Partnership for Smarter Transport

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) signed a partnership agreement with Eindhoven University of Technology in the field of smart mobility. For example, what does the arrival of self-driving cars, automatic vehicle guidance and the powerful march of more and more traffic data ('big data’) mean in terms of users, sustainable development, government policy and the work of Rijkswaterstaat.
Director of Smart Mobility TU/e, Carlo van de Weijer, and DG Rijkswaterstaat, Jan Hendrik Dronkers, signed the agreement on 3 April last in Utrecht.

Apart from research, the agreement stipulates the provision of high-quality advice for I&M, knowledge sharing and education, for instance via practical lectures. Top advisor and TU/e fellow, Hans Jeekel, will be a link in the partnership. Four PhD studies form part of the agreement and what is very special about this is that both TU/e, the Ministry and Rijkswaterstaat are contributing. This is a real partnership in line with the series of strategic knowledge alliances of I&M and Rijkswaterstaat.

The aim of the partnership is to enable the Ministry and Rijkswaterstaat to be better equipped for new tasks and major changes in the field of mobility through the contributions of knowledge leaders at TU/e as well as at TNO, also involved in this partnership. For TU/e the added value is in the link between scientific knowledge and insights with the practice of policy and implementation at I&M. The PhD studies will also be embedded in the education, as in the TU/e Bachelor study ‘Sustainable Innovation’ and a university-wide learning path on the future of mobility.

On the occasion of the signing of this agreement Erik Verroen of the Ministry talked about the vision and needs there were in the area of smart utilization of transport networks. The TU/e approach was well expressed by Geert Verbong, professor of System Innovations & Sustainability Transitions at the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences.
Information: Rob Raven, r.p.j.m.raven@tue