Regions for Intelligent Transport Solutions Network (RITS-Net)

Period: 15.12.2012
- 31.12.2014


State emeritus scientist, professor 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. habil. sc. ing.
Igor Kabashkin
Engineering Faculty
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).


The project is funded by the ERDF. Current trends in regional development call for a higher sustainability of existing transport policies through the use of Transport Telematics or Intelligent Transport Systems (usually named ITS) solutions at regional level. European policy-makers have recently adopted legislation for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport, putting more emphasis on the use of ITS as a management tool of transport policies. While local ITS implementations already exist in certain European cities, these applications are generally not interoperable when transport activities spread out the administrative urban boundaries.

In this context, RITS-Net aims to contribute in the integration of ITS in the regional mobility planning, with the objective of improving transport policies and assuring harmonization of local ITS applications with the ITS Country plans as required by the EC Directive (2010/40/EU) on Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport.


The project aims at enhancing regional sustainable transport policies via an increased knowledge and understanding of the full potential of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions and ways to deploy them. The final objective is to help Regions developing individual ITS regional plans to be integrated in each overall mobility master plan and provide a common methodology to be further replicated.

In the process of making ITS regional plans, a series of sub-objectives will be achieved:

  • Improve awareness of regional policy makers of the need to develop regional ITS plans to facilitate coordination between national obligations (implementation of the EU ITS Directive 2010/40/EU) and fragmented actions taken at urban level in compliance with the ITS Action Plan for the deployment of intelligent transport systems in Europe, COM(2008) 886 final
  • Increase the capacity of regional policy makers in detecting the transport challenges and in implementing sustainable measures at territorial level able to enhance mobility while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and pollution, there included the use of ITS solutions available to meet those challenges
  • Get policy makers, regional administrations, transport service providers and operators acquainted with the wide range of ITS applications in use across Europe for the benefit of regions, and a full understanding of their implications (costs and benefits)
  • Increase the skills of policy makers, regional administrations, transport service providers and operators, as well as end users (citizens in particular), to exploit the full potential of ITS instruments
  • Provide to Regions know-how and concrete operational plans in order to handle modifications of the ICT infrastructure, fully aware of and aligned with EU directives on mobility
  • Acquire the knowledge of a methodological roadmap to implement the regional/ territorial ITS plans accompanying the technical contents to the organisational issues already proved to be major challenges inside and outside the administrations competences and responsibilities
  • Enforce local dialogue among all actors (public and private) with a stake in ITS at local, regional, national and EU level, potentially leading to the establishment of public private partnerships
  • Favour dissemination and replication of the achieved results in the regional development policies in both the involved countries and, in general, in the whole EU, by means of horizontal and vertical mainstreaming actions.

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