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University of Southampton - Transportation Research Group


Type of Organisation: University
Origin Country:United Kingdom
Contact:Dr. Ioannis Kaparias
Tel.: +44 23 8059 9577


The Transportation Research Group (TRG) is one of the UK’s longest established and leading centres for engineering-related transport teaching, research and enterprise. It was established at the University of Southampton in 1967 and is part of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, based at the university's new Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Research at TRG is interdisciplinary but with particular expertise in traffic engineering, transport economics and human factors. It adopts an integrated approach, covering both passenger and freight transport, and with a multimodal emphasis addressing not only road and rail, but also aerospace and maritime transport. There is a focus on emerging transport and communications technologies, with particular expertise in Intelligent Transport Systems. Overall, transport is viewed as a socio-technical system with the potential to deliver sustainable outcomes through both mitigation and adaptation.

TRG holds grants and contracts worth almost €10 million, funded by the European Commission, UK governmental bodies and industry. Facilities at the TRG include: (i) the Southampton University Driving Simulator; (ii) a fully instrumented vehicle; (iii) an instrumented bicycle; (iv) a well-equipped transport data analysis facility; and (v) the Command Team Experimental Testbed submarine command room simulator. There are also excellent links with the surrounding local authorities and industrial stakeholders.

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

TRG is involved or has been involved in the following recent EU projects (FP7 onwards):

  • FP7 SMARTFREIGHT: Smart freight transport in urban areas (2008-2011)
  • FP7 NICHES+: New and innovative concepts for helping European transport sustainability - towards implementation (2008-2011)
  • FP7 POINTER: Support Action for Evaluation and Monitoring of CIVITAS Plus (2008-2013)
  • FP7 NEARCTIS: Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Co-operative Traffic management in the Information Society (2008-2013)
  • FP7 GOAL: Growing Older, stAying mobile (2011-2013)
  • FP7 ALICIA: All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit Infrastructure (2009-2014)
  • FP7 STRAIGHTSOL: Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions (2011-2014)
  • FP7 TIDE: Transport Innovation Deployment in Europe (2012-2015)     
  • FP7 CityMobil2: Cities Demonstrating Cybernetic Mobility (2012-2016)
  • FP7 i-VISION: Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-Centred Aircraft Cockpits (2013-2016)
  • FP7 HFAuto: Human Factors of Highly Automated Driving (2013-2017)
  • H2020 CITYLAB: City Logistics in Living Laboratories (2015-2018)
  • H2020 METAMORPHOSIS: Transformation of neighbourhoods in a child-friendly way to increase the quality of life for all citizens (2017-2020)