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Ferrovial renews MIT tie-up

19 Apr Ferrovial has renewed a collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that has already resulted in the development of 25 research projects.

Dimitris Bountolos, Ferrovial’s chief information and innovation officer
Dimitris Bountolos, Ferrovial’s chief information and innovation officer

The company said that the renewal for five years of its collaboration with the US university reinforces its commitment to research and energy innovation projects with the aim of transforming cities and developing the infrastructure of the future.

Ferrovial began collaborating with MIT in 2007. The collaboration involves two strands, dedicated to the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).

“The collaboration between Ferrovial and MITEI has resulted in twenty-five research projects in the development and management of sustainable infrastructure, including water, sustainability, mobility, engineering, and digitalisation,” says Dimitris Bountolos, Ferrovial’s chief information and innovation officer. “In recent years there has been a growing demand for collaboration focused on mobility and data.”

“We are pleased that Ferrovial will continue to support the innovative work coming from MIT’s energy research community through its membership with MITEI,” says Robert Armstrong, the director of the MIT Energy Initiative.

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Over the next five years, Ferrovial will invest US$5 million to support low-carbon energy and sustainable infrastructure research at MIT. The company first became a member of ILP in 2007, and MITEI member in 2011. The research collaboration with MITEI has benefited projects in areas including building energy technologies, software automation for identifying energy service opportunities, uses for brine by-products from seawater desalination, sustainable urban mobility, and more.

Ferrovial will also continue its membership in MITEI’s Mobility Systems Center, which continues the multidisciplinary research started under the three-year Mobility of the Future Study. The company’s participation in the study’s consortium of members has helped advance understanding of the different factors that are shaping personal mobility at different scales, from global and national markets to policy and mobility choices at the city and individual levels. The study report, Insights into Future Mobility, was published in 2019.

“We deeply value the industry insights that our ILP members from around the world bring to the MIT community,” says Karl Koster, the executive director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. “We believe that perspective helps drive the real-world application of technology innovations emerging from MIT.”

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