Stefan Jacobsson

Real-time Access and Guidance Control in Qualifying Transportation Systems

Stefan’s research interest is applied focusing on intermodal transportation in combination with information and communication technology (ICT). The goal is to solve bottle necks in the hubs (terminals, ports) by using different real-time ICT applications like access and guidance control.

The PhD studies are expected to meet three challenges that are raised when it comes to adapting real-time access control and guidance systems in practice.

The first challenge is that of data collection. In order for a system of this type to work, there is a need to collect digital data in real-time from various heterogeneous systems. Data from several organizations and several – often mobile – digital infrastructures need to become available in a transparent and scalable fashion. The second challenge is that of filtering and combining various datasets in real-time. In order to facilitate an efficient real-time planning and control process, there must be a function that analyses and combines heterogeneous data from several sources (including real-time data but also other sources such as historical- or behavioural data). The third challenge is that of exploiting the data in real-time. This is perhaps the most difficult to achieve in transportation systems since the previous two challenges can be overcome mostly in a back-office setting whereas this challenge needs instant feedback and control of the physical transportation and handling system (also in real-time).

Stefan’s dissertation project is financed by FFI (Fordonsstrategisk Forskning och Innovation), and is in its first year. The PhD student project is part of the project REACH, Real-time Access and Guidance Control in Qualifying Transportation Systems. REACH runs from 2014 to 2016. The REACH project aims to enable advanced, digital interaction in real-time between infrastructure/facility and vehicle in order to increase efficiency in intermodal freight transport systems through dynamic access control and guidance. The focus is on stakeholders in intermodal freight transport systems, such as hauliers and terminal operators, that will – with digital technology – achieve new benefits (environmental, security and competitive).

Supervisors: Dr. Per-Olof Arnäs and Dr. Gunnar Stefansson

University: Div. of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers.