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Traffic Safety Researcher’s Course

Traffic Safety Researcher’s Course is usually given in connection to ICTCT conferences. The mission of the course is to provide a coherent view into traditional and modern traffic safety theories, methods and solutions. It also stresses the importance of the institutional framework necessary for consequent long-term traffic safety work.

The next course is organised on 25–26th October 2022 in connection to the 34th ICTCT conference in Gyor, Hungary.

More information will come in due time.

Upcoming course

About the course

When?

25–26 October 2022, in connection to the 34 ICTCT conference.

Where?

Gyor, Hungary
Hédervári út 25
room MC.002

Course fee

€220 (all participants)

The fee includes tea/coffee-breaks and simple lunches. The participants will receive access to the presentation materials after the course.

The fee DOES NOT include registration to the ICTCT conference.

Course language

The course is given in English.

Syllabus

Motivation

The road accident phenomenon is complex and so are road safety management systems. As a consequence, road safety research is multi-disciplinary and covers such areas as epidemiology, statistics, in-depth accident analyses, biomechanics, behavioural studies, sociology, economics, etc. Researchers new in the field of road safety are usually limited to a specific field of investigation in which they work in-depth without getting the broader picture of what is being done in road safety research and how the different investigation fields complement each other.

The mission with the course is to give the participant a coherent view into traditional and modern traffic safety theory, methods and solutions and to have a clear understanding of the importance of the institutional framework in order to be able to make a difference in the traffic safety work subsequently. It is hoped that at the end of the course, participants will be able to situate their own work within a broader framework, and will find it easier to communicate with researchers from other disciplines.

Course objectives

  • Provide researchers with an overview of theories and concepts in road safety and the associated research approaches and methods, in line with ICTCT goals and fundamentals
  • Discuss key issues in road safety research
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of research approaches and findings on some selected topics and their implications for other fields of road safety
  • Provide an opportunity for exchange of experience between researchers from different disciplines and different parts of the world

Target audience

Road safety researchers from all disciplines, in all sectors (Public Health, Transport, Urban Planning, Education, Law, Academia, etc.) and from all countries are welcome.

In order to facilitate interactions, the number of participants is limited to 15.

PhD students may be able to get credits for this course at their home university and should ask for information from their supervisors.

International faculty

The course faculty consists of senior researchers and university professors with an extensive experience in road safety. They teach this course on a voluntary basis, receiving no payment for their work.

Attila Borsos
University of Gyor
Hungary

Attila Borsos received his master’s degree in Economics from the University of Gyor, Hungary and in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He gained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Gyor, Hungary, where he is associate professor in the Department of Transport Infrastructure and Water Resources Engineering since 2012 and vice dean for research in the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Transport Sciences since 2015. He was a Visiting Scholar at Florida Atlantic University in 2013 and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Connecticut in 2010. He was a member of the PIARC World Road Association Technical Committee 3.2 “Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure” from 2012 to 2015. His main research interest is road safety, more specifically accident prediction models, traffic safety trends, surrogate measures of safety, and the effect of Autonomous Vehicles on safe road design.

Stijn Daniels
Transport & Mobility Leuven
KU Leuven
Belgium

Stijn Daniels, the president of ICTCT, is a researcher and consultant in transport planning, road safety and mobility at Transport & Mobility Leuven (TML), Belgium. He is also a part-time professor in Traffic and Transport Safety at KU Leuven, faculty of Engineering.

His primary research interest is road safety: causes and mechanisms associated with road crashes and near-crash events, effects of road design on crash occurrence, safety issues for vulnerable road users, effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis and economic valuation.

Wafa Elias
Shamoon College of Engineering
Israel

Wafa Elias works in the fields of travel behavior and road safety, with particular expertise in factors that impact travel behavior and road safety among the Israeli Arab minority.

Wafa Elias has developed a theoretical framework that connects daily activity patterns and driving behavior, and the risk of being involved in road crashes.  To better understand these complex relationships, Wafa focuses on disaggregate studies of individual characteristics, attitudes, activity and travel behavior, residential location, the build environment, social interaction, and the impact of these on road safety.

Rune Elvik
Institute of Transport Economics
Norway

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.

Anja Huemer
Universität der Bundeswehr München
Germany

Anja Huemer is a professor for traffic psychology at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany (starting from September 2022). She received her PhD on the measurement of driver distraction in 2012 from Technische Universität Braunschweig. Her main research interests are the safety and comfort of vulnerable road users and the promotion of sustainable transport by system design. She has been teaching research and presentation methods for more than 15 years.

