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Within the department of Applied Research (AR), we offer you practice-oriented research and consultancy in the field of road safety, mobility, behaviour, road design, tourism and autonomy. The Applied Research activities form a bridge between scientific research and consultancy. You can always rely on science-based solutions and a driven and dedicated team of mobility experts. In addition, the use of our own developed products and tools is another key advantage that we offer.

In order to provide solid answers to your mobility questions, we finetune our research method to each particular situation. The Applied Research department therefore carries out different types of projects, such as driving simulator research, survey research and risk and evaluation studies. Furthermore, we analyse various specific target groups, such as children, elderly, and people with disabilities. The AR team also valorizes tools and products that are being developed within IMOB, such as the driving simulator, Route2School, ParkAgent and Viamigo.

Some interesting examples of projects that have been executed by AR are:

Study on the risks of elderly people in road traffic

The objective of this study was to get a clear view on elderly people's situation in traffic, in order to develop, if necessary, a strategy to increase road safety for elderly people.

The outcome provides:

  • an assessment of the main trends and analysis on risks for elderly persons in road traffic.
  • a summary of measures aiming to increase safety for elderly people.
  • recommendations for measures to be taken at EU-level, including cost-benefit analysis of these measures.

Project ID

  • Period: 23/12/2014 - 22/12/2015
  • Client: European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Directorate C - Innovative & sustainable mobility
  • Project partners: Gie de Recherches et D'Etudes PSA - Renault, National Technical University of Athens, European Road Federation, UHasselt-IMOB
  • Project co-ordinator: UHasselt- IMOB

Research into transport poverty in Limburg and the drafting of an action plan

The project contains 2 parts:

  1. PART 1: Study on transport poverty in Limburg (fixed part)
  2. PART 2: Preparation of an action plan (conditional section)

The study (PART 1) ensures that the province of Limburg obtains a reliable view on the problem of transport poverty in its area, applied specifically to home-work trips. If PART 1 shows that taking action is required and possible, in PART 2 of the contract an action plan needs to be drawn up with actions that the province of Limburg or the local authorities can take. It is about plausible actions that provide a solution to the problems that were identified in the study. The Board chooses for which of the subproblems a research and balancing will need to occur.

Project ID

  • Period: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017
  • Client: Province of Limburg
  • Project partners: Mobiel 21, UHasselt-IMOB
  • Project co-ordinator: UHasselt-IMOB

Smart Logistics Limburg

The aim of the project, on the one hand, is to join the existing expertise  in logistics & transport within the participatory knowledge institutions for the Limburg logistics industry by the development of a virtual knowledge platform and, on the other hand, offer a structural and intensive scientific technological support to these companies in order to deliver an essential contribution to the regional innovation.

Project ID

  • Period: 01/10/2014 - 30/09/2017
  • Client: Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)
  • Project partners: UHasselt - Onderzoeksgroep Logistiek, PXL - Expertisecel LOG-IC, Logistiek Platform Limburg, UHasselt-IMOB
  • Project co-ordinator: UHasselt-IMOB

Research on effective signing concepts with respect to the planned IKEA-plant

Subject of the research is the signage at the Sint-Truidersteenweg (N80) in Hasselt, which will be thoroughly changed by the redesign of this node and by the planned IKEA plant. The research will identify which signalling concepts will be effective and how ordinary road users observe this and behave accordingly.

Project ID

  • Period: 01/12/2014 - 30/01/2015
  • Client: City of Hasselt
  • Project partners: Connect, UHasselt-IMOB
  • Project co-ordinator: UHasselt-IMOB