Curricula Enrichment delivered through the Application of Location-based Services to Intelligent Transport Systems (LBS2ITS)
Sri Lanka faces many transportation challenges. Constraints such as timely access to modern technology and the lack of appropriately trained personnel have contributed to increasing social, economic and environmental concerns around road safety, pollution and transport inefficiencies. We will address these issues through enrichment of the university curricula. Specifically, the integration of Location-based Services (LBS) into Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
LBS deliver information based on the location of objects. Smart transportation is therefore an ideal LBS application since it is based on locating people (e.g. using smartphones) and objects (e.g. cars, trains, etc.). As LBS evolve rapidly, there is an increasing need to train the next generation of skilled professionals who can leverage these new capabilities. This is important for Sri Lanka, where population growth and resource constraints demand the urgent use of emerging technologies to secure the safety and sustainability of their society. This level of education in the partner country is in its infancy and cannot rapidly deliver the knowledge inputs required to change transport management decision-making.
LBS2ITS is based on a consortium of three EU and four Sri Lankan Universities. It will build a fully immersive and integrated LBS teaching and learning experience applied to smart transportation systems. The outcome will be an innovative digital learning environment supporting synthetic and real-world learning experiences. It will encourage self-paced learning modules for both teacher and student cohorts. It will contain digital resource kits for student interaction with modern equipment, continuous assessment and two-way feedback. Webinars and virtual experiences will underpin real-world Problem-based Learning (PBL) scenarios. A key novelty will be inclusion of industry representatives and external experts in the advisory groups. These will support our dissemination and quality control initiatives as well as the relevance of the PBL and student learning outcomes. Mentorship as well as a focus on cultural awareness, gender equity and social parity will govern our principles for curricula enrichment.
Project start: 15.01.2021
Project duration: 3 years (till 14.01.2024)
Funding: Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education
Project No.: 618657-EPP-1-2020-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Project partners: Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL), University of Moratuwa (UOM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU)