Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure IVI

The Institut für Verkehr und Infrastruktur IVI (Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure) was founded in 2015. Currently, a total of five professors from the Faculty of Architecture and Construction Engineering and the Faculty of Information Management and Media are involved and their numerous competences in the areas of traffic planning and infrastructure management are focussed.

Together with a staff of six research assistants they work on research projects in the fields of urban mobility, sustainable mobility, transport ecology, road maintenance, pavement management system, and automated transport. Clients are the ministries of the federal and state governments as well as municipalities and associations. Together with the Institute of Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM) and the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems (IUMS) the IVI is one of the columns within the field of competence “Mobility” at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

Current and past projects include:

ANaBeV: Cross-modal analysis of the sustainability assessment in the field of transport infrastructure

Together with the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is developing a cross-modal sustainability assessment system for the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. For the sustainable assessment the land transport modes road, rail and waterway are considered. An evaluation system will be developed which allows to rate the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan both at the project level and at the strategic level. This enables the identification and prioritisation of sustainable variants.

A project on behalf of the:

AutoRICH: Autonomus driving – risks and opportunities for cities

Autonomus driving offers opportunities and risks for future mobility. In the AutoRICH project, these opportunities and risks are being investigated in an interdisciplinary research network. For this, the city of Karlsruhe is used as an example. The aim of the project is to explore how autonomous driving can be designed to contribute to a city-compatible mobility. The perspective of the users and the municipalities will be taken into account and steps on the way to a city-compatible mobility will be discussed.

Opportunities of autonomous driving:

  • Improving road safety
  • More driving comfort and mobility offers
  • Reduced vehicle ownership (car-sharing and ride-sharing)
  • Possible lower parking space requirement
  • More efficient use of transport infrastructure

Risks of autonomous driving:

  • More traffic
  • Impairment of urban quality
  • Reduced attractiveness of public transport

The following investigations are carried out in the model city of Karlsruhe:

  • Analysis of mobility behaviour based on a mobility survey
  • Description of possible changes in mobility characteristics and route chains due to autonomous driving
  • Interviews with experts and discussion rounds
  • Elaboration of two scenarios for traffic development
  • Modelling of changed traffic volumes in the road network
  • Scenario effects on the spatial appearance of the city of Karlsruhe
  • Definition of control options and their testing on the test field autonomous driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF) in Karlsruhe
  • Testing of interaction possibilities of autonomously driving vehicles with pedestrians and cyclists on mixed traffic areas

Project participants:

  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Koehler & Leutwein GmbH & Co KG
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilko Manz
  • Fraunhofer IOSB

Funding: This project forms part of the funding program "Smart Mobility Baden-Württtemberg".

The project is funded by:


In this project, planning instruments for the design of water-sensitive, green and resource-efficient urban neighbourhoods are developed and tested. The project focusses on street space, which can contribute the development of a climate-friendly city through a multifunctional configuration. For a successful multifunctional design of road space, the interactions between different user interests, especially of urban water management, landscape planning and transport planning, must be taken into account.

The project consists of the following three components:

  1. Research in the concerned special fields
  2. Integration of practice and research
  3. Project management and public relations

The following modules are processed:

Module 1.1: Status analysis

Literature analysis & expert interviews to present previous experiences and framework requirements


Module 1.2: Vitalisation of technical living spaces

Planning, construction and monitoring of tree trenches


Module 1.3: Elements of water retention

Evaluation of blue elements through design, planning, modelling and monitoring of pilot sites

Module 1.4: Evapotranspiration performance

Lysimeter measurements are used to derive statements on the evapotranspiration performance of urban trees and façade greenery


Module 1.5: Material flow management

Modelling for hotspot analysis & in-situ measurements of road runoff



Module 1.6: Integrated remediation management

Development and testing of models and algorithms to evaluate economic and content synergies


Module 1.7: Microclimatic effects

Microclimatic simulations of road space designs



Module 1.8: Multicoded road space design

Design-based, accompanying research for the development of multicoded road spaces


Module 2.1: Design workshop

Combining all findings and real design situations (“research by design”)


Module 2.2: Extended economic valuation



Module 2.3: Evaluation and verification tool

3D projections and model technical evaluation of real road space designs


Module 2.4: Integrative transdisciplinary cross-sectional project

Integration of the results into governance processes and planning procedures

Project partners:

Alliance partners:

HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)

Universität Hamburg, Institut für Bodenkunde

Bgmr Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Berlin

Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Dr. Sieker, Hoppegarten

IÖW – Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin

GEO-NET Umweltconsulting GmbH, Hannover

Technische Universität Berlin, ARGE Ökohydrologie und Fachgebiet Siedlungswasserwirtschaft

