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Prof Nick Tyler

  • Telephone:

    +44 20 7679 1562
  • Extension:

    31562
  • Email:

    n.tyler@ucl.ac.uk
  • Webpage:

    http://www.cege.ucl.ac.uk/arg
  • Address:

    206 Chadwick Building,
    Gower Street,
    London,
    WC1E 6BT
  • Appointments:

    Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng, Faculty of Engineering Science

Summary

Nick Tyler's research investigates the ways in which people interact with their immediate environments. This includes the way in which common functions - such as walking - are managed by subconscious control systems which interact with the physical, sensory and cognitive environments in which people function. Nick Tyler's team is therefore studying pedestrian interactions with the environment, including falling and the fear of falling, both in the static pedestrian environment and inside moving vehicles (e.g. a bus), how people with dementia see their environment, and how infrastructure can be designed to make the environment more sympathetic to people's needs. 

An important aspect of the environment is the changing nature of cities. Having been a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Programme Grant "Transforming the Engineering of Cities" Nick Tyler's team is addressing how urban and peri-urban living could be better accommodated by design and operation which is more appropriate for the specific circumstances of the people living in and interacting with their immediate environments. This is extended into the development of low carbon technologies in transport systems to improve the sensory and healthy environment. This includes research into the development of new fuels, energy sources and dynamic energy management within vehicles. More recently he has set up a Universal Composition Laboratory (www.cege.uc.ac.uk/arg/ucl-squared) which studies and implement multisensorial design in time and space, fusing arts and science in the design of urban space. He is also a Co-Director in the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Training Programme on the Ecological Brain, where he works with neuroscientists, psychologists, architects, computer vision, education and data analysts to create a multidisciplinary programme to discover how people navigate in the urban environment.

He is a Co-Investigator on the Government's UK Co-laboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), in which an extensive enhancement of the PAMELA facility is included as one of the new laboratory facilities. This is called the Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory and is due to open in 2019/20. He is also a Co-Investigator on the ESRC/GCRF RELIEF Centre, which is working on prosperity for people in circumstances of displacement, in which he is leading on the issues of urban design.

Nick Tyler's teaching contribution is driven by a new concept about what engineering is and how this should be enacted in the future. Engineering is to serve the world's population with the aim of aking the world a better place. This view of engineering as a public service requires that future engineers understand in the most complete way what problems the world's population is facing and what the desired outcomes should be from solving these challenges. That outcomes-focused approach led him to make a fundamental renewal of UCL's civil and environmental teaching programmes. Students learn first about how to understand the contexts within which the world lives and then how these could be improved, and then learn the engineering techniques that could be brought to bear on resolving the challenges. Thus the contribution of engineering is not only the hardware and software that drives engineering solutions, but also the intellectual discipline associated to how a problem is identified and analysed outcomes determined, solutions implemented and evaluated. They learn that there is no single correct solution, that equations do not provide answers, but instead provide indications, and that the key to engineering is the interpretation of all the available evidence to making a better understanding of the problem and thus of the implications of potential solutions. Thus engineers need to understand the political, social, economic and environmental context within which they will operate as well as the whole depth of the science and practice disciplines needed to bring about an approach to helping the world improve the quality of living for all its inhabitants. Nick Tyler's teaching activity therefore drives towards this sort of understanding in the next generation of engineers, politicians, investors, ... people.

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Research Summary

Nick Tyler's research investigates the ways in which people interact with their immediate environments. This includes the way in which common functions - such as walking - are managed by subconscious control systems which interact with the physical, sensory and cognitive environments in which people function. Nick Tyler's team is therefore studying pedestrian interactions with the environment, including falling and the fear of falling, both in the static pedestrian environment and inside moving vehicles (e.g. a bus), how people with dementia see their environment, and how infrastructure can be designed to make the environment more sympathetic to people's needs. 

An important aspect of the environment is the changing nature of cities. Having been a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC Programme Grant "Transforming the Engineering of Cities" Nick Tyler's team is addressing how urban and peri-urban living could be better accommodated by design and operation which is more appropriate for the specific circumstances of the people living in and interacting with their immediate environments. This is extended into the development of low carbon technologies in transport systems to improve the sensory and healthy environment. This includes research into the development of new fuels, energy sources and dynamic energy management within vehicles. More recently he has set up a Universal Composition Laboratory (www.cege.uc.ac.uk/arg/ucl-squared) which studies and implement multisensorial design in time and space, fusing arts and science in the design of urban space. He is also a Co-Director in the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Training Programme on the Ecological Brain, where he works with neuroscientists, psychologists, architects, computer vision, education and data analysts to create a multidisciplinary programme to discover how people navigate in the urban environment.

