Workshop to map future of transport solutions

Posted by pt91 at Dec 17, 2012 12:31 PM |
Event with University of Leicester scientists explores how innovative technology can help with traffic problems

Issued by Leicester City Council on 12 December 2012

A WORKSHOP exploring how cutting-edge technology could be used to help tackle local transport priorities will be held in Leicester this Friday (Dec 14).

The one-day workshop - which will take place at De Montfort University - will bring together representatives from some the region's most innovative technology-based companies with council policy makers and key researchers from local universities.

It will explore how, through more collaborative working, new technology could be used to ease urban traffic congestion, help reduce carbon emissions, and improve the impact of transport on the local economy, air quality and public health.

Around 80 delegates are expected to attend. They will be welcomed by Leicester's Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer.

Cllr Palmer said: "Making Leicester a low-carbon city is one of our main priorities and taking a lead of this kind of innovative research is essential to helping prepare for and tackle issues around congestion, climate change and air quality in the future."

The workshop is being held as part of THE ISSUE, a £3 million multi-national project funded by the European Commission. It is part of a wider programme to promote joint working and knowledge exchange between the East Midlands and eight other European regions.

Leicester City Council, the universities of Leicester, De Montfort and Nottingham, and Leicester firm Infoterra Ltd (part of GEO-Information Division of Astrium Services) lead the regional project.

The workshop will also see the launch of a new directory of East Midlands-based companies that have research and technology expertise in the transport innovation sector.

Professor Alan Wells, scientific lead on THE ISSUE project at The University of Leicester's Space Research Centre, said: "THE ISSUE was set up to help connect research, businesses and local authorities at a regional level and encourage the sharing of research findings into important new fields such as smart, green and integrated transport.

"The new directory shows the tremendous range of expertise we have in the region in the transport innovation and space technology and IT sectors. We hope this directory and the wider project will help stimulate new collaborations between our regional and European partners."

Dr Eric Goodyer, a member of the De Montfort University’s Inter-Disciplinary Group in Intelligent Transport Systems, is leading the input of the university's research skills into the project.

He said: "We are delighted to be hosting this regional conference on behalf of THE ISSUE. By bringing together policy makers, local industry, and researchers we will be developing highly relevant supply chains. This research will be used by local businesses to deliver first class transport solutions for the public and local business.”

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