Professor Michael Schreckenberg, born 1956 in Düsseldorf, studied theoretical physics at the University of Cologne, where he got in 1985 his PhD in statistical physics. In 1994 he moved to the University Duisburg-Essen, where he became the first German professor for Physics of Transport and Traffic in 1997. Since more than ten years he is working on modelling, simulation and optimisation of large-scale transportation systems, especially road traffic and the influence of human behaviour on it. His current activities include online traffic-forecasts on the highway network in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the reaction of drivers on traffic information and the analysis of a crowd of panicking people.
Transportation and traffic are in our highly mobilized world two of the great challenges of the future which it is necessary to solve building on mobility. Firstly, the set of the goods, information and persons which must be transported on the highways enlarges daily. Parallelly, both the number of the jams and the duration of the transportation increase. Of which one hoped even new technologies ("multimedia") that they would make a part of the transportation superfluously, suffer from transportation problems ("jam on the information highway") recently.
With regard to these great tasks of the future very good career prospects will open up for experts in the field. A degree in the studies direction “Physics of Transportation and Traffic” makes the student such an expert.