The Intelligent Mobility Partnership – Midlands Competence Centre of Excellence (IMPART) is a partnership project between leading research teams from Loughborough University (LU), De Montfort University (DMU), Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Coventry University (CU). Supported with funding from the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) the project will run for three years from 2015 – 2018.
With an established leading track record in transport and intelligent mobility research. The partnership is collectively engaged in £14.6M of research activity from various sources, including the Innovate UK, EU, ERDF and EPSRC, as well as contract research directly with the private sector. IMPART seeks to engage directly with industry to translate fundamental research into new products and services for the benefit of all. Research activity includes increased mobility, improving safety and enhancing user benefits whilst simultaneously reducing pollution, consumption, and congestion.
A comprehensive events programme of industry workshops, conferences, knowledge transfer activities and access to funding streams will support collaboration and promote practical solutions to our most pressing transport challenges.
Our vision of Intelligent Mobility is that it is not a new version of transport infrastructure but a service that places the traveller at the heart of the mobility process and seeks to implement measures that provide the greatest choice and efficiency of travel. There are a variety of definitions but the Automotive Council offers the following objectives:
- Increase mobility
- Improve safety
- Enhance user benefits whilst simultaneously reducing pollution, consumption, and congestion.
Our goal for the IMPART programme is to engage directly with industry and local authorities to facilitate the translation of fundamental research into new products and services for the benefit of all.
Our strategy to achieve this goal will be a comprehensive events programme to support collaboration and promote practical solutions to our most pressing transport challenges. Events will include:
- Industry workshops and webinar programme
- Research community engagement programme
- Support to access funding streams
- Knowledge transfer activities
- Summer Schools
- Unique access to the Transport Systems Catapult for insight into critical research requirements and a platform for collaborative research.
- Vehicle manufacturing
- Electronic sensors and controls
- Transport information systems
- Communications technologies
- Logistics & distribution
- Infrastructure management
This project is Midlands based; therefore greater efforts will be made to engage with key stakeholders from within this area, particularly within the industries specified. However IMPART is also seeking to build a national and international reputation as THE Intelligent Mobility Partnership.