The French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks (IFSTTAR) is a public research institution. IFSTTAR’s role is to carry out and commission, direct, lead and appraise research, development and innovation in the areas of urban engineering, civil engineering, and construction materials, natural hazards, the transportation of persons and goods, systems and means of transport and their safety, infrastructure, and investigate their uses and impacts from the technical, economic, social, health, energy, environmental and human points of view.
The Institute’s principal aims are:
- To carry out fundamental and applied research, perform methodological studies and develop tests and prototypes;
- To conduct all types of expert appraisals and advisory work in the fields mentioned in the above paragraph;
- To implement a scientific and technical information policy and disseminate the knowledge gained, in particular through publications, technical regulations and standards;
- To pursue a policy to exploit the results of its scientific and technological research, in particular by means of technical support, technology transfer and certification tests;
- To play a role in training by and for research and both vocational and in-service training;
- To help to export its expertise and the techniques it develops and gains better international exposure for them.
The Institute has a key role to play in the debate on the accessibility, equitable distribution and safe use of public space in a context of increasing urbanization, limited resources of raw materials and with regard to sustainable development. It has thus been given the important political and social role of improving the living conditions of all members of society while helping to protect fundamental rights such as mobility, safety (and security) and access to an environmentally-friendly living space that takes account of the individual.
It relies on its existing expertise, particularly in the areas of civil engineering, mobility and road safety, but also intends to meet new challenges, especially in relation to climate change, sustainable development and ageing populations. IFSTTAR’s ability to pursue targeted research and adopt a systems approach, which is necessarily multidisciplinary, is reflected in the structure of its research programmes.
IFSTTAR will host two SMARTI ESRs: