PTV Academia – Doing research with and for robust software tools

Members of PTV’s Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Network at the conference held at PTV’s head office in Karlsruhe in mid-July.

Members of PTV’s Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Network at the conference held at PTV’s head office in Karlsruhe in mid-July.

“Excellent presentations and intensive discussions”, concluded Dr.-Ing. Klaus Nökel, Head of Technology Innovation at PTV, on the first ‘PTV Academia’ conference of the members of PTV’s Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Network. Together with Guido Gentile, Professor at Sapienza University of Rome and Scientific Director at PTV Sistema, Klaus Nökel coordinates the activities of PTV Group’s Advisory Board.

Eight members of PTV’s Scientific Advisory Board met at our head office in Karlsruhe in mid-July. The aim of the Advisory Board is to substantiate implementation of new scientific approaches and turn these into robust software tools for real-life applications. Its members, each a thought-leading expert in a topic area, meet twice a year to present and discuss new results.

At this year’s meeting, they also presented overview reports that provide insight in new ideas and concepts emerging from their field of activity. For example, the report by Marco Pavone, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, provided an overview of the operational and economic aspects regarding autonomous mobility-on-demand systems. This topic is also of particular interest in the context of the MaaS Accelerator Program initiated by PTV with the goal of developing ready-to-market on-demand mobility services. Marta C. Gonzales, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT, presented data analysis methods enabling users to obtain information from mobile data that have so far been available through conventional surveys only. Transport demand models can thus be developed much faster and with less effort.

The agenda included a joint session with the members of PTV’s Scientific Network. The speakers had prepared highly interesting presentations covering a wide range of transport- and logistics-related topics, such as traffic flow simulation and its importance for autonomous driving or the development of urban freight transport from a scientific point of view.

PTV’s Scientific Network consists of members who not only use our software in the classroom, but also base cutting-edge research on it. They meet annually to share their research goals and results with their peers. Members from Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Greece, Australia and Brazil came to this year’s event to discuss the software requirements and share ideas about leveraging the software in science and research.