Development of the long-term programme of the Latvia transport system harmonization (LATRANS)

Periods: 01.01.2010
- 01.01.2013

Projekta vadītājs/a:

Valsts emeritētais zinātnieks, profesors 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. habil. sc. ing.
Igors Kabaškins
Inženierzinātņu fakultāte
Igor Kabaskin

Academic degree and current position in TSI: Professor,, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of PhD Programme “Telematics and Logistics”.

Previous Experience: Founder and President of Transport and Telecommunication Institute for over 15 years, Vice-rector for Research and Development Affairs for more than 10 years

Membership: Member of the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee (OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, ITF – International Transport Forum), Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Corresponding Member of Latvian Academy of Science, President of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association, President of Latvian Operations Research Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Transport and Telecommunication”, Member of the board of the Journals “Transport”, “Technological and Economic Development”, “Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering” etc.

Academic experience: Author of more than 600 academic and research publications, author of 68 patents. Expert of the Latvian Council of Science in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of promotion council for PhD degree in Civil and Transport Engineering, Chairman of Professor Council in Telematics and Logistics.

Teaching at post- and graduate level: 45 years of pedagogical experience in university; courses: Research Methodology (PhD programme); New Trends of Telematics and Logistics Development (PhD programme), Research Methodology (MSc programme), Theory of Systems and System Analysis (MSc programme), Transport Policy (MSc programme), Intelligent Transport Systems (MSc programme), Reliability Engineering (BSc programme) etc.

Participation in projects: has participated in 37 international projects (in 26 projects as national coordinator of the projects) and 26 Latvian research projects and programs (in 23 as head of the projects) within the frame of COST Activities, Horizon 2020, Framework Programs, INTERREG etc. 

Research Interests: Transport Telematics and Logistics, Smart Cities, Analysis and Modelling of Transport Systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Reliability of Electronics Systems, Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Information Technology Applications, Electronics and Telecommunication, Decision Support Systems, Avionics, Air Traffic Control Systems and others.

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Supervisor of 9 PhD theses and more than 200 Master and Bachelor theses.

Awards: 2 Gold and 5 Silver Medals of International Research and Innovation Exhibition of Innovators (1985-1990); Honorary title “Latvian Honored Inventor”, Latvian Parliament (1989); Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, USA (1998); Award and memorial medal for outstanding research in computer science and informatics,  Latvian Academy of Sciences (2001); Award and memorial medal for outstanding performance of research in air navigation, communication and radar technology, Latvian Academy of Sciences (2002); Certificate of Recognition as a significant contribution to the research and educational work in the transport, logistics and information technology, as well as on the international success in science, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (2014); Certificate of Honor of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for research in the field of transport and logistics (2019).

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

The investment priorities are defined within the framework of trans-national requirements and local development needs. On the one hand, there is potential for Latvia to play more important role in transportation of cargo and people in international transport. On the other hand, there is a need to ensure higher mobility of the population and labour force in order to advance the economic development of the country. Latvia has to improve the living conditions of the rural population, particularly in terms of access to social and economic infrastructure, in order to avoid emigration of population to Riga and other countries.

The decision of this global tasks will be done for Latvia within the frame of National Research Programme (NRP). Harmonisation of Latvian Transport System (project LaTRANS) is one of the key NRP subprogramme. The aim of the project is to develop the efficient, safe and environmental friendly handling of the increasing amount of goods going east-west in the Baltic region. The project will prepare stakeholders in the region to enhance sustainable transport planning and smart intelligent transport solutions.

This in combination with business development in the transport sector will stimulate the economic growth in the entire East-West transport corridor. There are three main focuses in the project:

  • To make East-West transport corridor as a good example of a Green Corridor concept of European Union latest transport policies.
  • To develop an innovative pilot testing ground where modern technology and information systems contribute to increased efficiency, traffic safety and security as well as reduced environment impact in the corridor.
  • By stimulating new business models for e.g. railway transport supporting economic growth within the corridor in particular in ports and inland hubs.

The main expected results of the project:

  • East-West transport corridor as a Best Practice Case for Green Corridor development;
  • East-West transport corridor as a part of the EU commissions Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Region and is an integrated part of the Northern Transport Axis;
  • An innovative Intelligent Transport Systems for transport and traffic information which will increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact;
  • Eco-friendly transports, transport and logistics services which can be used by different customers;
  • New business concepts for railway transports;
  • Improved transport service in ports and terminals;
  • Increased transport competence among various stakeholders and improved infrastructure within the transport corridor.

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