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Research Group: Future Cities


Focus of Our Research

We research systems, vehicles and services with the aim of creating future cities in a rapidly changing global context (for example, increasing urbanisation and ageing societies with soaring levels of obesity). Mobility and transport in future cities is not just about new or better vehicles; it is about concepts such as ‘mobility as a service’ and above all, about sensors, information and data. 

We have brought together social scientists and human factors specialists alongside experts in artificial intelligence, sensor development and machine learning in multidisciplinary projects.

We provide new knowledge around the user experience and mobility service design.

This group champions design and service concepts which are based on user requirements – derived through co- and participatory – design, real world trials and simulation studies.

We concentrate on improving accessibility and mobility particularly for traditionally hard to reach groups as new technologies such as electric, connected, highly automated and unmanned vehicles are introduced.

Current Projects include:

  • Intelligent Variable Message Systems (iVMS) - Jun 2016-March 2018, CW LEP, £2mCoventry University £480k (O Haas PI, S Karanachos co-I, driver modelling and traffic simulation)
  • IMPART - Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) - 2015 – 2018: The Intelligent Mobility Partnership – Midlands Competence Centre of Excellence (A Woodcock, O Haas ITS).


The Team

 Professor Andree Woodcock Thumbnail

Professor Andrew Parkes (Group Leader)

Mobility & Transport executive director

 Professor Andree Woodcock Thumbnail

Professor Andree Woodcock

User-centred design, transport and mobility, human factors, health design, human technology

 Professor John Jostins Thumbnail

Professor John Jostins

Automotive design, hydrogen fuel cell, microcab, low carbon vehicles, automotive manufacturing

 Olivier Haas Thumbnail

Dr. Olivier Haas

Control theory and control engineering

 Aysar Ghassan Thumbnail

Aysar Ghassan

User centred design, design philosophy and design pedagogy

Dr. Louise Moody

Dr. Louise Moody

Health design, human factors, ergonomics in healthcare, patient safety, virtual reality and user centred design

 Jane Osmond

Dr. Jane Osmond

Threshold concepts in transport and product design, transport and product design

 Professor Michael Tovey

Professor Michael Tovey

Design pedagogy, socially aware design and CAD in transport design

 Professor Anne James

Professor Anne James

Data systems architecture

 Dr. Rahat Iqbal

Dr. Rahat Iqbal

Human centred technology

 Dr Vasile Palede

Dr Vasile Palede

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