and socioeconomic losses, particularly in modern, infrastructure-dependent societies. For example, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been one of the most devastating disasters of the past decades. Likewise, the Katrina hurricane was in the US east co...
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The rapid technological and regulatory evolution in the field of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) may soon open the way for their deployment in the last mile delivery of products. This has the potential to decrease delivery costs, reduce transport externalities caused by road traffic and reduce missed-deliveries. It could thus be...
Technical Report
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The European Green Deal and its target to achieve a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 together with the new EU Urban Mobility Framework put urban mobility and logistics in the spotlight of EU mobility policies. Research and innovation is paramount to respond to the challenges and to further improve mobility and tra...
Technical Report
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Public transport is in the spotlight of EU mobility policies. 114 projects (4.2%) of all transport-related Horizon 2020 projects included in the TRIMIS databasea focus directly on public transport research and innovation. Their total budget is about €460 bn (6.7%) Main themes of recent European public transport research and innovation are: transpor...
Technical Report
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The European Green Deal and its target for reducing emissions together with the New EU Urban Mobility Framework put public transport in the spotlight of EU mobility policies. Research and innovation is thus required in order to respond to these needs. This report provides a review of recent trends, challenges and achievements of European research a...
Technical Report
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This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I related to car sharing in Europe. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The report critically assesses research by thematic areas, highlighting recent technological and other deve...
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Many concepts and innovations aim to improve transport and mobility, while helping to decrease the externalities that transport imposes on society. Research and innovation monitoring tools are important to assess the current state of development so that research funding and policy making efforts can be aligned optimally. This paper presents a compr...
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Delivering infrastructure, resilient to multiple natural hazards and climate change, is fundamental to continued economic prosperity and social coherence. This is a strategic priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Bank, the OECD, public policies and global initiatives. The operability and functionality of cri...
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The 2030 Climate target plan of the European Commission (EC) establishes a greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990. It highlights that all transport modes—road, rail, aviation and waterborne—will have to contribute to this aim. A smart combination of vehicle/vessel/aircraft efficiency improvements...
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Waterborne transport contributes to around 14% of the overall greenhouse gas emissions of transport in the European Union and it is among the most efficient modes of transport. Nonetheless, considering the aim of making the European Union carbon-neutral by 2050 and the fundamental role of waterborne transport within the European economy, effort is...
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The European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) is co-developed by the authors as an open-access transport policy tool to support implementation of the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA), covering all transport sectors and modes. Within the TRIMIS frame, horizon scanning...
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Numerous transport innovations promise to improve how people and goods move, while simultaneously decreasing the externalities that transport imposes on society. Public institutions offer large amounts of funding to make these concepts become reality. Yet fragmented and partial insights into technology development impede the efficient allocation of...
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Hyperloop is a proposed very high-speed ground transportation system for both passenger and freight that has the potential to be revolutionary, and which has attracted much attention in the last few years. The concept was introduced in its modern form relatively recently, yet substantial progress has been made in the past years, with research and d...
Technical Report
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Research and innovation is highly important for the development and adoption of new aviation concepts and technologies. This report provides an analysis of research and innovation initiatives in Europe in aviation, with a focus on emissions reduction. The assessment follows a structured methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport R...
Technical Report
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Adequate research and innovation (R&I) is paramount for the seamless development, testing, adoption and integration of new rail concepts and technologies. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I initiatives in Europe in this field. The assessment follows a structured methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research...
Technical Report
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The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) roadmap on low-emission alternative energy for transport was updated in 2020. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of research and innovation in low-emission alternative energy for transport in selected European Union (EU) funded ongoing projects with end dates from 2019 onward...
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Europe’s aging transportation infrastructure requires optimized maintenance programs. However, data and monitoring systems may not be readily available to support strategic decisions or they may require costly installations in terms of time and labor requirements. In recent years, the possibility of monitoring bridges by indirectly sensing relevant...
Technical Report
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This publication is a Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process. The scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the European Commission. Neither the European Comm...
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Hyperloop is a new surface mode of passenger and freight transport that gained much visibility in the last years. Even though it has been introduced as a concept relatively recently, significant progress has been made so far, with several hyperloop promoters involved in research and development of hyperloop systems around the world. Nevertheless, c...
Technical Report
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This report provides a comprehensive analysis of research and innovation (R&I) in vehicle design and manufacturing in selected European Union (EU) funded projects from 2007 onwards. It identifies relevant researched technologies by transport mode and their phase of development. The results show that aviation receives the greatest attention in numbe...
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The European Commission's Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) outlines future transport research and innovation (R&I) priorities towards the decarbonization of European transport. Seven STRIA roadmaps focus on crosscutting research areas. In order to support and monitor their implementation, the Transport Research and Innovat...
Technical Report
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Electrification has a major role to play in decarbonising transport and in reducing its fossil fuel dependency. For transport electrification to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport electrification. The asses...
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The European Commission has recently launched the process of developing stricter emissions standards (post-Euro 6/VI) for all petrol and diesel cars, vans, lorries and buses . To ensure vehicles on European roads are clean over their lifetime, the proposed rules will consider new vehicle technologies and ensure emissions are measured on the road. T...
