University of Florence – Italy – MC Chair
"PTW riders are the most vulnerables road users when looking at distance travelled and a concerted and international effort as aimed for in Safe2Wheelers is needed to enhance their safety."
The University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students. It offers a wide range of study programmes at various levels and in all areas of knowledge.
126 Degree courses (First and Second Cycle, corresponding to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees) organised in 10 Schools, with a population of about 51,000 enrolled students, one-fourth of which come from outside of Tuscany. There are over 9,000 degrees awarded each year in Florence. According to the alumni data, the percentage of students who are in the workforce one year after their First Level degree is above national average.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
The University of Florence takes care of the Management of the Action
Prof. Marco Pierini (Action chair)
Siemens Industry Software – Belgium
Simulation and Testing for Motorcycle and ATV Designs: Siemens PLM Software
Siemens PLM Software’s simulation and testing solutions help to design motorcycles for any intended use, while keeping the right balance between functional and branding requirements. 3D simulation software, complemented by testing, help to optimize the engine sound while complying with pass-by noise regulations, as well as avoid seat or steering vibrations while optimizing the handling.
University of West Bohemia – Czech Rep. – MC VC
The University of West Bohemia has nine faculties with more than 60 departments and two institutes of higher education. Nearly 14,000 students can choose from a wide range of Bachelor, Master and PhD study programmes.
In the Safe2Wheelers Project the New Technologies Research Center is involved.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
The University of West Bohemia provides the Vice Chair of the Action
Dr. Ludek Hyncik (Action Vice Chair)
Country: Czech Republic
Czech Technical University (CTU) Prague – Czech Rep.
Engineering education has a long tradition in the Czech lands.In the course of the last half century, the Czech Technical University in Prague has undergone several reorganisation: the faculty of economic sciences was closed after 1948, and the faculty of chemical technology and the faculty of agriculture became independent in 1952. after 1960, CTU had four faculties: of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and a forerunner of the present faculty of nuclear science and physical engineering. The faculty of architecture was founded in 1976, the faculty of transportation science in 1993, the faculty of biomedical engineering in 2005 and the faculty of information technology in 2009 – so at present, CTU has eight faculties.
Professor Jan Kovanda
Country: Czech Republic
Imperial College London – UK
Imperial College London is a public research university in the United Kingdom.It was founded by Prince Albert who envisioned an area composed of the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial Institute. The Imperial Institute was opened by his wife, Queen Victoria, who laid the first Stone. In 1907, Imperial College London was formed by Royal Charter, and soon joined the University of London, with focus on science and Technology. The college has expanded its coursework to medicine through mergers with St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Imperial College Business School. Imperial became an independent university from the University of London during its one hundred year anniversary.
Imperial is organised into faculties of science, engineering, medicine and business. Its main campus is located in South Kensington, adjacent to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in central London. The university formed the first academic health science centre in the United Kingdom. Imperial is a member of the Russell Group, G5, Association of Commonwealth Universities, League of European Research Universities, and the “Golden Triangle” of British universities.
Imperial is included among the best universities in the world by numerous university Rankings.
Dr Mazdak Ghajari
Dr Simos Evangelou
Country: United Kingdom
University of Vigo – Spain
In the Safe2Wheelers Action the Applied Geotechnologies Group is involved. This Group is a research team at the University of Vigo that develops, tests and applies geo-technologies for problem solving in different fields such as environment, cultural heritage, terrestrial and coastal infrastructures and architecture.
Nowadays, the main research lines include infrastructure management systems and energy efficiency studies based on as-built BIM reconstruction.
The group was recently recognized as Galician reference group because of the quality of the scientific publications and the number of successful R&D projects funded by external agents.
Ms Lucía Díaz-Vilariño
Babes-Bolyai University – Romania
Babes-Bolyai University is an academic educational public institution aiming to promote and sustain the development of specific cultural components within the local, regional, national and international community.
“Babeș-Bolyai” University is considered to be an “advanced research and education university” by the Ministry of Education in Romania.
The scientific research is a fundamental component of the Babes-Bolyai University’s activity, and as such it is used as one of the main evaluation criteria for assessing qualifications and appraising academic performance. Scientific research underlies the process of higher education, which provides training of highly qualified human resources; it also constitutes, through the teaching load, a professional commitment. According to the principles of academic freedom and university autonomy, and in compliance with the ethics and professional codes of conduct, scientific research is free of restrictions and provisions.
Ms Erika Baragan
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single-School Faculty.
