E230-01: Research Unit of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

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Sustainable Mobility for people

The Research Unit of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable mobility for people.

Areas of expertise

For more than 40 years, we have been working in an interdisciplinary manner in a wide variety of areas of transport, such as:

  • Pedestrian, cycle and public transport
  • motorised individual transport
  • Accessible mobility & children's mobility
  • Road safety
  • Traffic Behaviour & Modelling
  • E-mobility
  • automated driving

Services - Planning and consulting

  • Transport concepts for cities and municipalities
  • Cooperation with Austrian ministries, municipal departments, public transport providers
  • Mobility management for companies etc.

National and international research

  • Management and processing of numerous national and international research projects,
  • Cooperation with more than 240 national and international institutions, as well as
  • Intensive knowledge exchange with visiting researchers.


Courses for Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning, also transport planning seminar for practitioners. See Teaching

Boards and committees

As members of the Austrian Research Association for Roads, Railways and Transport (Forschungsgesellschaft Straße-Schiene-Verkehr, FSV), we are involved in the preparation of guidelines and working papers and are actively represented in various national and international bodies and committees.


Our research findings are publicly available in the TU Wien publication database, opens an external URL in a new window


Our interdisciplinary Team combines the disciplines of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, spatial planning, geography, environmental engineering, landscape planning, computer science and social and economic sciences.


The research unit of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering developed from one of the traditional institutes of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the "Institute for Road and Railway Construction" founded in the 1960s.

From 1989 to 2008, the research unit was called "Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering".

Since the 1980s, the research unit has been concerned with all areas of transport. This manifested itself in a shift from a car-centric orientation to a transport system that focuses on people and the environment. The FVV also seeks to establish links between transport and other areas of life, such as human behaviour, social concerns, the economy and the environment, and prepares these interrelationships in an interdisciplinary manner. The institute's staff are therefore used to working in interdisciplinary groups.

The research unit cooperates with numerous national and international institutions and companies, especially in connection with EU projects. The advantage here lies above all in the combination of theory and practice, which is also demonstrated by the processing of transport concepts and the cooperation with citizens' initiatives.

Over the past twenty years, the Institute's staff have developed new scientific foundations in the field of transport planning and transport engineering by handling a large number of research projects and studies for ministries and other public bodies.

Especially in recent years, the inclusion of evolutionary theoretical approaches to explain human behaviour has created the possibility of developing practice-oriented models for planning in which interrelationships of effects are processed in an interdisciplinary manner. The research unit has considerable know-how, particularly in the areas of roadway and street design, road space design, energy consumption, environmental problems, human behaviour, promotion of the environmental alliance, transport infrastructure and mobility, transit traffic, traffic safety, freight transport and political measures.

The research unit's library is one of the most renowned libraries in this field in Austria with its collection of 30 current journal series and approx. 2.000 books. Our research findings are publicly accessible in the TU Wien publication database, opens an external URL in a new window.