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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Sustainable mobility, urban and social development

In the coming years, sustainable urban development, digitalization and Germany’s transition to a new energy economy will profoundly change not only our cities and how we get around, but also people’s usage habits and expectations. Using public applied research and industrial contract research, more than 50 employees from MUSE are working in six interdisciplinary teams to explore issues on user-specific demand, value creation and technology. Their research work involves: designing, developing as well as piloting innovative approaches, including business models for tomorrow’s sustainable, livable and adaptable cities, mobility, logistics and safety.

Our key research areas are:

  • Electromobility solutions and digitalization for vehicles
  • Sustainable mobility concepts and infrastructure
  • Urban supply and logistics solutions
  • Intelligent urban districts and surroundings
  • Urban innovation partnerships and strategies
  • Data-based business models for spatial infrastructure
  • Shaping user behavior and preferences
  • Resilient infrastructure and civil safety



Digitalization of municipal services

In the “AKTIV-kommunal” collaborative research project, Fraunhofer IAO and other project partners are developing concepts and instruments to support organizational change and innovation processes in the municipal service sector.


logSPAZE – Alternative Delivery Concepts for Citites

Together with the City Council and logistics service providers such as UPS, we’re testing how to switch from trucks to an environmentally friendly solution for what’s referred to as the last mile.


Morgenstadt: Creating the cities of tomorrow

11 different Fraunhofer institutes, 14 cities of varying sizes and 22 companies engaged in activities from automotive development to urban planning have come together to create the innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights« in order to collaboratively conceptualize and realize the future of an integrated, sustainable, liveable and resilient city of tomorrow.