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2016-01-12 Greece: Sensing, Monitoring and Planning the Mobility Needs of the Ageing and Livable Neighborhood


Sensing, Monitoring and Planning the Mobility Needs of the Ageing and Livable Neighborhood

Description of the project offered: 
The Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the School of Rural and Surveying 
Engineering, of the National Technical University of Athens, the oldest and most prestigious 
educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, is involved in several research
activities focusing on Urban and Regional Planning and Development, Spatial Analysis and
Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S), Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
and Urban Models.

We are a group of academics, researchers and practitioners with expertise in the field of 
urban mobility and city planning, locational planning, geospatial technologies and G.I.S 
analysis as well as urban and transport geography (e.g. CycleCities an Interreg IVC Project) 
who are proposing a project under the HORIZON’s 2020 two stages call MG-4.5-2016 “New 
ways of supporting development and implementation of neighborhood-level and urbandistrict-level
transport innovations”. The expected impact of the proposed projects should 
“lead to new innovation processes, new organizational and governance concepts, changes in 
planning processes, that result in new forms of urban mobility solutions at neighborhood or 
urban district level. Actions will implement a strategy to create scale and visibility, and to 
measure impacts of the innovative approaches, and how these can be embedded and 
mainstreamed in practice amongst providers, funders and policy-makers across Europe”. The 
deadline for the first stage submission is January 20, 2016

The project is expected to optimize the use of urban sensors and G.I.S technology for the equal 
promotion, management and planning of ageing people’ s daily walking behavior in the context 
of the livable urban neighborhoods.

The walkable neighborhood is a global planning model of livable and healthy communities. This 
planning model, although an old one, constitutes a novel and holistic approach of challenging 
the issues of the contemporary city. Particularly, by setting the pedestrian movement as the 
focal point - priority of urban and transport planning, important issues such as air pollution, 
traffic noise, reduced accessibility levels and bad health, stemming from the systematic usage of 
automobiles, can be gradually wiped out. 
The proposed project is an idea to application and will actually research and answer the 
question of “what impact will an increasing number of older persons have on the local 
transportation system when the urban built environment is not walkable enough”. To this end, 
the proposed project is aiming to optimize the use of urban sensors and G.I.S technology for the 
equal promotion, management and planning of ageing people’ s daily walking behavior in the 
context of livable urban neighborhoods. 
For five to ten (5-10) pilot urban neighborhoods of the consortium partners’ cities, an extended 
network of urban sensors will be deployed and installed, after a locational analysis study, which 
will record, measure and define the local “pulse” of each district. More specifically, each sensor 
will utilize an image processing algorithm and will analytically measure in real-time micro-
environmental factors that correlate with pedestrian travel behavior and activity, as well as 
pedestrian and traffic volumes. Furthermore, Space Syntax methods will be implemented to 
interpret the usage of public space by local residents and consequently reorganize the urban 
realm in order to create a more comfortable, convivial and walkable neighborhood 
The above data, will provide clear understanding of the true structure and pragmatic issues of 
urban ageing communities. Thus, they will comprise a substantial source for further geospatial 
analyses of urban mobility patterns in each pilot urban district, as well as geographical 
correlation of several other related urban phenomena (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular 
diseases, particulate matters, mortgages, economic activity etc). Additionally, a sample of senior 
(ages of 65+) citizens in each neighborhood will be engaged in pilot studies which will analyze 
the spatial and qualitative data of daily movement diaries, measured by GPS and 
Accelerometers equipment.
The last phase of the project pertains to the development of Neighborhood Walkability Master 
Plans (NWMPs) which will be based and draw upon the data and conclusions of the project’ s 
previous phases, namely, analysis and diagnosis. The main objective of these NWMPs will be the 
confrontation of each urban district’s mobility issues assessing both citizens’ walking behavior 
and a variety of restructuring and redevelopment scenarios. Aiming to embed local experience 
and culture in the final output, NWMPs will be formulated in a synergetic decision-making 
framework with residents as well as stakeholders actively engaged in the planning process.

Potential partners are kindly invited either to submit their interest via e-mail to Associate Professor Dr. Yorgos N. Photis at and Mr. Alex Bartzokas-Tsiompras at or call us at +30 693 2719 550.
Project proposer:   Alexandros Bartzokas Tsiompras (Greece)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Research
Call for proposal title:  2016-2017 Mobility for Growth 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-MG-2016-2017

Description of the collaboration sought: 
We are urgently searching for eligible partners from academia and private sector
to join our consortium. Additionally, we are searching for public authorities and particularly municipalities and urban development agencies located in urban areas with high ageing population rates and 
severe urban mobility conditions to join as pilot study areas. 
Expertise sought: Scientific research, Coordination. Cooperation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Evaluation, Policies, Security, Economic aspects, Information. Media, Education. Training, Social aspects, Climate change and Carbon cycle research, Sustainable development, Environmental protection, Safety, Project management methodologies, Measurement methods, Network technologies, ICT Applications, Transport, Telecommunications, Information processing. Information systems, 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), Public administration, Research, Consultancy, Industry, Technology transfer, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Education, , 
Countries sought: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 

Call for proposal specific information
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