Transport & Logistics

The transport and logistics sector is constantly in development and requires innovative engineers. In this track students analyse and design urban mobility, freight and logistics systems taking into account the travel behaviour, the conflicting interests and competing political, social and economic demands. They learn about transport and infrastructure systems from an integrated transport, environmental, economic and spatial perspective.

They work on questions as: “what is the impact of land use policies on mobility patterns?”, “what possibilities do new data sources from e.g. GPS and cell-phone triangulation provide for studying travel behaviour?”, and “what is the impact to ICT on the valuation of travel time?”. They develop alternatives for designing new or improved transport and infrastructure systems and gain insight into problems related to the design and control of transport processes from a multi-actor perspective. 

Thesis projects

Thesis projects relate to the analysis and design of transport systems at all levels and for all purposes: the economic, spatial and legal environment of transport systems, issues associated with environmental and safety concerns, challenges regarding accessibility, etc. Thesis projects include the analysis and design of either internal logistics processes or inter-organisational processes. Important themes are the optimisation of procurement, inventory, transport, sales and customer service related processes. Other projects examine the impact on logistics of new technologies and policies, such as the possibilities in city distribution, or greening supply chains or container terminal processes. The focus can be quantitative (e.g. operation research or simulation based) and/or qualitative (analysing and generating management decisions).