ERTICO is delighted to announce that the University of Limerick, a higher education institution in Limerick, Ireland, has joined its Partnership. This new collaboration opens ERTICO’s network to another important player in the Research sector.

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 16,500 students and around 1,700 staff.  The University offers programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering and construction, health and medicine, information and communication technology, law, mathematics and natural sciences and is particularly focused on research excellence. The campus is home to the Nexus Innovation Centre which supports spin-out activity in the region, and is central to the UL Enterprise Corridor which hosts leading R&D companies such as Johnson & Johnson. Adjacent to the University is the National Technology Park (NTP), Ireland’s first science/technology park (263 hectares), which is home to over 80 organisations employing over 3,000 people.

‘Renowned for its international excellence in research and innovation, ERTICO is delighted to welcome the University of Limerick to its Partnership. We are truly looking forward to developing and maintaining an active collaboration to reach our shared strategic goals. With all our Partners, we strive to grow and share knowledge to create safer, smarter and cleaner transport services and networks to the benefit of all in society today. The University of Limerick will undoubtedly be an ambitious Partner, given its reputation as a pioneer and innovator,’ states Jacob Bangsgaard, the CEO of ERTICO.

The University’s mission is to build on the expertise of scholars in creating, harnessing and imparting knowledge for the benefit of students and the enrichment of the local community.

‘The Vision of ERTICO centres around sustainability and efficiency aligns well with the UL mission. This impressive partnership will allow us to grow our collaboration base and add to the substantive research we already have in the area of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS).  We very much look forward to engaging with ERTICO in the coming years,’ says Prof Norelee Kennedy, the Vice President of Research, University of Limerick.

‘I see membership of ERTICO as a very exciting opportunity. There are many synergies between their research agenda and our own. It will allow us to share the expertise built up in the Emerging Risk Group (ERG)on a range of new technologies. In each case, be it the roll-out of automated vehicles or the use of artificial intelligence there is a requirement to construct an appropriate risk transfer and liability regime in order for these new valuable technologies to be sustainable into the future. Our group of researchers specialise in working with the insurance industry and others, membership of ERTICO will allow us to expand our partnership base,’ says Prof. Martin Mullins (Risk), Visiting Professor at the University of Limerick.

The University values and supports the excellence of output and achievement by its research community across all research areas and working together with ERTICO, it is expected that the collaboration will achieve shared goals in ITS development and sustainability.