Some educational and administrative facilities are located off campus for practical and operational reasons. A number of these facilities are located outside the city of Thessaloniki or even in other cities.
About 73.930 students study at the Aristotle University (65.026 in undergraduate programmes and 8.472 in postgraduate programmes, of which 3952 at Doctoral level). There are 2.024 faculty members. There are also 11 teaching assistants, 58 research fellows, 248 members of the Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel (S.L.T.P.), 69 of whom belong to category Ι and 179 to category ΙΙ, as well as 15 foreign language teachers and 4 foreign instructors. Faculty members are also assisted by 213 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Personnel (S.T.L.P.). The administration office consists of 400 permanent employees and 528 employees under a private law contract of indefinite duration. Moreover, 596 people employed by third parties provide services at the University.
Dr Fotini Kehagia
Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – the University in the heart of Munich is recognized as one of Europe’s premier academic and research institutions. Since our founding in 1472, LMU has attracted inspired scholars and talented students from all over the world, keeping the University at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change our complex world.
In the Safe2Wheelers Action the Institute of Legal Medicine is involved.
Dr Sylvia Schick
TU Darmstadt – Germany
Since its foundation in 1877, TU Darmstadt has played its part in addressing the urgent issues of the future with pioneering achievements and outstanding research and teaching.
TU Darmstadt focusses on selected, highly relevant problem areas. Technology is at the heart of all our disciplines at TU Darmstadt. The Natural Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities cooperate closely with Engineering.
In order to expand its expertise strategically, TU Darmstadt maintains a variety of partnerships with companies and research institutions. It is a vital driving force in the economic and technological development of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area.
Our excellent research has been recognised by multiple grants within the Excellence Initiative. Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the business world. Our outstanding performance makes us one of the leading universities of technology in Germany and has earned us international visibility and renown. At present it is one of the world’s top 100 universities for engineering and technology according to both THE World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings.
In Safe2Wheelers the Institute of Automotive Engineering is involved.
Mr Raphael Pless
University of Southampton – UK
The University of Southampton (occasionally abbreviated as Soton) is a public research university located in Southampton, England. Southampton is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British universities.
On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status. It is a member of the European University Association, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is an accredited institution of the Worldwide Universities Network.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Southampton was ranked 8th for research intensity. Besides being recognised as one of the leading research universities in the UK, Southampton has also achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. It additionally has one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain, and is regularly ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. As of 2015 Southampton is one of the few universities to achieve a top 20 UK position in the most established national and international rankings (along Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, LSE and Warwick). In the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Southampton is placed in the top 10 of British Universities.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
The University of Southampton is leading Working Group 4 Technical solutions: primary and secondary safety
Professor Roberto Lot
Country: United Kingdom
Chalmers University of Technology – Sweden
Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as its global vision. Chalmers is well-known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has eight priority areas of international significance – Built Environment, Energy, Information and Communication Technology, Life Science Engineering, Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Production, and Transport. Graphene Flagship, an FET Flagship initiative by the European Commission, is coordinated by Chalmers. Situated in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chalmers has 10,300 full-time students and 3,100 employees.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
Chalmers leads Working Group 5 Integration across WGs: policy, legislation & dissemination
Professor Robert Thomson
Professor Per Lovsund
Applus+ IDIADA – Spain
Support our clients in their product development activities by providing them with engineering, testing and homologation services that fit their needs
- Strategic objective
Be recognized as the most innovative and client-oriented company of all those that render engineering and homologation services to the automotive industry worldwide
Professional team: An international team of more than 1.950 skilled and experienced engineers and technical experts specializing in automotive product development
First class state-of-the-art testing facilities: Leading-edge laboratories in various locations and the most comprehensive proving ground in Europe
International presence: We are present in 23 countries to be close to our clients, to perform projects locally and to better understand each market’s requirements
Innovation: Continuously developing new services in a strategic, integrated and controlled manner
Development Integration: thorough knowledge of all major vehicle functionalities
Design led by functionality: We conduct vehicle development projects from the beginning towards functional excellence
Integration of CAD, CAE and testing
Role in Safe2Wheelers
Applus+ IDIADA is leading Working Group 1 on Accidentology
Mr Adria Ferrer
University of Zaragoza, I3A – Spain
The University of Zaragoza is the main centre of technological innovation in the Ebro Valley and enjoys a great prestige among the group of Spanish, European and International universities it has relations with.
