Thesis code: 19021
Thesis type: M.Sc. thesis in Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning / equivalent

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems


  • Interest in transport models and planning
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to critically interpret analytical results

The diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles and their consequent impact on the urban system represent an emerging topic of research and of increasing interest in the academic, industrial and institutional fields.

This thesis project aims to investigate some issues related to the diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles in the urban context, including: (a) the development of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion, (b) the impact evaluation of different autonomous vehicles diffusion scenarios, (c) the simulation of urban traffic after a replacement of the circulating vehicle fleet with such vehicles.

The models can be tested on a case study of interest (the city of Turin) to outline possible scenarios for the public decision maker and to support urban planning processes. Based on the candidate’s skills and interests, it will be possible to carry out an in-depth analysis on transport models and / or urban planning policies.

The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between the Links Foundation (Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems Area) and the Polytechnic of Turin (Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering / Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning).

Contacts: send a resume with attached the list of exams to specifying the thesis code and title.