Projects


DOMINO

People's mobility behaviour is changing - new services and technologies are needed. The DOMINO project will develop and demonstrate new solutions for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) that are easily accessible by all users and contribute to the mobility and climate goals of the public sector.

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AUTO.BUS

This project develops technologies for autonomous minibuses intended for the use in local public transport to further increase their efficiency and operational safety. This includes the robust recording of the vehicle's surroundings, a trust-building interaction between the bus and the passengers or road users in the road space as well as planning tools for the optimal design of the vehicle, the stops and the line layout. The project is coordinated by Wiener Linien in collaboration with the Austrian Institute of Technology, KFV, TÜV Austria, Siemens AG Austria and Navya.

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PERCEIVING SPACES

How do people move in public space? This project aims to explore this question using a variety of new techniques. Perceiving:Spaces, a joint project of MIT Senseable City LabAustrian Institute of Technology, BRIMATECH and ÖBB-Infrastruktur has been recently awarded a three-year grant by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). A better understanding of human perception will allow to increase walkability and to develop technologically-enhanced and responsive urban infrastructure for pedestrianized environments. This project will lead to the creation of new planning tools to be developed in order to support architects, real estate developers and public transport providers.



URBAN TRANSPORT IN TBILISI

This project at the Austrian Institute of Technology is embedded in the Future Cities Program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It focuses on pedestrian and traffic flow simulations for planning and optimization of multi-modal transport hubs, multi-modal transport data collection and capacity building by bringing together experts from the Technical Universities and Municipal Departments of Tbilisi and Vienna.




FUTURE STATIONS

Transit stations in our cities, such as tram or bus stops, serve as connections for public transport and are a key element of a neighborhood's public realm. Researchers at the Austrian Institute of Technology, in collaboration with Vienna’s public transit authorities Wiener Linien, work on future station designs for transit stops and stations to better integrate transit functions, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and individual traffic lanes. By collecting and analyzing data on passenger flows and their interactions with the urban realm and its different users, new planning tools for quick assessments of station designs and multi-modal simulations were developed. This gives planning authorities the ability to better communicate complex planning processes and to create more comfortable and efficient stations for our future cities.



VR-PLANNING

The project "VR-Planning [we’re planning]" enhances participatory planning processes by including Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) technologies resulting in innovative interaction approaches that provide the flexibility to be used by experts as well as citizens. This allows to experience design choices of public spaces on a highly immersive level even in early planning phases and supports policy development and engaging the community.




TRANSPORT BUDDY

How can the recent developments in automation support footpaths and improve accessibility? This research project develops an autonomous vehicle that allows for transporting small goods or freight (e.g. purchases). The TransportBuddy shares the space with pedestrians and autonomously navigates its user to a certain destination. This personal assistant is applicable in public spaces and major infrastructures such as sidewalks, public spaces, shopping areas, railway stations, airports or shopping centers.

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PERCEPTION BASED MODELING

This research collaboration between the Austrian Institute of Technology and the MIT Senseable City Lab focuses on closing the gap between individual decisions based on context-related perception and the integration of this individual knowledge and preconceived expectations into mobility simulations.




SIMULATE

SIMULATE addresses the challenges of the analysis and prediction of complex crowd movement in train stations, urban transit vehicles (e.g. trams and buses), airports, shopping centers, sports stadiums or at event locations. SIMULATE is based on cutting-edge solutions for crowd simulation integrating multiple pedestrian movement models and offers multi-scale analysis: it simultaneously evaluates both aggregated crowd motion of entire public transport networks and detailed pedestrian flows in specific stations.




ART TRAFFIC AT THE LOUVRE

In this study at the MIT Senseable City Lab visitor movement through the Louvre Museum in Paris was observed using sophisticated Bluetooth signal tracking. These data sets were integrated into microscopic crowd simulation which allows examining visitors' movement behavior in greater detail. This simulation-based prediction and analysis of visitor flows reveals valuable information about crowd density, local congestions and capacity estimations.




PERSUASIVE URBAN MOBILITY

In this research study we will examine how persuasion technologies can be utilized to encourage positive modal shifts in mobility behavior in cities. We are particularly interested in studying the key persuasive strategies to enable, motivate and trigger users to shift from high energy to low energy modes. This project is a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and the Austrian Institute of Technology.





Kinect Kinetics
KINECT KINETICS

This project at 
MIT Senseable City Lab demonstrates how inexpensive, accessible 3D sensors can provide accurate pedestrian tracking even in congested spaces. Multiple sensors can be linked to easily scale up to study larger spaces. With this kind of sensing, we can better understand how pedestrians navigate space, and optimize the hallways, sidewalks, and plazas of our cities for their safety and comfort.





EVENT FLOWS

Mass events bear the risk of critical incidents, thus raising the necessity for proper planning in advance. Based on its long-standing expertise in crowd dynamics, thAustrian Institute of Technology has developed methods for testing of capacities and simulating emergency evacuation scenarios. Simulations enable to predict complex crowd movement at mass events and provide quantitative data such as crowd density, walking times, levels of service and evacuation times. These planning methods have been successfully applied at Donauinselfest and the Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn Palace.




Dynamic Public Spaces Workshop
SENSE AND THE CITY

In this workshop held by the MIT Senseable City Lab, in collaboration with the Austrian Institute of Technology, participants experimented with changing public spaces with the help of image processing, environmental sensors, and social media analysis. The workshop provided an introduction to theories and models of how people move, talk and interact in public space, and how this information can lead to a better design for public spaces.




Crowd Control
CROWD CONTROL

Overcrowding is a major concern in public transport and at large events, as it reduces safety, comfort and transport efficiency. In this research collaboration of the Austrian Institute of Technology and Wiener Linien an innovative computer-aided crowd control system for optimizing crowd flows in public transport infrastructures was developed. It automatically controls access restriction settings to limit the number of people on the platforms to a predefined level. The crowd control system was first successfully used during the UEFA EURO 2008 tournament.