Turing Lecture: Smarter cities

Learn more Add to Calendar 11/22/2016 01:30 PM 11/22/2016 05:00 PM Europe/London Turing Lecture: Smarter cities Location of the event
Tuesday 22 Nov 2016
Time: 13:30 - 17:00

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The Turing Lectures


In this Turing Lecture, Department of Transport’s Professor Phil Blythe will discuss the effects of evolving techniques in the transport sector, and how they are being implemented to change the way we travel. Whilst Sir Alan Wilson will discuss the history of cities and the ground-breaking techniques that are being implemented to revolutionise the future of cities, and benefit our everyday lives.

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With the rapid advancements in technologies that can be applied to deliver transport differently, we are on the cusp of something exciting, with the potential to revolutionise the way we travel and how we deliver transport services in the future. This talk will examine the use of sensing, and other IoT sources, to collect and generate large amounts of transport related data, the analysis of this data, and its use to deliver more joined up and ‘smarter’ transport. Coupled with this: the move towards automated systems; changes in demographics, use and ownership; new innovations in business models and the drive to decarbonise the transport sector - all will shape future transport and raise their own challenges.

In this lecture, Phil Blythe will discuss the elements that are shaping future transport and consider how big data and data analytics are at the centre of the changing face of transport, whilst setting out some questions and challenges to The Alan Turing Institute and the wider analytical community.


Professor Phil Blythe CEng, FIET is Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Transport (DOT) and Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) at Newcastle University. In his role at the DOT he provides a challenge function to the Department on the use of science and engineering evidence in policy making and also ensuring the Department is best informed on new innovations and technologies that may impact on the delivery of transport schemes.

Through the CSA network he also ensures that there is significant cross-government cooperation on science, engineering and technology issues. At Newcastle University Phil’s research portfolio covers a wide range of areas where ITS has been applied to transport. His primary research is forward looking and attempts to bridge the technology-policy gap in terms of what technologies may evolve to meet future policy objectives or indeed influence future policy thinking, particularly in the smart city/smart transport domain. Internationally, Phil manages a portfolio of research projects funded by the EPSRC, Europe, Industry and Government.

He is a member of the ERTICO (ITS Europe) Supervisory Board and advises the Commission on ITS research strategy.  Phil was, until recently, a member of the ITS World Congress Board of Directors and the Scientific Papers Review Committee. He chairs the IET’s Transport Policy Panel and has acted as an advisor to the UK and European governments in various areas of intelligent transport and more recently also in the connected and autonomous vehicles, electromobility and smart cities agendas. In March 2012 Phil was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS.