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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.

New format: NTSA Research Course

This year, NTSA upgrades its annual seminar to a Research Course. The format includes lectures, presentations from participants and network building activities, with time for discussion with experts in the research field of Safe System.

Important dates

Date Action
1 May 2023
Registration & abstract submission deadline
23–26 May 2023
10th NTSA Research Course

Social media

Please, use the hashtags #ictct, #ntsa and #ntsa2023aalborg in your posts related to the seminar.

The research course organised by the Nordic Traffic Safety Academy (NTSA) aims at providing insights into the challenges of the increasing transport automation and providing a platform for future research on this topic. The thinking behind the course is to give an overview from different angles of the ongoing research on the transition to Safe System when connected and automated mobility will be partly or fully implemented.

The Safe System approach is widely recognized as the state-of-the-art in the management of traffic safety. It implies a multidisciplinary approach to traffic safety in which all actors involved in safety management collaborate. From a research perspective, the Safe System and its goal of no one being killed or severely injured(so-called Vision Zero) is facing new challenges when implemented in future mobility scenarios.

During this research course, a large space will be given to young researchers to present their ongoing or future research work/ideas, receive feedback and engage in networking opportunities. The NTSA research course is for researchers at PhD and Postdoc levels, road safety professionals, road authority staff and others involved in the decision making on road safety matters.

Registration is required. Each participant can choose between only attending the research course or attending and presenting their project/research topic (feedback on the presentation will be provided by expert faculty panel). If you would like to present, we kindly ask you to submit an abstract of 200–300 words when registering.

ECTS credits for PhD students

PhD students may be able to get credits for this course at their home university and should ask for information from their supervisors. You will receive a certificate after completing the NTSA Research Course.

Participation fees

Participation fee: €300

The fee includes includes welcome reception, lunch and coffee/tea all days, course activities.

Social Dinner (optional): €65

Deadline for registration / payment: 1 May 2023

Registration form

Tuesday, 23 May 2023


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Wednesday, 24 May 2023


Lars Ekman
Swedish Transport Administration

Lars Ekman


Coffee break


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


Coffee break


Participant presentations


Network building activity

Thursday, 25 May 2023


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


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.




Participant presentations


Coffee break


Participant presentations


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Friday, 26 May 2023


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Closure & good-bye

Course venue

The Research Course primarily takes place at the Department of the Built Environment (BUILD), located at the main campus of Aalborg University, approx. 6 km from the city centre. It is easily accessed by bus.

The address is: Thomas Manns Vej 23, 9220 Aalborg East.

A part of the course (e.g. the welcome reception) will take place in the city centre.


We suggest that you book your accommodation at the Cabinn Hotel Aalborg in the city centre. The hotel is centrally located in the city and is less expensive than other hotels in Aalborg (from approx. €80 per night).

More information about the hotel here.

There is a big event in Aalborg in the same week as the NTSA Research Course: the Aalborg Carnival (more info below). Therefore, we recommend that you book accommodation as soon as possible.

Getting to Aalborg

Reaching Aalborg is simple by either train or plane. The rail station is in the centre of Aalborg and the airport is only 10-15 minutes away from the city centre by bus or train. Norwegian and SAS have several daily flights to and from Aalborg from Copenhagen and other European airports. For more information see here.

There are also several direct flights to Aarhus Airport, and from there you can take a bus (925x Airport Express) to the central station in Aarhus (45-50 min) and take the train to Aalborg (75-90 min). For more information see here and here.

Going by bus to Aalborg University

Bus line no. 2 stop right outside the Department of the Built Environment (bus stop: Pontoppidanstræde).

The travel time (incl. walking) is approx. 30 min.

You can buy bus tickets online (via app or online store). It is also possible to pay with cash in DKK on the bus (only small bills or coins).

For more information see here.

Useful apps and web pages during your stay


A journey planner to find the easiest way to the destination:

NT Billet

Buy bus tickets and tickets for the train to/from Aalborg Airport:

Aalborg carnival

Every year in May there is a carnival in Aalborg. It is advertised as the biggest carnival in Northern Europe with up to 100,000 participants. The Aalborg Carnival lasts a week and has three main events: the International Parade (May 19, 2023) with carnival groups from all over Europe, the Kids Carnival (May 20, 2023) and a huge parade and festival on Saturday, 27 May 2023.

Consider extending your stay in Aalborg with an extra day to experience the carnival in Aalborg.

For more information see here.

Many streets in the city centre are closed for motorised traffic during the carnival. Please check with the journey planner if you plan to travel by bus on Saturday, 27 May.

Contact information

NTSA Local organiser
Contact person
Carmelo D'Agostino
Tanja Madsen
Giulio Bianchi Piccinini
NTSA Steering Committee
Department of the Built Environment
Aalborg University

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