The NEARCTIS (Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Cooperative Traffic
management in the Information Society) EU-funded project was founded in July
2008 and has just undergone its final review. This network is of prominent
academic research groups in the EU working on traffic control, management and
optimisation with a particular focus on emerging cooperative systems. The
network has 9 core members and 40 associate partners who span the globe. Within
UCL, the Centre for Transport Studies project team was led by Benjamin
Heydecker, and included Richard Allsop, Francesca Medda, Puff Addison, Andy Chow
and Riccardo Scarinci. Eugeny Buldakov and Paul Groves also contributed to
workshops and deliverables from their perspectives.
The focus of the UCL
contribution was a harmonised research agenda for ICT to support cooperative
traffic management: the UCL team led a wokpackage on this and were responsible
for integrating contributions from partners into 3 key deliverables. These
explored promises offered by cooperative traffic systems that integrate
intelligent cars, roadside systems and traffic control centres to achieve less
congestion, improved safety, reduced fuel consumption, and less air pollution.
The work layed the foundation for a European virtual centre of excellence in
cooperative traffic control and management that will serve as an independent
knowledge institute and liaison for this important topic in the development of
the Horizon 2020 programme. All the underlying reports are available at http://www.nearctis.org/ .
was undertaken by an international panel, drawn from subject experts who had
been monitoring progress and developments during the course of the project. The
panel received presentations on outcomes from each of the 5 Work Package leaders
as well as from the project coordinator and administrator. During its term,
NEARCTIS has realized and surpassed its objectives, with a series of summer
schools, workshops, academic exchanges, research studentships and deliverable
reports. We were delighted that the assessors judged the work and outcome of
this project to be excellent – the highest grade available to them.