Intelligent transportation systems (1958)

Contact Person :prof. dr. ir. YASAR Ansar-Ul-Haque

Coordinating lecturer :prof. dr. ir. Ansar-Ul-Haque YASAR 
Co-lecturer Tom BELLEMANS 
Member of the teaching team :De heer Muhammad USMAN 

Language of instruction : English

Degree programmeStudyloadCredits

Master of Transportation Sciences 


6,00   Optional

Master of Transportation Sciences (NL) 


6,00   Optional


Exchange Programme Transportation Sciences 


6,00   Optional


   No sequentiality

Learning outcomes
  • The master is able to consult and summarize international scientific specialist literature in the domain of transportation sciences autonomously. Based on this information, he/she can take a substantiated stand.

Partial outcome: The student is able to process a list of relevant papers in the area intelligent transport systems and can make a synthesis of the most important findings

Evaluation criteria:

  • The student uses the theories from literature to support his/her argumentation and uses an appropriate referencing style.
  • The master has an advanced level of knowledge and understanding, typical of scientific work in the field of transportation sciences.

Partial outcome: The student must be able to screen critically the available solutions in the domain of intelligent transport systems and reformulate them in another context

Evaluation criteria:

  • To be able to extract relevant context-based ITS solutions applied to specific problem in the domain of transportation.
  • Based on the information extracted, the student is able to co-relate the problems and theo re-formulated solutions in another context.

The student acquires an overview of the different topics that constitute intelligent transportation systems. The student obtains a basic understanding of the principles and technologies of state-of-the-art intelligent transportation systems that are in use around the globe. As a result, the student is able to assess the relevance of different technologies in the broad field of ITS. 


Performance objectives

Over the past decades, the demand for transportation has been steadily increasing. In the context of this evolution, and based on the desire to accommodate this increasing demand in a sustainable and an economically viable way, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) have emerged. Hence, it is indispensible for transportation professionals to be aware of existing intelligent transportation technologies and their potential.

In this course, the student obtainsanoverview of servicesand technologies known as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The main goal is focused on providing the student with an overview of ITS, which is achieved by a more in depth study of Automated Vehicle Identification, Detection and Classification (AVI, AVD and AVC), Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and Intelligent Vehicle Systems (IVS). As a result, the student will be able to understand the potentials, challengesand limitations of ITS use in Transportation Engineering practise.


Subjects that will be covered in this course are:

        An overview of intelligent transportation systems will be provided, which allows the students to gain insight in which technologies exist and in which situations they can be applied;

        Intelligent transportation systems related topics such as travel and traffic information, public transportation management, fleet & freight management, demand management, road and road traffic management, and cooperative driving are introduced and discussed;

        Transportation telematics and technologies for vehicle detection: detector technologies, including automated vehicle detection (AVD), classification (AVC) and location (AVL);

        Traffic control technologies;

        Navigation technologies;

        Electronic ticketing and e-payment systems;

        State-of-the-art of intelligent vehicle systems (IVS);

        The role of vehicle technology in intelligent transportation systems.

Teaching method

Lectures, work sessions, group work and seminars.

  The course will be taught in English (international visiting teachers).
Assessment method and additional conditions

This course will be assessed by means of a written exam combined with an oral evaluation. The written and the oral parts of the exam will consist of open questions (e.g. essay questions, point of view/opinion, assessment, )The written reports on assignments that have to be handed in. Students have to present / defend their reports orally in a planned presentation session.

Compulsory syllabus (bookshop)
  • Reader,(Selection of comprehensive articles, additional texts)
  • Slides from lectures
Recommended reading
Compulsory course material

A selection of chapters from the documents in 'Other Study Material' are compulsory reading material. The detailed selection of chapters will be communicated during class and using Blackboard.