The Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC) coordinates expertise across manufacturing, engineering, design, intelligent systems and business studies. Our research covers automotive, aerospace, maritime and rail transport modes, working with industry partners to deliver safe and sustainable transport solutions fit for the cities of the future.
Read on for an overview of our capabilities from our Chief Executive, Professor Carl Perrin.
"We all know that we have to think and act differently to address climate change and the transport sector is no different. At the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, we’ve stepped up to meet these challenges.
Coventry University’s leading academics in our world class research centres are advancing powertrain electrification, future and disruptive mobility solutions, advanced manufacturing technology and next-generation materials.
Our partnerships ensure that this research delivers real impact on society, creating safe and sustainable solutions for future mobility.
Within our Institute we have over 140 research staff and 130 PhD research students, working across our four research centres to deliver high quality research with impact across a vast array of research areas.
We cover a broad spectrum of subjects within our research centres:
In the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC), we consider the factors that influence vehicle, transport and infrastructure design. This combines expertise in human system integration and ergonomics with data science, advanced simulation and visualisation, artificial intelligence and machine learning to research and develop future mobility systems. The NTDC builds on Coventry University’s rich heritage in design and its close links with industry, ensuring that the development of skills and application of research delivers industrial impact where it is needed.
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) is evidence of our innovative approach to industry collaboration. It’s a collaboration with the Unipart Group, and the first example of a ‘faculty on the factory floor’. Not only does this allow businesses to benefit from our expertise in manufacturing research and development, it also allows students to experience a live manufacturing environment – taking the learning from the classroom and putting it into practice. Our graduates are work-ready and I am proud to say, AME’s innovation and excellence has been recognised at the highest level, having been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2020.
C-ALPS, which is our Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems, is committed to accelerating the shift to zero-carbon mobility. The research team develops the technologies for electrification of vehicles, and works with our partners to help build capability across the supply chain. The centre’s co-location with industry leader FEV reflects the strength of our industrial collaboration, ensuring that we are able to offer the best facilities and expertise to industry partners and to our research students.
We joined forces with HORIBA MIRA in 2016 to open CCAAR, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research at the MIRA Technology Park. This partnership supports some of the UK’s most high-profile projects in autonomous driving, such as a groundbreaking initiative to develop an autonomous parking development facility incorporating a multi-storey car park, on road parking bays and parking lot environments, all within HORIBA MIRA’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle city circuit. Also, a project known as TIC-IT, involves creating a purpose built, controlled environment for testing autonomous vehicles to their limits.
We are also affiliated with the NSIRC, the National Structural Integrity Centre. This is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility that brings together expertise from our own researchers in Coventry and structural integrity specialists at TWI in Cambridge. The NSIRC is at the forefront of advancing the understanding of mechanical properties of materials, developing the fundamentals and providing essential solutions for real-world structural integrity challenges.
This is only scratching the surface of the capabilities and opportunities within Coventry University’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities. Please explore our website to find out more and get in touch to see how you can work with us."
Professor Carl Perrin, CEO
Director of Research and Professor of Systems Security
Our research team brings a wealth of experience to IFTC. This multidisciplinary team is further supported by our association with industry-leading organisations, ensuring that IFTC is firmly embedded within the commercial ecosystem that it supports. Many of our own researchers have years of industry experience of their own to support the development of the next generation of pioneers in the transport sector, besides the knowledge required to bring production-ready mobility solutions to the fore.