Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading technological university, in both Italy and Europe: about 30.000 students (15% from 100 foreign countries); 3 levels of degree-courses (BA, MS, PhD); 840 professors and researchers, 538 post-doctorate fellows.
POLITO is member of the major European interuniversity networks (e.g. CESAER, CLUSTER, ECIU, EUA, CMU) and draws up about 800 contracts per year with industries, public and local administrations, offering excellence in technology, both in basic and applied research.
The POLITO team is deeply experienced in many transport issues (ITS and their impacts on travel behaviour, transport policies, mobility management and environmental issues) and it is involved in several European and national projects. The main ongoing projects are Optimod’Lyon (http://www.optimodlyon.com/) on multimodal real time passenger navigator, ALPINFONET (http://www.alpinfonet.eu/) on Sustainable Mobility Information Network for the Alpine Space and the reorganization of the PT network of the Torino metropolitan area. The SMART-WAY project (http://www.smart-way.mobi/) on a real time Public Transport is just ended.
Role In The Project
The Politecnico di Torino team is the WP7 leader and defines the evaluation methodology. To this extent the team designs ad hoc surveys to provide an evaluation of the impacts of the multimodal tools and services, identifies the users' needs, evaluates the tools performance and defines the business model and KPIs.
The team is also involved in WP4, to give the input for designing the urban multimodal navigator, and in the experimentation (WP6).
Then, an active participation in the dissemination activities will be guaranteed and the group coordinator will deal with the management issues.
The Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is responsible for the evaluation process of the Decision Support Tool (developed in WP3), the Multimodal Real-Time Urban Navigator (developed in WP4) and the Urban Freight Navigator (developed in WP5). The POLITO team will define the methodological approach of will evaluate the tools development all along the project ("ex ante", "in-itinere" and "ex-post” phases). The outcomes will be a breakthrough in the technological and social research because the understanding of the kind of effects on behaviour due to ITS is fundamental to evaluate their impact on the society, the economy and the environment. Furthermore, the team will define the financial feasibility of the tools providing recommendations to decision makers through the definition of a business model.