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Division of Transportation Engineering

About the division

About the division


The majority of the scientific work in Transportation Engineering is conducted within traffic safety and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). In recent years freight transport has also been a growing focus area.

Selected target areas in traffic safety:

  • New approaches for designating dangerous parts of the road network
  • Studies of effects from various passive initiatives on traffic safety
  • Use of ITS to improve higher traffic safety.

Selected target areas in ITS:

  • Use of date from moving vehicles called Floating Car Date for analysis for traffic management and -services
  • Bluetooth for detecting traffic flow
  • Environmentally friendly driving

Selected targets areas in freigt transportation: 

  • Collaborative Logistics
  • Big data, optimizatiion and infrastructur.

Research groups

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    Freight Transport

    Our research focus is optimization of freight transport through the use of new technologies, in particular tracking technologies and blockchain technology. Optimization is seen both in relation to the business model of the companies—and thus the value propositions of new technologies in the field—and in relation to the surrounding society, i.e. minimization of congestion and emission from the industry.

    Three research topics in particular is pursued by the group: i) collaborative logistics among large logistics companies, ii) new technologies and their potentials, in particular tracking technologies and blockchain technology and iii) Multimodal transport and port management.

    We use a range of methodologies, ranging from quantitative methods (i.e. GI Science, Statistics and Logistics modelling) to qualitative methods (i.e. Interviews and Observation studies to analyze practices in the freight transport industry). The Freight Transport Research Group a broad spectrum of strategic capabilities consisting of experts collected from several countries with different backgrounds such as transport, logistics, tracking technologies and business.

    We have a significant project portfolio with a combined budget of more than 21.000.000 DKK. The research group maintains a close relationship and collaboration with key companies and public authorities in the freight transport field, and the projects are characterized by an agile and emergent approach which aims to change status-quo in the industry. This is done, for example, through close dialoged and co-creation with important business actors in the Danish freight transport field. The research group is also part of the AAU Defence initiative, looking into options to improve military freight transport.

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    Road Modelling

    Road Modelling broadly covers the design and construction of roads and contains all utilities that can be attached to a road both above and below ground. Our research revolves around the virtual description of the road, with the road being modelled using CAD and 3D modelling tools. The aim is to form a basis for a real object-oriented virtual use in relation with for instance Building Information Modelling (BIM).

    We are also working with the concept of a Digital Twin, which aims at creating the digital base for further automation, for example in the context of Smart City concepts, ITS in transport, and many other actions. Digital Twin aims at creating a virtual world with the premise that any physical object must be digitally represented as a virtual object. A vital brick in implementing this technology is Augmented Reality (AR), which is designated to be the future mass media and could work like a "Google search engine” fetching information relevant to the location you are in with overlaid information presented for instance on a tablet in the field. This technology will become indispensable in the handling (including operation and maintenance) of the physical infrastructure in the future.

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    The focus of the research group is largely the traffic safety of the roads. We focus on the role of the road, the road user as well as the vehicle in regards to traffic safety; just as better accident data and working with accident surrogates are essential in the research group’s work. Our approach to working with traffic safety is interdisciplinary and spans from the engineer’s work with safe road design and development of safe vehicle technology, on to the statistician’s analysis of large data set and index studies and to the sociologist’s analysis of moral standards, opinions and behaviour.

    Our method involves, among other things, working with intervention studies, index studies, qualitative interview and observation studies and also descriptive studies of the traffic safety of roads, road users and vehicles – including cohort studies. We also work with setting up accident models for the anticipated number of accidents on roads.

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