TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ENGINEERING STUDIES UNIT (TESS)
The Transport and Traffic Engineering Studies Unit of the University of Patras was founded in 1991 and operates with the primary goal of promoting teaching and research in the fields of Intelligent Transportation and Traffic Engineering.
The main activities of the Study Unit include:
1. Lecturing and supervision of student projects in the following subjects
- Traffic Engineering
- Transportation Analysis and Design I
- Transportation Analysis and Design II
- Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Transportation
- Smart Transportation Systems
- Advanced Transportation Systems
- Airports and Air Transport Systems
- Intelligent Systems of Fleet Management
- Advanced Systems for Intelligent Cities
- Special Topics in Intelligent Systems of Transportation and Construction Management
- Intelligent Systems in Transportation Nodes
Available for students who have completed their graduate studies.
Research is primarily in the area of Intelligent Transport Systems. It focuses in modeling and assessing the dynamic nature of transport and traffic systems, dynamic forecasting algorithms, detection, control, simulation, and use of intelligent hardware and software. The research program is classified in areas, depending on the research field. These areas govern four research pillars:
a. Intelligent Transport Systems – ITS
ITS systems aim at drastically improving the information, management, quality, safety and security of travel. Specifically:
i. Incident Management Models covering all phases of incident management, i.e., Detection, Confirmation, Response, and real-time support algorithms, engineering and machine vision / computer vision in ITS.
ii. Macroscopic modeling, assessment, prediction, detection and control of road traffic incidents. Dynamic algorithms for non-linear traffic dynamics with emphasis on identification of incident precursors, near misses and incidents under shock wave and cluster development.
iii. Microscopic modeling, assessment, prediction, detection and control of road traffic incidents. Models of risk assessment based on the microscopic behavior of vehicle and traffic estimation.
b. Multimodal Transport Systems – MTS
i. Macroscopic detection and risk assessment - providing optimum safety in intermodal and multimodal hubs, including ports and airports.
ii. Microscopic identification of vehicle position using computer vision algorithms.
c. Sustainable Transport Systems – STS
i. Modelling, assessment and prediction of multimodal and intermodal transport behavior in sustainable passenger and freight transport, in interaction with online social networks in real time. Fleet management. Dynamic carpooling.
This research is supported by modeling intermodal and multimodal nodes (e.g. Patras port, Araxos airport), and large road networks, and is based on the analysis of real data from urban and metropolitan networks, e.g. Minneapolis USA, Athens, Cairo.
d. Cybernetics Transport Infrastructure Systems - CTIS
Algorithms are developed for integrated self-organizing systems, including intelligent transportation and infrastructure. Dynamic models using vector autoregression, pattern recognition, neural networks, genetic algorithms. Big data.
3. Applied studies
Traffic Engineering Studies in urban areas. Pedestrianization studies. Bicycle routes planning. Rail transport systems. Traffic Signs and Traffic Signal Studies. Parking Studies. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) studies. Transport Safety. Accident analysis, driver behaviour studies, before and after studies. Computer applications and simulation models for all aspects of transport operations, planning and market research. Environmental Impact of traffic and transport operation assessment studies.
4. Conference organization
The Study Unit has organized many International and National Conferences:
• December 2001: International Conference on Airports and Air Transport, ”Evolutions in the 21st Century”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2001/
• May 2003: International Conference, “Modern Tram and L.R.T. Systems”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2003/
• May 2004: International Conference, “Traffic Signals-Recent Developments-Transport Telematics”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2004/
• October 2005: 3rd Panellenic Conference on Road Safety, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2005/
• June 2007: International Conference, “ROADS OF THE FUTURE,” Conference Center, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Athens. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2007/
• May 2008: International Conference, “TRANSPORT SECURITY”, Conference Center, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Athens. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2008/
• October 2011: International Conference “ITS 2011: Innovation and Society”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr/2011/index.html
• April 2012: International Conference, “ΙTS 2012” (with the University of Cyprus), Conference Center, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.
• April 2013: International Conference, “ΙTS 2013” (with the University of Cyprus), Conference Center, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.
