Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

In response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Newcastle University is not delivering any face-to-face CPD programmes before January 2021. If you are interested in studying any of our modules online, contact the CPD Unit for advice.

About the Course

Intelligent Transport Systems

Take a detailed look at Intelligent Transport Systems and Intelligent Mobility Services. Timely information on many of the key state-of-the-art services adopted by the transport industry.

The course provides you with an understanding of:

  • the philosophy of why technology has been developed to support the management and control of the transport sector
  • how systems and services have an influence on transport policy development
  • 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

Find out about:

  • the processes in the development of a business case for investment in ITS from different viewpoints
  • the subsequent cost benefit and economic appraisal of proposed projects from both private and public sector perspectives
  • the end users' willingness to pay for many of the optional services


  • 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

You'll also:

  • be introduced to key research areas of ITS at Newcastle University
  • see practical examples of leading edge ITS
  • gain hands-on experience of the research systems and the data collected from them to support our aim of Research led Teaching.

We'll set all of the above in the context of current UK and global challenges in transport, energy, sustainability, and climate change. We'll provide a vision of how we can adopt smart technologies to optimise and better manage the transport networks of the future.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems so that you can understand how, why, and where they are deployed, and how such systems could be deployed in different ways to tackle a particular problem.

The course is not intended to give a highly technical view of the ITS landscape from the computing science/electronic/communications engineering point of view.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Objectives and Outline

Intelligent Transport Systems

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished the course, you'll have:

  • 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, 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 you 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

Course Outline

  1. Context of the evolution of ITS through research programmes of the 1980s and 1990s to early deployments in the 2000s
  2. The gradual implementation of major integrated systems and 'consumer ITS' in the past decade, including a brief introduction to ITS research programmes from across the world.
  3. Introduction to key professional bodies in the ITS world and ITS resources available to support knowledge gathering and research
  4. The building blocks of ITS: communications, sensor, data processing, Human Machine Interface, and computing technologies.
  5. The evolution from ITS.
  6. Putting ITS into the political context, with examples of white papers, transport acts and EU directives that shape the development 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, we focus on introducing key areas of ITS, including:

  1. the fundamental principles of the system or service
  2. the wider political and challenge context
  3. technologies deployed
  4. case studies and experiences from practitioners
  5. impacts and benefits
  6. future vision

These areas will include:

  1. Intelligent Mobility Concepts
  2. 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
  3. Safety systems: the six categories of safety systems and ITS examples and impacts of each
  4. Environmental sensing
  5. ITS and the aging society: supporting older drivers and travellers and maintaining their mobility
  6. Electromobility: electric vehicles and their associated charging and management infrastructure
  7. Eco-driving and whole journey monitoring and analysis: The Newcastle DriveLAB
  8. 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:

Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Intelligent Transport Systems

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8422) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

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.


Intelligent Transport Systems


Newcastle University


Intelligent Transport Systems


  • Intelligent Transport Systems
    • £1325 (duration 5 days)

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 £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.