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:

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:

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.

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:

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
Email jan.rielspam

Approach plan
Facility plan
Interactive plan with GreenMobility