Dr. ir. André VITS
Head of Unit G.4 - ICT for Transport, Directorate Components and Systems, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission, Brussels
Studied electro-mechanical engineering at the University of Leuven (B), holds a PhD in Applied Sciences from the same university, thesis on Traffic engineering, also a lecturer on "Traffic Control and Transport Management" at the University of Leuven.
1988 joined the European Commission for the launch of the DRIVE 1 and DRIVE 2 RTD programs, performed several coordination and management functions: Launching of the Telematic Applications Program (TAP), Deputy Head of Unit for the Financial Service of the DG.
Since 2001 "Head of Unit" and in charge of "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Transport" in Directorate-General Information Society and Media. The Unit has a long tradition in running ICT activities and projects, and in initiating new ones. Current activities are focusing on Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems, e.g. vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The Unit is also responsible for the Intelligent Car Initiative, which is an i2010 flagship project, and the eSafety Initiative.