Academic staff at the University of Zaragoza are highly specialised and have a broad research and teaching experience. Be it Spanish as a Foreign Language or fields as interesting to international students as Spanish Literature, Geography Archaeology, Cinema, History, Biocomputation, Physics of Complex Systems or Nanotechnologies (among many others), the combination of teaching and research is proving very successful.
The University, with a total of about 40.000 students, is composed by a teaching staff of about 3.000 with different positions and an administrative and technical staff of about 2.000.
I3A was created, in 2002, in order to respond to challenges of the modern knowledge society, characterised by the globalisation, importance of the information and communication technologies and the growing economic value of structured knowledge.
Recognising the importance of synergy and multidisciplinarity, the research interests of the Institute are deliberately multifield and multidepartamental, searching technological solutions for the future by promoting innovation and excellence. The activities of the I3A concerned four areas: research, technology transfer, training and scientific diffusion. In each of them, the main objectives are:
- The improvement of scientific research and technological development in the areas that at each moment define its focus of activity
- Contribution to the economic development at regional, national and international levels by means of knowledge generation and transfer to the industrial environment
- To form highly qualified engineers and scientists able of adapting to the changing scientific and technological environment and with solid human, cultural and social values
- To help to increase the technological culture of the Aragón society, promoting its fast adaptation to the current Knowledge Society
Role in Safe2Wheelers
UNIZAR – I3A is leading the Working Group 3 on Traffic Environment
Dr Francisco J. Lopez-Valdes
University of Coimbra – Portugal
The University of Coimbra (UC), the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world, is also one of the best known and internationally celebrated, being a national landmark. With a history of more than seven centuries, presently UC has ten Teaching and Research Units, including eight Faculties, and two Research Units. The University comprises three campuses, which accommodate more than 23.000 students and 1233 teachers (FTE).
UC is an institution of creation, critical analysis, transmission and diffusion of culture, science and technology. Through research, teaching and services to community, UC contributes to the economical and social development, environmental protection, social justice and citizenship promotion and consolidation knowledge-based sovereignty.
Dr Cristiano Premebida
Institute of Transport Economics – Norway
The Institute of Transport Economics / Norwegian Center for Transport Research in Oslo is a national institution for transport research and development. The Institute was set up in 1958, firstly as a Government secretariat and later (from 1964) as a separate research institution under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (NTNF, now merged into the Research Council of Norway). In 1986 the Institute became a private, independent research foundation. The Institute receives its annual base funding from the Research Council of Norway.
The main objectives of the Institute are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large. Its sphere of activity includes most of the current major issues in road, rail, sea and air transport. The Institute is also involved in international cooperation within the transport sector.
Special emphasis is placed on the practical application of research results, and most of the studies and projects carried out here are commissioned. In Norway most of the clients are central government bodies and local authorities, with some commissions from the private sector. Major clients are the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Public Roads Administration and the Research Council of Norway. The Institute is also engaged in a number of research projects for the European Commission, for public authorities in different countries and for international organisations.
Mr Truls Vaa
SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research – NL
SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research was founded in 1962. SWOV’s main objective is to contribute to road safety by means of scientific research and dissemination of results and knowledge to professionals and policy makers. SWOV is the national institute for road safety research in the Netherlands. It is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognised throughout the world, thanks to its high standard of research and its scientifically founded recommendations. A multidisciplinary team of about 40 researchers plus supporting staff cover the areas of the road user, vehicles, road infrastructure, telematics, road safety analyses and modelling, policy making processes, etc. SWOV receives a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Transport.
SWOV was the birthplace of the well-known and widely appreciated Sustainable Safety approach. SWOV has conducted or commissioned numerous studies, published over 1000 papers and is involved in many national and international expert working groups and committees. SWOV staff members frequently give presentations at high-level international scientific conferences, seminars, and workshops. Exchange of knowledge and information also takes place in several international organizations.
Ms Marjolein Boele
Dr Saskia de Craen
Country: The Netherlands
Politecnico di Milano – Italy
The Politecnico di Milano (English: Polytechnic University of Milan) is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 40,000 students. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan.
The Politecnico has two main campuses in Milan city, where the majority of the research and teaching activity are located, and other satellite campuses in five other cities across Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. The central offices and headquarters are located in the historical campus of Città Studi in Milan, which is also the largest, active since 1927.
The university was ranked the best for Engineering and among the top big universities in Italy in the CENSIS-Repubblica Italian University rankings for 2014-2015 and is ranked as the 20th best technical university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.
