Intelligent Transport Systems
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This course provides:
- timely information on many of the key state of the art of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Intelligent Mobility services being adopted by the transport industry;
- an understanding of the philosophy of why technology has been developed to support the management and control of the transport sector and how the systems and services have an influence on transport policy development;
- an understanding of the basic building blocks and techniques used in the delivery of ITS systems and services including the main communications and information backbones developed for the UK;
- an understanding of the processes in the development of a business case for investment in ITS from different viewpoints and the subsequent cost benefit and economic appraisal of proposed projects from both the private and public sector perspectives as well as the end users' willingness to pay for many of the optional services;
- an appreciation of the building blocks of ITS systems and services and, through examples, a critical examination of a range of ITS deployments and the policies they are designed to support;
- an introduction to key research areas of ITS at Newcastle University, to see practical examples of leading edge ITS and to gain some hands on experience of the research systems and the data collected from them to support our aim of Research led Teaching.
The course sets all of the above in the context of the current UK and global challenges in transport, energy, sustainability and climate change and provides a vision of how smart technologies will be adopted to optimise and better manage the transport networks of the future.
The course will provide delegates with:
- an understanding of why ITS have developed in the way they have within transport and the potential benefits of their use;
- knowledge of the key building blocks of ITS and how they are combined to deliver systems;
- familiarity with the main systems, services and techniques that practitioners and local authorities may be tasked with implementing and running over the next decade or so;
- an appreciation of the policy drivers, financial/investment issues and the social and economic impacts of introducing new technologies and service delivery channels in the transport sector;
- an understanding of the role ITS can play and its limitations in the current economic environment of low-spending on transport infrastructure and the effects austerity may have on travel and the investment in technology to better manage travel demand and all its dis-benefits (congestion, pollution, climate change and energy use);
- a critical appreciation of the context in which ITS is used and how it is likely to evolve and play an ever increasing part in sensing, managing and controlling transport networks of the future.
The course will also give delegates the ability to:
- understand the applications and services that could be delivered and the underlying technologies utilised by these;
- understand the effects of implementing such applications and demonstrate the application of techniques;
- understand and be able to apply new and emerging ITS systems and services to a range of transport problems and situations with an appreciation of the benefits that such deployments could derive;
- critically assess ITS and e-Services from cost-benefit and generalised economic analysis.
- Context of the evolution of ITS through the research programmes of the 1980s and 1990s to the early deployments in the 2000s and the gradual implementation of major integrated systems and 'consumer ITS' in the past decade. This will include a brief introduction to ITS research programmes from across the world.
- Introduction to key professional bodies in the ITS world and ITS resources available to support knowledge gathering and research.
- The building blocks of ITS: communications; sensor; data processing; Human Machine Interface and computing technologies.
- The evolution from ITS.
- Putting ITS into the political context providing examples of white papers, transport acts and EU directives that shape the development and deployment of ITS Systems and Services, including 'doing more for less', the compelling case for ITS and smart systems in an age of austerity.
Following on from the background and introductory foundation information, the remainder of the course focuses on introducing key areas of ITS which will include:
- the fundamental principles of the system or service;
- the wider political and challenge context;
- technologies deployed;
- case studies and experiences from practitioners;
- impacts and benefits;
- future vision.
These areas will include:
- Intelligent Mobility Concepts;
- Public transport systems: covering a broad sweep of technologies from electronic ticketing, AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location), journey planning, DRT (Demand Responsive Transport), information systems, PT (Public Transport) priority systems and new innovations in PT delivery and operation;
- Safety systems: the six categories of safety systems and ITS examples and impacts of each;
- Environmental sensing;
- ITS and the aging society: supporting older drivers and travellers to maintain their mobility;
- Electromobility: electric vehicles and their associated charging and management infrastructure;
- Eco-driving and whole journey monitoring and analysis: The Newcastle DriveLAB;
- ITS to support the principles of demand management.
Finally, the course provides insights into future developments and visions of ITS and how it may be deployed in the future through visioning scenarios and other techniques.
The range of examples, applications and services may change from year to year to reflect the hot topics and political realities of ITS deployment and the key University research projects running in the current academic year. Some of the topics listed in the Course Outline deliberately overlap with topics covered (in more detail) in the ITS specialist courses
Electromobility and Low Carbon Vehicles and Intelligent Transport Systems Technologies, Systems and Implementation.
Update to course content
Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.
Who is the course aimed at?
The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems so that a delegate would understand how, why and where they are deployed and how such systems could be deployed in different ways to tackle a particular problem. This course is not intended to give a highly technical view of the ITS landscape from the computing science/electronic/communications engineering point of view.
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
- Intelligent Transport Systems
We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.
The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.
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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Academic Module Outline
This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8422) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.
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