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Hyperloop is a proposed high-speed surface mode of passenger and freight transport that has gained much visibility in recent years. Since its introduction in modern form in 2013, progress on Hyperloop has been thriving, with several companies involved in research and development of Hyperloop systems and subsystems. Some of them have planned testing...
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Evaluating the future impacts of transport innovation on society is notoriously difficult. Yet foresight and monitoring tools are important to anticipate on possible futures so that research funding and policy making efforts can be guided. This paper presents a comprehensive two-tiered approach to 1) identify new and emerging technologies and trend...
Technical Report
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Research and innovation (R&I) have a significant role in the development of transport systems. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of 20 technologies from European R&I projects, researched at a low development phase, that have received high levels of funding and for which the number of organisations involved (and projects) indicate a hi...
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This study focuses on multi-hazard analysis for bridges, following a two-tier approach. First, it identifies relevant open issues and recent literature developments in the field, presenting data in a meaningful manner, with specific focus on the issues related with the analysis of hazard chain scenario treated as low probability-high consequence ev...
Technical Report
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The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) is the analytical support tool for the establishment and implementation of the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA), and is the European Commission’s (EC) instrument for mapping transport technology trends and research and innovation capacities. S...
Technical Report
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Adequate research and innovation (R&I) is paramount for the seamless testing, adoption and integration of network and traffic management systems. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I initiatives in Europe in this field. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Mo...
Technical Report
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For smart mobility to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in smart mobility and services in Europe. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Monitori...
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The European Commission's Communication on a European Green Deal sets out the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, which will require a reduction in transport emissions. To this aim, digital technologies, together with connectivity and automation, are transforming traditional concepts of mobility, with a potential impact towards trans...
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Since the introduction of hyperloop in modern form in 2013, progress has been thriving, with several companies involved in research and development of hyperloop systems and subsystems. Many of them have planned testing tracks in Europe, anticipating what could be the start of commercial routes for passenger and freight transport. Nevertheless, many...
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Transport contributes significantly to economic growth and higher quality of life, but its associated externalities have an environmental, economic and social impact and are the main impetus to support innovation towards sustainable transport. The European Commission's Communication on a European Green Deal sets out the objective of achieving clima...
Technical Report
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Adequate research and innovation (R&I) is paramount for the seamless testing, adoption and integration of connected and automated transport. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I initiatives in Europe in this field.The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Information Monitor...
Technical Report
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The report is downloaded from the European Commission DG JRC web site: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/digital-transformation-transport-construction-energy-government-and-public-administration This report provides an analysis of digital transformation (DT) in a selection of policy areas coverin...
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To direct, monitor and catalyse transport research, it is important to have an overview on how technologies progress. This study contributes to this field by identifying technologies in all transport modes, researched in projects within European research framework programmes starting from 2007. A total of 2242 projects fall within this scope, and w...
Technical Report
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Gender differences exist with regard to access to transport and mobility, transport safety, personal security, and participation in the transport sector. This report analyses gender differences in the transport sector across the European Union (EU). It identifies key issues based on a survey of relevant literature and summarises EU policy initiativ...
Technical Report
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For transport infrastructure to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport infrastructure. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Information Monitoring...
Technical Report
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This report provides the second overview of the TRIMIS database, assessing the status of transport R&I in seven thematic areas as defined by the European Commission’s Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA). Since the last overview, the database includes over 9% more projects, covers information on transport technologies and orga...
Technical Report
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A perfect storm of new technologies and new business models is transforming not only our vehicles, but everything about how we get around, and how we live our lives. The JRC report “The future of road transport - Implications of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility” looks at some main enablers of the transformation of road transpor...
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Transport is one of the main sectors supporting development. Having a direct impact on the economy, the environment and the overall quality of life, a series of efforts are in place to maximise benefits and mitigate negative externalities. Legislation and technological advancement through targeted research and innovation (R&I) are two main levers u...
Technical Report
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The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) is the analytical support tool for the establishment and implementation of the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA), and is the European Commission’s (EC) instrument for mapping transport technology trends and research and innovation capacities. S...
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This paper focuses on the development of a taxonomy framework for new and emerging technologies and trends in the transport sector. This framework is proposed towards the assessment and monitoring of the acceptance, impact and diffusion of technologies and trends, together with a scoring system and a front–end visualisation of the outcomes. In this...
Technical Report
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One of the objectives of the Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) is to support Transport Research and Innovation (R&I) horizon scanning. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a capacity for foresight and horizon scanning. Within the TRIMIS framework, horizon scanning is a structured and systematic co...
Technical Report
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Europe’s ageing transport infrastructure needs effective and proactive maintenance in order to continue its safe operation during the entire life cycle. This report focuses on research and innovation (R&I) in bridge maintenance, inspection and monitoring in Europe in the last quarter of a century. The assessment follows the methodology developed by...
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Evaluating the future impacts of transportation innovation on society is notoriously difficult. Yet foresight and monitoring tools are important to anticipate on possible futures so that research funding and policy making efforts can be guided. This paper presents a comprehensive two-tiered approach to 1) identify new and emerging technologies and...