Transport is one of LiU's strategically selected areas of development that is of great relevance to our society. It is a broad and strong research area for both LiU and the region. The research has three main orientations; The traffic system, the logistics system and the vehicular system.

Through the investment in transport as an area of excellence, we want to create a flexible platform that enables and encourages major interdisciplinary projects in research and education. Several departments at LiU conduct research and education with relevance to the transport area. It is these different specializations, with associated strengths and competencies, that we are now building on by connecting and utilizing the entire university's width and competence in the field of transport.

Contacts for the area of excellence


Electrical truck.

Route planning of heavy-duty electric vehicles

Electrification of heavy-duty vehicles calls for intelligent methods to optimize the planning of their use and charging. With Scania and Ragn-Sells we develop mathematical models and algorithms for the next generation of transportation systems.

Scania electric truck

Electrification of heavy transports requires new thinking

Electrification of heavy transports places new and high demands on planning for vehicle use and charging. Researchers at LiU have launched a project with the final aim of developing calculation software for planning routes for electric trucks.

Cars in traffic jam.

Future car travel may be cheaper – and more expensive

Fuel taxes are an important source of income for the government. So what happens when most of the vehicle fleet has been electrified? Most effective would be increased congestion tax in larger cities, researchers at LiU concludes in a new study.

The traffic system

The traffic system consists of the infrastructure needed for the transport of people and goods. The research concerns the development, planning and management of this infrastructure and its traffic flows for all different modes of transport in order to achieve both environmental goals and goals in terms of accessibility, accessibility and safety.



The logistics system

The logistics system consists of several actors, such as sales companies, customers, transport companies, who in collaboration develop current and future goods supply and distribution, with a focus on organization, management and control of the system as a whole. Climate-smart logistics systems aim at sustainable growth for both business and society, regardless of whether it is a logistics system for distribution in cities or whether it is about moving goods from road to sea or rail for long-distance transport.


The vehicular system

The vehicular system includes the actual vehicles, the maneuvers and driving (manually or automatically), the vehicles' interaction with each other and other road users, as well as the interaction with surrounding infrastructure both digital roadside information and as a connected device to databases or internet. Overall goals are sustainability, energy efficiency and safety for passengers and fellow road users.



Research groups with transport as an area of ​​application