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Research Profile



The research profile of the Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering (IVV) distinguishes itself for its breadth of knowledge with several core areas. The integration of these core areas in the overall context is particularly considered.

For many years the core areas have been predominant in traffic management, for which methodical principles for systematic planning are developed, as well as the examination and further development of specific measures. This comprises the deployment of new technologies in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), likewise for the individual and public transport. The traffic signal control for the road traffic is traditionally one of the main core areas of the chair.

Further researches cover the topics of integrated planning of the infrastructure and operation as well as land use and transport, and the application of decision making and optimization methods in traffic and transport.

An important research area is the quality management in traffic and transport. Since 2007, the IVV has also been engaged intensely with the topic environmentally-oriented traffic control, for which a vivid exchange with the chair of Environmental Mineralogy and Meteorology takes place.

Since 2011, commercial transport is also dealt with. A temporally limited Junior Professorship for Commercial Transport was established within the scope of the project Dynamo PLV. IVV deepens thereby transport management that controls the demand in freight traffic with the aim to reach a better utilization of traffic systems – in analogy to the mobility management in passenger traffic.

A special concern at the IVV is to boost the multidisciplinarity in traffic engineering. Appropriate example thereof is the multidisciplinary study course Master of Science Traffic and Transport .

The Institute for Integrated Traffic and Transport Systems (ZIV) was founded in 1998 in co-operation with the IVV. The ZIV provides consulting and other services in traffic and transport which also covers the profile of the IVV.

The team of research assistants at the IVV works under the guidance of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Boltze with institutions on all levels, e.g. European Commission, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), Road and Transport Administration of Hesse, operators of transport systems, industrial partners and institutions at the regional and local level. This also applies to clients in Austria and Switzerland.

Research activities are complemented by the co-operation in several national and international bodies of the Research Agency for Road and Transportation (Forschungsgesellschaft für Straßen- und Verkehrswesen – FGSV). With the initiative of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Boltze, the competence cluster ITS Hessen was founded in April 2010, based on the continuous works at IVV. Besides, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Boltze was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) until 2015 and the director of the Transport Research Centre in Vietnamese-German University, Hochiminh City, Vietnam until 2015.


Research Core Areas

Current research of the FGVV is structured as follows:

Methods of Transport Planning

  • Integrated planning of infrastructure and operation
  • Integrated planning of land use and transport
  • Systematic planning of traffic management, traffic management plans
  • Application of decision and optimization methods in traffic and transport
  • Quality management

Traffic Management

  • Construction site management
  • Control strategies, environmentally-oriented traffic control
  • Technical and organizational integration of multimodal transport systems
  • Parking planning and management
  • Special measures (e.g. toll, ramp metering, student pass, …)
  • Collection, processing and completion of data
  • Mobility services
  • Marketing
  • Organisation of traffic management
  • Systematic planning of traffic management, traffic management plans
  • Quality management

Intelligent Transport Systems

  • Conception of applications
  • Application areas
  • Acceptance and impacts
  • Market potentials
  • Interlinking
  • Quality management

Traffic Signal Systems

  • Control strategies
  • Calculation and optimization methods
  • Quality management

Quality Management in Traffic

  • Applications of quality management in traffic planning processes
  • Efficient QM concepts for single systems and areas
  • QM Architecture
  • User oriented quality measurement, benchmarking

Other Research in Traffic and Transport

  • Capacity, security, environmental compatibility and cost-effectiveness of transport facilities
  • Models (particularly macroscopic and microscopic traffic flow simulation, interconnection of models at different levels of detail)
  • Databases, data sets
  • Moderation, general consulting