Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Through internationally oriented education and research, the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, is making a significant contribution to sustainable solutions to complex socio-technical problems. The Energy & Industry Section (E&I) of the TPM Faculty focuses on the innovative development of technological ‘software’, i.e. structured methods and tools for integrated design and management of process systems in the industry and the energy sectors, focusing not only on business economic goals, but also on environmental and social needs. The research group concentrates on process and energy systems in interaction with their physical, social, economic and regulatory environments. An important part of the research is performed within the framework of the Next Generation Infrastructures (NGI) research programme, which is carried out by a large international consortium of knowledge institutions, market players and governmental bodies. The mission of the NGI programme is to stimulate and support the development of more flexible, more reliable and more intelligent infrastructures and services. One of the important themes in this research programme is the modelling and simulation of large-scale infrastructure networks as socio-technical systems, using an agent-based modelling approach. In the TREsPASS project, TUD contributed its experience with socio-technical modelling in large-scale infrastructures to facilitate the quality of the data management, the model development process, and the system integration.