Internet of Cars Symposium

24 September 2014, Hartley Suite, University of Southampton 09.30 – 16.30

The Internet of Cars distributed exhibition and symposium is the culmination of a three year research project entitled Sixth Sense Transport and the work of its research team that has developed technologies to help understand the potential for new forms of networked transport. The themes presented in the symposium reflect the researchers’ interests in how networked technology can help inform and reveal new opportunities for travel.

The title of the event “The Internet of Cars”, represents the possible futures that ubiquitous computing may have for new travel opportunities as networked technology finds connections between people, routes and both public and private modes of travel. To this day, transport systems remain tied to the 19th Century model of clocks and timetables but as the real-time connections between ourselves, our cars, buses and trains are made, we are beginning to see new ways of getting around emerge. The symposium brings together academics, transport experts and other interested parties to explore what an Internet of Cars might be like.


09.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Welcome by John Preston Head of the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Unit and Professor of Rail Transport at the University of Southampton

10.10 Introduction to the Day by Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh and Tom Cherrett, University of Southampton.

10.20 Part 1: The Internet of Cars, chaired by Janet Dickinson

10.20 -10.40 Understanding traffic patterns and regular travellers using registration plate data – Dr. Tom Cherrett Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Transport Planning, University of Southampton.

10.45 – 11.05 Apps that use the car as an information and object carrier – ‘Travelling Treasures’ and ‘CoGet’ – Professor Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

11.10 -11.30 Intelligent mobility for rural areas: a user-centric approach – Professor John Nelson, Chair in Transport Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

11.30 -11.50 Questions / Discussion

11.50 -12.10 Visualising the Internet of Cars through digital art: Introduction to the Internet of Cars exhibition art works – Helen Sloan, Director SCAN.

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 Part 2: Understanding travel movement and the role for ubiquitous computing and the scope for connected vehicles – Chaired by Tom Cherrett

13.15 – 13.35 6th Sense Camping: Understanding flow and movement in a leisure setting – Dr. Janet Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Bournemouth University.

13.40 – 14.00 London City Dashboard – visualising flows and movements in London – Dr. Andy Hudson-Smith, Director and Deputy Chair of the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London.

14.05 – 14.25 Connected vehicles: current trends, future scope, key issues – Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting.

14.25 – 14.45 Questions / Discussion

15.05 Part 3: Technology to aid transport connections and network management – Chaired by Chris Speed

15:05 – 15:25 Making connections and scheduling on the route to school – the Smartphone enabled Walking School Bus – Dr. Sarah Norgate, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Salford.

15.30 – 15.50 Using smartphones and smart sensors to connect Oxfam’s donation infrastructure – Dr Tom Cherrett, Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Transport Planning, University of Southampton.

15.55 – 16.15 The Smart Streets Hub: An Internet of Things Approach to Highways Maintenance – Professor Nigel Davies, Professor of Mobile Computing, Lancaster University.

16.15 – 16.30 Questions / Discussions

16.30 Reflection & Close

16.40 Networking Opportunity

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