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Optimisation in Multimodal Transport

Optimisation in Multimodal Transport

Senior Research Scientist

The optimization group at SINTEF Digital designs and develops optimization software for multimodal passenger and freight transport.

Multimodal travel planning

The European Union is fostering the development of cross-border multimodal planning services by establishing a regulation framework for their coordinated and coherent deployment across Member States (under the Directive 2010/40/EU). For many years, SINTEF has developed multimodal travel planning services that allow travellers to plan their door-to-door journey by combining different transport modes such as air, rail, waterborne, public transport, demand responsive transport, private car, walking, cycling, etc. The existing software library is a result of research in the following projects:

Multimodal freight transport

SINTEF participates in the project Smart Districts (Smart transport i distriktene - effektiv samkjøring av vare- og persontransport). In the project we study new services and tools tailored for regional transport network. We will develop planning services that matches the need for transport with available transport offerings in a customer-oriented, dynamic, integrated and optimal way. Hence, this will lead to innovation of Mobility as a Service in the districts.

Mobility as a Service

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) promotes mobility solutions that are consumed as a service. This is enabled by combining transportation services from independent transportation providers through a unified gateway.

SINTEF has developed an architecture of orchestration services and soloist services that realises this concept. In this architecture, a company that want to take an aggregator role (i.e., to provide a unified gateway to transportation services) will typically want to host an orchestration service while a transportation provider can expose his transport offerings either by hosting a soloist service or by sharing data with a 3rd party soloist service provider.

The concept was developed and tested for continent-wide transport in the BonVoyage project. It is currently being developed further in the DynamITe project.

Modality specific transport

SINTEF also performs research and provides optimisation software aimed to solve modality specific challenges: