VTI - Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

Brief description of the legal entity
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is a national research institute under supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications. VTI conducts applied research, commissioned by the transport sector, in the fields of infrastructure, traffic and transport. VTI´s annual turnover 2009 was 16.5 M€, of which 80 % was acquired through commissioned research. VTI holds the Quality System Certificate ISO 9001:2008. The Institute employs a staff of 190, of which approx. 150 are researchers or experts. Almost half of the research staff have licentiates and doctors degree. Several senior researchers are associate professors at Swedish universities or institutes of technology. VTI's competencies cover traffic engineering, transport economics, transport supply and demand, traffic safety, environmental impact of traffic, road user behaviour, collision safety, human factors research, automotive engineering, and railway engineering, in addition to the planning, design, building, operation and maintenance of roads and railways. VTI’s resources include well equipped laboratories for material testing as well as a heavy vehicle simulator for the mobile testing of road pavements and other advanced measuring equipment for field testing. Approximately 100 R&D reports are issued annually in VTI publication series. VTI was involved in the TREE project (FP5 Thematic Network on Research Facilities). It is also active in the FP7 DETRA project (Developing European Transport Research Arena).

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