Intelligent transportation systems (1958)

Contact Person BELLEMANS Tom

Coordinating lecturer Tom BELLEMANS 

Language of instruction : Dutch/English

Degree programmeStudyloadCredits

Erasmus Lecture Programme Transportation Sciences 


6,00   Compulsory

2nd year Master of Transportation Sciences 


6,00   Compulsory



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.

Subjects that will be discussed in this course are:

  • An overview of intelligent transportation systems will be provided that 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 informatics: data models, data standards, and spatial databases;
  • Transportation telematics 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, and private study.
Learning outcomes
  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.
Compulsory syllabus (bookshop)
  • Reader,(Selection of comprehensive articles, additional texts)
  • Slides from lectures
Recommended reading
Assessment method and additional conditions
  This course will be assessed by means of written reports on assignments that have to be handed in. Students wishing to do so are given the opportunity to defend their report orally. The oral defence is optional and taking part in it is at the students discretion.
  The course will be taught in English (international visiting teachers).