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From navigating a city to exploring the deep ocean the engineering of vehicles and infrastructure hold many challenges. 

Transportation Research at the University of Southampton is undertaken across all modes and covers technology, policy and management of systems and individual vehicles.

Fundamental areas are Intelligent Transport Systems for the management of individual vehicles and fleets in various network situations; Human Factors investigating how drivers, pilots, and other transport users interact with vehicles and the infrastructure around them in order to better design individual vehicles, transport systems and simulation models to better replicate behaviour for policy decision making; Railway System Design and Management which covers the fundamental design of the infrastructure from the trains and the track, to the optimisation of timetables accounting for passenger, freight and maintenance schedules; Unmanned vehicles covering both aerial drones and underwater devices to help in the surveillance, maintenance and management of our society and infrastructure; Ship Design addressing new, green propulsion systems and innovative hull design to realise the next generation of green ships; Transport Noise reduction understanding how aircraft noise can be reduced through innovative engine design.

Unmanned air vehicle
Unmanned air vehicle
Reducing aircraft noise
Reducing aircraft noise
Oxfam smartphone app
Oxfam smartphone app
Find out about the impact of our Intelligent Traffic Systems research
Find out about the impact of our Intelligent Traffic Systems research
Effect of surface defects on rolling contact fatigue of wheel/rail steels
Effect of surface defects on rolling contact fatigue of wheel/rail steels

Key facts

We collect 1.8 million lines of live traffic data every week.

We help London Buses run on time with iBus.

Our interactive transport games have been exhibited at the Royal Society, Cheltenham Science Festival and Bestival.

We are helping Oxfam trial a smartphone app to manage the logistics of their 1350 collection bins.

Research Areas

Human Factors in Transport

Intelligent Transport Systems

Transport Economics

Aircraft Noise and Aeroacoustics

Automotive Engineering

Railway Noise and Vibration


Transportation Research Group

A key area of our research is investigating driver behaviour. We have two key facilities that enable us to carry out our research in this area.

Our instrumented vehicle technologies allow us to collect time series information on the behaviour of a test driver or adjacent vehicles.

We also have an interactive driving simulator that we use for studies into driver behaviour, such as testing the effects of new in-vehicle technology and new road design layouts.

Instrumented Vehicle
Instrumented Vehicle
Driving Simulator
Driving Simulator

If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

Funded PhD Opportunities

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Current job vacancies at the University of Southampton 

Key Publications




List of related projects to
Related ProjectsStatusType
Traffic lights that learnActiveOther
Wireless vehicle detection for traffic controlActiveOther
Centre for Sustainable Travel ChoicesActiveOther
iConnect (Impact of Constructing Non-Motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel)ActiveOther
Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)DormantOther
CityMobil2: Cities Demonstrating Cybernetic MobilityActiveOther
GOAL: Growing Older - Staying MobileActiveOther
NEARCTIS: A Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Co-operative traffic management in the Information SocietyActiveOther
POINTER/ Support action for evaluation and monitoring of CIVITAS plus ActiveOther
TIDE – Transport Innovation Deployment in EuropeActiveOther
Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation - Intelligent Agents for Home Energy ManagementDormantOther
SASICE - Safety and Sustainability in Civil EngineeringActiveOther
Sixth Sense TransportActiveOther
STRAIGHTSOL (Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions)ActiveOther
ALICIA: All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit InfrastructureActiveOther
Effect of surface defects on rolling contact fatigue of wheel/rail steelsActiveOther
Agile underwater vehicles for long range ocean explorationActiveOther
Delphin2: an over actuated autonomous underwater vehicle for manoeuvring researchActiveOther
Development of a Hover Capable Autonomous Underwater VehicleActiveOther
Simulation of tactical yacht racing: a human-psychological-physical AI-system in a dynamically changing yacht racing environmentActiveOther
Track 21 - Railway Track for the 21st CenturyDormantOther
Modelling Of Train Induced Vibration (MOTIV)DormantOther
Railway damping technologiesDormantOther
Virtual certification of acoustic performance for freight and passenger trainsDormantOther
2Seas ProjectActiveOther
DECODE: Decision Environments for Complex DesignsActiveOther
Unmanned vehiclesActiveOther
Minimising the environmental impact of advanced aircraft designsActiveOther
Modelling next generation CROR aircraftActiveOther
Modelling Of Train Induced Vibration (MOTIV)DormantOther
Modelling next generation CROR aircraftActiveOther
Minimising the environmental impact of advanced aircraft designsActiveOther
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