Internship – Re-implementation of a land use / transport model

In the steep team, our aim is to develop mathematical and computational decision-making tools to support decision makers in the implementation of the transition to sustainability.To do so, we use and implement various energy / environment / land-use / transport models. These models are designed to simulate the effects of a given policy, or to optimize a policy choice under constraints.

In particular, we are interested in TRANUS, which is an integrated land use and transport modeling package Tranus simulates the location of activities in space, land use, the real estate market and the transportation system. It may be applied to urban or regional scales. It is specially designed for the simulation of the probable effects of projects and policies of different kinds in cities and regions, and to evaluate the effects from economic, financial and environmental points of view. TRANUS is actually developped in Fortran. In order to understand the behaviours of TRANUS, the aim of this internship is to re-implement some modules of TRANUS from the technical description. The used languages will be first Matlab / Scilab, then C++ or java. A first step of retro-engineering would be useful.

Environment: The project will be carried out in the STEEP lab at INRIA Rhône-Alpes, under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Prados (INRIA) and Dr. Elise Arnaud (LJK, UJF). This position is offered at the Rhône-Alpes Research Unit of INRIA, located near Grenoble and Lyon. The Unit includes more than 700 people, in 34 research teams and 10 support departments.

Salary: around 1100 euros /  month

Profile and conditions for applicants: We are seeking qualified and motivated applicants with strong skills in computer science. Knowledge of programming languages is necessary.

Duration: 6 months.


  • To apply, please send a pdf file containing a complete CV, your publication list, a cover letter and a list of three references (with telephone numbers and postal and e-mail addresses) toElise Arnaud.
  • deadline : 10th of December, 2010