Communal partners:

Hamburg: Behörde für Umwelt und Energie (BUE), Bezirksamt Altona, Bezirksamt Eimsbüttel, Bezirksamt Harburg, Landesbetrieb Brücken, Strassen und Gewässer (LSBG)

Berlin: Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Senatsverwaltung Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz (SenUVK)

Neuenhagen bei Berlin: Bauamt

Solingen: Technische Betriebe

The project is funded by:

BIM4ROAD: Building Information Modelling (BIM) in road construction with special regard to maintenance planning


This project develops concepts for the implementation of a BIM-based data model for the maintenance and operation of federal trunk roads. During the development, special requirements of maintenance management and existing data formats will be taken into account. These are in particular the OKSTRA-standard respectively the systems used and current developments in the European and international area. Furthermore, new possibilities are developed and critically discussed through detailed BIM models.

The project is carried out in a working group with:

Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB)

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

A project on behalf of the:

EcoSensorBike – measuring bicycle for student research in the field of traffic ecology

Supported by the Dr. Joachim und Hanna Schmidt Foundation for Transport and Environment, the Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is developing a measuring bicycle that can measure a wide variety of bicycle traffic parameters using sensors. The following parameters are regarded:

  • the energy demand when cycling (longitudinal inclination, wind speed, road surface, etc.)
  • the influencing variables that determine the ride comfort of cyclists (weather, climate, etc.)
  • the influencing variables of traffic safety (side distances, braking acceleration, etc.)
  • the interactions between different cyclists (slipstreaming, traffic conflicts, etc.).

The measuring bicycle also enables the linear measurement of traffic related environmental impacts.

GEFONAS - Joint Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Mobility

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and Technology is operating a joint research project with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, South Korea. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project. Also Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, South Korea take part in this project.

The research has four main topics:

  • Urban and district development:
    The comprehensive main topic is urban planning that deals with careful development of neighborhoods. Previous cooperation were conducted with "Urban Voids" project between German and Korean universities. In last project urban and district development was a main topic, however in the framework of cooperation other 3 research themes below were also emphasized.
  • Urban compatible mobility:           
    Urban compatible mobility is a connecting point to other topics. In this project, collaboration with South Korea, where their technology is advanced has special potentials for development of systems for the organization and optimization of multimodal and intermodal mobility. In the Urban Voids project, common interests were remarkable in the field of local supply, local mobility, promotion of cycling & pedestrian traffic and the coordinated design of urban street spaces.
    Additionally autonomous driving plays a special role in this project: both the Korean and German cooperation partners are involved in research projects on this theme. In addition to the technical issues, however, joint research and development activities should consider also the effects of autonomous driving in terms of urban and transport planning goals.

  • Handling of heavy rain:        
    Heavy rain are occurring worldwide. With this situation, the question is raising how to deal with the undrained runoff through existing sewage system. As a part of the Urban Voids project, this issue has already engaged in the workshop that professionals planned for the regeneration of the Sangdo4-dong. Workshop participants led to various design approaches for the streets. Now we are trying to different approaches to realize it in R&D projects of both countries.

  • Sustainable energy supply, potential of hydrogen energy:
    Energy supply and its sustainable design are placing on a high priority in both countries. In addition to the supply of buildings with heating and electrical, there is also an increasing focus on energy for the mobility sector as well as the decentralized generation and use of renewable energy.
    In the field of mobility, much of countries are strongly prompting electric vehicles, but due to the still limited ranges, the charging time and supplying charging infrastructures are still controversial. There is also great potential in hydrogen- and fuel-cell-based drives, but here, too, acceptance among customers is still manageable.
    A comprehensive consideration of regenerative, decentralized energy generation in the context of urban planning and mobility is therefore, another focus of GEFONAS.

The goal of GEFONAS in the coming years is to network project partners in Germany and South Korea, to develop, product research ideas. In addition, we aim to collaborate on research and development work in the context of funded projects.

Further information

Further information about "Urban Voids" (in German and Korean language)

Universities involved:

GO Karlsruhe: A Real World Laboratory researching the Behavior of Pedestrians and developing New Approaches for Citizen Participation

The real-world laboratory aims to promote walking and to get residents involved. Together with the research team pedestrians in Karlsruhe identify measures to improve walkability and develop solutions for existing problems. This is done with new digital participation instruments as well as in conventional participatory processes, where events are taking place in the districts. In real-world experiments these ideas are implemented and subsequently analyzed to determine whether the desired improvement has been achieved and which aspects (still) have to be considered.

You will find details on the German-language project website.