He is a Co-Investigator on the Government's UK Co-laboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), in which an extensive enhancement of the PAMELA facility is included as one of the new laboratory facilities. This is called the Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory and is due to open in 2019/20. He is also a Co-Investigator on the ESRC/GCRF RELIEF Centre, which is working on prosperity for people in circumstances of displacement, in which he is leading on the issues of urban design.

Research Activities

  • APEX Accessibility and Public Transport Experiment
  • APTRA Accessible Public Transport in Rural Areas
  • ARROW (INFOChain) INFOrmation needs along the journey Chain: Users' perspective about bus system.
  • AUNT-SUE Accessibility and User Needs in Transport for Sustainable Urban Environments 
  • Accessible Bus Routes in Brighton and Hove
  • Assessment of Transport Projects in Cusco, Peru
  • BEXLEY, A Report to MCCH on a Suitable Transport Policy for its Bexley Services
  • COCCINELLA Conserving Carpets Cultural and Inclusive Exhibition of Living and Labour Areas
  • Cuba: an alternative transport model?
  • DAISY Dynamic Assisstive Information System
  • DIMPLE Dynamic Information to Mobilise People with Learning Difficulties
  • ELIXIR Evaluation of the Impacts of direct and cross-sector intensive public transport in rural areas
  • EMMA Evaluating measures to enhance the mobility of older and disabled people
  • EPSRC Dongtan Sustainable City Networks: Coordination Framework 2
  • EXCALIBUR Extending Comprehensive Access with Local Initiatives for Bus Systems in Urban Areas
  • Empirical analysis of passenger movements onto and off trains
  • Evolution of the European community law in the freight transport sector: Lessons for the Mercosul experience
  • HEPSIS Developing a Heterogeneous Pedestrian Simulation on Stairs
  • Hybrid Electric Technology for Buses
  • Local governance, urban mobility and poverty reduction. Lessons from Medellín, Colombia
  • Low Carbon City Development
  • Low Vision Research
  • MESS Measuring the Elderly people’s Speed on Stairs
  • Mobility in 'Habana Centro', Havana, Cuba
  • Modelling bus-stop interactions
  • Modelling interactions between bus operations and traffic flows
  • Modelling paratransit services: A microscopic simulation approach
  • PAMELA Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory
  • PATH Promoting Accessible Transport for mobility-impaired people in Hackney
  • PPersonal Intelligent City Assitive Vehicle (PICAV)
  • PUPPIT Public Participation Processes in Transport
  • Public Services and Vulnerability in the Lebanese Context of Large-Scale Displacement
  • REASON: Robust Methods for Monitoring and Understanding People in Public Spaces
  • RELEASE (Rehabilitative Elegant Locomotion with Exoskeleton and Active Support for Exercise)
  • ROAST: Road Safety Training
  • Review of Transport for Community Healthcare provision in Kent
  • SPIRAL Scientific Pedestrian Interaction Research in an Accessibility Laboratoryople with Learning Difficulties
  • Seeking liveable environments: health and infrastructure equity and urban policies in Cali, Colombia
  • Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities and their Carers
  • Socio-technical evaluation of innovative transport infrastructure: Local governance, urban mobility and poverty reduction
  • Tactile delineators for pedetsrian spaces
  • Testing of Gene-Replacement therapy for macular degeneration
  • Transforming the Engineering of Cities
  • Transport Co-ordination Centre
  • Transport investment and well-being: An analysis of Transmetro and urban policies in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Trumpet: "Going Places" the Travel Training game

Recent Publications

Displaying 30 most recent publications. For the full list please visit UCL Discovery

