Research

IMOB conducts research within the domains of transportation and road safety, focusing on travel behaviour. We do this by studying the interaction between behaviour, infrastructure and technology. This interaction is complex, but the insights it provides allow us to predict mobility flows and make traffic safer. Within this focus, there are interfaces with other disciplines such as health, climate and tourism. We use numerous tools for this, including data models developed in-house, driving simulators and drones.

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Research domains

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Road safety

Within this research domain, we study road safety of individuals and systems in various conditions.

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Transportation

We make many decisions on a daily basis – also when planning a trip. When do we leave? Which route do we follow? Do we travel by bus, train or car? Habits and attitudes often determine the choices we make. Transportation research focuses on those transportation choices

Interfaces with other disciplines

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Behaviour

Driving. It seems easy and comes naturally, but the complexity of it often don’t occur to us. While driving, we have to combine several tasks (such as steering, gearing, respecting the right-of-way) with certain skills (motor/mental skills), easily switch between both and appropriately respond to changes in driving environment.

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Tourism

The ‘Centre for Travel and Tourism Research (CTTR)’ focuses on the following question: how can we strive towards sustainable, high quality and accessible tourism? Our remit spans the three pillars of sustainability: economic, socio-cultural and environmental with regard to tourism. Qualitative and quantitative techniques are used in our research and case studies.

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Autonomy

We travel twenty kilometres to work, it’s a ten minute drive to the sports club, the arts centre is two villages away. Whoever wants to participate in professional, social and economic life, needs to move from one place to another. For some people, it isn’t always as evident as it seems.

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Road design

We often misjudge a traffic situation. Human errors cause almost 90% of all road crashes. Within the research programme 'human-centered road design', we aim to answer the following question: how can roads be designed in such a way that they can be used unequivocally and safely by all road users? In other words: which road design prevents serious or lethal injuries?

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Applied research

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.

Transportation Research Institute

  • Location
    Wetenschapspark 5 bus 6, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

  • E-mail
    imob@uhasselt.be

  • Phone
    011 26 91 11

  • Contact form

  • Opening hours
    Open every weekday (except bank holidays and bridging holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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