Transport & Planning
Transportation and mobility are crucial aspects of modern societies. They enable us to get to school and work, access essential goods and services, stimulate economic growth, and build social relationships. However, along with these benefits, come negative consequences like pollution, traffic jams, accidents, and extensive land use. How can we make the most of transportation’s advantages while minimising its downsides?
It is this question that is at the heart of our work at the Transport & Planning Department, which is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft. Our research covers topics such as urbanisation and smart sustainable transport, climate-friendly transportation and resilience. But also things like well-being, health, equity, and digitisation in transport. In order to tackle the methodological and technical challenges, we emphasise computational modelling and analysis for transportation engineering. This involves using techniques like sensing, monitoring, data analysis, modelling, simulation, and artificial intelligence to solve problems in transportation engineering and design effective systems.
Our collaborative labs are at the heart of our research efforts. These labs, led by one or two (assistant, associate, or full) professors, work closely with both public and private entities in the field. This collaboration bridges the gap between theoretical research and practical application.
In addition to conducting cutting-edge research, we also offer transport and planning courses in the Bachelor’s programme for Civil Engineering. We provide a dedicated Transport & Planning track in the Master’s programme for Civil Engineering, and we actively participate in the interdisciplinary Master’s programme focused on Transport Infrastructure and Logistics.
What if we all share our rides?
With just a few clicks associate professor Oded Cats empties the streets of Amsterdam of all cars. In a simulation model, that is. ‘Now what if we ban Uber? Or allow only trams or bike sharing services?’ From his office in the CEG faculty building Cats is experimenting with a complex computer model creating a wealth of different virtual transport scenarios.
Evacuating virtual buildings
Virtual Reality (VR) is not just about gaming or flight simulators. At TU Delft, PhD Yan Feng is investigating how it may help explain the behaviour of pedestrians. It took her just five months to teach herself how to create a complex virtual building. By then she had built an exact replica of her faculty building and invited real people to explore and evacuate it. So how did they find their way around?
Cycling for science at Ahoy
PhD students Alexandra Gavriilidou and Marie-Jette Wierbos have just finished an intensive cycling experiment. The checklist: 1000 metres of tape, 200 caps, 8 tracking cameras and 1 hall in Ahoy Rotterdam. Scientists have long shied away from predicting cycling behaviour but now TU Delft is gearing up to change all that.
Like sardines in a festival can
How does the crowd at an event move, when do people stop and how do you ensure that safety is not compromised? A large-scale experiment is being conducted at Delft University of Technology to gain a better understanding of the behaviour of pedestrians during busy events.
The North South line shakes up the entire public transport network
Amsterdam’s North South metro line is nearing completion. It is not often that a city’s public transport system is given a structural shake up of this magnitude. Transport & Planning postdoc Ties Brands saw his chance and decided to study the impact of the new line on the surrounding public transport network.
Driving your own car is set to become the new smoking
The self-driving car is on its way. Or is it in fact already here? In June 2017, Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen opened the Researchlab Automated Driving Delft (RADD) on the TU Delft campus. In the lab, automated driving experiments are being conducted under the supervision of Professors Bart van Arem and Dariu Gavrila.
How do people get to know a city?
What if you are a student or a tourist and you find yourself in a city you have not been to before? How do you go about finding your way? Do landmarks such bridges, churches and other characteristic buildings help? To find out, Transport & Planning PhD Lara Zomer kitted out 250 bikes with gps trackers.