Universities awarded funding to improve collaborations between academia and industry

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Universities of Leicester and Nottingham to work with the Transport Systems Catapult to develop economically beneficial transport

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 September 2014

The internationally-leading Universities of Leicester and Nottingham have successfully submitted the East Midlands Intelligent Mobility Partnership IMPETUS to the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) in order to research and develop economically beneficial transport for the future.

IMPETUS was selected to partner with the TSC in a novel programme that aims to improve the collaboration between academia and industry, promoting working with businesses and focusing on the development of products and solutions in the field of Intelligent Mobility.

In April, the recently created TSC released a competitive call for tenders to develop a long term University Network with regional technology activities.

From across the country promising proposals were submitted and fourteen universities were selected, including the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham. The winners were unveiled at the ‘Brains to Business’ symposium held at the recently opened Imovation Centre in Milton Keynes.

The TSC will be awarding £1 million over the next three years to support activities at the fourteen universities.

Professor Paul Monks, University of Leicester lead for IMPETUS, said: “The University of Leicester has leading research and development in the transport systems area, particularly working on intelligent traffic management to lessen environmental and health impacts as well as ground breaking technologies. Working with the TS Catapult will bring university knowledge and know-how straight to market in partnership with business.”

Steve Yianni, Chief Executive Officer of the TSC, said: “This programme will bring universities and businesses closer together to work on solutions to the most pressing transport challenges, and make those ideas a commercial success.”

IMPETUS brings a consortium of internationally known research academics in the core areas of Journey Experience, Intelligent Infrastructure and Future Transport Systems.

Based on a systems approach, the consortium of the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham and the TSC will work on areas such as passenger information requirements in the end-to-end journey, transport systems modelling, future cities, autonomous vehicles, environmental impact of transport, ubiquitous communications and positioning and advanced distributed sensory systems for transport control.

In addition, the University of Leicester has a number of flagship partnerships with Jaguar LandRover and MIRA, and regional SME engagement projects including G-STEP.

The Satellite Applications regional centre of excellence for the East Midlands, EMBRACE, led by the University of Leicester, brings structured programmes of engagement with SMEs and is pleased to see this programme awarded in Leicester as it will also strengthen the links of Space applications for transport solutions.

The University of Leicester has world-leading transport systems research and has pioneered novel business engagements mechanisms on which this programmes is built.



Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Dr Teresa Raventos on t.raventos@le.ac.uk or Professor Paul Monks on psm7@leicester.ac.uk

For more information about the fourteen selected universities please visit the Transport Systems Catapult website here: http://ts.catapult.org.uk/news1/-/asset_publisher/tDqW3YjSO45r/content/university-partnership/


Projects supporting the Partnership include research in:

  • Signal strength and network performance of wireless access in vehicular environments
  • Intelligent traffic control systems. Modelling air pollution and traffic with earth observation 3D mapping.
  • Using braking data to predict junctions with high accident risk
  • Mobile device access for pilot interactive HGV map application

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