This final event is for the SIMM (Services for Intelligent Mobility Management) research cluster, a Digital Economy cluster funded by EPSRC. The overall aim of the SIMM research cluster is to explore the research challenges associated with how to exploit the capabilities of the digital economy to promote and enable the development of new services to support and improve the decision making capability of travellers, transport network managers and the wider community.

The SIMM research cluster is a partnership of 12 academic groups and 3 industrial organisations with active research and business interests in the development of the digital economy and its relationship to transport:

Academic Groups
University of Bath – Department of Computer Science
University of Birmingham – School of Computer Science
Imperial College London – Centre for Transport Studies, Electrical Engineering and Computing Science, Internet Centre
Newcastle University – Transport Operations Research Group
University of Nottingham – Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy
University of Oxford – Oxford e-Research Centre
University of Southampton – Electronics and Computer Science
University of Surrey – School of Management
Swansea University – Institute of Advanced Telecommunications
University College London – Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of the West of England – Centre for Transport and Society
University of York – Department of Mathematics

Industrial Organisations
British Telecom
Rolls Royce

The consortium spans 4 key technical areas of direct relevance to the digital economy in a transport context; computing, communications, positioning and navigation and transport modelling. In addition, the industrial partners provide a range of domain experience that compliments the academic experience.

Up to now through a series of workshops and conferences, backed by web based interaction and resources, the SIMM cluster has established new multidisciplinary collaborations to investigate the future of transport and the role that the digital economy may play. These collaborations, which have included extensive interaction with stakeholders, will use this final workshop to define, scope and prioritise research challenges and form relationships and clusters to take forward research ideas to a variety of funding sources.

Moreover, the outputs of this workshop will also feed in to the newly awarded Digital Economy Hub, based here in Newcastle, called SIDE, which was launched by Lord Drayson in April 2009: Press Release

With the talent, vision and expertise that we can draw upon in the region, this event will help define the future vision for digital transport in a digital Britain, and also helping the Department for Transport to deliver DaSTS.

We have organised the programme of this event to be ‘digital’ in that our home page is a blog for updates in preparation for the event, giving you the opportunity to comment and influence the content of the day. We have an exciting programme, which will include a live blog for remote participation, and the day is designed to be interactive and facilitate as much contributions from the audience as possible. The event is free due to the support of our sponsors, however, places are strictly limited so please register for a digi-ticket ASAP to avoid disappointment. If you are unable to attend, details of how to participate remotely will be uploaded to the blog in the coming days, so watch this space.

The venue we have chosen reflects a changing society and a changing economy. The venue would have been in its prime during the Industrial Revolution and reflects the North East’s rich transport innovation heritage and its then contribution to the British economy. By holding the workshop in Hoults Yard, we are confident that we will be inspired by the past to identify and debate the big challenges surrounding the new industrial revolution – the digital economy – and to explore how digital transport can serve a digital Britain.


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