Unprecedented opportunities and challenges shape the future of mobility of people and the transportation of cargo. New technologies including vehicle and system automation, connected driving, and electric propulsion as well as shared-economy based, information system supported and data driven services pose endless possibilities. Climate challenges, energy transition, economic development and inclusiveness ambitions challenge to create sustainable, affordable, accessible and efficient mobility and transport solutions.

Researchers at the TU Delft, collaborating within the Transport Institute, take up these challenges by conducting fundamental and applied research. They work on themes including Connected and Automated Driving, Freight Transport and Logistics, Transport Policy and Behaviour, Public Transport, Railway Systems, Active Modes and Urban Mobility, Traffic Safety and Traffic Monitoring, Data Analysis and Modelling.

TUD-TI researchers work together with public and private partners including Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), Rotterdam - Den Haag transport authority (MRDH), the municipalities of Delft, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, TNO, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat, Port of Rotterdam, ProRail, transport companies, consultancy firms, SME, and various universities of applied sciences.

During the upcoming Tracks in Transport conference, we would like to share insights, ideas, and results of (collaborative) projects, to inspire each other and to explore pathways for applying results and for setting up new relevant and exiting research collaborations.

The event will include inspiring key-notes, interactive thematic break-out sessions, demonstrations and of course ample room for informal talks and discussions.


12:15 Network Lunch and visit the Transport Square

13.15 Opening by Bart van Arem, Professor of Transport Modeling and director of the TU Delft Transport Institute. Followed by keynotes of Albert Veenstra, Martina Huismans and Julian Kooij. Information about the break-out sessions.

14.30 Break

14.45 Break-out Sessions

17.45 Drinks, Snacks, Transport Square (demos)
18.30 End


Albert Veenstra

Scientific Director Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog

Martina Huismans

Alderman in the Municipality of Delft

Julian Kooij

Assistant Professor at the Intelligent Vehicles group TU Delft

Themes of the Breakout Sessions:

  • "Automated mobility and logistics on-demand": Bilge Atasoy, Frederik Schulte, Vasso Reppa; Rudy Negenborn
    Automation is shaping transportation systems with new solutions for both mobility and logistics.
    In addition to the developments in road transportation, automated transportation is gaining pace over water. 
    When combined with appropriate optimization and control methodologies, it can provide innovative, efficient and sustainable solutions.

  • "Multiscale integrated traffic observatory for large road networks (MiRRORS)”: Hans van Lint, Alexander Verbraeck
    Brief intro on the Multiscale integrated traffic observatory for large road networks project and the MiRROTS Cloud environment. Special attention to the ‘deep learning’ approaches is MiRRORS and an example of simulation in the cloud.

  • "Artificial Intelligence for Logistics Optimisation": Neil-Yorke Smith
    Logistics and transport operations are more complex, integrated, and data-dependent than before. Artificial Intelligence, especially machine learning, is coming of age.  How can AI help decision making in today's logistics?

  • “Acceptance of Automated driving” & “Interaction of automated vehicles with other road users”: Riender Happee
    While the industry is investing massively to enhance and prove safety of automated driving, we are addressing the next challenge to design automation which is acceptable or even desirable for individual consumers and society. Key factors include motion comfort and motion sickness while performing non driving related tasks, perceived safety, and the interaction with other road users.

  • "Serious gaming for Freight Transport and Logistics"*: Ioanna Kourounioti, Lori Tavasszy
  • "On moral men and machines: Real ethical issues on the road" Andreia Martinho, Caspar Chorus
    In this special session highlights of recent work done in the ERC-funded BEHAVE project will be presented. We will show new theoretical insights underpinned by empirical evidence on three thought-provocative questions: Can we predict aggressive driving behavior based on drivers’ moral values? Why do people find accidents caused by autonomous vehicles more unacceptable than those caused by human drivers? and What can bioethics and automotive industry reports teach us about dealing with moral issues surrounding autonomous vehicles?

  • "Active Modes (ALLEGRO) & Urban Mobility Observatory (UMO)"*: Dorine Duives, Danique Ton, Winnie Daamen, Sascha Hoogendoorn
  • "Smart Mobility": Bart van Arem, Nick Juffermans
    Binnen SURF STAD werken onderzoekers samen met praktijkpartners aan de ontwikkeling van wetenschappelijke kennis omtrent zelfrijdende voertuigen. De verbinding tussen wetenschap en kennis is hierbij essentieel en in deze sessie maak je kennis met een nieuw project waarbij STAD en mede projecten SCRIPTS en U-SMILE de verbinding slaan tussen wetenschap en publiek beleid.

  • "The future of passenger transport systems": Niels van Oort, Oded Cats
    Technology developments provide new opportunities, also with regard to emerging modes, potentially offering more sustainable, efficient and personalized mobility. MaaS, autonomous shuttles and dockless shared bicycles are promising examples, but how do we unlock their value? Where on the Gartner Hypecycle are they currently and which knowledge do we already have and still need, to use these emerging modes in the optimal mix?

  • "Connected & Automated Driving and Traffic Management": Meng Wang
    Automated driving systems that take over part or the whole of driving tasks and transform the way we operate our vehicles today. Automated vehicles alone have difficulties in improving collective traffic operations while connected and automated vehicles (CAV) utilizing V2X communication hold much more potential. There are still some intriguing questions for road operators regarding traffic management with CAVs: What are the future traffic flow characteristics? Will they be fundamentally different than the current one? Do we still need centralized traffic management? How to design future infrastructure systems that leverages the potential of CAVs? This session share state-of-the-art research findings and challenges for this growing interdisciplinary field.

  • "Railway Resilience": Nikola Besinovic, Yongqiu Zhu, Rob Goverde
    The rising transport demand increases the chance of congestion in railway networks and thus they become more interdependent and more complex to operate. With the current state of control systems, traffic dispatchers and controllers at the same time experience even higher workload and stress in their activities. Even more, an increasing number of disruptions can be expected in the future due to system failures and climate changes. As a consequence, passengers mobility may become heavily compromised. We will discuss these aspects and in particular, approaches to quantify effects of disruptions and to improve performance of the whole system.


Tracks in Transport Conference

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

13:00 – 18:00 hrs

Lijm & Cultuur Delft
Rotterdamseweg 272
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