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Past Events


Metropolitan Mobility Conference

Gonçalo participated in the opening session of the final conference of the e-Hubs project (Interreg). A panel discussion took place between the research organizations involved in the WP modelling. Minute 40 is where the researchers of the project discuss the main results.

We are happy to announce that Dr. Irene Martinez will join the hEAT lab on August 15th as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of the Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty, Department of Transport & Planning. Dr. Irene Martinez obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine earlier this year.

Webinar on the deployment potential of automated minibuses for first/last mile transport

On Wednesday 26th of May, 2021, the hEAT Lab together with the Smart PT Lab organised a webinar on the deployment potential of automated minibuses for first/last mile transport. The webinar was organised by Irene Zubin and Maryna Öztürker, PhD candidates at the TU Delft, with the help of dr. Gonçalo Correia, director of the hEAT Lab, and dr. Niels van Oort, director of the SPT Lab.

Prof. Bart van Arem opened the webinar with an inspiring presentation on the opportunities and challenges of automated driving and the relevant topics that TU Delft is currently researching. Gonçalo and Niels continued with an introduction of their labs, showing the important connection between vehicles automation and the public transport sector.

Forum ISTS 2020 conference

From the 3rd to the 6th of November the hEAT Lab held the conference IEEE Forum ISTS 2020. This was organized online due to covid-19. The conference had 130 attendees who have given 97 presentations in 37 sessions, including 8 sessions on Shared Mobility; 3 sessions on Connected Automated Vehicles;  4 sessions on Modelling, Control and Simulation; 3 sessions on Electric Transportation Systems; and 3 sessions on Freight & Logistics. The conference also provided 4 live workshops: Open Science in ITS research (Tuesday), Platform based Transportation (Wednesday), Electrification of public transport (Thursday), and Public transport of the future (Thursday). We had the pleasure of having three live keynotes: Prof. Yafeng Yin (Tuesday), Prof. Kara Kockelman (Wednesday), and Prof. Makos Papageorgiou (Thursday). As an on-campus event transmitted online we had a demon on the interaction of intelligent vehicles with vulnerable road users whose video you can see below. From the hEAT Lab Gonçalo Correia chaired the conference together with Meng Wang and Bart van Arem. Simeon Calvert chaired the workshops. Several of the hEAT lab members helped with the organization of the conference and helped manage its daily activities. Thank you to all.

Autumn school on Automated driving online

Between the 28th and the 30th of October 2020 TRAIL research school for Transport Infrastructure and Logistics together with the hEAT lab have organized the Autumn school on Automated driving online.
This school had more than 25 participants from different countries around the world. The attendees had lectures on ethics, planning, human factors, traffic management, safety, and technology of automated vehicles giving them a very complete overview of the challenges associated with the take-up of these vehicles.
On the last day prof. Kara Kockelman from UT Austin gave the students a lecture and discussed with them a selection of important topics that require future research.
Gonçalo Correia and Bart van Arem from Civil Engineering led the organization of this school together with Vincent Marchau of the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management from TU Delft.

Freddy Mullakkal-Babu defended his PhD thesis

On 14 September, Freddy Mullakkal-Babu successfully defended his PhD thesis: Modelling Safety Impacts of Automated Driving Systems in Multi-Lane Traffic. The co-promotor is Meng Wang and promotors are Bart van Arem and Riender Happee. Committee members include: Prof. Dongpu Cao from University of Waterloo, Prof. Ronghui Liu from University of Leeds, Eric van Berkum from University of Twente, Bart De Schutter from TU Delft. The public defence was oriniginally scheduled on 16 March, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

Virtual Kick-off of H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Project: SHAPE-IT

On 12 October, the kick-off meeting of SHAPE-IT project took place online.

SHAPE-IT, short for Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles: Preparing for the Environment of Tomorrow, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The project has a duration of four years starting October 1st 2019. Fifteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), i.e., PhD-students, will perform research in the project, together with their academic and industrial supervisors.

