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Professor Margaret Bell wins Outstanding Personal Contribution award

Margaret has been honoured by ITS United Kingdom, the association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems.

​For many years Margaret Bell has researched traffic flow monitoring, modelling, and control in order to understand the relationships between different traffic regimes and emissions and health impacts.  She was a leader in the development of the “Instrumented City” concept in which a range of ITS tools enables:

  • the development of on-line traffic noise and emission models
  • forecasting of air quality by novel statistical methods
  • ITS-based strategies to control ‘hotspot’ emissions

Professor Bell has also publicised warnings on the health impacts of vehicle emissions. Her early work showed conclusively how the exposure of school children to traffic related pollution affected asthma and other respiratory difficulties.  She has set up the Newcastle University Integrated Database and Analysis Platform, NUIDAP, for continuous measurement and real-time analysis of traffic, pollution and meteorological conditions and air pollution prediction.

Margaret is a member of the UK Research Council Peer Review College and advisor to seven overseas governments, as well as being the Founding Chair of the society’s Smart Environment Forum, and has also given evidence at the Commons Transport Select Committee.

Professor Bell’s was one of five awards handed out by ITS (UK) President Steve Norris (pictured, with Professor Bell), the ceremony for which took place in Coventry this month​.

Professor Margaret Bell receives award from Steve Norris at the ITS (UK) awards ceremony
Professor Margaret Bell receives award from ITS President Steve Norris at the ITS (UK) awards ceremony

published on: 25 October 2019