  1. David A,Thoreau R,Kwami C,Christie N,Tyler N (2018) Using thematic analysis to explore symbolism in transport choice across national cultures Transportation. 10.1007/s11116-018-9902-7.
  2. Yong KXX,Mccarthy ID,Poole T,Suzuki T,Yang B,Carton AM,Holloway C,Papadosifos N,Boampong D,Langham J,Slattery CF,Paterson RW,Foulkes AJM,Schott JM,Frost C,Tyler N,Crutch SJ (2018) Navigational cue effects in Alzheimer's disease and posterior cortical atrophy Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 10.1002/acn3.566.
  3. Karekla X,Tyler N (2018) Maintaining balance on a moving bus: The importance of three-peak steps whilst climbing stairs Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 339 - 349. 10.1016/j.tra.2018.06.020.
  4. Karekla X,Fernandez R,Tyler N (2018) Environmental Effect of Bus Priority Measures Applied on a Road Network in Santiago, Chile Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 10.1177/0361198118784134.
  5. Karekla X,Tyler N (2018) Maintaining balance on a moving bus: The importance of three-peak steps whilst walking on the lower-deck Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 484 - 496. 10.1016/j.tra.2018.06.022.
  6. Tyler NA,von der Tann L (2018) People and Infrastructure Based Services – An Opportunity for Engagement.
  7. Pollastri S,Boyko CT,Dunn N,Cooper R,Rogers CDF,Tyler N (2018) Envisioning urban futures as conversations to inform design and research Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning, 171(4), 146 - 156. 10.1680/jurdp.18.00006.
  8. Karekla X,Tyler N (2018) Reducing non-collision injuries aboard buses: Passenger balance whilst walking on the lower deck Safety Science, 105, 128 - 133. 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.01.021.
  9. Adhitya S,Dolan TE,Tyler N (2018) Rethinking ‘Sustainable Infrastructure’: Natural Processes, Context, Value and Balance.
  10. Karekla X,Tyler N (2018) Reducing non-collision injuries aboard buses: passenger balance whilst climbing the stairs Safety Science.
  11. Suzuki NTT,Tyler N,Suda A,Onishi H,Muromaki T,Watanabe T (2018) Experimental evaluation of an assist chair for sit-to-stand on speed of flipping up a seat of chair ICIIBMS 2017 - 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Informatics and Biomedical Sciences, 2018-January, 239 - 242. 10.1109/ICIIBMS.2017.8279743.
  12. Ashmore D,Pojani D,Thoreau R,Tyler N,Christie N (2018) The symbolism of ‘eco cars’ across national cultures: Potential implications for policy formulation and transfer Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 10.1016/j.trd.2018.06.024.
  13. Thoreau R,Holloway C,Bansal G,Gharatya K,Roan TR,Tyler N (2017) Train design features affecting boarding and alighting of passengers Journal of Advanced Transportation. 10.1002/atr.1446.
  14. Leach JM,Lee SE,Boyko CT,Coulton CJ,Cooper R,Smith N,Joffe H,Büchs M,Hale JD,Sadler JP,Braithwaite PA,Blunden LS,De Laurentiis V,Hunt DVL,Bahaj ABS,Barnes K,Bouch CJ,Bourikas L,Cavada M,Chilvers A,Clune SJ,Collins B,Cosgrave E,Dunn N,Falkingham J,James P,Kwami C,Locret-Collet M,Medda F,Ortegon A,Pollastri S,Popan C,Psarikidou K,Tyler N,Urry J,Wu Y,Zeeb V,Rogers CDF (2017) Dataset of the livability performance of the city of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen wellbeing, resource security, resource efficiency and carbon emissions Data in Brief, 15, 691 - 695. 10.1016/j.dib.2017.10.004.
  15. White I,Smith L,Aggio D,Shankar S,Begum S,Matei R,Fox K,Hamer M,Iliffe S,Jefferis B,Tyler N,Gardner B (2017) On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat: pilot RCT of a theory-based sedentary behaviour reduction intervention for older adults Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 10.1186/s40814-017-0139-6.
  16. Boyko CT,Clune SJ,Cooper RFD,Coulton CJ,Dunn NS,Pollastri S,Leach JM,Bouch CJ,Cavada M,De Laurentiis V,Goodfellow-Smith M,Hale JD,Hunt DKG,Lee SE,Locret-Collet M,Sadler JP,Ward J,Rogers CDF,Popan C,Psarikidou K,Urry J,Blunden LS,Bourikas L,Büchs M,Falkingham J,Harper M,James PAB,Kamanda M,Sanches T,Tuner P,Wu PY,Bahaj ABS,Ortegon A,Barnes K,Cosgrave E,Honeybone P,Joffe H,Kwami C,Zeeb V,Collins B,Tyler N (2017) How sharing can contribute to more sustainable cities Sustainability (Switzerland), 9(5). 10.3390/su9050701.
  17. Kobayashi D,Watanabe T,Tyler N,Suzuki T (2017) A Validation Test of Using Shoulder Joint Moment in Evaluation of Load in Wheelchair Propulsion 2017 IEEE LIFE SCIENCES CONFERENCE (LSC), 242 - 245.
  18. Tyler N (2017) Safety accessibility and sustainability: The importance of micro-scale outcomes to an equitable design of transport systems IATSS Research. 10.1016/j.iatssr.2017.06.002.
  19. Ashmore D,Christie N,Tyler N (2017) Symbolic transport choice across national cultures: theoretical considerations for research design Transportation Planning and Technology. 10.1080/03081060.2017.1355882.
  20. McCarthy ID,Suzuki T,Tyler N,Holloway C (2016) Mobility in the built environment: age-related changes in gait characteristics when walking on complex terrain. Healthy Aging Research.
  21. Holloway C,McCarthy I,Suzuki T,Yong K,Carton A,Bianchi-Berthouze NL,Tyler N,Crutch S (2016) Classifying persons with dementia from control subjects when ascending and descending stairs based on a single pelvis-mounted sensor Classifying persons with dementia from control subjects when ascending and descending stairs based on a single pelvis-mounted sensor, Pervasive Health'15. 10.4108/eai.16-5-2016.2263971.
  22. Ortegon A,Tyler N (2016) Constructing a vision for an 'ideal' future city: A conceptual model for transformative urban planning Transportation Research Procedia. 10.1016/j.trpro.2016.05.002.
  23. Karekla X,Tyler N (2016) Gait and balance of moving bus passengers 14th International Conference on Transport for Elderly and Disabled People.
  24. Ortegon A,Tyler N (2016) Towards multi-modal integrated mobility systems: Views from Panama City and Barranquilla.
  25. Cheng T-J,Yang B,Holloway C,Tyler N (2016) Effect of Environmental Factors on How Older Pedestrians Detect an Upcoming Step Lighting Research and Technology, 1477153516669968 - 1477153516669968. 10.1177/1477153516669968.
  26. Holloway CSM,Thoreau R,Petit E (2015) Time and force required for attendants boarding wheelchair users onto aircraft International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 48, 167 - 173.
  27. Bainbridge JWB,Mehat MS,Sundaram V,Robbie SJ,Barker SE,Ripamonti C,Georgiadis A,Mowat FM,Beattie SG,Gardner PJ,Feathers KL,Luong VA,Yzer S,Balaggan K,Viswanathan A,de Ravel TJL,Casteels I,Holder GE,Tyler N,Fitzke FW,Weleber RG,Nardini M,Moore AT,Thompson DA,Petersen-Jones SM,Michaelides M,van den Born LI,Stockman A,Smith AJ,Rubin GS,Ali RR (2015) Long-Term Effect of Gene Therapy on Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis New England Journal of Medicine, 372, 1887 - 1897. 10.1056/NEJMoa1414221.
  28. Aung MSH,Katwang S,Romera-Paredes B,Martinez B,Singh A,Cella M,Valstar M,Meng H,Kemp A,Shafizadeh M,Elkins AC,Kanakam N,de Rothschild A,Tyler N,Watson PJ,cdeC Williams A,Pantic M,Bianchi-Berthouze N (2015) The automatic detection of chronic pain-related expression: requirements, challenges and a multimodal dataset IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 1 - 16. 10.1109/TAFFC.2015.2462830.
  29. Tyler NA (2015) Accessibility and the bus system: Transforming the world - 2nd edition.
  30. Adhitya S,Tyler N (2015) It’s the Little Things that Count… International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Conference Proceedings: 30 September - 1 October 2014 International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),Schloss Laxenburg, Vienna, Austria, 177 - 182.