The overall goal of SHAPE-IT is to enable rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles (AVs) for urban environments. Vehicle automation has been identified as a game-changer in transport, promising substantial reductions in road-traffic fatalities while improving mobility. However, the processes to integrate automation in transport have been primarily technology-focussed, with insufficient consideration given to how users both inside and outside of the AVs will interact with AVs.

Xiaolin He (ESR 12), a PhD member of the hEAT lab, is working on AV occupants’ perception of safety in relation to AV behaviour, under the supervision of Riender Happee and Meng Wang.

Launch of H2020 SAFE-UP project

Horizon 2020 project SAFE-UP officially started on 22 June, 2020. The consortium met virtually in the kick-off meeting. During the kick-off event, all partners presented their objectives and this gave opportunities to discuss the next steps of the project and to understand what all the different stakeholders could bring to the project!


  • future safety-critical scenarios
  • new safety technologies
  • novel safety assessment methodologies.

First hEAT Lab Research Seminar

On the 6th of December 2019 the first Research Seminar of the hEAT Lab took place. The theme of seminar was: Models for unravelling a future with Automated Vehicles: a multi-scale approach.

TU Delft participates in the consortium meeting of the e-Hubs project in Leuven

Fanchao Liao presented TU Delft’s latest work on the e-hubs project in Leuven: a state of the art review on shared electric mobility and a quick scan method to find the areas of a city showing the greatest potential for installing such e-hubs.

Xiao Liang defended her PhD thesis

On Monday the 30th of September Xiao Liang has defended successfully her PhD thesis with the title: “Planning and Operation of Automated Taxi Systems”.

Gonçalo Correia gave a seminar at the hEART conference

Gonçalo Correia gave a lecture in the summer school of the hEART conference in the past 3rd of September on the topic of “Impacts of vehicle automation on urban areas costs and benefits of a technology that is set to change the way we move”. About 65 PhD students attended the school that happened the day before the conference in Budapest, Hungary. 

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Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) systems will potentially bring many changes to urban and interurban mobility.  Integrating CAV technologies within the traditional road environment interacting with the different road users leads to important research questions, since their potential on shared mobility, the reduction of traffic congestion, energy use efficiency, pollutant emissions and noise reduction is still unclear. Therefore, there is a need for detailed and accurate studies on the estimation on the effects of CAV technologies on transportation externalities.

Kick-off hEAT lab: The hEAT is on

The hEAT lab has been created with an internal kick-off at the Department of Transport & Planning on the 24th of June, 2019. In this meeting, the members were able to discuss with the co-directors topics such as internal organization and research priorities. The hEAT is on!

The eHUBS project kicks off

The EU project eHUBS, co-funded by European Commission’s Interreg North-West Europe Programme, kicked off its activities at a partner meeting on the 10th of April 2019 in Lille. This ambitious project wants to increase the uptake of shared electric mobility solutions by end-users, through the deployment and promotion of e-Mobility hubs.

Gonçalo Correia gave a seminar at Portland State University

Gonçalo Correia gave a seminar at Portland State University last 10th of May at Portland State University entitled: “Impacts of automation on urban areas: some results of TU Delft research”.

The seminar at PSU on youtube:

Presentation by Dr. Luiz Martinez (OECF-ITF)

A seminar was given by Luis Martinez (OECD-ITF) on Monday the 11th of March from 15:30 to 16:30 2.62, entitled: “Assessing pathways for the decarbonisation of the transport sector until 2050: developing the ITF in-house modeling tools for passenger and freight transport demand and supply”.

Presentation by Dr. Raphael Stern (TU Munich and University of Minnesota)

A presentation was given by Dr. Raphael Stern with the title: Increased vehicle automation and traffic flow stability: experimental insights

This work is motivated by the possibility of a small number of autonomous vehicles (AVs) or partially autonomous vehicles that may soon be present on our roadways, and the impacts they will have on traffic flow. 

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