Urban Intelligence

"Innovation is not always about thinking up something new, but about combining knowledge from various domains"


Knowledge-based policy making

Urban regions are facing challenges in terms of accessibility and sustainability which is resulting in a decrease in the overall quality of life. Governments are aiming for more sustainable and healthy travel choices, and are increasingly emphasizing the importance of multimodal transportation approaches which fully exploit the strengths of each mode of transportation. Much is also expected from land use policies which aim to influence travel behaviour. These policies include concepts such as urban densification and transit-oriented development but also the creation of attractive environments to enhance the experience and comfort of travellers.

Our expertise ‘Urban Intelligence’ aims to enhance policy making in these areas by developing research innovations and providing knowledge which is directly applicable in practice. Research innovations such as GPS tracking and Virtual Reality offer possibilities of providing greater insight into transportation behaviour and the experience of travellers than ever before. They offer new opportunities, in which a good connection to current policy making is essential for using them to the optimum. In this, opportunities primarily lie in the tactical level of policy implementation. Considerable benefits can be gained in linking policy ambitions with the actual implementation of projects. The challenge is to attune the different transport networks and land use on a regional level with each other in such a way that they meet the mobility needs of travellers in the best possible way.



Kick-off professorships within ABEL academy

On Friday 20 November, Paul van de Coevering, 'Urban Intelligence' professor, and 'Smart Cities & Logistics' professor Hans Quak presented their ambitions and specific plans for applied research. In a small group, but mostly digital, this marked the follow up of the former, and the official start of the latter.

Professorship Urban Intelligence

Aiming to enhance policy making in the areas of multimodal transportation and built environment by developing research innovations. Providing knowledge which is directly applicable in practice. Paul van de Coevering - associate professor

Article: Causes and effects between attitudes

Causes and effects between attitudes, the built environment and car kilometres: A longitudinal analysis - published article by BUas lecturer Paul van de Coevering, co-written with Kees Maat and Bert van Wee.

Fietsbewegwijzering voor snelfietsroutes

Breda University of Applied Sciences heeft onderzoek gedaan naar ‘wayfinding’ op snelfietsroutes. Met behulp van dit onderzoek wordt nieuwe fietsbewegwijzering voor snelfietsroutes ontwikkeld die beter aansluit op de wensen van gebruikers van deze snelfietsroutes.

Training Business Intelligence

Breda University of Applied Sciences ontwikkelt samen met FreightPlaza een business intelligence training voor professionals in de logistiek en supply chain. In het 1e kwartaal 2019 is de pilot met 9 bedrijven uit de logistiek en supply chain en 4 studenten positief verlopen. 8 mei 2019 start de 2e reeks.

Meetweken Breda 2nd edition

The second edition of Meetweken Breda shows the potential of combining several data sources such as GPS data, count data and survey data to provide insights in the mobility patterns in urban regions.

Smart and Healthy Cities: Tunnel vision (VR)

Multiple studies, including a VR-study were conducted during 2017. Different objective and subjective perspectives on the experience of underpasses for cyclists within an urban context are analyzed and visualized. This resulted in the title for the whole study “tunnel vision”.

CHIPS: makes cycling healthy

European cross-border exploration of cycle highway innovations


Urban Intelligence developed the first real Virtual Reality simulator for cycling to explore the interplay between the cyclist and the spatial context

NISTO: Plan and evaluate mobility projects

As part of the NISTO (New Integrated Smart Transport Options) project an online toolkit has been developed for the evaluation and planning of mobility projects.


Cycle Policy Renewal and INnovation by means of tracking Technology enables more customer friendly cycle policy


Better insight in current and future accessibility for employers and employees contributes to smart commuting.

DePICT: encouraging cycling and walking trips

DEPICT stands for ‘DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips’. CycleSpex, a Virtual Reality simulator for cycling developed by NHTV, is tested by Utrecht University to conduct scientific research to cycling and walking in relation to the urban environment.

NHTV exploring possibilities for Bike Valley Brabant

The Academy for Urban Development, Logistics and Mobility and the research theme of People and Goods on the Move are initiators in the formation of a business plan for the development of Bike Valley Brabant.

Cycle facts of the North-Brabant region

Developing a themometer to measure cycling in the progress to become cycling region of the world.

Sustainable travel behaviour

Governments around the globe promote sustainable travel behaviour. More and more is expected from the integration of land-use and transportation policy. This research adds to the current knowledge by investigating how households match travel behaviour with their built environment over time.

Handbook on land use and transportation (in Dutch)

Over the years, much knowledge and information is gathered about the relationship between the built environment and Travel Behaviour. A new handbook on this relationship has been written containing all present day insights from science and practice.

Story of urban intelligence

Urban Intelligence is more than an ordinary professorship. For us innovation comes with a smile!