transport and internet experts discuss impact of digital economy on future transport research

Last Thursday, 70 transport and internet experts gathered at Hoults Yard in Newcastle to discuss how the digital economy and internet trends will impact on whether and how we travel in the future.  In keeping with the digital economy flavour of the event, it was ‘live-blogged’ and tweeted to the internet, with a number of ‘virtual’ delegates following from a distance.

Topics from User generated travel information, journey planning, traffic control and reputation management to electric vehicles were discussed at the one day workshop organised by Newcastle University’s Transport Operations Research Group (TORG) and Imperial College London as part of an EPRSC project to determine the direction of travel of transport research over coming years.  TORG is involved in Newcastle University’s ‘SIDE’ Digital Economy Research Hub and the northeast electric vehicle demonstrator project which also includes the Tanfield Group, Avid Vehicles and Nissan.

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Some feedback:

  • Really great event
  • Thanks for a great day out in Newcastle. Only 10 mins from Hoults Yd to Station by Brompton. Multi-modal travelling!
  • Excellent crack with @mikeyparker, @paul_vaclik and @davidcoxon after @wdytyg. Well wicked event, and thanks to @hannahbryan for sorting it.
  • Keep in touch online! It was interesting. Congratulations for the organization
  • The excellent cover it live transcripts make up a bit for not being able to attend the Digital Transport workshop yesterday. Thanks
  • Very interesting and stimulating event! I'll be looking on Flickr for the photos
  • Justin Souter’s done a great job of live blogging today's diverse range of topics
  • Excellent day, great attendance, funky venue, novel pyromaniacs lunch, well done
  • Sad to be missing out on #wdytyg because the transportation issue of being nowhere near, but enjoying the liveblogging
  • Congrats and thanks given from everybody for opening up a debate in experimental and v.successful way

Proceedings can be seen via the workshop website and as the four individual sessions at

Directions of Travel: ,

Building Blocks of the Digital Economy:,

Responses to Session 2:,

Pre-aperitif Discussion:

Search for #wdytyg on Twitter and wdytyg on Slideshare and Flickr for slides and photos respectively and wdytyg on your favourite search tool for blog entries by attendees.


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