About Telematics

Goals and aims

Telematics focuses on improving the interaction between people and/or automated processes over time and distance through the application of information and communication technology. Telematics lays the foundation for connecting today's demanding users worldwide. Ever increasing bandwidth, growing mobility, new applications every day, a variety of standards having to work together without problems: these all are challenges for the telematics expert.

In order to meet these challenges, the telematics expert needs knowledge about and insight in a broad range of topics: fixed/wired and mobile/wireless networking technologies; design methods and performance evaluation tools; network management and security issues; and of course services and applications.

The telematics programme ensures that students familiarize themselves with all core topics in telematics, while also offering them a choice of relevant courses that focus more on specific aspects. The programme does not have a formal set of specializations to choose from; instead, each student composes his/her own programme, within some given constraints, and subject to approval by the programme mentor. Thus, each student can tune the programme to his/her interests and ambitions..

General scientific attainment levels

The Telematics programme has the following general scientific attainment levels. These describe the general academic skills (not specific to Telematics) that a student acquires in the program.

a.Graduates have an extensive knowledge of and understand the issues relevant to their specific field of study as detailed in the programme specific attainment levels.

b.Graduates can contribute to scientific research, and independently design, conduct and present the results of small-scale research.

c.Graduates can provide an original contribution to the development and/or application of the field of study.

d.Graduates can analyse complex problems (change problems) relevant to the field of study and obtain the required knowledge and information.

e.Graduates can design, validate and implement solutions/systems in their operational context; identify and apply relevant advanced knowledge, methods and techniques from their field of study.

f.Graduates can assess solutions/systems and their applications according to their properties and potential to solve problems even if they are new to or unfamiliar with the situation or lack information and/or reliable information; they can use their assessment as a basis for (substantiation of) decisions.

g.Graduates understand the ethical, social, cultural and public aspects of problems and solutions in their field of study; apply this insight in their international role as scholar.

h.Graduates can work as part of and play a leading role in a team; manage and plan a development process; document development and research processes.

i.Graduates can substantiate research results, designs and applications in writing and verbally; critically assess and participate in debates regarding the same.

j.Graduates can independently acquire new knowledge and skills; reflect on trends in their field of study, responsibilities and roles and use this insight as a guide for and integrate it into their own personal development.

k.Graduates can integrate information from other disciplines into their own work if necessary.

l.Graduates take a critical approach to reading, incorporating information presented in and participating in debates regarding international scientific literature relevant to their field of study.

The word ‘original’ in c is understood to mean ‘demonstrative of a creative contribution’, and not ‘pioneering’.

Telematics-specific attainment levels

The qualification under ‘a’ in the preceding section, that graduates command a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of Telematics, is demonstrated by their ability to:

TEL 1. apply in a structured manner, disseminate and incorporate in multidisciplinary projects extensive knowledge and understanding of technology, development and application of data transmission, data communication, networks, protocols and their interrelations,

TEL 2. maintain a comprehensive overview of and analyze the telematics service and application needs of organizations, incorporate these needs into the telematics application development process and integrate them into business processes,

TEL 3. assess sophisticated problems in the field of telematics, develop solutions/solution structures for them and translate these into concrete designs and implementation,

TEL 4. have a thorough knowledge of, understand and gain practical experience with the process and available methods and technologies for planning, managing and implementing system development for telematics systems and applications,

TEL 5. apply methods, techniques and design and development tools for the development of telematics applications, networks and services, make an informed selection of these, communicate the principles involved and contribute to their further development,

TEL 6. select and implement the methods, techniques and tools to formally specify, verify and test telematics systems,

TEL 7. have knowledge of and understand various aspects of telematics systems, including performance, security and reliability; be able to apply this knowledge,

TEL 8. integrate, both independently and as part of a team, telematics systems, services and networks into large-scale telematics infrastructures, and maintain a comprehensive overview of the consequences,

TEL 9. have knowledge of and understand the trends in the field of study and the interaction between technological innovations and the organizational context of their applications.

Telematics graduates have specialist knowledge of telematics and practical experience with scientific research and are able to contribute and apply the results.