In today’s economy and society mobility is of high significance. People want to arrive at their destinations comfortably and quickly. Goods have to be moved economically over long and short distances. Consequences of mobility show themselves in pollution, accidents and traffic jams.
About 190 scientists from various fields like engineering, psychology and computer sciences research and develop for automotive and railway systems as well as for traffic management in the Institute of Transportation Systems at the sites Braunschweig and Berlin. With this research they make a contribution to increasing safety and efficiency of road and railway traffic. In interdisciplinary teams they design, develop and evaluate solutions for human-centered driver assistance systems, traffic surveillance and management as well as for automation, disposition and train control in rail traffic. While doing so, they keep the demands and impacts within the whole traffic system in mind. The close cooperation between the institutes and facilities of the DLR enables synergies between aviation, aeronautics and energy management.
Under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Lemmer the Institute of Transportation Systems was founded in 2001 and has grown immensely ever since, constantly strengthening its research activities. The scientists cooperate with partners and customers from economy, science and politics on a national and international basis. After the move of Prof. Karsten Lemmer to the Executive Board of the DLR, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Seifert joined as the Institute Director in October 2018.
The institute's work has been ISO 9001 certified for its quality. In addition, the railway laboratory RailSiTe® has been ISO 17025 certified as test laboratory for conformity and interoperability of ETCS subsystems and components.