Members of the Centre for Transport Research were delighted to welcome Philip Rutnam, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport and his colleague John Dowie, Director General for Roads and Local Transport on Wednesday 27th January. We had a very successful meeting, highlighting some of our research in Transport and the Digital Economy and discussing the importance of digital applications to encourage smart mobility.
Prof John Nelson, Director of CTR, provided an overview of current research activities in Transport. Dr Kate Pangbourne, Research Fellow in Computing Sciences spoke about the EU MyWay project which aims to improve citizens’ mobility by integrating more modes into journey planning. Dr Caitlin Cottrill, Lecturer in Digital Economy in CTR, presented a sample of research in transport and social media, highlighting current EU-funded research to develop an app to encourage carpooling (the SocialCar project), as well as CTR’s work with FirstGroup to encourage use of social media and also ESRC-funded work completed around the use of twitter during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.