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The Cracow University of Technology

The Cracow University of Technology (CUT) will carry out the project activities through the two teams:

• Technology Transfer Centre (TTC) and the
• Institute for Roads and Railways Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Cracow University of Technology (CUT) is a medium sized technical university with the academic staff of 1,050 and ca. 16,000 students. CUT’s technical expertise includes: civil, mechanical, transport, chemical, electrical, computer and environmental engineering.

The TTC is a unit within the CUT’s structure responsible for maintaining non-academic activities of the university such as technology transfer, facilitating contacts between academia, industry and regional stakeholders, creation of start-ups and promotion of entrepreneurship.

The TTC was the host institution for FEMIRC in 1997-2000, and from 2000 to 2007 was the coordinator of IRC South Poland and since 2008 CUT has been the coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network South Poland. The CUT has also been a coordinator of the Regional Contact Point (RCP) for FP5/FP6/FP7 since 1999.

The TTC has an extended experience in conducting European funded projects within the 5th and  6th Framework Programme such as: Polfood Research and Innovation in Food, Link Leverage SME Intermediary Network focused on electronics and plastics industries, Woodism Improving Competitiveness of the Forest-Wood-Chain by Supporting SME Participation in FP6 Projects – just to mention only project aimed at the local SMEs. 

The TTC CUT also realised the project “InnoRegioMalopolska” which aim was to provide the region with ability for fast implementation of the newest, technology, management, organization solutions and using them to achieve commercial success, which would have a positive impact on the regional economy.

In total, since 1997 the CUT has been conducting 27 international European funded project supporting the international scientific cooperation and commercialization of research results. Additionally eight domestically-funded projects within the structural funds have been carried out successfully.
Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute for Roads and Railways Engineering
There are 38 employees in the Institute. The Institute has an academic staff which includes 25 people, with six professors and 13 lecturers (with doctor’s degree). There are three research groups (chairs) in the Institute: Chair of Road Construction and Traffic Engineering, Chair of Rail and Air Transport Infrastructure, Chair of Transportation Systems.

The Institute carries out research in the framework of: modern road pavement; railways track structure; methods for capacity calculation of roads and intersections; road safety investigation; method of transportation planning in regional and local scale; operation and control of urban public transport; management of freight railway transport; methods for assessment of environmental impacts; application of computer (including simulation methods) in traffic engineering and transportation planning; analysis of economical effectiveness for construction of roads, railways, intersections and networks; methods of multi criteria evaluation.

The Institute performed many works and expertise for administration and industry: designs of roads, street and railways; new construction of railway tracks, plans of transport infrastructure development, proposals of transportation policy, traffic schemes, traffic simulation, preparing of manual for designers, planners and operators.

Fields of research activities

  • Methodology of transportation planning. 
  • Modelling of travel behaviours.
  • Operation, quality and control of urban public transport.
  • Global environmental impact of transport systems.

Fields of engineering activities:

  • Transportation policy at national and urban level.
  • Transportation plans (including development of street and public transport networks).
  • Assessment of urban public transport quality.
  • Comprehensive travel surveys.
  • Feasibility studies for transport enterprises. 

The Chair is actually a partner in two UE projects (FP6):   
CARAVEL/CIVITAS: Travelling Towards a New Mobility” 2005÷2009; consortium of 21 partners from 4 countries.  

MAX: „Successful Awareness Campaigns and Mobility Management”, 2006-2009; consortium of 25 partners from 17 countries.