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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 93.93K | Year: 2015

SIMPLIFAI - (pronounced simplify) - The project aims to address the challenges surrounding the complex interaction between environmental, social and economic aspects of urban transport movements. It will do this using advanced computing techniques to simplify the interaction between transport managers and users of transport networks. The study will build on state of the art transportation management systems and cutting edge research to produce a new form of transportation management to meet the urban transport challenges of the mid 21st Century. The project is a business led collaborative research project with industry partners BT, Infohub and KAM Futures, with technical / academic expertise from The University of Huddersfield. The challenge owner is Transport for Greater Manchester. The project combines environmental data sets with the data collected by the local authority to increase the resilience, quality of life and economic performance of the urban area using new ways of reasoning with and combining data.


Lowe A.W.,Transport for Greater Manchester | Partington D.R.,Transport for Greater Manchester | Richardson S.G.,Transport for Greater Manchester
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer | Year: 2015

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) recognises the importance of continuing to innovate and improve accessibility across all modes of transport and associated infrastructure within the conurbation. In 2008, when work began to expand the Metrolink light rail system, TfGM established a consultative group entitled the Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) to support this major civil engineering project. The DDRG enables TfGM to discharge its legal and ethical duties by providing a means of influencing the next generation of inclusive design by anticipating and proposing practical solutions in relation to gaps in existing accessibility guidance and standards. This paper details the approach taken to enable the DDRG to support meaningful and appropriate consultation using the life experience and technical knowledge of disabled people to support delivery of tangible project outcomes. The DDRG consultation process, recognised as a model of best practice by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, encompasses the whole project life cycle, from concept design stage, through detailed design, through to physically testing the installed works. The paper concludes with suggestions on how the model could be applied to other projects. © 2015, Thomas Telford Services Ltd. All rights reserved.


Edwards S.J.,Northumbria University | Partington D.,Transport for Greater Manchester | Matthews B.,University of Leeds | Blythe P.,Northumbria University
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer | Year: 2015

Powerful economic and social arguments exist for enhancing transport accessibility for older and disabled people, and these are reinforced through legislation and demographic trends towards an ageing society. While much effort has focused on modifications to physical infrastructure, vehicles and services to enhance their accessibility, the emergence of new technologies offers the potential for further accessibility improvements. This paper explores the role of new technologies, commonly referred to as intelligent transport systems, with particular emphasis on information services and their access through portable devices. It proceeds to discuss how new technologies, and their appropriate application and implementation for the benefit of older and disabled transport users, can be optimised through better stakeholder engagement. Making the best use of technology for enhancing transport accessibility is a challenge, but one that if met, offers enormous scope to improve mobility, health and wellbeing, not only for disabled and older people, but for all members of society. © ICE Publishing: All rights reserved


Gould N.,Manchester Metropolitan University | Atkin D.,Transport for Greater Manchester
Proceedings - 15th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT 2015, 14th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, IUCC 2015, 13th IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, DASC 2015 and 13th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, PICom 2015 | Year: 2015

Municipalities now collect large amounts of data that could be potentially used to guide road users and public transport users in their decision-making. However, these data sources are heterogeneous and a semantic layer, expressed in an ontology, is proposed to match data sources, traveler needs, and the context of their journeys in order to support decision-making. © 2015 IEEE.

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