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Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

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The Challenges of Transport Planning

Leading academics at the University of Cambridge are joined by the Government’s Permanent Secretary for the Department for Transport to discuss the architectural, environmental and engineering challenges of transport planning.

The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction's (CSIC) Head, Professor Robert Mair is to lead a panel discussion with the Government’s Permanent Secretary for the Department for Transport, Philip Rutnam and Professor David Cebon, Professor John Miles and Dr Ying Jin from the University of Cambridge on Monday 3 February.

How do technology, policy and human behaviour affect the development of cities, their transport systems and infrastructure?  How can we identify effective solutions for reducing overall energy use whilst supporting economic, social and environmental objectives?  Can we use real time congestion data and prediction to save considerable time, cost and frustration?  How are future transport policies likely to change?

Guiding us through these issues will be a panel of experts:

Professor John Miles FREng is the Arup/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Transitional Energy Strategies in the Cambridge Engineering Department. He was formerly a Director of Arup. His major interest is how society can build toward a lower carbon future while supporting sustainable economic growth, and he has a special interest in autonomous vehicles.

Professor David Cebon FREng - Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.  He leads the Department of Engineering’s Transport Research Group and the Department’s research theme `Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure’.

Dr Ying Jin - a University Lecturer at the Department of Architecture specialising in city planning, urban design and urban modelling.

Philip Rutnam - the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport since 11 April 2012.  He was  previously  Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for policy towards industry and enterprise, including economic development across the regions and support for small business.

The panel will be chaired by CSIC’s Head, Professor Robert Mair CBE FREng FRS Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cambridge.


Monday 3rd February 2014 6.15-7.30pm

The Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, Cambridge CB2 1TJ

Free Admission but booking essential.

Booking: 01223 332555 or