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March 31st, 2017 4:30 PM   to   6:30 PM

Future Transport

Stephen Cragg, Transport Scotland

Title: I know where you were last night!

Part of planning for transport systems of the future involves a need to understand how people use transport systems today. How many people are commuting to work by bicycle, how many parcels are being delivered by small vans, how many people are taking the train to go for a night out in Edinburgh?

Traditionally, these questions were answered by going out and stopping people and freight vehicles and asking them about the journey they were making. However, new opportunities are now available through advances in camera technology (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), short-range wireless communication (Bluetooth) and the near ubiquitous carrying of mobile phones.

This presentation will discuss some of the practical challenges of turning these data sources into something useful and you can discover if I really do know where you were last night!


Stephen Cragg is a Transport Planner. In spite of wanting to grow up first to be a giraffe, then a chemist, he accidentally became a transport planner. Through his work he has developed a passion for data, maps and understanding why people make the travel choices they do. It is to his eternal embarrassment that despite knowing his left from his right, he still doesn't know his east from his west.

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Aim of the Series

The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host this seminar series, presenting topics in the broad areas of geographical information and remote sensing, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory. This prestigious series combines research seminars with talks of professional interest and is open to students and staff across the University and beyond, together with professionals in the field working in Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. Supported by the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland (AGI Scotland) as a professional seminar series, it aims to be inclusive and broad-ranging. Talks are timed for the late afternoon to bring a social dimension.

These seminars also represent an important networking opportunity, with a growing audience comprising some of the key players in the Scottish geographical information industry. Talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks which take place in the Teviot Library Bar allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Our typical audience numbers 40-60 and combines staff and students from GeoSciences, Informatics and other Schools within the university, with professional colleagues from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, EDINA, Registers for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest Research and several SMEs from across Central Scotland and beyond.


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