2022 TRAIL International PhD Summer School on Automated Driving

Key information

Date:                     Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2022
Costs:                   free for TRAIL members | €600 on-site non-TRAIL members | €75 online non- TRAIL   members
Location:               Delft University of Technology, Faculty TPM, the Netherlands
Organized by:       Research School for TRansport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL)
Target group:        International PhD students, both TRAIL and non-TRAIL members
Credits:                 1 ECTS


  1. Submit your application with a short CV & letter of motivation before 24 May 2022 – Registration is closed. For a place on the waiting list, please send an e-mail to info@rstrail.nl (no guarantees).
  2. The course managers will select and inform a maximum of 25 candidates by 31 May 2022

Organizing committee: Prof. Vincent Marchau (TRAIL/Radboud University), Prof. Bart van Arem (TU Delft), Prof. Bert van Wee (TRAIL/TU Delft), Conchita van der Stelt (TRAIL)

Course manager: Prof. Vincent Marchau

Lecturers: Prof. Bart van Arem (TU Delft), Dr. Niels Agatz (EUR), Dr. Simeon Calvert (TU Delft), Dr. Goncalo Correia (TU Delft), Dr. Haneen Farah(TU Delft), Prof. Vincent Marchau (TRAIL/Radboud University), Prof. Henk Meurs (Radboud University), Prof. Filippo Santoni (TU Delft), Dr. Maaike Snelder (TU Delft), Prof. Bert van Wee (TRAIL/TU Delft)

For whom is the summer school intended?
Participation is open for national and international PhD-students that are either performing research in the domain of automated driving or are interested in exploring this topic for their research.

A hybrid approach: on-site and online
We look forward to offering the summer school on-site, and see each other face-to-face again. However, we realise that perhaps not everyone can or will participate on-site by then. Therefore, we also offer the option to participate online, using video calling and a camera in the lecture room.

 Who is organizing this summer school?
The summer school is organized by TRAIL: the Dutch research school in the area of Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics, supported by 6 universities. Its main objective is to provide high quality training and education for PhD students in the TIL domain.

What is the aim of the summer school?
This summer school offers PhD students a multidisciplinary basis of knowledge and skills to understand the development and impacts of automated driving. These basis enables the PhD student to choose future research directions, better explain her/his research to colleagues and peers, as well as understand the research approaches and outcomes of her/his colleagues.

Setup of the summer school
This summer school will involve a mix of lectures, interactive sessions and some excursion(s). The lectures will be given by top-scientists from different disciplines within TRAIL. Interactive sessions with intensive feedback from scientists and from fellow PhD students will be dedicated to the application of the theory to specific cases. A certificate of 1 ECTS will be provided upon successful completion.

In short, the (provisional) program of the summer school is as follows:

  • Tuesday 30 August: Welcome by TRAIL, Introduction to Automated Driving (Bart van Arem), Automated Driving and Societal Impacts (Bert van Wee), Automated Driving and Human Factors (Haneen Farah), Introduction assignment and work on assignment, Dinner
  • Wednesday 31 August: Automated Driving and Traffic Impacts (Simeon Calvert), Automated Driving and Travel Impacts (Maaike Snelder), Automated Driving and Goods Transport (Niels Agatz), Automated Driving and Public Transport (Goncalo Correia), Excursion Automated Driving
  • Thursday 1 September: Automated Driving and Ethics (Filippo Santoni), Automated Driving Policies (Vincent Marchau), Work on assignment, Discuss results

During this summer school you will learn from, and work under the supervision of top scientists in the domain of Automated Driving. This gives you the opportunity to make a major step forward in your research. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to extend your network and set-up new research contacts.

Meals and accommodation
The participation fee includes coffee & tea, lunches (Tuesday-Thursday) and a dinner on Tuesday. Travel expenses and hotel accommodation are not included.
Delft offers good hotel accommodations, please CLICK HERE for more information.

Questions & information
If you have any questions about the summer school, about the content or the organization, feel free to send an e-mail to Conchita – info@rstrail.nl.

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