Henry Ford Trust and Aalto University to cooperate on smart traffic research


A networked traffic system offers possibilities to streamline traffic safety, mobility services, and traffic, especially in urban environments.

Henry Ford Trust will support Aalto University’s research project on smart traffic with a four-year funding. The extent of the whole project is about 700 000 euros, of which the trust will now fund the first year and the purchase of a research car. When realised in its entirety, the trust’s funding enables three four-year doctoral theses on the field of smart traffic.

The trust also annually awards grants for several Master’s and other theses.

“Aalto University’s interdisciplinarity is a strength in researching future technologies and their applications. The study of smart traffic and mobility is closely tied to digitalisation, new energy solutions, and built environment, which are our strengths”, says Dean Gary Marquis.

”Committed research, building networks, international cooperation, and systematic utilisation of information multiply the effectiveness of the investment”, states Hannu Pärssinen, the chair of the board of Henry Ford Trust.

The professors supervising doctoral research, Kari Tammi, Milos Mladenovic and Claudio Roncoli, gather the doctoral candidates and students together in this joint, multidisciplinary research project.

“Predicting a car's energy use in different driving conditions increases the user’s understanding, and facilitates the decision-making related to car use”, says Professor of Mechatronic Machine Design, Kari Tammi.

”We will focus on the possible smart traffic services that can be produced with networked vehicles. In addition to research and teaching, we want to strengthen the international network of smart traffic”, says Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering, Milos Mladenovic.

“A networked traffic system offers possibilities to streamline traffic safety, mobility services, and traffic, especially in urban environments. The interaction between human and technology ultimately determines the success of technologies”, reminds Assistant Professor in Transportation engineering, Claudio Roncoli.

Further information:

Henry Ford Trust

Aalto University
Professor Kari Tammi,
kari.tammi@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 3487 902
Assistant Professor Milos Mladenovic
milos.mladenovic@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 5660 974
Assistant Professor Claudio Roncoli
claudio.roncoli@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 3267 947

Henry Ford Trust is founded in 1947. The trust’s initial capital was a donation from Oy Ford Ab, but it operates independently. In its early years, the trust funded creation of basic knowledge in automobile and agriculture technologies. During the last decade, the trust has awarded a total of about 4 million euros in grants. This year the grants were directed especially to research of smart traffic and young people’s traffic safety work. www.henryfordinsaatio.fi