Transport and Logistics
Innovation in logistics and mobility plays an important role in our society. In this area, IBCN researches several topics.
One of them is Advanced Traffic Routing, combining probabilistic routing techniques and distributed software platforms in a multimodal environment. A probabilistic routing engine does not use fixed travel times per road segment, in contrast to current routing engines, but uses real time traffic flow data, in combination with historical data regarding past traffic flow behaviour. This enables the calculation in real time of more realistic travel times for long trips.
IBCN also researches Cooperative Systems, which are innovative applications that rely on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to increase the "time horizon", the quality and reliability of information available to the drivers about their immediate environment. Several challenges in this domain are tackled, including the need for vehicle ad hoc network (VANET) protocols to support rapid topology changes, frequent fragmentation, limited redundancy, broadcast and unicast data traffic, geographic addressing of nodes, stringent delay and reliability requirements, high network densities and power efficiency.
Other IBCN research areas in this field are railway transport applications and the monitoring of containers. The former focuses on providing internet access on the train and on ontology-based reasoning mechanisms for the integration of railway information. The latter concentrates on the difficulties that arise when monitoring containers in a 3D stacked environment such as container ships.
Pieter Audenaert, Wim Vandenberghe
MoCo, Mobiroute, ITS Test Beds, TRACK, Steunpunt Mobiliteit