1 October 2019–31 March 2024
Project manager
Jonas Bärgman

Vehicle automation has been identified as a game-changer in transport, promising substantial reductions in road-traffic fatalities while improving mobility. However, the processes of integrating automation in transports have been primarily technology-focused, with insufficient consideration given to how users both inside and outside of the automated vehicle will interact with and react to automated vehicles.

SHAPE-IT is a four-year project where 15 PhD-students are performing research that enables rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles for urban environments. The SHAPE-IT PhD-students are working hard to pursue the aim of the project across several disciplines, including cognitive and behavioural psychology, human factors, computer science, and requirement engineering.

SHAPE-IT, short for Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles: Preparing for the Environment of Tomorrow, is a Innovative Training Network (ITN) project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 860410.

The project is coordinated by the Vehicle Safety division at Chalmers (coordinator Jonas Bärgman). The 15 PhD students are hosted by Chalmers (2 students), University of Gothenburg (2), TU Delft (3), TU Munich (2), University of Leeds (3), and University of Ulm (3). There are also more than 10 associated partners, where the PhD students are doing secondments (longer research visits).

Partner are universities (PhD student hosts): Chalmers, University of Gothenburg, TU Delft, TU Munich, University of Leeds, and University of Ulm. Associated partners are SWOV, VEONEER, BOSCH, TME, VCC, VW, Zenseact, TÖI, Asymptotic, Viscando, Motional.

Connected PhDs/ postdocs: Nikol Figalová (U of Ulm), Naomi Mbalekani (TUM), Chi Zhang (GU), Yue Yang (U of Leeds), Chen Peng (U of Leeds), Yuan-Chen Liu (TUM), Amna Pir (GU), Wilbert Tabone (TU Delft), Siri Hegna Berge (TU Delft), Xiaolin He (TU Delft), Amir Hossein Kalantari (U of Leeds), Ali Mohammadi (Chalmers), Xiaomi Yang (Chalmers)

Twitter: @EuShape

Short facts

Research area
Cross functional activites and projects
EU Horizon 2020
Chalmers University of Technology
University of Gothenburg
Others (see project description)
Project type
Associated project