Full Name: IFSTTAR – INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L’AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX / FRENCH INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSPORT, DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKS.
IFSTTAR, is a player in the European research on the city and the territories, transportation and civil engineering, born in 2011 from the merger of INRETS and LCPC, is a Public Institution of a Scientific and Technical Nature, under the joint supervision of the ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy and the ministry of higher education and research.
IFSTTAR’s role is to carry out development and innovation in the areas of urban engineering, civil engineering, and construction materials, natural hazards, the transportation of persons and goods, systems and means of transport and their safety, infrastructure, and investigate their uses and impacts from the technical, economic, social, health, energy, environmental and human points of view.
The Institute’s principal aims
To carry fundamental and applied research, perform methodological studies and develop tests and prototypes
To conduct all types of expert appraisals and advisory work
To implement a scientific and technical information policy and disseminate the knowledge, through publications, technical regulations and standards
To pursue a policy to exploit the results of its scientific and technological research, by means of technical support, technology transfer and certification tests
To play a role in training by and for research and both vocational and in-service training
To help to export its expertise and the techniques it develops and gain better international exposure for them.
VRA – Vehicle and Road Automation is a support action funded by the European Union to create a collaboration network of experts and stakeholders working on deployment of automated vehicles and its related infrastructure.