• November 2014: International Conference, “ITS and Smart Cities 2014”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (www.spoudmet.civil.upatras.gr
• March 2015: MED/EU Synergies Conference: “Energy Performance Indicators and Methods for a Sustainable Framework of Buildings Refurbishment”, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Piraeus-Greece.
Co-organised by the MED projects: GRASP (Lead Partner - University of Patras) and REPUBLIC-MED.
• May 2015: “Green Procurement And Smart Cities Support in the Energy Sector”, Patra Palace Hotel, Patras
• June 2015: MED - European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW2015) Conference: "Innovation for Renewable Energy Efficiency Solutions in Mediterranean Regions and Cities - An overview of achieved results", Delegation of the Catalonia Government to the European Union Espai Catalunya Europa, Brussels-Belgium.
Co-organised by the MED projects: GRASP (Lead Partner - University of Patras) and EMILIE.
• December 2017: International Conference, “Smart Cities and Mobility as a Service”, Conference & Cultural Center of the University of Patras. (http://conference2017.upatras.gr/
- EQUIPMENT OF THE STUDY UNIT
The equipment of the Study Unit includes:
-Traffic data counting devices, type ΑDR 1000
-Traffic data counting devices, type MARKSMAN 400
-Turning movements counter, type TETRA-PRO
-Server which hosts portals, applications and web pages
-Info kiosk 24”
-Machine vision devices with software
-License plate reader with software
-Radar devices with software
-GPS devices with software
There are numerous computers with state-of-the-art software, appropriate for applications in the fields of traffic and transport engineering and planning. The software includes the AUTOSCOPE, SATURN and AIMSUN programs.
An extensive library of final year studies is available; the studies have been carried out by civil engineering undergraduate and graduate students in transport and traffic engineering.
- RESEARCH PROJECTS
The Study Unit has undertaken funded projects in the areas of intelligent transportation, traffic and infrastructure in smart cities. The most significant of these are:
• “Investigation of the traffic signals and signs prerequisites in Urban Areas.”, Ministry of Public Works (1998-1999)
• “MASTERPLAN of the Corfu Airport I Kapodistrias.”, Civil Aviation Authority (1998-2000)
“Feasibility Study of constructing a tram line for the city of Patras.” Ministry of Public Works (1998-2002)
• “Parking Management Investigation.”, Municipality of Argostoli (2003-04)
• “Traffic Management Study for the City of Patras.”, Region of Western Greece (2005-2006)
• “Improvement of traffic conditions.”, Municipality of Maroussi (2008)
• “Traffic Investigation of the city of Lefkada.”, Municipality of Lefkada (2010)
• “Traffic planning-Municipality of Zakynthos.”, THISSEAS program (2011)
• “Dynamic Carpooling” (2011 - 2012), Eurostars Programme.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: www.dynamo-project.eu
• “Improvement of the traffic conditions in the Municipality of Sparti” (2012)
GRASP: “Green Procurement And Smart cities Support in the energy sector” (2012 - 2015), Interreg-MED Programme.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: www.grasp-med.eu
• GUIDEPORT: “Integrated Accessibility and Routing Guidance Platform for Safe Multimodal Transport In Sustainable Smart Ports and Regions” (2013 - 2015), European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Italy 2007 - 2013.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: www.e-guideport.eu
• GIFT 2.0: “Greece – Italy Facilities for Transport 2.0” (2013 - 2015), European Territorial Cooperation Programme Greece - Italy 2007 – 2013.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: http://www.giftsmartways.com/index.php/en/
• PRODROMOS: “Integrated platform for security, information and accessibility in intelligent multimodal transport” (2014 - 2015), Greece-Cyprus Program of Transnational Cooperation (2007 - 2013).
You can find information regarding this project in the following
• PHAROS: “Integrated Eco-routing and Fleet Management System” (2014 - 2016), EU-Egypt Innovation Fund (EEIF) through the Research, Development and Innovation Program (RDI) of the Ministry of Scientific Research of Egypt.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: http://pharos.cedare.org/
• CROCODILE 2 (2015 - ), Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) TRANSPORT.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-transport/projects-by-country/multi-country/2014-eu-tm-0563-w
• BLUEMED: “Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean” (2016 - ), Interreg-MED Programme.
