Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering

Design smart sustainable mobility for human environments, Shape the urban settings & infrastructures of tomorrow, Enable future-oriented urban innovations

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Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering

The coming decades will be ones of profound change for our cities: not only do they have to deal with spiraling populations, there are the challenges posed by climate change, demographic shifts, rising living standards and a scarcity of natural resources to confront too. That is why the city is the key testing ground for innovative technologies and intelligent ideas for sustainable development – and why cities represent one of the largest future markets overall.

As a key component of tomorrow’s sustainable, life-enhancing cities, mobility too will undergo a fundamental overhaul. Workable mobility concepts for the cities of the future will arise once we go beyond conventional technologies and services.

The Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering (MUSE) business unit brings together around 40 employees, including engineers, urban planners, computer scientists, economists and sociologists. This interdisciplinary team works together to develop dynamic system solutions geared toward mobility and the cities of the future.

Our work focuses on the following topics:

  • Electric vehicle systems: urban and inter-urban charging infrastructure; shared use of electric vehicles; logistics concepts for electric vehicles; integrated fleet and charging management
  • Urban mobility: intermodal trip chaining; ease of mobility; mobility concepts for urban spacest
  • The city: Morgenstadt – the city of the future; resilient cities; concepts for the districts of the future
  • Energy: micro smart grids incorporating electric vehicles; charging containers featuring rapid charge spots, buffer storage and photovoltaic facilities
  • Sharing systems: technological and organizational solutions that allow goods to be shared; sharing depots; development of products with sharing in mind

We design mobility and urban systems for industry and the public sector. As scientists working in applied research, we are always keen to work alongside industry and cities to develop our solutions to full maturity and to test them in practice.


The Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering business unit is organized in the following teams:


Mobility Innovation

The Mobility Innovation Competence Center conducts analyses of markets, technologies and value creation, develops strategies and system solutions geared to market requirements for implementation of sustainable mobility, and designs new business models.


Urban Delivery Systems

The Urban Delivery Systems Competence Team does the following: conducts analyses of markets, technologies and locations; supports private and public players through explorative scenarios and strategy developments; designs system solutions geared to demand and customer-friendly logistics and services; supports project implementations; and helps companies develop new business models.


Smart Urban Environments

The Smart Urban Environments Competence Team develops creative and viable solutions for urban spaces of the future.


Urban Governance Innovation

The Competence Team Urban Governance Innovation works on issues relating to the management of innovative urban development processes.


Urban Data and Resilience

The Urban Data and Resilience competence team’s goal is to make cities livable, safe and resilient. To this end, we focus on cooperation and the use of existing urban data.