The Siemens-Sheffield Advanced Multimodal Simulator: Bringing Integrated Mobility to Life
There are ever increasing demands on the country's transport networks and infrastructure with record highs of passenger journeys on franchised rail services in Britain reaching 1.6 billion in 2014-15. However, with the rise in technological advances researchers are able to address this issue, quickly and safely.
Professor Rob Harrison from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is working on the Siemens-Sheffield Advanced Multimodal Simulator (S2AM) that aims to model the way travellers make their journeys, end-to-end. The multimodal simulator will ultimately take into account integrated transport models, incorporating rail, pedestrian and road users.
The project, led by Dr Paul Richmond from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Computer Science and Dr David Fletcher of the Department of Mechanical Engineering draws together multi-disciplinary expertise from across the Faculty of Engineering. It has so far attracted two grants from Siemens Rail Automation UK and spawned a related project for the same team on the optimisation of the passenger-carriage interface.
The final validated system will be used to answer interesting “what if” design and operational questions and will underpin a method for optimising personal mobility on a large scale.
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