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