New Future Mobility Lab at the University of

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A UNIQUE multidisciplinary research group at the University of Huddersfield has been formed to study how we can most effectively decarbonise transport to ensure a more sustainable future.

Huddersfield Business School has launched the UK’s first Future Mobility Lab (FML) under the leadership of the University’s Dr Alexandros Nikitas, to promote the interdisciplinary study of sustainable and socially inclusive mobility and automated, connected transport , alternative fuel, digitized and shared, as well as inspiring travel behavior change.

“Research on the best way to decarbonize transport, by making the use of private cars less essential or radically smarter, this is the mission of the Future Mobility Lab. This type of research is essential if we are to pave the way to a sustainable and more livable future for society,” said Dr Nikitas.

Decarbonization and sustainability are strategically important research areas for the University and the MLF, which is part of the University’s new Sustainable Lifestyles Research Center and has received funding to support excellence of transport research from the Department of Logistics, Marketing, Hospitality and Analytics. studies.

“FML currently has members from the Huddersfield Business School, the School of Computing and Engineering as well as the School of Applied Sciences,” explained Dr Nikitas, who was also recently appointed as the new chair of the Universities Transport Study Group (UTSG ) from the United Kingdom.

“By combining business, behavioral, planning and engineering approaches, we will investigate how a socio-technical transition to a sustainable future is achievable by making transport a smarter, pro-environmental, resource-efficient, health-enhancing way , fair and safe,” he added.

High hopes for the Future Mobility Lab

Dr Nikitas revealed that FML had recently recruited a PhD candidate in Sustainable Transport and shared in partnership with the Kirklees Council Major Project Team, who fully sponsored the position through the Transforming Cities Fund initiative. By September 2022, FML also hopes to have recruited a researcher to support its activities.

We hope to launch a research-focused MSc in Sustainable Transport and Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the next two years, which will be based at Huddersfield Business School and will be unique in the UK market,” said Dr Nikitas. Reader in Intelligent Transport and also Deputy Head of the School’s Behavioral Research Center and partner in the Leeds City Region Supply Chain Program, Dr Nikitas recently launched University Green Week 2022 where he spoke about the new Future Mobility Lab and explored the opportunities and challenges of decarbonizing transport.

The FML team are currently working on preparing research bids for a number of sustainable transport initiatives, will launch a book on the risks of automated mobility and bring the 2024 UTSG annual international conference to Huddersfield.

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