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Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their livability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. Our research connects spatial planning and transportation engineering for developing new scientific knowledge needed in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectoral boundaries, aimed at achieving human-centered living environments.
Traffic in Mannerheimintie, photo Aalto University/Annamari Tolonen

The sustainability of our modern living environments is being challenged by rapid processes of urbanisation and climate change. In addition to contributing to the advances in digitalisation and automation through various smart city initiatives, shaping our futures requires deeper understanding of human behavior and values, urban systems dynamics, citizen participation practices, and inter-sectoral institutional collaboration.

Research overview

Deeply rooted in understanding the complexities of important societal challenges reflected in our everyday environments, this research group has both practice- and science-based approach to engineering as collaborative development. To account for a wicked challenges of our futures, this group has developed a wide spectrum of critical research topics in the area of sustainable built environment and systems design.

Our research themes

Latest publications

Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Exploring centricity of activity spaces : From measurement to the identification of personal and environmental factors

Publishing year: 2019 Travel Behaviour and Society
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Residential dissonance and walking for transport

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Transport Geography
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

How Should We Drive Self-driving Vehicles? Anticipation and Collective Imagination in Planning Mobility Futures

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Investigating the partnership approach in the EU Urban Agenda from the perspective of soft planning

Publishing year: 2019 European Planning Studies
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Embracing the Complexity and Justice of Mobilities Automation?

Publishing year: 2018 Blogged Environment
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Special issue on “Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems”

Publishing year: 2018 Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Modeling bus travel experience to guide the design of digital services for the bus context

Publishing year: 2018
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

The effect of dimmed road lighting and car headlights on visibility in varying road surface conditions

Publishing year: 2018 LEUKOS
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Predictor-Based Adaptive Cruise Control Design

Publishing year: 2018 IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

A computational model for driver's cognitive state, visual perception and intermittent attention in a distracted car following task

Publishing year: 2018 Royal Society Open Science
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Mehrdad Bagheri Majdabadi
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Kamyar Hasanzadeh
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Otso Helenius
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
University Teacher
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Maarit Kahila-Tani
Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Vesa Kanninen
Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher
Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Iisakki Kosonen
Department of Built Environment
Staff Scientist
Anna Kyttä-Pirjola
Department of Built Environment
Professor
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Tapio Luttinen
Department of Built Environment
Professor
Hanna Mattila
Department of Built Environment
University Lecturer
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Milos Mladenovic
Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Roozbeh Mohammadi
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Raine Mäntysalo
Department of Built Environment
Professor
Jouni Ojala
Department of Built Environment
University Teacher
Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Eva Purkarthofer
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Claudio Roncoli
Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Aija Staffans
Department of Built Environment
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Built Environment
Research Assistant
Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate