Master's programme in Transport and Geoinformation Technology
A functional and well-developed transport system is a prerequisite of a sustainable and prosperous society. The creation and maintenance of such a system demands knowledge of transport and geoinformation technologies, as well as understanding of how the new technologies and policies are adopted, how they interact and how they affect our daily activities.
Transport and Geoinformation Technology at KTH
The master’s programme combines two closely related aspects of the built environment: transport systems and geoinformation technologies. The programme enables students to either specialise in one of these main subjects, or develop their own interdisciplinary study plan, making use of each student’s unique background and interests. The recommended courses form a foundation for both subject areas, and students can choose a subject area by selecting the most appropriate sequence of the elective courses. Most courses combine interactive lectures with laboratory work. Many also include an in-depth term project. The courses make use of modern data collection instruments and quantitative modelling and processing software.
In the final term degree project, students apply their acquired knowledge and skills to solving scientific problems in the main subject areas of the programme. They conduct independent investigations characterised by critical analysis and synthesis; they learn how to analyse, formulate and define scientific problems, find and evaluate possible solutions and, finally, present the results in a thesis. In addition, students will gain practical training in scientific communication and presentation, both orally and in written form. The degree project may be carried out at KTH or in a company or organisation outside of the university. The topic can be developed by the student alone or together with supervisors.
Transport systems deal with the movement of people and goods across space, and the socio-technical systems that support that movement. Skilled transport engineers and planners must combine elements of engineering, planning, economics, and systems analysis, to provide guidance on how transport systems should be designed, built, operated, and evaluated. As a specialist in transport, you will learn how to analyse complex transport networks in which the goal is for people to carry out their daily activities in ways that support economic activity while minimizing environmental impacts.
To grapple with the complexity of modern transport systems, transport planners and engineers need a high level of technical competence, but at the same time need to engage with policy-makers, stakeholders and the public who use the transport system so as to ensure that our solutions truly meet societal needs. Finally, we work across disciplinary boundaries to fully appreciate the possible effects of the transport system on urban development, the economy, and on ecological systems.
In the study of transport, we emphasise a systems approach that helps us both to manage the complexity of transport networks, and to provide information that helps society make the best decisions about how to invest resources in long-lasting transport infrastructure. Nearly all of our graduates find a career in a city or county administration, in a transport ministry, as a consultant at a private firm, or as a researcher.
Geoinformation technology, also known as geospatial technology or geomatics engineering, is a science dealing with the acquisition, storage, management, analysis and delivery of geographic and spatially referenced information. Knowledge of the built and natural environment in the form of maps and databases is necessary in almost all fields of human activities. Today, we take it for granted that we use GPS receivers built into mobile phones or installed in cars to find our way to the restaurant, cinema or to an address that we have “googled”. Professionals in disciplines such as urban planning, land administration, real estate registration and many others use maps, city models and spatial databases for decision support. Geoinformation technology is not only about the collection of geographical data and its visualisation; it also provides tools for using and interpreting the data for different kind of analysis, for example finding optimal routes, identifying patterns, making predictions etc.
Geoinformation technology is a perfect choice for those of you interested in applied mathematics and computer science. You will learn, both theoretically and practically, how to acquire geographic data using different sensors or data sources and how to perform processing and analysis so as to be able to produce the required solution and its visualisation. Today’s and tomorrow’s labour market is growing in this sector and is in need of experts like you. You can work as provider, analyst or user of spatial data and geoinformation technologies in both private companies and governmental agencies.
Securing sustainable development and preventing climate changes is a top priority for mankind. It cannot be achieved without well organized, well-functioning and environmental friendly transport systems. A prerequisite for planning, designing and constructing all necessary infrastructure are precise and up-to-date geographic databases. There is great demand for experts within transport systems and geoinformation technologies in both private and government sectors.
Examples of career opportunities for graduates include:
- Geoinformation analyst: gathering, analysing, and reporting on geospatial data at national mapping and cartographic agencies (such as Lantmäteriet in Sweden).
- Transport planner/modeller: helping city or regional governments to plan, design and operate transport systems and to analyse the transport effects of new developments to achieve sustainability (for example consultant companies like WSP, ÅF or regional governments).
- Consultant at a private firm in areas ranging from surveying, mapping, and geoinformation processing to transport planning and traffic engineering (such as Digpro or Ramböll).
- Railways engineer; undertaking strategic planning of rail systems including infrastructure, rolling stock, timetable management, and traveller information services (for example at SL, SJ or local and national railway companies).
- GIS expert in fields ranging from urban planning to land and resource management to environmental monitoring (municipalities, consultant companies).
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Faculty and research
All courses in the programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects. Even doctoral candidates are involved in teaching, mainly by helping students with lab assignments and co-supervising degree projects.
The research groups in the field of transport science have several ongoing research projects dealing with modelling of transport systems, policy analysis and transport economics.
The main research topics of the geodesy research group are geodetic aspects of BIM (Building Inforemation Modelling) GNSS-based positioning and navigation, physical geodesy and assessment of geographic data quality.
Professor Yifang Ban leads the research in the field of geoinformatics. The main focus of the geoinformatics research group is in the area of remote sensing and location and network analysis.