The following partners take part in this project:

The city of Karlsruhe
The radio station die neue welle
SRL - Vereinigung für Stadt-, Regional- und Landesplanung (Society for Town Planning, Regional Planning, and Federal State Planning)
Fuss e.V. - Fachverband Fußverkehr Deutschland (The Organization for Pedestrian Protection of Germany)
AKB - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Karlsruher Bürgervereine (Consortium of Residents' Associations)

The project is funded by:

KATZE: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Zero Emission!

A team from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences started working for the research project KATZE in November 2018 as part of the ideas competition “Mobility concepts for an emission-free campus”. CO2-emissions caused by university operations are analysed. Based on this, measures are examined which have the potential to influence mobility behaviour and building emissions sustainably.

The work is characterised by being:

  • Integrative: Research is part of campus development.
  • Interdisciplinary: The knowledge of different specialist areas is bundled.
  • Evidence-based: The research results should be transferable to other, comparable campuses.
  • Adaptive: Promising concepts should be continually adjusted in the ongoing process to ensure emission-free mobility in future.
  • Participatory: All users of the campus will be involved.

The project is divided into several steps:

Step 1 - Analysis of framework conditions:

In order to be able to calculate the emissions of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, many different framework conditions are analysed. This includes, for example, the determination of the traffic performance of the vehicle fleet or the existing infrastructure. The data on CO2-emissions are summarised in an environmental model.

Step 2 - Development of a transport mode choice and impact-model:

By using a representative mobility survey, the availability of means of transport and the traffic behaviour of students and employees are determined. Based on the results, a transport mode selection will be developed. Changes in mobility behaviour can be represented with this model and emissions from different scenarios can be calculated.

Step 3 - Campus model development:

All departments together develop a campus model which represents the overall development of the campus. This includes the further development of the buildings as well as measures for modal shift and traffic reduction.

Step 4 - Participatory and adaptive planning process for mobility concepts:

In a real world laboratory all members and visitors of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences can take part in the process. Exhibition boards inform about current developments and encourage visitors to actively participate in the planning process. In a playful way, solutions are sought. Specific knowledge of different groups can thereby be recorded.

Step 5 - Implementation of first measures:

Measures that are expected to have a high impact and which can be implemented quickly are already implemented in the concept phase. In this way, an early visible implementation of the mobility concept can be reached.

Step 6 - Model mobility concept presentation:

The mobility concept and its effects are presented using an interactive campus model. The model will be presented to the university public after one year as part of the participation process. All stakeholders can make use of it and add new findings.

The interdisciplinary project team is composed of representatives from the sectors:

  • Transport planning
  • Architecture
  • Transport ecology
  • Business informatics
  • Computer science


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Riel (transport planning and transport engineering, project manager)

Lena Christ B.Eng. (infrastructure engineering)

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Susanne Dürr (urban planning, building theory, design)

Dipl. –Ing. Isabelle Ginter (architectural communication)

Prof. Dr. Jochen Eckart (transport ecology)

Jonas Fehrenbach B.Eng. (transportation management)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schlegel (public transport)

Mathias Trefzger M.Sc. (IUMS)

The project is funded by:

Development of methodological approaches and modelling tools for low-energy neighbourhoods (NEQModPlus)

In this research project, methods and instruments for the support of decision-making and implementation of low-energy quarters will be developed. This applies both to the redevelopment of existing buildings as well as the construction of new ones. The primary energy balance should thereby be reduced by at least 70 %.

The target group of the project are quarters with residential and administrative buildings as well as university campuses. The results enable decision-makers as well as other actors to promote the development of sustainable NEQs in a structured way.

The object of the project is the development of a methodology for the step-by-step development as well as the implementation and management of NEQs in line with the objectives. In contrast to existing approaches, mobility is also included in the energy concept.

Subproject Mobility of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

The topics of mobility, settlement structure and energy supply are currently still regarded in a very isolated way. Little is known about the interactions between energy-optimised quarter planning and sustainable mobility behaviour. Through sector coupling, regenerative or locally generated energy could be used for mobility.

The aim of the Mobility sub-project is to combine the contemplation of energy supply and mobility compatible with urban areas. Among other things, possible mobility management measures and innovative drive technologies will be examined.

On the basis of the evaluation of ten quarters, tried and tested solutions from energy efficiency and supply measures are determined. The traffic-generating effect of the quarters is estimated and the expected energy consumption calculated from this. Subsequently, it is examined how this can be covered within the framework of a low-energy concept. In three pilot quarters, modelling processes and implementation instruments will be used and tested.

