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Professor Tom Cherrett BSc (Hons), PhD, CMILT

Professor of Logistics and Transport Management

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Tom Cherrett is Professor of Logistics and Transport Management within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

He is currently Head of the Transportation Research Group and teaches freight and logistics operations management, transport planning and construction management to Masters level and Undergraduate students.

Tom has been a member of the Transportation Research Group since 1994. His key research interests include i) understanding and improving the distribution of goods and the management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres; ii) how optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operating efficiency; iii) approaches to more effectively collect and manage the movement of waste in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies. He has participated in many EU and UK projects, having over 130 journal and conference papers published.

Ph.D.   University of Southampton, 1998 (Congestion and driver response)

B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1 Transport Management and Planning, 1991

Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport

Professional Certificate of Academic Practice, 2005

National and International Certificates of Professional Competence in Road Haulage Operations, 1989

Professor of Logistics and Transport Management   Sept 2015

Associate Professor – University of Southampton (May 2015-August 2015)

Senior Lecturer – University of Southampton (Mar 2009-May 2015)

Lecturer – University of Southampton (Oct 2002-Feb 2009)

Senior Research Fellow – University of Southampton (Mar 2000-Sep 2002)

Senior Consultant Oscar Faber (Aug 1999- Mar 2000)

Research Fellow – University of Southampton (Jun 1998-Jul 1999)

Research Assistant – University of Southampton (Aug 1994-May 1996)

Graduate Trainee – Wincanton Distribution (Aug 1991- Aug 1993)

Road safety interactive videos for children

Tom’s key research interests include i) understanding and improving the distribution of goods and the management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres; ii) how optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operating efficiency; iii) approaches to more effectively collect and manage the movement of waste in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies.

Main research areas include:

More effectively collecting and managing the movement of waste. This is in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies. He has worked on a number of research projects in these specific areas: (Department for Transport grant PPAD 9/142/034, ‘Optimising vehicles undertaking waste collections' GR/S79626/01, SUE project 55 ‘Transport and Logistics'; EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics'.

Optimising waste collections
Optimising waste collections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using smartphones to manage transport operations. This has developed a prototype app for Oxfam to help them better visualise where their paid and volunteer drivers are, and allow communities of shop managers and their volunteers, area managers and drivers communicate through a social network.

The app also allowed the community to understand how donation patterns fluctuate across different donation bank sites. The outputs of the research have now led to a commercial app ‘FreightVista’ developed by Keyfort  which is operating in over 75 Oxfam shops.

 

 

 

Managing Oxfam Infrastructure through Smartphones
Managing Oxfam Infrastructure through Smartphones

Understanding and improving the distribution of goods and management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres. How optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operations. Research projects he has worked on in this area are: (EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics’, 7th FP Smartfreight project, 7th FP Straightsol project (link to ), EP/J004650/1, 6th Sense Transport Transport for London and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is currently PI on the Freight Traffic Control 2050 project (EP/N02222X/1), £1.4m, which is looking at the transport and energy benefits that can be gained from the collaborative scheduling of parcel carrier rounds in London. Also, he is leading the Delivery and Servicing Plan project for Southampton City Council aiding private and municipal organisations understand their logistics footprint and how more sustainable logistics operations might positively impact on operations.

 

 

 

The use of interactive learning environments to aid health and safety training. Interactive videos have been developed to help undergraduate physics students understand the risks associated with using lasers in laboratory conditions. Also, to help year 2 children improve their pedestrian safety skills.

How not to operate lasers!
How not to operate lasers!
understand traffic hazards
Interactive video to help children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He also has considerable experience in the areas of incident detection and journey time estimation using urban traffic control infrastructure. (GR/J97724 (Estimation of journey times from detector data) and GR/L43602 (Journey time estimation in urban road networks) which was the subject of his PhD thesis, completed in 1998.

 

MPhil/PhD Supervision

Last four completions as lead supervisor:

Craig Rafter - Integrating Connected Vehicles into Urban Traffic Management Systems   (2020) - EPSRC

Amanda Haylett- The effective presentation of travel information to meet the travel information needs of UK public transport travellers (2018) EPSRC

Anthony Velazquez Abad- Selecting Low Carbon Technologies for Heavy Goods Vehicles (2016) EPSRC

Ben Norton - Strategies for greener logistics in the charity sector (2015) EPSRC

Research group

Transportation Group

Affiliate research groups

Waste Management, Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Research project(s)

Southampton DSP (Delivery and Servicing Plans)

The Southampton Delivery and Servicing Plans (Southampton DSP) project works with public bodies and private businesses to develop a sustainable strategy for managing their freight vehicle activity.

STRAIGHTSOL (Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions)

The project is being led by the Institute of Transport Economics at the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research and involves 15 partners. The University of Southampton is working with Oxfam to investigate how remote monitoring technology could be used to better optimise collection schedules from textile donation banks.

CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories)

CITYLAB is a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport and started in May 2015.

SASICE - Safety and Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

Sixth Sense Transport

Freight Traffic Control 2050 (transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics)

FLIPGIG

E-Drone

   

Head of the Transportation Research Group

Co-ordinator of the SUCCESS scholarship scheme

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