TU Dresden supports four South Asian universities in the Erasmus+ project LBS2ITS in establishing and further developing higher education in transport and traffic sciences.

The roads of Sri Lanka and high-quality university education of transport and traffic experts and geodesists in the Asian country are the focus of a current Erasmus+ project with the participation of TU Dresden (TUD) entitled: LBS2ITS - Location-based Services to Intelligent Transport Systems. Last week, the three-day online kick-off event took place with around 30 participants. Prof. Regine Gerike and her team took part on behalf of the TUD. She is scientifically supervising the project with her Chair of Integrated Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.

Improving the quality of life in urban and rural areas

Together with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Technische Universität Wien (TUW), which is in charge of the overall project management, the Dresden transport and traffic scientists will support four universities in Sri Lanka in the development of new study programmes and curricula for higher education in the country at the eastern tip of the Indian subcontinent over the next three years. "The aim of the EU project is to further develop the training of transport and mobility experts, who will in future make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in urban and rural areas of Sri Lanka," says Regine Gerike. At the same time, the project contributes to strengthening international networking and cooperation at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.

Create access to modern technology and current research findings

Transport and mobility have a significant impact on people's living standards, social participation and economic development worldwide. Sri Lanka, with its 21.7 million people, is currently focusing on long-term strategic and structural development challenges to make the transition to an upper-middle income country. "The country faces many challenges in the transport sector. Access to modern technology and up-to-date research knowledge at the interdisciplinary interface between geodesy and geoinformation and intelligent transport systems can bring about social, economic and environmental improvements in terms of road safety, pollution and transport efficiency," says the Dresden professor.

"Location-based services” (LBS) are mobile computer applications (e.g. with smartphones). They record the respective location and, if necessary, supplementary information, e.g. on users and the environment. With the integration of mobile information and communication technologies (ICT), 4A "services" (anytime, anywhere, for anyone and anything) are being developed. Examples of emerging mobility services based on location information range from travel and traffic information, public transport and emergency management to personal mobility, the use of commercial vehicles, road pricing and driver assistance systems. In short, LBS promote healthier, greener and more active mobility behaviour through "Intelligent Transport Systems" (ITS). They provide innovative services related to different transport modes and traffic management, enabling users to be better informed and to use transport services in a safer, more coordinated and "intelligent" way.

Four universities are project partners in Sri Lanka:

  • Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL)
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ)
  • General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU)
  • University of Moratuwa (UOM)

About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. In the field of higher education, it aims to support European education agendas, promote the modernisation, internationalisation and quality enhancement of higher education in Europe, strengthen students' international competences, personal development and employability, increase the attractiveness of the EU as a place to study and research, and contribute to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries.

Specific objectives of the LBS2ITS project

1. to establish a regional cooperation network in LBS to ITS education,

2. the modernisation of existing and the development of new LBS and Smart Transportation course modules,

3. to upskill teaching staff through targeted training on the project theme,

4. upgrading equipment, including digital resource kits for interaction with students,

5. to strengthen problem-based learning (PBL) and introduce e-learning tools,

6. promoting interaction and collaboration between universities and other relevant stakeholders,

7. increasing the reach and expanding the employment opportunities of students in national and international markets,

8. implementing quality assurance procedures in education