Master students Transportation Sciences present their internship project during a poster session Jun 22, 2016
Smart city mobility, active mobility, urban development. This is only a small selection of the projects on which the master students Transportation Sciences intensively worked during their internship. They presented their results in a poster session at Hasselt University campus Diepenbeek.
The poster session covered a diversity of topics. Smart city mobility, active mobility, intercity commuting. Master student Jolien Hendrickx did an internship at the Belgian Road Safety Institute (BRSI), where she examined the attitudes of Belgian drivers: “How do they feel about speeding, seat belt use, drink and drive, distraction and fatigue? We used several methods: online surveys and face-to-face conversations.”
During his internship at iNFRANEA, Hafiz Haider Ali worked with probably one of the most exciting developments in virtual reality: the Oculus Rift. “The Oculus Rift is a set of virtual reality goggles that detects head movements. If you turn your head to the left, to the right, up or down, the vision will follow. You get the feeling that you’re standing in a real life situation. These goggles can be an important next step in driving simulation. Therefore, I examined whether we can convert Unity 3D, a tool designed for the development of three-dimensional applications and games, into Driving Simulation 2.” All students agreed that the master programme helped them during their internship. “Thanks to the courses, we were well equipped to properly process results”, said Peter Geerts (practitioner with an internship at the city of Antwerp).
A professional and personal learning school
The master students discovered not only the practical work field. “An internship is much more than that”, thinks Tooba Batool (trainee at Polis). “I improved my communication skills by interviewing test subjects and organizing conferences. An internship is also a great opportunity to network. But it especially was a personal learning experience, as I experienced the way of working in developed countries. I can now compare it to the method of working in a developing country, such as my home country Pakistan.”
Beyond Belgian borders
Some master students crossed Belgian borders to do an internship, such as Hamid Hussain Sabir and Malik Sarmad Riaz. Hamid Hussain Sabir did an internship at the Technical University of Berlin, while Malik Sarmad Riaz gained a trainee post at Velocity in London. “The best experience ever”, said Malik.