Intelligent Transport Systems

Module aims

  • To introduce key aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), in particular the architectural and functional design of ITS, the role of key technologies and standards and the techniques used for evaluation and appraisal of system performance. These are illustrated by means of selected case studies which focus on practical issues associated with successful implementations and potential causes of failure.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Understand relevant ITS system engineering processes.
  • Appreciate the concepts of system architecture and their evolution.
  • Understand the capabilities of key ITS technologies.
  • Understand the impact of ITS on different modes and movements.
  • Understand how to evaluate ITS technologies, applications and services.

Module syllabus

Week No.

Topic

Staff

15

Lecture: Context of ITS in Transport – safety, environment, efficiency

Activity: Essay on ITS policy / telematics applications

NH

16

Lecture: System engineering, architecture and standards

NH

17

18

Lecture: Evaluation and Business Case Development

Lecture: Core Technologies: Communications

Activity: ITS Design Exercise

FG

19

Lecture: Core Technologies: Positioning

Activity: Visit to TfL control room and visualisation suite I

WYO

NH

20

Lecture: Core Technologies: Sensors

Activity: Visit to TfL control room and visualisation suite II

NH

21

Lecture: Mobile sensing and data, security and privacy

Activity: Introduction to GIS Hardware and Software for transport applications

NH

WYO

22

Case Study 1: Location based services - Navigation, positioning, mapping, mobile communications

Activity: Seminar by TfL on the iBUS system

WYO

23

Case Study 2: Information Services - Passenger information, web, mobile, signs, operations management, co-operative systems

NH

24

Case Study 3: Real time control systems: Managed Motorways and Dynamic UTC

Activity: Project presentations

NH

AS/WYO/NH/FG

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures, tutorials and computer workshops will be used. A group design exercise also forms part of the module.

Assessments

Assignment Title

Date Set

Date Due

Return Date

Coursework Weighting

Set by

Essay on ITS Policy

Lectures 1-2

After lectures 5-6

After lectures 15-16

 1/3

NH

ITS Design Exercise

Lectures 5-6

After lectures 19-20

End of April

 2/3

FG/NH/WYO/AS

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Aruna Sivakumar
Professor John Polak