FP6: Public transport systems’ accessibility for people with disabilities in Europe (PTACCESS)

Period: 01.01.2007
- 01.01.2008
Programme: Framework Programme

Supervisors:

Professor 

Dr. sc. ing.
Aleksandr Grakovski
Acting Dean
Engineering Faculty
Alexander Grakovski
+371 67 109 394

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Academic degree and current position in TSI: professor, leading researcher of the Engineering Faculty, Director of BSc Program “Telecommunication Systems and Computer Networks” and MSc Program “Master of Engineering Sciences in Electronics”.

Previous experience: for more than 6 years was Dean of Computer Science and Telecommunication Faculty, Head of Telecommunication Department in Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI), founder of the Laboratory of Image Processing, Biometry & Automated Border Control Systems in TSI.

Membership: Member of ECTRI (since 2017), Latvian Operations Research Society, Latvian Higher School Professors Association; member of European Engineering Deans Council (2012-2013); has been a member of the steering and programme committee of the International Conference on Innovative Vocational Education and Training in Transport Area (IVETTA), 2005; programme committees of the International Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication (RelStat), Latvia, (9 events), Dependability of Computer Systems (DepCoS-RelMex), Poland (2 events), etc., and reviewer in transportation journals and conference proceedings. Member of Editorial Board of Journals: Transport and Telecommunication (WoS, SCOPUS), Computer Modeling and New Technologies (2012), etc.

Academic experience: Author of more than 90 publications, incl. 14 books and textbooks, chapters in the book “Sensor Network Technology Applications in the Water Supply and Transport Systems”, Ribickis, L., et al. (Scientific Monograph, Riga, RTU Press, 2017, in Latvian), papers in International Journal of Transport, Transport and Telecommunication, Mathematical Modelling and Analysis. An Expert in Transport and Logistics (2008-2021) and Civil Engineering (since 2021) at the Latvian Council for Science; member of the PhD promotion committee. Member of the expert working group of the Electronic Communications Sector Council of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia (since 2010).

Teaching at post- and graduate level: System Theory (Dr. ing. in Telematics and Logistics, TSI); Computer Vision and Image Processing (MSc in Computers Science, TSI); Laboratory Research Workshop (MSc in Electronics, TSI); etc.

Participation in projects: as a leading researcher has participated in more than 15 European and Latvian research projects and 2 national transportation studies, has been a scientific coordinator in 4 of them, has participated in COST Action TU0804, Horizon 2020, FP, INTERREG, BSR programme’ s projects.

Research Interests: Mathematical modelling, numerical methods, dynamics of chaotic systems, signal and image processing in different fields (transportation sphere, biometry, networks, logistics and others). 

Supervised Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Theses: Promoted 1 Doctoral, more than 50 Master theses and 60 Bachelor theses, anofficial reviewer of 7 PhD theses.

Awards: by Latvian Education Fund in Computer Science (2017), IT industry (X-Infotech, 2016-2017), Riga Municipality (2010).

One specific area, for which there is still lack of EU level data, is the accessibility of public transport for people with disabilities and its impact on the employment and social integration prospects of people with disabilities.

PTaccess worked towards filling this gap in knowledge and obtained actual information on the current state of accessibility of urban and rural public transport systems in 25 EU member states. For each member state PTaccess analysed the state of accessibility of public transport from the point of view of national disabled organisations, national transport operators, and governmental authorities. For regions where public transport is not accessible PTaccess identified and analysed alternative transport solutions applied (WP1).

PTaccess also identified and analysed good practices and innovation in making public transport accessible, and enhanced the scientific base of policy by providing a sound assessment of the costs and benefits of making public transport accessible (WP2).

Furthermore PTaccess deepened the understanding of the transport-related contexts of social exclusion of disabled people, and draw conclusions about the effect which accessible public transport has on employment and social inclusion prospects for disabled people. (WP3).

PTaccess directly contacted national experts within each of 25 member states as well as draw on results of other projects and initiatives. Organising the work in this way PTaccess obtained excellent results. The project outcomes are downloadable from the project website, and were distributed to European stakeholders by electronic newsletters, press releases, and via network-contacts.

PTaccess was coordinated by Austrian Mobility Research FGM-AMOR. The consortium, which included experts from all relevant stakeholder groups, provided excellence know-how and experience of various disciplines.

The PTaccess-project run from the 1st of February 2007 until the 31st of March 2009. This website has been last updated on 2.2.2010.

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