Intermodality and interoperability in the Baltic sea region (InterBaltic)

Период: 01.01.2005
- 01.01.2007
Программа: INTERREG


Государственный эмеритус ученый, профессор 

Dr. sc. ing., Dr. habil. sc. ing.
Игорь Кабашкин
Факультет инжeнерных наук

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).

This project is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the BSR INTERREG III B Neighbourhood programme


InterBaltic — Promote development of a logistic corridor around the Baltic Sea

Project’s idea

The InterBaltic project is initiated by the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and seconded by the Baltic Development Forum based on the assumption that there will be a huge increase in transportation and logistics related to the Baltic sea  region. This situation will affect business development and living conditions in general, and thus the call for important political decisions. The main focus of the project will be to develop practical actions in a partnership between the public and private sector based on a common strategic platform.

The project complies with TEN, Motorways of the Sea, The Northern Dimension and national/supranational politics and objectives.

The project consists of 4 Work Packages (WP) which will:

  • design common strategies and prerequisites for actions based on existent information and analyses
  • build an ICT framework for intermodal transport planning in the region
  • bring strategies and plans onto concrete actions based on groups of key products

The project involves 43 partners from all the countries in the region, except Belarus. But project activities will also include this country and other non-partners.  Also, there are three partners from Russia and they can participate according to Tacis programme conditions. A «High Level Group» will secure mutual understanding and political acceptance.

The project consists of 4 work packages:

WP 1 — Project administration and dissemination of results

WP 2 — Mega trends and strategy

WP 3 — Intermodal toolbox development and deployment

WP 4 — Actions and business development

WP 1 — Project administration and dissemination of results

  • This WP is responsible for the overall project administration and dissemination of project results and includes the following activities like:
  • to enhance strategic leadership and coordination of WP activities
  • to coordinate financial management and accounting
  • to verify cooperation with other projects and organisations, including national authorities and pan-Baltic and European organisations.
  • to secure that the project’s activities are communicated to and in compliance with other relevant organisations, projects and strategies.
  • to organise partners’ meetings, management group’s meetings, project steering committee’s meetings, seminars and workshops.
  • to establish reference groups, work groups and networks relevant to for facilitating of project’s acievements
  • to offer technical assistance to other WP-s in planning and arranging conferences and seminars, and publishing the reports
  • establishment and running of project website
  • working out overall project reports and dissemination of project results

WP 2 — Mega trends and strategy

WP 2 will form the strategic platform and information base for WP 3 and WP 4.

The main objective — to establish a true and updated picture of present and future strategic challenges, and to bring these to the attention of public decision makers in the EU and in the national capitals. WP 2 will also be the coordinating body for the other WPs and with other on-going projects in the region.

The WP 2 consists of 4 tasks:

1. Inventory and conclusions from former and present projects and compliance with other projects

2. Scenarios and mega trends from EU and EU neighbouring countries and the East-West trade with China

3. TEN issues and Motorways of the Sea

4. Linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea and with the Barents region

By using existing data and studies, WP 2 can use minimum resources on new analyses (however some complimentary ones may be necessary) and instead, to focus on strategic direction and results to the benefit of WP 3 and WP 4. Thus, WP 2 will  play an integrated part in the activities of these WPs.

WP 2 should also play the role as an integrator between national, regional, supranational level and together with the LP support the High Level Group with material to discuss about the implementation of political issues. WP 2 will also be the coordinator with other projects and it is appointed to be the contact partner to the Maritime Safety Umbrella Organisation.

WP 3 — Intermodal toolbox development and deployment

WP 3 delivers a toolbox of intermodal instruments that support the planning of intermodal corridors and supply chains. Various instruments are included, addressing various planning considerations and needs. The Port / Dry Port toolbox focuses on how the regions can position themselves as logistics hubs in intermodal networks, and is as such more interested in assessment of hard infrastructure decisions. Decision on these matters has to be evaluated in terms of business logics, physical planning (land use, traffic, environment), and social planning (employment, education). The ICT toolbox focuses on how intermodal networks and chains — cutting through individual regions and hubs — can be positioned in a context of cargo flows and transportation networks & services, and is more interested in deploying a soft infrastructure for interlinking regions and actors onto collaborative networks. The decision on these matters has to be evaluated in terms of costs of logistics (including external costs), capacities, lead times and frequency of service. Both types of instruments will go through the same process: starting with a basic solution, detailed development, pilots, and evaluation/dissemination of their use and benefits.

A deployment plan is appointed to safeguard the sustainable use of these instruments beyond the project’s lifetime will be developed. The toolbox supports the other WPs in their planning activities, evaluating the potential use, impact and efficiency of specific hubs, corridors, and supply chains. This drives regional development, but also stimulates a global approach to transportation planning and develops collaboration networks between actors throughout the BSR. The potential of linking to sea motorways and intermodal promotion centres will be closely investigated.

WP 4 — Actions and business development

WP 4 will put results from WP2 and WP 3 into concrete actions. This will involve close relationships between public, research and some major business partners, forming PPP networks. WP 4 will address at least 2-3 product groups of interest e.g. forest products, ore/minerals and seafood. Companies related to these groups will be invited to discuss and decide actions. The target is to achieve more effective logistics in the region. Actions should lead to substantial improvements. Result indicators will be better logistics regarding costs, volumes and shift from road to rail and sea. Compliance with other initiatives and programmes and with other WPs will be important. WP 4 will address TEN-T network, emerging East-West corridors and North Sea — Baltic Motorways of the Sea.

If a PPP network finds any ways to implement changes at an early stage in the project, these should be started as pilot projects to demonstrate best practice and try out the concepts. The results will be shared with partners (public and private) in the projects. In each case has to be considered the success criterion for pilot projects. In general, it will be the same as described above (volumes, costs, shift from road etc). There should be at least one pilot project for each group of product.

The PPP network will start with a general conference for all relevant partners. The PPPs in each business sector will start up, and the PPPs will continue their work through separate workshops in order to develop needs and actions within each sector.

To secure compliance, dissemination and coordination, the LP will organise a common venue each 6 months also involving other WPs. A project manager will be assigned to take care of coordination of activities and facilitate the results.

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