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Mobility

THE DSI COMMUNITY MOBILITY

The work of the group is related to mobility that is affected by changes due to an increasing digitalization. Thereby, mobility themes include but are not limited to: human mobility, navigation, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, drones, space mobility, etc. The group meets at regular intervals and with its work aims to address three Grand Societal Challenges, namely:

  • climate change prevention
  • clean transport and mobility


  • the preservation and regain of individuals’ physical mobility
  • the physical and psychological well-being of citizens


  • making mobility accessible and affordable for the handicapped and elderly
  • connecting suburban areas and mountain villages

Community facts

13

Projects

40

Members

THE DIGITAL SOCIETY INITIATIVE

What questions about digitization are on your mind? And how has your life changed with the digital transformation? Digitization is presenting society and science with new challenges. It is taking hold of a large part of our lives at an ever faster pace.

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) was founded at the University of Zurich in 2016. The DSI supports scientists in their research and teaching on the digital transformation and is the competence center of the University of Zurich, where the impact of digitization is researched and bundled across all disciplines.
The Digital Society Initiative also aims to engage in dialogue with a broad public. The DSI at the University of Zurich wants to critically reflect on the digital transformation and look at it from different angles. This is not about technological novelties, but much more about ethical, legal, social and economic aspects that need to be discussed. It is about people and their role in our digitalized world.

Develop solutions

Develop solutions

We aim to develop solutions for as well as critically reflect on the digitalization of mobility and, thus, contribute to Grand Challenges such as climate change, urbanization, or migration.
Communication

Communication

The group serves as a platform and network to enable interdisciplinary communication (e.g., through presentations, discussions, or workshops on theories, methods, projects, etc.) with the purpose of facilitating collaboration in research, teaching, and outreach to society to address different issues of the digitalization of mobility.
Networking

Networking

We are open for all UZH researchers and affiliates interested in contributing to our mission to reflect and shape the digitalization of mobility and its impact on Zurich, Switzerland, and the global society.

Framework of Research

Our framework intends to reflect and categorize the research of the DSI Community Mobility which ranges:

  • from the human or individual level, with, for example, the use of digital technologies to rapidly and fully regain a person’s mobility that has been lost due to an injury, or with questions related to neuro‐rehabilitation where patients use wearable sensors
  • to the group or societal level where researchers work, for example, on the topics related to mobility in (smart) cities and seek to understand how mobility in urban areas is affected by digitalization
  • all the way to the mobility of autonomous systems with, for example, the development of smart algorithms that allow drones or cars to navigate autonomously without GPS by just using cameras or questions related to movements of space exploration.

Accordingly, the framework rests on three application‐oriented pillars. They bundle various kinds of UZH research that contributes to enabling or enhancing the mobility of humans or objects, or that reflects developments or problems related to the increasing digitalization of mobility.

Each pillar is supported by three discipline‐oriented layers. The first layer captures physiological and cognitive issues that are related to mobility and that can be solved or studied with the help of digital technologies. The technology layer is associated with novel technological developments that enable new and/or sustainable mobility. The third layer pertains to studies by researchers in the social sciences, law, and humanities that seek to understand and reflect on the increasing digitalization of the various areas of mobility.

Know more about our work.

The projects from our community mobility themes include but are not limited to: human mobility, navigation, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, drones, space mobility, etc.

Get in touch

Questions, inputs or just want to get to know us? Contact us here.

Membership in the DSI Community Mobility is open to researchers affiliated with a Swiss university. For other individuals, membership is conditional on an ongoing cooperation with the DSI Community. To become a member of a DSI Community, membership in the DSI Network is required. Please follow this link.