Professor Sergio Matteo Savaresi
4sight, Ergonomics & Safety, Ltd – Israel
University of Limerick – Ireland
Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 13,000 students and 1,400 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. Its mission is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow.
The University of Limerick has often been described as innovative, pioneering and connected to the real world. We pride ourselves on a reputation for delivering research which makes an impact for industry, society and the wider community. A significant aspect of our research strategy is a commitment to deliver research which moves the world forward.
Dr Peter Murphy
Hospital Center Henry Dunant – Greece
ERRIKOS DUNANT Hospital Center, contributes significantly to community well-being by providing inpatient and outpatient medical and health care services to the general public.
The building has over 55,000 square meters of useable space, housing its comprehensive inpatient and outpatient clinics and diagnostics services. ERRIKOS DUNANT Hospital Center employs over 1,000 dedicated employees, and has over 200 distinguished cooperating physicians.
ERRIKOS DUNANT Hospital Center is licensed for 303 beds and has 25 operating theatres, 38 Intensive Care and Step-Down beds, a 78-bed 1-Day Care Clinic, and a 24-unit kidney dialysis department.
ERRIKOS DUNANT Hospital Center creates, promotes, and implements new primary care health services, to make access to the Hospital and its facilities quick and uncomplicated. An example of this is the ERRIKOS DUNANT Hospital Center Outpatient Clinic Health Card, which for a nominal subscription fee, provides the general public access to all the Hospital’s outpatient clinical services 24 hours a day – 365 days a year, and, the program offers special rates for inpatient care services as deemed necessary.
Dr Christos Polyzos
CERTH – HIT – Greece
The Hellenic Institute of Transport is part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) which is a non-profit organization that directly reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs.
HIT’s main objective is the conduct and support of applied research activities in the field of transportation in Greece. More specifically on issues relating to organization, operation, planning and development of infrastructure, and standardization, economic analysis, management, vehicle technology, and impact assessment of land, maritime, air, and multimodal transport services. Also training and education activities in related fields, dissemination of research activities and the Representation of Greece, in Transport Research and other relevant scientific fora abroad.
Mr Ioannis Symeonidis
Mr Dimitris Margaritis
Hochschule Furtwangen – Germany
Over its more than 160 year history, from its roots in the State Clockmaker School in the Black Forest, to the well-respected, internationally-oriented educational institution of today, Furtwangen University has always placed a high value on both practical applications and innovation. The outstanding quality of its degree programmes, closely combining theory and practice, its wide-ranging research activities and its distinctly global outlook with over 150 partners around the world, make HFU the ideal stepping stone in a successful career. The degree programmes offered cater for the demands of the modern workplace and include, besides more traditional courses, a range of unique courses which are customised to the needs of a changing society. The warm atmosphere of the campuses and close personal contact with teaching and administrative staff are conducive to study, while the wonderful natural surroundings of the area offer many opportunities for relaxation. The first-class infrastructure and central location in the high-tech business region of southern Germany, mean close contacts with business and industry and first-rate job prospects. HFU also enjoys an excellent reputation for further education offering seminars and workshops for those already employed in business and industry.
In Safe2Wheelers the Campus Tuttlingen is involved.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
Professor Peldschus is the Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Coordinator of the Action
Professor Steffen Peldschus
WIVW GmbH – Germany
The Würzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences (WIVW) is a company providing research services into the human factor in the interaction between humans and technical systems, especially addressing issues arising from the automotive sector. In addition to its project work, WIVW develops and distributes the SILAB driving simulation software. Our long-standing clients in both divisions include renowned private and public organizations.
Since 1997, WIVW has employed an interdisciplinary team of research and development specialists who work in both aspects of its business. All of our team members hold academic qualifications in such fields as psychology, ergonomics, engineering or computer science.
Role in Safe2Wheelers
WIVW is co-leading the Working Group 2 on Rider Behaviour
Dr. Sebastian Will
Université de Strasbourg – France
The University of Strasbourg is driven by the ambition to rank among the best research universities. Strasbourg is a cluster of activity in many scientific fields such as biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical drugs, chemistry, material physics or space sciences and is strongly involved in the development of research in humanities and social sciences. Unistra has 73 research units and 6 research federations covering a broad range of academic disciplines. All research units are members of one of the university’s ten doctoral Schools.
Professor Rémy Willinger
Dr Caroline Deck
University of Zagreb – Croatia
Within the Safe2Wheelers Action the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences is involved.
