UK’s Transport Systems Catapult to explore transport modeling at new event


The UK government-backed transportation innovation agency has announced a new event that will look firmly at the future and focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with the rapid adoption of emerging technologies in the field of transport modeling, and how they will affect tomorrow’s travel and transport.

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), in conjunction with Landor Links, is pleased to announce ‘Modelling Tomorrow’s World’, the latest event in the ‘Modelling World’ series aimed at transport professionals who use or develop models, as well as data or system suppliers, data scientists, academic researchers and others with an interest in modeling in a changing world. The free event will take place on November 23 at the TSC in Milton Keynes in the UK. The event will be a two-part day, with the morning session devoted to ‘Tomorrow’s Society’, addressing the changes to demographics and the financial, environmental, and political issues that will cause disruptive change to transport. The afternoon will be similar in concept and structure, but focus on ‘Tomorrow’s Technology’, which will also have major implications for new types of transport models.

The event will feature:

• New modeling approaches from a wide range of sectors, including space, defense, gaming, and academia;

• Overcoming barriers to new modeling tools and approaches;

• Changes in society and policy – transport’s relationship with health, environment and the economy;

• Developing and applying non-mainstream techniques;

• Technology transfer across emerging computer and software capabilities, and communications/information services.

A number of keynote speakers will help paint the scene and provide a context. The technical sessions will be led mainly by experts in the industry known to be at a leading edge, but also by solution providers and modelers from other domains who have relevant novel methods. The perspectives of travelers, businesses, operators and planners will be reflected in the program. The conference will also build on the Catapult’s recently launched Technology Strategy for Intelligent Mobility, the Modelling for Intelligent Mobility, and Mobility as a Service reports, along with the Traveler Needs and UK Capability Study.

“We’re really excited to be hosting this new event, and to have the opportunity to explore the new ways modeling needs to evolve to help us better understand and shape tomorrow’s society,” noted Eifion Jenkins, TSC’s modeling and visualization program director. “The day will bring a diverse range of minds, which will help us approach these challenges from different angles, provoke lively discussion, and create new insights.”

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