Csaba Koren
University of Gyor
Hungary

Csaba Koren received his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology in Hungary in 1972. He earned his PhD from the same university in 1978. He has been working with the Transport Research Institute in Budapest until 1977, when he moved to the University of Gyor. His teaching activity focused on road design, traffic engineering and urban sustainability. He has been a head of the Department of Transport Infrastructure for about 20 years.

Csaba Koren is a member of several international editorial boards. He has been a supervisor of seven successful PhD candidates. His main research interest is road safety. He regularly organizes road safety auditor courses and follow-up trainings. In 2018 he retired, but he is still active in teaching, research, and consultancy.

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University
Sweden

Aliaksei Laureshyn is Reader in traffic safety at Lund University, Sweden. His primary research interests deal with theory and practical use of pro-active methods in road safety analysis. He is an active member in several international committees and working groups related to the subject of Surrogate Measures of Safety (SMoS). Other research interests include emerging technologies for data collection in traffic, policy and practice in road safety work, particularly in the view of Vision Zero/Safe System paradigm.

Rob Methorst
Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic an Environment [retired] / Streets for People
the Netherlands

Rob Methorst has more than 40 years of professional experience in tackling road safety and promoting pedestrian interests. He graduated as a Social Geographer—Land Use Planner. Since his retirement in 2015, he has been a guest researcher for pedestrian safety at Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV, where he worked on his thesis on pedestrian policy (promotion February 2021). He is the secretary of MENSenSTRAAT, and was chairman and initiator of the European project COST358 Pedestrians’ Quality Needs (2005–2010), chairman of the CROW Design Guides for Pedestrians. Rob has previously done research and policy advice on vulnerable road users, and pedestrians in particular, for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (1999–2015), the former Pedestrian Association (1990–1999) and the Regional Road Safety Board in Drenthe (1981–1990). In doing so, he mainly focused on the possibilities of aligning (strategic) policy with human needs, and skills and possibilities of human behaviour.

Matúš Šucha
Palacky University in Olomouc
Czech Republic

Matúš Šucha is a Czech traffic psychologist. His main area of professional interest is traffic psychology, with a specific focus on mobility, sustainability and active traffic modes. Associate Professor Šucha is an active member of numerous prestigious international organisations, including ICTCT—International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety, TPI—Traffic Psychology International or DGVP—Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verkehrspsychologie.

Ralf Risser
Palacky University in Olomouc
Czech Republic

Course programme

25 October 2022

9.00

Introduction: course & faculty

Introduction, participants: wants & needs

Wafa Elias
SCE, College of Engineering, Israel

Road safety policy and data

9.40

’Safe System in traffic safety’

Stijn Daniels
Transport & Mobility Leuven | KU Leuven, Belgium

11.00

Coffee break

11.20

’Traffic accident data and how to work with it’

Rune Elvik
Institute of Transport Economics, Norway

12.40

Lunch

13.10

’Surrogate Measures of Safety’

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University, Sweden

14.30

Coffee break

14.50

’Tools for infrastructure safety assessment’

Csaba Koren
University of Gyor, Hungary

16.10

Break

16.20

Discussion 1: ’Road safety data—what questions can be answered and what is missing’

17.20

End of the day

26 October 2022

9.00

Mid-course recapitulation

Wafa Elias
SCE, College of Engineering, Israel

Traffic safety from different perspectives

9.10

’Accounting for human factors in road system design’

Attila Borsos
University of Gyor, Hungary

10.30

Coffee break

10.50

‘Traffic psychology: a holistic perspective’

Matúš Šucha
Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic

12.10

Lunch

12.50

Discussion 2: ’Human- or car-centered traffic system?’

13.50

Break

Research that makes a difference

14.00

’How to make improvements happen: connecting research to policy making’

Rob Methorst
Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic an Environment [retired] / Streets for People, the Netherlands

15.20

Coffee break

15.40

’Presentation skills to make impact’

Anja Huemer
Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University, Sweden

17.00

Closing & evaluation

Wafa Elias
SCE, College of Engineering, Israel

17.20

End of the day

Registration & payment

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Course fee

The course fee is set to €220.

The payment can be done using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) directly or via an active PayPal account.

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