Session 2: Research Projects and Regional Users - East Midlands, UK

The East Midlands (UK) regional research cluster has been working closely with the Regional Development Agency and the local authorities on a coordinated agenda for regional transport innovation. The regional research cluster is working with the City Council and Leicestershire County Council to integrate the activities of THE ISSUE Project with the economic strategies and local transport plans for the Leicester and Leicestershire Sub-region.

The university partners - the University of Leicester, De Montfort University, and the University of Nottingham - are developing innovative solutions in areas of Intelligent Traffic Management (ITM) by applying geospatial science, satellite navigation, earth observation and satellite telecommunications technologies to non-space industry sector problems, e.g. location-based services, GNSS in public transport, GMES to manage urban traffic-induced pollution and telematic applications for ITS systems.

GRACE and G-STEP are central components within the cluster supporting knowledge exchange, training and joint development programmes, particularly with SMEs, using technologies from GNSS (satellite navigation) and GMES (Earth Observation) respectively. Astrium GEO-Information Services is one of the largest geospatial companies in the UK, based in the East Midlands, and leads the ITRAQ project. They are an active member of the regional cluster, and have multiple studentship linkages with both Leicester and Nottingham Universities.

Professor Paul Monks

University Of Leicester

Professor Paul Monks is a founding co-director of G-STEP (GMES – Space Technology Exchange Partnership) which is the University of Leicester’s groundbreaking academic-business partnership through which knowledge and expertise in Earth Observation Sciences is made available to business.

Paul Monks’ primary research interests are in the fields of atmospheric chemistry particularly organic complexity and the control of regional pollution and the feedbacks between climate and atmospheric chemistry. Paul is a co-director of the UK Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation, a task leader for the EU-ACCENT network and a member of the Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution. He is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr Eric Goodyer

De Montfort University

Dr Eric Goodyer is an engineer with 30 years experience of developing industrial, laboratory and commercial instrumentation. These range from one-off bespoke systems through to products for volume production. Typical systems require sensors and actuators, connected with local wired or wireless networks, which communicate with a remote server. The use of satellite downstream data is becoming more common in such systems. Recent projects include the following:

  • Auto-Txt: the first vehicle tracking, immobilisation and recovery system that meets the rigorous European CAT 5 requirements.
  • iTRAQ: a joint venture with Leicester University, Leicester City Council and Infoterra, which will use GNSS and EO data to provide data feeds to a computational intelligence system that will provide Dynamic traffic Management to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Professor Mike Jackson

University of Nottingham

Professor Mike Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Geospatial Science at the University of Nottingham and was founder/director of its Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS). He is a board director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Chair of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) and a member of the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) GI Board.

He has 30 Years commercial, government and academic experience in spatial data infrastructures (SDI), location-based services (LBS), geospatial intelligence, geographic information systems (GIS), computer-based mapping, and remote sensing. Previously he was Director of the Space Division at QinetiQ, Head of Location Platform at Hutchison 3G ("3").

Earlier he was CEO of geospatial software developer Laser-Scan Holdings plc and held research/management posts at the Natural Environment Research Council (during which time he was a Principal Investigator for NASA), the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell and the Department of the Environment.

Andrew Groom

Astrium Geo-Information Services

Andrew Groom is an Earth Observation Consultant with Astrium Geo-Information Services. His project experience includes numerous national and European initiatives with a focus predominantly on land applications. His particular research interest is the development of automated and semi-automated mapping solutions using object-oriented techniques applied to optical satellite data. Andrew also has significant commercial experience gained in the financial services sector, predominantly through a range of analytical roles with global investment banking institutions.

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