Loughborough University (LU) is one of the UK’s top 10 universities with 18,000 students and 3,000 staff. Transport is a research excellence priority area and is supported by the Transport Technologies Research Beacon within LU. Activities span six LU Schools and Departments (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Design, Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Business and Economics) covering a vast range of topics with a portfolio of current research valued in excess of £90million and ~110 academic staff, 25 Research Associates and multiple PhD students active in transport-related research.
Expertise includes intelligent and smart mobility, evidence-based policy making tools, accident causation, safer infrastructures and the impact of road user behaviour on safety and mobility. LU has strong industrial and government links and established partners include Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover and The Department for Transport. These enable research impact and ensure that the work of LU has broader significance and benefits.
LU is the lead academic partner in the newly developed Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL https://smartmobility.london/). The SMLL represents a £19million investment by Innovate-UK and involves partners including the Transport Research Laboratory, DG Cities, Cisco, Transport for London and the London Legacy Development Council. The real-world public test-bed is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (near the LU London campus) and will be a commercial public test facility to support the development and deployment of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and intelligent mobility products and services. The Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) within the LU School of Design and Creative Arts leads the ICAROS initiative. The TSRC is one of the largest transport safety groups in the UK comprising 25 academic/research staff and PhD students, most of whom are conducting applied research across a wide range of transport safety, mobility and inclusivity issues, especially involving CAVs. The Group has received several awards for its research including the 2013 Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award and the 2007 Queens Anniversary Prize. The work of the TSRC has been significantly influential on vehicle design, technology development and on national/international policy and regulation.