Imperial College was established by Royal Charter in 1907. It was a School of the University of London till 2007 when it became a University in its own right. Imperial enjoys national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. In 2009, the Times Higher QS World University Rankings ranked Imperial as the fifth best university in the world. There are approximately 9000 students and 7000 staff. Imperial’s contribution to this WP-E thematic programme on long term and innovative research will be by researchers of the Imperial College Engineering Geomatics Group (ICEGG) and the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Transport Risk Management Centre (LRET TRMC) both based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is amongst the best equipped in the UK, and is located in its own building in the centre of the College campus, in South Kensington, London. It currently employs 44 academic staff, including 16 full professors. The Department also has 4 Research Fellows and 35 Post Doctoral Research Associates, all of whom are employed on external funds, mostly contracts and grants awarded by Industry and various National and International Government Agencies, including a significant amount of EU funding. There are almost 500 students, 260 undergraduates, 135 MSc students and 90 research students. The Department has been awarded the top grade (6*) in each of the last five reviews of university research.
The Imperial College Engineering Geomatics Group (ICEGG) has 8 academic and research staff, and 12 PhD students. It has an established record of award winning research and attracts significant funding (in excess of €5.5 million since 2000) from a variety of sources. The ICEGG has extensive relevant experience in air traffic management (including automation, safety, capacity modelling and navigation); positioning and navigation (including GNSS system design, integration of GNSS with other sensors and systems, high precision carrier phase processing and applications, and identification of innovative and novel applications of GNSS) and intelligent transport systems. Notable contributions have included the development of novel algorithms for monitoring the integrity of GPS and its augmentations taking into account known failure modes, development of methods for positioning using communications signals within wireless local area networks, and methods to estimate the impact of space-based navigation systems on airspace capacity. Some of these works have received prestigious awards including the Royal Institute of Navigation’s Michael Richey Medal and Best Papers at the US Institute of Navigation (ION) conferences. Staff at the ICEGG have carried out research and consultancy for various organisations including the European Commission, European Space Agency and EUROCONTROL.
The LRET TRMC was established in 2005 for the purpose of carrying out research and teaching in the risks related to transport by land (rail and road), air and sea. The TRMC has 6 staff including research fellows and PhD students. It has achieved international recognition for excellence in the research and teaching of transport safety risk, e.g. as demonstrated by publications in international journals and the award of a number of prestigious prizes. In particular, the TRMC has undertaken innovative research on public, passenger and worker safety, regulatory regimes, impacts of specific transport technologies on safety, and safety management. Mode specific research has covered all modes of transport with aviation, in particular air traffic management and airline operations, and railways receiving the most attention. A characteristic feature of the TRMC’s research has been the extensive collaboration both with academic institutions and with a wide range of government and industrial organisations in the UK and internationally. Notable among these in the aviation domain have been EUROCONTROL, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NATS, easyJet and the Civil Aviation Authorities of the UK, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Such collaborations have enabled the TRMC to make a major impact at regional and global levels particularlythrough the adoption of the techniques and methodologies that are currently influencing practice.
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