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Nordic Traffic Safety Academy

NTSA Research Course 2023

Safe System in future mobility scenarios: the importance of a multidisciplinary approach

23-26 May 2023

Aalborg, Denmark

Local organizers: Tanja Madsen, Giulio Bianchi Piccinini

The seminar is held in close co-operation with Traffic Research Group at Aalborg University.

Event hashtags #ictct #ntsa #ntsa2023aalborg


Tuesday, 23 May 2023


Welcome reception and course introduction

Wednesday, 24 May 2023


Vision Zero—a paradigm shift

Lars Ekman
Swedish Transport Administration

Dr. Lars Ekman has a background as researcher at Lund University, Sweden. His research focused on traffic safety evaluation applied on pedestrians and bicyclists at Lund University. Lars Ekman has also for a long time been involved in international collaborations in the field of traffic safety both on a European with CEDR and global arena. At present, he works as an expert in traffic safety at the Swedish Transport Administration with special emphasis on traffic safety countermeasures.

Lars Ekman popular speaker on the topic of The Vision Zero, often in connection to the Vision Zero Academy.


Coffee break


Mixed traffic and the role of infrastructure in future mobility scenarios

Haneen Farah
Delft University of Technology
the Netherland

Dr. ir. Haneen Farah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Transport and Planning and a co-director of the Traffic and Transportation Safety Lab at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her research interests lie in the fields of road infrastructure design, road user behaviour, and traffic safety. She is currently investigating the implications of the advances in vehicle technology and automation on these fields. In her research she combines her expertise in transportation engineering, with her curiosity in the fields of human factors and econometrics.

Before joining TU Delft Haneen Farah was a postdoctoral researcher at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.




Participant presentations

Assessment of roadside conditions using Safe Systems approach

Matilda Magnusson
Lund University

Simulation of traffic safety at micro scale using SUMO

Zhankun Chen
Lund University


Coffee break


Participant presentations

Impact of automated vehicles on human drivers’ behavior

Masoud Soljoqi
University of Padova

Development of a physics-based bicycle/cyclist tracking algorithm for safety analyses

Kevin Gildea
Lund University


Network building activity

Aalborg city centre

Thursday, 25 May 2023


Low-level theory for interpretation of road safety evaluations

Rune Elvik
Institute of Transport Economics

Rune Elvik has been a road safety researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics since 1980. His main areas of research have been evaluation studies, meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Rune Elvik served as editor-in-chief (together with Karl Kim) of Accident Analysis and Prevention from 2005 to 2013. He has participated in many European projects and contributed to the Highway Safety Manual. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals.


Coffee break


Human interactions with CAVs: implications for safety of future cities

Natasha Merat
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Professor Natasha Merat is an experimental psychologist and research group leader of the Human Factors and Safety Group at the Institute for Transport Studies at Leeds University, United Kingdom, and leader of the Automation theme. Her main research interests are in understanding the interaction of road users with new technologies. She applies this interest to studying factors such as driver distraction and driver impairment, and she is an internationally recognised expert in studying the human factors implications of highly automated vehicles. She is currently involved in six UK and European Projects on automated vehicles.




Group activity: City walk


Social dinner

Friday, 26 May 2023


Group activity: Challenges and solutions




Closure and good bye

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