Scientific life: research and expert appraisals
The Institute's scientific life is guided by the desire to respond to the major challenges facing society in terms of transport, mobility, safety, planning and the environment.
These issues were defined by the Goals and Performance Contract (COP 2017 – 2021) which was in its second year in 2018. The 2012 scientific strategy on mobility and infrastructure, and challenges 3 and 4 on the environment and regions are refocussed within the same theme which deals with the protection and development of regions. In addition to the three scientific themes, the 4 theme aims to encourage and promote scientific excellence and technology transfer within the institute.
The scientific results that stem from these four themes in 2018 are presented in part two of this activity report.
Les axes du COP
Improving the reliability of passenger and freight transport for all modes and purposes, with well-managed costs and externalities,
Enhancing the safety and ergonomics of transport, for mobility that is stress-free and respectful of human life,
Making progress with regard to multimodal, intelligent, clean and seamless systems and services.
Modifying infrastructure, at the lowest possible cost, in response to climate change and new operating and maintenance requirements,
Helping to build a circular construction economy by increasing the use of renewable materials and alternative biomaterials,
Developing new generations of transport and energy production infrastructure that take account of the digital transition.
Foreseeing natural and climate risks in order to improve the resilience of cities and regions, reduce their vulnerability and protect the population,
Understanding, evaluating and streamlining the interactions between infrastructure, transport services and planning policies, as well as their impacts on the environment and the population,
Helping to implement sustainable regional planning, especially in urban areas.
Creating conditions that foster excellence in research,
Sharing scientific and technical output, knowledge and know-how,
Increasing the Institute’s contributions to innovation.