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The ISAC welcomes its new Head of Institute!

We are delighted to welcome University Professor Dr.-Ing. Alvaro Garcia Hernandez as Professor of Road Science at the Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

His international and diverse professional career includes an associate professorship at the University of Nottingham, among other things. Now Prof. Dr.-Ing. Garcia Hernandez takes over the leadership of the Chair and Institute for Road Sciences.

Efficient road infrastructure and automation, such as materials, construction, and maintenance work in road engineering, have been the focus of his previous research. This expertise will be of great value, especially about our research visions around the street of the future.


New Course: Machine Learning in Civil Engineering

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Starting in the summer semester, the Chair and the Institute of Highway Engineering will offer a new series of courses: Machine Learning in Civil Engineering.

A lecture as well as an exercise provide basic knowledge about different machine learning methods in theory and practice.



Student Assistant Wanted: Virtual Reality-Unity

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For our team we are looking for a student assistant with computer science background to support the further development and supervision of this driving simulator as well as to assist the scientific staff in research projects involving the simulator.



SRT-Training 2023

This year's SRT training will be held on Tuesday, March 07 and Wednesday, March 08, 2023.

More about our Calibration Facility


Traffic Engineering: Our Digitization Research Group gets a New Team Leader

The Institute of Highway Engineering of RWTH Aachen University says goodbye to its senior engineer and head of the department of traffic digitization, Dr.-Ing. Adrian Fazekas, who found a new field of activity at the Federal Highway Research Institute at the beginning of the month. We sincerely thank him for ten years of excellent work and wish him all the best!

Serge Lamberty (M. Sc.) succeeds him in the institute management as well as at the head of the digitization research group at ISAC. Best wishes also to this new position, we are looking forward to the cooperation and many exciting joint projects!


Pentecost Field Trip 2022

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This year the Institute of Highway Engineering offers once again the participation in the joint Pentecoast excursion of the RWTH Aachen University’s traffic chairs. The excursion will take place from 07.06.2022 to 09.06.2022.

We will head for various exciting and diverse locations and institutions in NRW. This year's destinations include for instance the Rhine Bridge construction site in Leverkusen, the DuraBAST site in Cologne and the KoMo:Dnext cooperative in Düsseldorf.



Aachen Road Symposium 2022 as a Hybrid Event

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Sustainability and climate protection are among the most important challenges of our time - also with regard to current and future transport infrastructures. Therefore, we are looking forward to the Aachen Symposium on Roads 2022: This year, the focus will be on introducing the concept of sustainability into the road sector. The symposium will provide an overview of the relevant aspects, covering the entire life cycle of a road infrastructure. Among other things, planning and contracting, material and production, transport and manufacturing as well as operation and finally recycling will be considered.

The Aachen Symposium on Road Infrastructure will take place on June 09, 2022 as a hybrid event:

  • Live – Conference venue: SuperC (Ford and Generali Hall, 6th floor), RWTH Aachen University, Templergraben 57, 52062 Aachen, Germany.
  • Web – Conference: Online participation via Zoom, you will receive the access data after registration.

Register online by 03 June 2022 and be there, on-site or digitally!



Dr.-Ing. Dirk Kemper Becomes Deputy Director of the Institute

At the beginning of November, our former director Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser, took office as president of the Federal Highway Research Institute. We are pleased that Prof. Oeser will nevertheless remain with the institute as a lecturer. Within the framework of a deputy professorship, Dr.-Ing. Dirk Kemper will now take over the management of the Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering at RWTH Aachen University until a successor is found.

We wish them both all the best for their new positions!


Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser becomes new President of the BASt

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The ISAC congratulates our director Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser on his assignment as President of the Federal Highway Research Institute! He will take over the office from November 2021, his appointment was proposed by the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer.

Since 2011, Professor Oeser has headed the Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, he has also been Dean at the Faculty of Civil Engineering since 2015, a member of the Board of the Faculty Association of Engineering and Computer Science at Universities e.V. (4ING) and, since 2021, chairman of the Fakultätentag für Bauingenieurwesen, Geodäsie und Umweltingenieurwesen e.V. (FTBGU). During this time, Professor Oeser's work has continued to enhance the long-standing reputation of our research institution in both basic and practice-oriented research. We therefore express our sincere gratitude for these valuable and productive years of collaboration.

We bid farewell to Professor Oeser with the regret of losing such an institute director. At the same time, we are pleased, both for Professor Oeser personally and for the BASt, and wish him all the best in his new position.

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Photorealistic Animated Films in Teaching

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With the goal of training very good engineers, we supplement our courses with photo-realistic 3D animation films. In cooperation with a professional visualization agency, the authoritative laboratory tests of road construction technology are depicted.

We regularly present more information and sample videos on our LinkedIn profile. - Detect and report dangerous spots on roads

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At and in the app (Android and iOS), you can point out dangerous spots yourself. Others are warned via smartphone or navigation device and can thus react appropriately. Therefore, everyone is called upon to report dangerous spots and contribute to more safety on the roads. The number of accidents is constantly increasing, and the causes are often misjudgement and late noticing of dangers. With FeGiS+, hazards are detected and accidents are prevented by means of established data sources and the input of the website. Risks are recognized and safer routes are offered.

Road safety and prevention are offered new opportunities. FeGiS+ is funded in the Modernity Fund ("mFund") by the BMVI. In 2017 and 2018, the platform developed with the Safer Roads Initiative was successfully tested in a study that was also funded.


ISAC - Now also on LinkedIn

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Follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates, on research and teaching at our institute for example! There you will also find exciting insights and facts about our main research areas of construction technology, traffic engineering and tunnel technology.ßenwesen-aachen