• GRASPINNO: “Transnational model, strategies and decision support for innovative clusters and business networks towards green growth, focusing on green e- procurement in EE/RES for energy refurbishment of public buildings” (2016 - ), Interreg-MED Programme.
You can find information regarding this project in the following link: http://www.graspinno.eu/
- DESCRIPTION OF CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
BLUEMED:Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean
BLUEMED aims to support competent government authorities develop strategies, plans and policies for local coastal and island economies of the Mediterranean region in adopting a sustainable and responsible model for tourism development. This will be achieved by planning, testing and coordinating Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres (KACs). Main objective is the valorization and protection of underwater natural and cultural heritage in accordance with UNESCO 2001, the raising of public awareness and tourism attractiveness. BLUEMED is part of the Interreg MED 2014-2020 Programme. The Programme is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund.
GRASPINNO: “Transnational model, strategies and decision support for innovative clusters and business networks towards green growth, focusing on green e- procurement in EE/RES for energy refurbishment of public buildings” (2016 - 2019), Interreg-MED Programme.
GRASPINNO project is co-funded by the European Union through the Interreg MED programme 2014-2020 in the framework of the first call proposals for modular projects, priority axis 1.1. The project, started in November 2016, aims at increasing transnational activities of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of MED area under the Community of Green Growth. The GRASPINNO Consortium is composed of 12 partners from 7 Mediterranean Countries (Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Spain, Bosnia Herzegovina and France). The project aims to provide innovative green procurement solutions for energy savings/efficient refurbishment of public buildings, focusing on smart cities and communities. Project’s main goals are to improve Public Authorities’ (PAs) capacity of managing buildings energy efficiency, moving towards nearly zero energy building, and to encourage SMEs to enter the green energy market.
The project will:
- Lead to the creation of a platform for supporting public administrations in the management of electronic Green Public Procurement (eGPP), integrating and standardising already existing tools;
- Test this platform through 10 pilot actions to be developed in different geographical areas. Pilots will help public administrations to define best energy solutions for the refurbishment of public buildings, to plan green calls for tender through such an eGPP platform, and to publish and award calls for tender according to the rules of each country;
- Transfer project results to all GRASPINNO countries and MED area through specific training;
- Realize a road map for a large-scale platform utilization promotion;
- Organize Living Lab for transferring information to local stakeholders, in particular to Municipalities, for the realization of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
Opportunities offered by the project:
You can find information regarding this project in the following links: http://www.graspinno.eu/ and https://graspinno.interreg-med.eu/
- Creation of an ecosystem of SMEs specialised in the supply of components and systems for buildings refurbishment, able to participate in calls for tenders opened by national and international Public Administrations;
- Improvement of public authorities’ capacity to issue Green Procurement policies in order to increase their competencies in public buildings energy refurbishment, according to local, regional and national legislation;
- Valorisation of international best practices, coming from GRASPINNO partners, in the framework of public buildings energy refurbishment at Mediterranean level.
- UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLAR IN TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC ENGINEERING
Since 2011 the Study Unit has established an undergraduate student scholar award - awarded to up to 2 students obtaining the best performance in the courses of traffic and transport engineering. A certificate is provided, which is useful for those interested in graduate studies.
- ITS PROGRAM DEGREE
Since 2010 the Study Unit has established the ITS program degree – awarded to scientists of various specialties and to professionals interested in specialising in this rapidly developing field.
Director of the ITS program is Professor Yorgos Stephanedes
- PROFESSIONAL BODIES
The Study Unit is member of ITS HELLAS
, which represents the International ITS in Greece.
Professor Yorgos Stephanedes
(tel. 2610-996593, fax: 2610-996565 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Evangelos Matsoukis
(tel. 2610-997647, fax: 2610-996565 email: email@example.com
The Study Unit involves 1 teaching assistant, 6 PhD candidates, 5 graduate students, and 2 research associates.
The PhD candidates are: Christos Gioldasis, Christina Papageorgopoulou, Marina Peppe, Dimitra Chondrogianni, Marina Kouta and Konstantina Marousi.
Responsible for the Study Unit is Professor Yorgos Stephanedes