Founded in 1495 the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university.
Teaching at the university of Aberdeen is organised across three colleges which encompass a broad range of disciplines in academic schools. Multidisciplinary research centres and institutes bring together experts at the cutting-edge of their fields to work with colleagues across the UK and beyond on the big issues of today. The two centres relevant to this project are the Centre for Transport Research (CTR) ( and the RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub (
The CTR is a research centre of the College of Physical Sciences and acts as the focus for transport research at the University. CTR specialises in the sustainability of transport systems with emphasis on environment, society and technology. The Centre applies an inter-disciplinary approach to research and knowledge exchange, drawing on expertise from areas such as geography, psychology, sociology, economics, computing science and engineering.
Recent research has been sponsored by the EPSRC, TSB, RCUK Digital Economy Programme, UK Energy Research Centre, European Commission, the Department for Transport (DfT), Scottish Government and consulting firms.
The RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub brings together over 80 researchers across a range of academic disciplines to explore the relationship between digital technologies and society. Activities range from understanding the requirements of users, to the development of new technologies, to measurement of impact.
Intelligent mobility is one of the key areas of expertise within the Hub, with colleagues from Transport Studies and Computing Science working closely together.

Role in the project

UNIABDN will lead ESPRIT work package 8 “Demonstration, dissemination and exploitation” and will have specific responsibility for the development and implementation of the ESPRIT exploitation and dissemination plans. In WP8, UNIABDN will draw on widespread experience in similar previous roles as most recently UNIABDN have acted as dissemination manager for the FP7 Enhanced WISETRIP project with responsibility for developing a Dissemination Plan. UNIABDN have also worked on a variety of knowledge exchange and commercialisation
activities for key stakeholders and have recently been designated as a University Partner of the UK Transport Systems Catapult.
In work package 1 “ESPRIT: User and system requirements and common functional specification“, UNIABDN will utilise their skills in stakeholder consultation by contributing to the assessment of the attitudes, requirements and potential behavioural impacts of ESPRIT vehicles and systems among different groups of citizens across Europe. In doing so we will draw on previous work with public transport operators (including FirstGroup), public transport authorities (in the INTERREG IV EPTA project) and the general public (e.g. via the IEE SEGMENT project).
In work package 7 “Operation and business model estimation tool developments”, UNIABDN will contribute to building the lifestyle transportation model and running the scenarios, drawing on experience of similar modelling activities in previous projects, e.g. on the EPSRC-funded ReVISIONS project.

Personnel involved

Professor NELSON John, male, hold a PhD in Transport Engineering and the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Nelson is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR) which he established in 2007. John is the theme leader for Intelligent Mobility and Co-Director, at the RCUKfunded dot.rural Digital Economy Hub. He is particularly interested in application and evaluation of new technologies to improve public transport as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to
achieve sustainable transport systems.
Professor ANABLE Jillian, female, holds a PhD in Travel Behaviour Analysis and is Chair of Transport and Energy Demand at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on travel behaviour, energy policy and the evaluation of policy interventions. She has particular expertise in the application of market segmentation techniques to assess the potential to influence travel, vehicle choice and energy behaviours involving the design, management and analysis of large mixed methods studies involving large primary and secondary datasets.
Dr MOUNCE Richard, male, is an applied mathematician with an interest in dynamic traffic assignment and traffic network optimisation. He has a Ph. D. and MMath from the University of York. As well as lecturing in maths he has worked on numerous transport research projects, including at the University of Cambridge on the ReVISIONS project. He has also researched methods for leak detection in water distribution networks at the University of Sheffield. He now works as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen on the Flexible Integrated Transport Services project, as well as being seconded to work on the Government Office for Science Future of Cities project.

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ESPRIT newsletter May 2018

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