Head of Group: Prof John Preston The Transportation Research Group (TRG) is one of the UK’s longest established and leading centres for engineering-related transport teaching and research. It was established at the University of Southampton in 1967 and is based at the University's new Boldrewood Innovation Campus. The Group currently consists of 8 Academics, 15 Research/Technical staff, 12 Visiting staff and 2 Administrative support staff.
The Group is currently led by Professor John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport. Other academic members of TRG at present are:
Research in TRG is wide-ranging and aimed at helping to secure sustainable transport systems for the UK and the world. The context for our research is our view of transport as a socio-technical system, capable of delivering sustainable outcomes - but also with the potential for unsustainable outcomes if the interaction between technology (vehicles, infrastructure, informatics, etc) and Society (Users, Operators, Government, etc) are not adequately addressed.
We are particularly interested in how society shapes, and is shaped by, technological developments in transport, commonly termed Intelligent Transport systems (ITS). This requires an inter-disciplinary approach involving (at least!) engineering, economics and social sciences.
TRG’s research is multi-modal, covering both passenger and freight transport, whilst also examining the scope for information technology to act as a complement or substitute for transport. We have particular expertise in fundamental and applied research in traffic management and control, safety, the environment/sustainability, bus and rail operations, freight/logistics and walking and cycling.
Facilities supporting TRG research include (i) The Southampton University Driving Simulator (SUDS), which comprises a Jaguar XJ saloon vehicle linked to the STISM Drive M500W – Wide Field-of-View System with Comprehensive Vehicle Dynamics Model and Active Steering and (ii) a fully Instrumented Vehicle (IV) for on-road measurements of vehicle kinematic characteristics, the proximity of surrounding vehicles, driver visual search behaviour, and driving environment/in-vehicle operations, all recorded in a data logging system.
The principal sponsoring bodies for our research are the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Commission (EC), Central Government, Transport for London (TfL), other Local Authorities and private organisations. TRG research income is currently some £4.2m.
Integral to our research activities is our MSc Programme in Transportation Planning and Engineering, which TRG has run since 1969. This continues to be a highly successful Programme attracting over 30 full-time and part-time students each year.
For full details of our current portfolio of research, please see our annual TRG Research Report.
Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Unit
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Senior administrative officer: Melanie Hallford
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2192
Administrative officers: Sheila Stickland
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8946
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7745
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4914
We offer excellent Postgraduate Research (PGR) programmes for students. These include opportunities for PhD research in all aspects of Transport as well as the 4 year Industry-sponsored Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme in Transport and the Environment.
For taught postgraduate programmes (PGT), we offer one of the leading Masters Programmes in Transportation Planning and Engineering in the UK, established in 1969 and available as full-time (1 year) and part-time (2-4 years) options. This MSc is part of the national ‘Universities Transport Partnership’ (www.utp.org), set up with EPSRC support and including a further 7 UK Universities with leading postgraduate courses in Transport.
You can find all of our projects with guaranteed funding here.
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Farah Alkhalisi||Postgraduate Research Student|
|John Armstrong||Senior Research Fellow|
|Gavin S Bailey||Data Collection and Analysis Technician|
|Victoria A Banks||Postgraduate research student|
|Simon Blainey||Lecturer in Transportation|
|Steve R Broderick||Engineering Doctorate Research Engineer|
|Chris Charles||Postgraduate student|
|Tom Cherrett||Associate Professor - Logistics and Transport Planning|
|Willem Eerland||Postgraduate Researcher|
|Alexander Eriksson||Senior Research Assistant in Human Factors|
|Karen Ghali||Surveys Research Officer|
|Matt Grote||Postgraduate research student|
|Yiwei Guo||Postgraduate research student|
|Andrew Hamilton||Postgraduate research student|
|Amanda Jane Haylett||Postgraduate research student|
|Adrian Hickford||Research Assistant|
|Nick Hounsell||Professor of Highways and Traffic|
|Xucheng Li||PhD Researcher|
|Mike McDonald||Emeritus Professor of Transportation Engineering|
|Fraser McLeod||Research Fellow|
|Rich C. Mcllroy||Postgraduate research student|
|Wonman Oh||Postgraduate research student|
|Alejandro Ortega||Research Fellow|
|Lee Anthony Pardoe||Postgraduate Research Student (IDTC)|
|Jinan Piao||Research Fellow|
|Katie Plant||New Frontiers Fellow in Human Factors Engineering|
|John Preston||Professor of Rail Transport|
|Aaron P.J Roberts||Research Fellow in Engineering Psychology|
|John Schoon||Visiting Research Fellow|
|Yuji Shi||Postgraduate research student|
|Birendra Shrestha||Visiting Research Fellow|
|Neville Stanton||Professor of Human Factors in Transport|
|Ben Waterson||Lecturer in Transportation|
|Alan Wong||Research Fellow|
|Sirirat Yensong||Postgraduate research student|
|Marcus Young||Postgraduate research student|
|Sixth Sense Transport||Dormant|
|HF-AUTO: Human Factors of Highly automated Driving||Active|
|Doctoral Research Projects||Active|
|A brief history of transport studies||Active|
|TIDE – Transport Innovation Deployment in Europe||Active|
|Encouraging eco-driving with multisensory feed-forward and feedback information||Active|
|Rail Capacity and Demand||Active|
|CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories)||Active|
|iConnect (Impact of Constructing Non-Motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel)||Active|
|NEARCTIS: A Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Co-operative traffic management in the Information Society||Active|
|Human factors in the design of traffic management systems||Active|
|An Integrated Appraisal Tool For Local Railway Stations||Active|
|STRAIGHTSOL (Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions)||Dormant|
|CityMobil2: Cities Demonstrating Cybernetic Mobility||Active|
|ALICIA: All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit Infrastructure||Active|
|Wireless vehicle detection for traffic control||Active|
|Applications of the Perceptual Cycle Model and Schema Theory to aeronautical decision making||Active|
|Southampton DSP (Delivery and Servicing Plans)||Active|
|GOAL: Growing Older - Staying Mobile||Active|
|Are Automatic Cars Safer and more Efficient||Active|
|POINTER/ Support action for evaluation and monitoring of CIVITAS plus||Active|
|Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)||Active|
|I-VISION: Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits||Active|
|Road Traffic Monitoring||Active|
|Traffic lights that learn||Active|
|Application of contemporary systems-based methods to reduce trauma at rail level crossings||Active|