University of Southampton
Dr Tom Cherrett (Associate Professor, Logistics and Transport Planning)
Tom's main research areas include developing sustainable strategies for the collection and disposal of wastes (GR/S79626/01 SUE project 5 'Transport and Logistics' and Department for Transport grant PPAD 9/142/034, 'Optimising vehicles undertaking waste collections') and the distribution of goods and management of freight vehicles in urban areas (EP/D043328/1, 'Green Logistics', 7th FP Smartfreight project), including distribution strategies for sustainable home delivery. He has also 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'). He has management experience from working in the chilled warehousing industry, undertaking the roles of undergraduate admissions and progressions officers, and has managed several research projects. He teaches on undergraduate and MSc programmes, supervises PhD and EngD students and since 2004, has been directly responsible for winning £602,130 of research income. He was secretary of the ITS UK 'Freight Interest Group' from its inception in 1998 to 2006 and is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Edinburgh College of Art / University of Edinburgh
Prof. Chris Speed (Professor of Design Informatics)
Chris's research focuses upon the network society, digital art and technology, and the 'Internet of Things'. He has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books, journals and conferences. At present he is working on funded projects that engage with the flow of food across cities, an internet of cars, turning printers into clocks and a persistent argument that chickens are actually robots. He is co-editor of the journal Ubiquity and leads the Design Informatics Research Centre that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture, as well as the MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes.
University of Salford
Dr Sarah Norgate (Reader in Applied Developmental Psychology)
Sarah has a track record of psychological research around investigating how people – particularly children/families – adapt to new technology and other innovations. One recent project was the primary education domain of the EPSRC Digital Economy/ Energy 6th Sense Transport research project (EPSRC Ref: EP/J004650/1) in collaboration with Lancaster University and involving three other UK universities (Southampton, Edinburgh and Bournemouth). The innovation developed, known as 'goWSB', was a smart mobility service developed to promote sustainable school transport and involved transport providers, families, primary school communities and local authorities. This research resulted in a national award by policy-influencing organization Modeshift UK, as voted for by UK authorities. Following this, goWSB received a RCUK Digital Economy 'Telling Tales of Engagement' award. Sarah has published in over 20 academic journals. Past projects have been funded by the ESRC, Technology Strategy Board, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust and the Mary Kitzinger Trust. Finally, Sarah aims for digital inclusivity with particular attention to under-represented groups in society.
Nikki Street (Research Fellow, now a lecturer at University of Liverpool)
Nikki is an early career psychology lecturer based at the University of Liverpool. Having recently submitted and passing her PhD thesis exploring our aesthetic relationship to fractals and natural patterns across cultures and sub-groups (for example rural and urban populations) at Liverpool, she is now a module coordinator for the International Psychology module, opening students eyes to the history and international foundations and future directions of psychology in an increasingly globalized world. Alongside her studies, Nikki worked for several years as a Research Fellow at the University of Salford exploring transport behaviour, in particular the project focused on the concept of 'Walking School Buses' and exploring how to improve user experience with the assistance of technology in a smartphone application. The study investigated the differences in time perception and user experience. More generally, Nikki's interest is focused around exploring how environmental factors (such as nature, beauty or individual experience) can influence behaviour and psychological wellbeing. She also has a passion for interdisciplinary working and encouraging public engagement with research and aims to continue moving these areas forward in the future.
Prof. Janet Dickinson (Professor in Tourism)
Janet's research focuses on transport, mobile technology and collaborative communities, underpinned by a sustained interest in the social experience of time. Her funded research has been instrumental in developing the concept of slow travel and, more recently, she has analysed mobile-enabled collaborative communities. She is currently exploring how the Internet of Things may transform reciprocal practices to bring about more sustainable travel, health and well-being benefits for a variety of communities. Her teaching spans the Tourism, Leisure and Event Management undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Viachaslau Filimonau (Lecturer)
Julia Hibbert (now at University of Birmingham)
University of Lancaster
Prof. Nigel Davies (Professor of Mobile Computing)
Nigel's work is in the area of mobile and ubiquitous computing, characterized by an experimental approach involving large-scale deployments of novel systems. He created one of the first location-based mobile city guide systems in the 1990s as part of the EPSRC funded GUIDE project. The project remains heavily cited (over 1000 citations for two key publications in MobiCom and CHI) and was widely reported in both the academic and popular press. This led to a number of travel information related projects including work on travel planning and easy access to multimodal travel information. For the last 10 years Nigel has taken an increasing interest in the use of mobile and ubiquitous technologies to improve all aspects of the UK transport infrastructure. He currently leads the academic activity in the TSB funded Our Travel project that is exploring how mobile social networking can be used to change the travel behaviours of entire communities. Most recently he was awarded a new TSB/EPSRC grant entitled 'FAITH: Building trust between citizens, local authorities and contractors'. He has been PI or CI on over £4.7 million worth of grants. He also acts as a consultant for In Touch Ltd – a company that develops software solutions for the maintainers of the UK's transport infrastructure.
We understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social networking principles to transport users.
The project has developed a suite of mobile phone apps for each of the corresponding research contexts. Watch videos and read details of the projects aims, key findings and outputs.
The 6ST team comprised researchers from the universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, Salford, Bournemouth and Lancaster.