Biography

Nick Tyler is the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies and Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, and investigates the ways in which people interact with their immediate environments. He set up the Accessibility Research Group within the Centre for Transport Studies, with a team of researchers investigating many aspects of accessibility and public transport. The group has a total research portfolio of more than £40million for projects directed towards making the world more sympathetic to people's needs and creating a sustainable future for both people and planet. including the PAMELA pedestrian environment laboratory, which is being used to develop models for accessible pedestrian infrastructure, and which is being enhanced as part of the Government's UKCRIC programme, to create a new larger facility called PEARL. His work is highly transdisciplinary, and his team includes and works with, apart from civil and mechanical engineers, psychologists, architects, musicians, philosophers, neuroscientists, artists, urban designers, planners, economists, ophthalmologists, audiologists and orthopaedics. He is a co-founder of the UCL Universal Composition Laboratory (UCL2), which undertakes multisensorial spatiotemporal design.

Nick holds a PhD from University College London, where his thesis was on a methodology for the design of high capacity bus systems using artificial intelligence. He was on the winning team for the EC-funded ‘City Design in Latin America 2000: The European City as a Model’ competition, for the design of the transport interchange at Federico Lacroze in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is currently part of the UK involvement in the Chinese Low Carbon Cities Development project. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Ciivil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was appointed a CBE in the New Year's Honours 2011 for services to technology and elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

He is involved in projects in several countries in Latin America, Japan, China and continental Europe, as well as in London and elsewhere in the UK.


Qualifications

  • 1992: Doctor of Philosophy, University College London
  • 1987: Master of Science, Polytechnic of Central London
  • 1975: Associate of the Royal College of Music, Royal College of Music