Presentation of our members
The Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) is an independent non-profit research organisation founded in 1959. Since then, the goal is to push the agenda for safer roads in Austria and beyond and to develop and implement measures to reduce road accidents and the severity of accidents.
KFV’s research is multidisciplinary, bringing together experts in the areas of psychology, sociology, education, engineering, statistics, urban planning, law as well as cultural and social anthropology. Methods used include using eye-tracking, simulators, naturalistic driving, psychological assessment but also qualitative techniques. Thematic priorities at KFV are traffic safety culture, human behaviour and experience in relation vehicle automation, vulnerable road users and active mobility.
Moreover, KFV maintains close contacts and cooperates with leading research institutes worldwide and is an active member of the major European road safety organisations such as ETSC and FERSI.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the fastest growing research university in Israel. Between its campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat, approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in its five faculties (Natural, Engineering, and Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management), in the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR), and in the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies. To accommodate the steadily increasing size of its student body, BGU is in the midst of doubling the size of its main campus. Also, BGU is at the heart of Beer-Sheva’s transformation into the country’s cyber capital, and adjacent to its main campus is the new Advanced Technologies Park, envisioned and created in partnership with the city. Leading multi-national corporations leverage BGU’s expertise in cyber security, robotics, digital medicine, biotechnology and nanotechnology to generate innovative R&D. Likewise, BGU possesses vast experience in the fields of desert studies, hydrology, drylands agriculture and alternative energy. In the spirit of its mission to effect change locally, regionally and internationally, BGU forges unique partnerships both on the frontiers of science and in the community, where over a third of its students participate in one of the world’s most developed community action programs.
For more than 15 years the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems (DLR-TS) has been researching and developing for automotive and railway systems as well as for traffic management, public transport and intermodal mobility. Interdisciplinary teams at DLR-TS are designing, developing and evaluating solutions for human-centered assistance systems and vehicle automation, traffic surveillance and management as well as for automation, disposition and train control in rail traffic. With a focus on cooperative, connected and automated transport DLR-TS is working on intelligent transportation systems, vehicle automation, assistance technologies as well as the simulation and test of traffic, vehicle and system functions. Moreover, DLR-TS investigates human behavior, interaction and cooperation and relevant psychological aspects of human performance issues in traffic and transport. The gained results are implemented in the application oriented development and advancement of human-machine interfaces to improve driver, user as well as operator behavior. In all these research areas DLR-TS closely cooperates with partners and customers from economy, science and politics on a national and international basis.
The Human Factors (HF) research group comprises competences within Engineering Psychology and Traffic Psychology.
The HF group seeks to apply behavioural and engineering sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of products, services and systems and, more generally, working and living environments. Its research domains extend from healthcare to production, service and transport. Traffic psychology provides explanations for human behaviour in transport. It combines knowledge on the effects of individual characteristics with a mapping of the travel behaviour of individuals and groups.
IFSTTAR is a major player in the European research on the city and the
territories, transportation and civil engineering.
IFSTTAR’s role is to carry out, direct, lead and appraise research,
development and innovation in the areas of urban engineering, civil
engineering, and construction materials, natural hazards, the
transportation of persons and goods, systems and means of transport and
their safety, infrastructure, and investigate their uses and impacts
from the technical, economic, social, health, energy, environmental and
human points of view.
The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport,
Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), born on January 1st 2011, is a
Public Organisation of a Scientific and Technical Nature, under the
joint supervision of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition,
and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
RE:Lab (www.re-lab.it) is an Interaction Engineering company, founded in 2004, with a consolidated experience in the design, prototyping, development, and Human Factors’ testing of Human Machine Interaction.
Our aim is to improve the relationship between people and technologies in order to make the products and services of our customers reach higher levels of quality and competitiveness.
Designers, Human Factor experts, and engineers work side by side to achieve the most suitable interaction with a technological solution – either visual, physical, vocal or gestural.
In doing that, we can count on a consolidated expertise in interaction and visual design, ergonomics and human factors, as well as on SW, FW, and HW development for HMI.
RE:Lab offers two proprietary solutions for HMI development: the HMI Box, for prototyping in-vehicle interfaces; Gino, for enabling products’ connectivity in several industrial domains.
SWOV is the national scientific institute for road safety research in the Netherlands. It is our mission to use our knowledge from scientific research to contribute to safer road traffic. SWOV is independent with respect to its knowledge and research findings. Our approach is focused on interdisciplinary collaboration, both within the organisation itself and with other institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. SWOV-knowledge is public knowledge. SWOV has a good research climate and an open and collegial working atmosphere. The researchers are from various academic backgrounds, such as physics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, human geography, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. SWOV stimulates its experts to further develop themselves in their field and assists them in their PhD research. SWOV is invited to collaborate in international research on a regular basis.
SWOV makes use of many new technologies and research methods in its research. Among these are, for instance, a driving simulator, eye-trackers and measuring devices in cars or on bicycles. SWOV also has a special team for in depth research. This type of research provides insight into the factors and circumstances which play a role in the causes of certain types of road crashes and the injuries that result from these crashes. Contacts with researchers and traffic and transport experts in the Netherlands and abroad help SWOV to keep its knowledge up-to-date.
Improving road safety, along with mobility and safety in general: that is the aim of Vias institute as a major Belgian knowledge centre.
To help reduce social risks, we intend to share our knowledge and implement our experience as broadly as possible – both for individual customers, as well as for society in general.
The expertise of our team, which is 120 strong, extends far and wide, ranging from academic researchers and engineers, psychologists and field specialists, to legal advisers and consultants.
Vias institute, known until recently as BRSI (Belgian Road Safety Institute), was established in 1986 by the Belgian government. It has been fully independent since 2016. Today, operating as Vias institute, we are expanding the fields we work in and putting our know-how to good use to promote better road safety, mobility and security in general.