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  • Event Speaker

    Erik Van Vulpen

    Deputy Director Centre for Technology Infusion
    La Trobe University

    At the Centre for Technology Infusion Erik leads large, highly visible innovation projects, focusing on accessible public transport and assistive technologies:
    – Making transport as easy as an elevator: Giving control over an Automated Shuttle to People with Disability (iMOVE, HMI)
    – Preparing the DSAPT for the arrival of CAV for DITRDC
    – Developing frictionless ticketing technologies for people with disabilities for TfNSW
    – An overview of emerging Assistive Technologies for public transport operators (finalist IoTA Awards)

    Other project examples include:
    – Victoria’s first successful Autonomous bus trial (National ITS award winner)
    – Development of a digital alternative to Australia’s number plate
    – Australia’s first Connected Tram, integrated with the traffic light system (25 trams are equipped with CTI OBU’s)
    – Evaluation of an ultra accurate horse timing and tracking solution for Racing Victoria
    – Deployment of one of Australia’s largest LoraWan network involving 5 adjacent City councils.

    A multi Effie award winning marketer, now fully focused on innovation, Erik revels in connecting the dots between end users, technology and commercial results. This has helped deliver real change in the organisations where he has worked.

    Before joining the Centre for Technology Infusion, Erik held executive roles at Samsung, Heineken, Millicom and NBN Co, worked with boutique consultancies founded by McKinsey Alumni, as well as with early-stage tech start-ups.

    Erik is Dutch, worked in Singapore and Sri Lanka. He has been Melbourne based since 2010.

    He is married to Happie Yu with two sons Kuan and Lee and 2 Dutch Shepherds Max and Ralph.