Course Syllabus for

Evaluation of ITS Applications
Utvärdering av ITS applikationer

VTV010F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2014
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-12-19

General Information

Division: Traffic and Roads
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to teach participants a scientific approach to how ITS applications and their effects can be evaluated with respect to functionality, user related criteria, traffic effects and transport policy goals.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must comprehend the various evaluation criteria of ITS applications, as well as what scientific methods can be used for their assessment and evaluation.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to independently compose evaluation schemes and apply scientific methods to analyse the need for, technology used for and the effects of ITS applications.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must appreciate the value of systematic evaluation of the effects of ITS applications and the use of validated methods in evaluation.

Course Contents

Technology assessment Technology tests and “validation”, Simulation, “Software in the Loop”, “Hardware in the Loop” tests. User-related assessments and evaluation Methods to identify the needs of the various types of actors and user groups with regard to ITS applications (HMI issues, Actor analysis, Goal trees, Interviews, Focus groups, Surveys) as well as methods applicable to evaluate ITS applications with regard to user reactions, behaviour and acceptance. Impact assessment Prospective and retrospective assessments, Evaluation steps, building of hypotheses on expected effects and possible negative effects as a result of undesired behavioural adaptations, Study design and methodology, Effect evaluation in simulator and in-field experiments, Impact assessment by network simulation (safety, efficiency, environmental effects), Short-term and long-term effects, Socio-economic impact assessment.

Course Literature

• ADVISORS - Development of multiparameter criteria and a common impact assessment methodology. Deliverable D4_1 V1.2. Transport Research Laboratory. • CONVERGE - Guidebook for Assessment of Transport Telematics Applications. • eIMPACT - Socio-economic Impact Assessment of Stand-alone and Co-operative Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS) in Europe). Deliverable D2. • FESTA (Field Operational Tests) Deliverable D6.4. • FITS (Finnish) Guidelines for the evaluation of ITS projects). • Pluto Handledning för planering av utvärdering vid införande av väginformatik (Swedish) • TEMPO - Handbook on evaluation best practice.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, project, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, seminars given by participants. Peer-reviewing by fellow course participant will be practiced, which means that the report is read by a fellow student, the “reviewer”, who at the final seminar gives his/her opinion and comments on the report.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Professor emeritus Andras Varhelyi

Admission Details

Admission requirements: At least 6 semesters’ university studies
Assumed prior knowledge: Basics in statistics
Minimum number of participants: 6
The number of participants is limited to: 12
Selection criteria: The first 16 applicants

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2017-09-13
End date: 2017-12-31
Course pace: Full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Andras Varhelyi <>

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