Research partners:

  • Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg (KEA)
  • Steinbeis-Transferzentrum gGmbH Locasys
  • GEF Ingenieur AG
  • EniSyst GmbH
  • Drees & Sommer Advanced Building Technologies GmbH
  • IREES GmbH


December 2018 - November 2021

The project is funded by:

Optimal recycling of construction asphalt on low-traffic roads (ORRAP)

Problem statement

Large quantities of high-quality aggregates and bitumen are required for the maintenance and expansion of roads, which are mixed and paved into various asphalts. At the same time, large quantities of asphalt are generated during rehabilitation measures. The high-quality recycling of old asphalt resulting from remediation measures protects the non-renewable resources aggregates and bitumen as well as the environment. If old asphalt is recycled without the addition of bituminous binders, the trade and recycling of old asphalt can be increased and the impact on the environment and the costs for road maintenance can be reduced.

Projects aims

The aim is to develop a strategy that ensures a high recycling rate of old asphalt and reduces negative environmental impacts and road maintenance costs. Old asphalts with an inhomogeneous composition are currently used in too small quantities in layers without binding agents. This is expected to change.

Fundamental project objectives are:

  • Analysis and exchange of experiences on asphalt recycling in the Upper Rhine region.
  • Development of a new recycling strategy for old asphalt in the Upper Rhine region.
  • Evaluation of the economic and environmental impacts in the Upper Rhine region.
  • Development and provision of recommendations for the optimal performance.

Further information can be found at

Project partners:

  • Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Strasbourg - France
  • CEREMA - France
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Germany
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Nortwestern Switzerland - Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) - Switzerland
  • Canton Bâle-Campagne - Switzerland
  • Canton d’Argovie - Switzerland
  • Confédération Suisse - Switzerland
  • Département du Haut-Rhin - France
  • Département du Bas-Rhin - France
  • Regionalverband Mittlerer Oberrhein - Germany
  • City of Karlsruhe - Germany
  • County of Karlsruhe - Germany
  • Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) - Germany
  • Deutsches Asphaltinstitut (DAI) - Germany
  • Colas Est - France
  • LABINFRA (Groupe Hydro-géotechnique) - France
  • Société Alsacienne de Recyclage des Matériaux - France
  • Südwest Asphalt GmbH & Co KG - Germany
  • Ziegler AG - Bauunternehmung - Switzerland

The project is funded by:


The regiomove project aims to develop the mobility offers of the technology region Karlsruhe into an integrated mobility network within a period of three years. That means an integration of the various transport modes into a mobility association. The research of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences focuses on the development and application of a parameter for the determination and selection of elements for the integration of new mobility nodes (ports).

Test Area Autonomous Driving TAF BW

As part of a consortium of six partners from cities, research and industry, the Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure is involved in the project “Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg”. The test field enables the testing of technologies and services related to autonomous driving in everyday traffic. The test field sections, which are located between Karlsruhe, Bruchsal and Bretten, cover all types of public traffic areas.

Test field consortium:

  • Research Center for Information Technology (FZI)
  • City of Karlsruhe
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Fraunhofer IOSB
  • City and region of Bruchsal
  • Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences

For more information

The project is funded by

Roadshow "Noise Action Planning"

The legally binding preparation and updating of the noise action plans is entering its third round. As part of the “Road Show Noise Action Planning”, the Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure, together with the Planning Office Richter-Richard, is supporting the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport in the technical organisation and implementation of a series of events on noise action planning.

The aim of the events is to support municipalities in drawing up and updating their noise action plans. In order to make the events as practical as possible, these are carried out in cooperation with partner municipalities.

A project on behalf of the

aFAS: Automated Unmanned Safety Truck used in Short-term Roadworks on Motorways

Safety trucks, used in short-term roadworks, are frequently involved in serious accidents caused by a third party. To improve the safety of the maintenance personnel a prototype of a self-driving safety truck is being developed by the aFAS-project.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is involved as one of the initiators of the project as well as a part of a consortium consisting of eight partners. The main contribution is to analyze the requirements of the vehicle and the test tracks as well as to evaluate the impact on traffic flow and road maintenance service.

TAUSALA: Development of Standards for De-icing Salt Storage Capacities

Differentiated standards and recommendations for dimensioning de-icing salt storage spaces for the winter service do not yet exist.

In the R&D project, a calculation model/dimensioning concept for ascertaining the necessary de-icing salt storage capacities in Germany's Federal States has been developed, regarding e.g. specific local requirements, climate change or new technological developments.

The dimensioning concept has been implemented in an user-friendly guideline, which can be utilized with forms and a data-processing tool.


Institut für Verkehr und Infrastruktur
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Riel
Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure

Building B, room 308
Moltkestr. 30, 76133 Karlsruhe
Phone +49(0)721 925-2626
Fax +49(0)721 925-2645
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