Faculty tradition is tied with the establishment of the Higher Postal and Telecommunications School (PTT) in 1962. In 1965, thirteen companies and associations in the Republic of Croatia initiated and financially supported establishment of the specialized institution: Institute of Transport and Traffic Sciences.
Faculty of Civil Engineering organized the first expert study of transport for training of transport professionals at a higher education level in 1965. The classes were held in interfaculty program collaboration with teachers from seven faculties of the Zagreb University, namely: Faculties of Architecture, Economics, Electrotechnics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Naval Engineering and Law School.
The need for road transport experts with college and university education has resulted in education of students in that branch of transport. In 1970, following the two years of preparation, College of Road Transport and Traffic was established, with headquarters in Kraljevićeva 24.
Study program of air traffic was initiated in 1972, with the establishment of College of Air Traffic, with several study programmes: air traffic, aeronautics, and later, aerotehnical program.
Transport and Traffic Sciences Centre consisting of two institutions: Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and Institute of Transport and Traffic Sciences was established in 1981. The former deals with the scientific and educational work and the latter with the scientific and research work in the field of transport and traffic.
Study of railway traffic also existed in a form of an interfaculty study programme in this period, but its actual beginning can be traced to 13 April 1982. On this date a decision was issued which states that the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at the University of Zagreb meets the requirements for organization and teaching.
Professor Sadko Mandzuka
University of Mons – Belgium
UMONS is a place where you can earn a first university degree, a master’s or a doctoral degree. There are more than 40 degree and training programmes to choose from in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles, which lead to countless career prospects.
UMONS is also a founding member of the Hainaut Higher Education Consortium, which groups together several higher education institutions in the province of Hainaut. Combined, the partners in this consortium offer a range of 250 degrees that allow crossovers between different institutions.
UMONS is also present within the Brussels Alliance for Research and Higher Education (AUWB) along with the Université libre de Brussels. Thanks to preferential agreements between members, additional training programmes are offered beyond what each participating institution could offer individually.
Dr Christos Ioakimidis
University of Ruse – Bulgaria
“Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse is an autonomous state higher school. It was transformed with a Decision of the People’s Assembly of 21 June 1995 and is a successor of the higher technical school, established in Ruse on 12.11.1945. There are eight faculties in the structure of the University: Agrarian and Industrial Faculty, Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Electronics and Automation, Faculty of Transport, Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Public Health and Healthcare, two Branches of Ruse University in Silistra and Razgrad and a Bulgarian and Romanian Inter-university Europa Centre.
Professor Kiril Barzev
TU Graz – Austria
In worldwide competition with comparable institutions, Graz University of Technology pursues top teaching and research in the fields of science and engineering. An integral part of putting together excellent education and training programs is knowing about the needs of society and the economy. Ultimately, the quality of the education and training at Graz University of Technology is carried by the strength of its knowledge-oriented and applied research. Numerous competence centres, the Christian-Doppler laboratories, special research fields, research focuses, and large EU projects are only a few examples of the University’s extremely active and successful Research.
Dr Ernst Tomasch
Mr Christian Ellersdorfer
Mr Alessio Sevarin (VSI- Fahrzeugsicherheit Institute – TU Graz)
Johannes Keppler University Linz – Austria
In the Safe2Wheelers Action the Johannes Kepler University’s Institute for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems is involved. The Institute has been created 2004 from the splitting of the former Institute of Automatic Control and Electrical Drives (the other two new Institutes being the Institute of Electronical Drives and Power Electronics and the Institute of Automatic Control and Control Systems Technology).
All these Institutes belong to the Department of Mechatronics, which was setup in Linz from 1989 on as a full study.
The Mechatronics study is a five year curriculum which was first started in 1990 as a combination and integration of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering as well as Computer Science.
Professor Luigi del Re
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
The Hannover Medical School, founded in 1965, is one of the world’s leading university medical centres. Our research and patient care set national and international standards. We are also part of an excellent regional medical network.
Our outstanding success in interdisciplinary collaboration both within the MHH and with extramural scientific institutions is reflected in the fact that the MHH is the German medical university with the greatest volume of grant funding.
Professor Dipl.Ing. Dietmar Otte
Klaus Schwabe Biketraining & Consulting
People involved: Klaus Schwabe
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
European Driving Schools Association
EFA represents the interest of its members with all European
authorities, institutions and organisations, concerned with:
- driving instruction
- driving instructors tuition
- driver improvement
- further education of novice drivers
- environmentally friendly driving
- all questions concerning road safety
It encourages initiatives which lead to an improvement in
Country: United Kingdom