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CREATE Principal Investigators Series: Prof Fritz Busch on Semi Rapid Transit

An advanced public transport concept for conurbations and megacities 03.02.2017


Professor Fritz Busch, Program Principal Investigator (Rapid Road Transport) of TUMCREATE shared on Semi Rapid Transit (SRT), an advanced public transport concept for conurbations and megacities as part of the CREATE Principal Investigators' series on 3 Feb 2017.

SRT is a system of modular vehicles which does not restrict public transportation to buses and trains. Prof Busch shared that the system would be linked to central intelligence, including hubs, sensors and charging infrastructure, and noted that each module may be the size of a small bus, depending on the demand. 

He said that this reliable and efficient mode of transport, which can save a lot of travel time, is being investigated by his research team. They are looking into areas within Singapore where the SRT can be tested for implementation.

About Professor Fritz Busch:

Fritz Busch is elected full professor and director of the chair for traffic engineering and control at Technical University of Munich (TUM). 

Currently he is a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU), and he serves as program principal investigator for TUMCREATE, the TUM-NTU joint research platform for public transport, electro-mobility, automation and connected transport systems.

In his research with his team of around 25 scientists in Munich and another 10 scientists in Singapore he currently concentrates on data fusion, traffic modeling and control for private and public transport and on new safety and efficiency related applications based on car-to-x communication, automation and connected mobility. In teaching, he covers the full classical curriculum of transportation for civil engineers and he undertakes to set up new offers of education in the domain of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), like e.g. two new international M.Sc. programs at TUM and at TUM-Asia in Singapore.

Before taking over responsibility in academia in 2003, Fritz Busch spent 13 years at Siemens ITS, with his last 4-years position being member of the business unit’s board and vice president for international products and systems marketing of intelligent transport systems, and before that being responsible for Siemens’ industrial research in traffic control and advanced traffic management. 

Before this, he worked 4 years as a consulting engineer in the transportation and automotive field, being in charge of traffic signal control solutions for cities and later for system architectures work within the European milestone project on automotive research, PROMETHEUS. 

Professor Busch is internationally recognized as an expert in application oriented transportation modeling and intelligent transport systems. He has published his research in around 150 articles as author and/or co-author as well as by numerous public presentations. He received the highest German award in transportation, is head of the national ITS-committee of the German Road Transport Research Association, is member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal Highway Research Institute and serves as delegate to several national and international committees like e.g. the World Road Association PIARC.