Centre of Applied Research for Technical Innovation

The Centre of Applied Research for Technical Innovation (CARTI) aims to drive technical innovation for a more sustainable world. Its overarching theme is the Resilient City: a liveable, resilient and sustainable urban environment.

CARTI is a joint initiative involving all the engineering study programmes at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Professors, researchers, lecturers and students have organised themselves into research groups to conduct practice-based research into the development of the Resilient City. These studies are carried out at the request of businesses and organisations.

Resilient City

The research areas of the research groups comprise different aspects of the Resilient City. Increasing urbanisation, the energy transition and material scarcity and wastage make it vital to prepare cities for a sustainable future. This transition requires a comprehensive approach, in which accessibility, liveability, sustainability, air quality, auditory health and economic vitality are inextricably linked.

Increasing urbanisation and changing household compositions also pose challenges with respect to infrastructure, security and the environment. CARTI explores areas including the circular economy, robotisation and the creation of smart cities to help meet these challenges. Smart cities have features such as highly developed public transport systems and online platforms that boost efficiency in the city’s organisation.


A number of research groups operate under the umbrella of the centre of applied research. They create future-oriented concepts and practical solutions for a more sustainable world. All groups take their own field as their starting point.

CARTI also collaborates with universities of technology, other universities of applied sciences and partner companies. The knowledge we acquire is shared and applied immediately in both the industry and our teaching. This way, our students are made familiar with new technologies from day 1.