Transport and Mobility

Nowadays, the problems associated with transport and mobility lie at the heart of social issues. The increase in number of vehicles and users as well as the diversification of transportation networks create new challenges. We must therefore consider developing more sustainable transportation networks, improving the fluidity of urban and regional travel and ensuring the security of all users of transportation systems. 

Research projects offered to future students

In an effort to find sustainable solutions for such large-scale issues, several professors at Polytechnique are working on projects focussing on innovative mobility, the validation of data collected by transportation networks, the durability of roads, the security of users and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Our experts have a common goal: to improve the quality of life for citizens, to optimize their travel, to ensure their security, while reducing the impact on the environment. 

If you are looking for a project in another area of interest, consult the repertory to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal as well as the research projects being offered to students at the graduate level. 

Planning cities that favour sustainable mobility

Lead Professor: Geneviève Boisjoly
Department: Civil Engineering

Geneviève Boisjoly

How to plan cities and urban transportation networks that are sustainable and equitable? This is the question that Professor Geneviève Boisjoly aims to answer in her research. With her team, she focusses on urban modalities and transportation networks that influence the individual’s choice to walk, ride a bicycle or take public transport. She is also interested in the planning and operation of public transportation networks and their impact on ridership and the satisfaction of users.

Do these topics interest you? Professor Boisjoly is seeking master’s and/or doctoral students for a research project on urban integration/transportation to increase use of active and public transportation.

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Forecasting and adapting transportation networks for the future

Lead Professor: Francesco Ciari
Department: Civil Engineering 

Developing new modes of transportation poses many challenges in terms of urban mobility. To meet these challenges, Professor Francesco Ciari is leading research projects that aim to simulate transportation systems of the future that adapt new technologies for improved mobility for individuals. The work of Professor Ciari focusses on modelling mobile transport for the future, the behaviour of users in relation to these new means of transport and the movement of self-driving vehicles between cities. 

Professor Ciari is seeking future master’s-level students to work in multi-agent simulations of mobility, notably in forecasting hypothetical scenarios in which shared self-driving vehicles will respond in large part to an urban population’s needs for mobility within a region.  

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Validate transportation data collected by payment systems

Lead Professor: Martin Trépanier
Department: Mathematics and Industrial Engineering

Transportation systems generate phenomenal amounts of data each day. This data has its own characteristics which require particular methods to treat, analyze, model, drill down and forecast. Professor Trépanier is seeking master’s and/or doctoral students who want to work in the discovery of new uses for the collected data as well as developing validation tools. 

Students will be integrated into existing research teams, such as the Chair in Mobility and the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d’entreprise, la logistique et le transport (CIRRELT), and will be invited to work on real case studies in partnership with transportation agencies, public organizations and industry. Other projects in this area are also available, notably on the use of data to improve logistical networks for snow removal and in the transport of goods.

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Conception of sustainable roads using mining waste

Lead Professor: Carlos Ovalle
Codirector: Thomas Pabst
Department: Mining Engineering

The enormous amounts of waste produced by the mining industry poses a number of challenges to society. To find sustainable solutions to this problem, Professors Thomas Pabst and Carlos Ovalle conduct research on the validation (that is to say, the reuse) of mining waste to reduce its environmental impact and to find new uses. They are working, among other projects, on finding ways to reuse the material to build roads that are more durable and resistant within mining sites and elsewhere. 

Students participating in these research projects will be able to work in collaboration with important partners in the mining sector, on the ground and in the laboratory, with the benefit of using advanced technological equipment. In the context of their research, they will focus on the responsible development of the mining industry and will work with digital simulation tools to evaluate the feasibility and durability of new roads. This work will contribute to the improvement of mining practices in the industry.

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Technologies to serve transportation and sustainable cities

Lead Professor: Nicolas Saunier
Department: Civil Engineering

Using technology to make travel more efficient, secure and enjoyable, and studying the planning of transport hubs and public spaces are the themes at the heart of research projects being conducted by Professor Nicolas Saunier, who is also interested in active transportation (pedestrian and bicycling), intelligent transportation and in methods of analysis for data collected by the transportation sector. 

Students who will be integrated into Professor Saunier’s research teams will have the opportunity to work with methods using artificial intelligence to analyze user observation data. Among the research subjects are the automatization of the collection and analysis of data, the behaviour of self-driving vehicles, and the evaluation of new technologies and planning of new transportation. 

The goal of his research is to encourage the use of modes of transport that are more sustainable and that create more convivial urban spaces to increase the quality of life of people who travel within the city.

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Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GGE/GES) generated by the transportation sector in Québec

Lead Professor: Owen Waygood
Department: Civil Engineering

Greenhouse gas emissions (GGE/GES) in the transportation sector continue to increase while most other sectors are experiencing a decrease. Professor Owen Waygood is seeking master’s research students to better understand the problems posed by this trend and to contribute to a reduction in these emissions.

Professor Waygood is currently conducting two research projects: the first aims to estimate greenhouse gas emissions now being produced by vehicles in Quebec and to establish possible limits for reduction due to the behaviour of users; the second focuses on the improvement in the communication of information about greenhouse gas emissions so that individuals can make more informed choices in their mobility.

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Finding a research supervisor

You do not need to choose a research supervisor before you submit your application. However, it is preferable to undertake the process as soon as possible, because a professor (your future research supervisor) must endorse your application in order for you to be admitted. To learn how to seek out the support of a professor; please refer to the section Study Supervision in the Admission section. 

To reach a Recruitment Service Advisor

Prospective students advisors from the Recruitment Service are available to answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact them! Polytechnique no longer holds secrets for them!

Phone: 514-340-4928