Published: 28 July 2015

Tomorrow’s transport challenges to be tackled with new appointment to 5GIC

Dr Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL, the UK’s Research Transport Laboratory, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at 5GIC.

Dr Reed will be working closely with the University to share and impart knowledge to students, as well as build and strengthen TRL’s relationship with the academic sector as part of the TRL Academy.

Speaking about the appointment, Reed commented: “It’s an honour to be appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. At TRL, we are committed to solving both today's and tomorrow's transport challenges and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to transfer our knowledge and experience to help inform research, curriculum development and teaching at the University of Surrey. The relationship not only provides me with the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with students and research staff, but will facilitate greater cooperation between TRL and the University, and in particular 5GIC. I look forward to meeting and working with the University of Surrey team, learning more about the superb facilities available and developing plans for collaborative research over the coming months.”

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of ICS and 5GIC: “The future of transport is an immensely exciting arena, with the development of intelligent transport systems and innovation in driverless cars being major themes of research for the University. Dr Reed’s expertise in vehicle automation complements Surrey’s strengths in automotive engineering, mobile communications and the internet-of-things, and we are delighted to welcome Nick to the University. His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit in helping us drive these innovations into practical use.”

Dr Nick Reed

Dr Reed joined the Human Factors and Simulation group at TRL in January 2004 following post-doctoral work in visual perception at the University of Oxford. He has led a wide variety of studies using the full mission, high fidelity car and truck simulators to understand driver behaviour with a number of published articles, conference papers, and appearances in national and international media. Nick also championed work in the area of vehicle automation at TRL, culminating in his technical leadership of the GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project – a flagship UK Government project to investigate the implications of the introduction of automated vehicles in the urban environment.

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