Curitiba, which is in southern Brazil, is a city with a population of about two million. In Brazil, this city is a pioneer in innovative public transport. It ranks among the leaders in an innovative approach to urban development. Thirty years ago, the city launched a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, offering a high frequency service (every 90 seconds, in some cases) with comfortable and attractive buses. This has resulted in a system that combines high usage with relatively low cost. However, the BRT system has now reached its maximum capacity, and car use in the city has increased significantly.
In August 2017, the Smart Urban Mobility Lab (SUM-LAB) was opened in in this Brazilian metropolis. The research facility is an initiative of the city of Curitiba, two local universities – the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR) – and the University of Twente.
Researchers from each of the partners will work together in the SUM-LAB to formulate the key challenges facing urban mobility in the metropolis of Curitiba. They will also examine ways in which these challenges can best be met. These researchers will cooperate in the context of various studies and in testing innovative mobility solutions, using the city as a Living Lab. The lab is located at the UTFPR.
Join us! Carry out a research project at the SUM-LAB as part of your BSc or MSc thesis, internship or as a minor. We also offer exchange packages for some bachelor programmes. Projects start each semester.
Contact: prof. dr. Ing. Karst Geurs
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