Round up for the summer

A huge thank you to everyone who attended Where do you think you’re going…? on Thursday 25th June and helped to make it such a great success.

We had an incredible response, not only from speakers and delegates but also in the blogging and tweeting world, and although we were confident that we had brought together the right people together to discuss the challenges of digital transport, the feedback has been very rewarding for all those involved in the organisation. If you have any further comments please feel free to fill out this questionnaire (even if you didn’t attend!).
Special thanks to Justin Souter, Graham Jordan and to our 16 speakers for all their efforts, and to Hoults Yard for hosting us in such style.
Digital Transport is now on vacation but activities will resume as part of the Digital Economy Hub, SIDE, which will be launched in the Autumn.
Thanks again!

Nick Illsley: Feedback from WDYTYG

Even an analogue person like me can be fascinated by the new multi-channel, user-generated, community-based, digital world that is appearing all around. The session prompted far more questions than answers for me (which is great) and on my return to the office I asked my team to think about how we should use Twitter, Social Networking and User-generated content to chart a course for TD into the brave new world!

In addition I made lots of new contacts and discussed a number of exiting collaborations, if just one comes off it will repay my time in Newcastle ten-fold.

A Huge Post-Event Thank You!

Well, that was one really great day – we enjoyed it and we really hope you enjoyed it too, whether you were there physically or virtually, and found it an exciting, different, innovative and thought-provoking event!

Mega-mega-thanks to all of you who attended, who presented, who provided demonstrations, who blogged, tweeted, or commented on proceedings, those who moved tables, chairs, stands, food’n’drink, boats(!), those who distributed labels, made badges, put up directional signs and a lot, lot more.

Your contributions will prove invaluable to the final SIMM report and will help shape the future of Digital Transport for a Digital Britain. Hopefully we all are a bit more clearer as to ‘where we are going…’ now!

The WDYTYG team

Making your way to the event

We really don’t want you to get lost on your way to Hoults Yard!

If you are driving, they have kindly supplied us with detailed directions of how to get there from all directions, whether you’re coming from within Newcastle, from Scotland or from Cornwall.

Please see our handy travel page for Public Transport details.

Questions for the Ana’Blog…

We’ve been having a think about what questions need to be answered when we’re using the Ana’blog during the day and have come up with the following:

– Transport Now

What are the big challenges we currently face in transport?

What are the key priorities for transport in the North East?

 – Enabling Technologies

What are the tools available now? – What can be used/what’s missing?

How do we cater for the analogue users? Can we in a digital world/ how do we avoid excluding people?

 – Black box

How will digital transport meet the key challenges of congestion, climate change, and energy use?

What are the big challenges in creating digital transport? e.g. Privacy and Trust

What are the key drivers and technologies needed for digital transport?

Does Digital Transport need to be coordinated or allowed to grow organically?

 – Future Transport

How will digital transport contribute to the digital economy?

What will digital transport look like?

Will we travel at all?

How/where will we live and work?

 What have we missed? – post your questions and/or answers and we will add them to the Anablog on the day.

Cars going digital – Graham Jordon

Ok, so when all our cars have DAB radios we can truly do some clever stuff with traffic management, driver guidance etc etc etc.  Right.  But this article suggests it’ll be 2026 before that happens.  Discuss?




A central issue is the design of algorithms which connect people’s travel
desires and choices; and the transport system reactions to those desires and

Thus the largest and most immediate challenge it seems to me is how to
specify control or algorithm systems which mediate and lie between
travellers and the transport system. These will not all be “controllable” of
course. However those that are should be designed to maximise benefits for
travellers and non-travellers; subject to resource and other constraints.

This involves mathematics and we are a long way along the road of solving
this problem; the main challenge in DE will I think be to complete that

This issue also includes the notion of stability and robustness; an unstable
or non-robust system will be likely to be very frustrating and wasteful.
(Credit crunch writ large?) So stability and robustness (and also
predictability?) must be an essential element in the above central
[Transport in the DE] issue.


I suggest that the development of suggested research consortia and
programmes arising from SIMM should carry on over the next few months; and not all be decided on the day. Research proposals need to mature with
interactions and thought and I suggest need months to develop.

I would be interested in developing a proposal along the lines described
briefly above over the next two months.

I would like to involve any interested SIMM members in that; and also other
interested contributors to the SIMM wind up day. SIMM should I think make
every to enable that sort of thing as far as it is able to.

Have a very good and successful day!!

Mike Smith