School of GeoSciences

Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) Seminars

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

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Friday 31st Mar 2017, 4.30pm

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.