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Transport research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research includes:

Ground Transport

  • Electric vehicles, including electric vehicle drive cycles and batteries and fuel cells development.
  • Heavy goods vehicles dynamics, including novel suspensions and control concepts for more efficient lorries.


  • Gas turbine aerodynamics
  • High temperature materials research in 4th and 5th generation turbine blade materials.

System Modelling

  • The development and deployment of smart networks for urban transport monitoring systems
  • Modelling transport in cities to investigate the system-wide impact of technological interventions such as electric and fuel cell vehicles, hybrid electric power trains, use of light-weight materials, downsizing, alternative fuels. 
  • The impacts investigated include energy use and emissions, capital and operating costs, energy demand under different policy scenarios.
  • Aviation integrated modelling of future travel demand, as well as the environmental impacts of aviation.

Some key centres and initiatives include:

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in transport.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Transport theme.  The lead for Transport is .

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Jean Bacon

My research interests are in the broad area of distributed systems

Professor Alastair Beresford

I am currently interested in the privacy and security of mobile devices such as Android smartphones, iPads and laptops

Dr. Adam Boies

Our transportation research focuses on the evolution, dynamics and impacts of gas-phase nanoparticles and gaseous pollutants. Our work seeks to quantify the emissions from transportation sources and investigates solutions for emissions reduction.

Professor David Cebon

Energy efficiency of heavy goods vehicles, please click here for further information

Professor John Clarkson, FREng

His research interests are in the general area of engineering design, particularly the development of design methodologies to address specific  design issues, for example, process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design.

Dr. David Cole

vehicle electrification

Dr. Tim Coombs

Ship propulsion, trains both levitated and conventional.  Electric and hybrid cars

Dr Jonathan Cullen

Jonathan's research interests include whole energy systems, energy and material demand reduction and low-carbon energy technologies.

Professor Bill Dawes
  • turbine design
  • greener by design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • reducing emissions
  • increased efficiency
Professor Vikram Deshpande
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials
  • Metallic foams and cellular materials
  • Mechanics of asphalt
  • Discrete Dislocation plasticity
Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Energy efficient aircraft and engines

Low noise vehicles, particularly aircraft and cars

Professor Marcial Echenique

Role of transport

The integration of land use and transport models

Professor Richard Gibbens

Modelling road traffic, congestion and journey times


Professor Keith Glover

Group within the Information Engineering Division

Professor Bartlomiej Andrzej Glowacki

Liquid hydrogen tanks for transport

Dr. Cesare Hall

Turbomachinery Group in the Acoustics, Fluid Mechanics, Turbomachinery and Thermodynamics Division

Professor Rod Jones

Observational and modelling studies of atmospheric structure and photochemistry.

Dr Markus Kalberer

Chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and their effects on human health

Professor Markus Kraft

Well to wheel analysis of fossil and bio fuels

Professor Robin Langley
  • Structural dynamics and vibro-acoustics
  • The analysis of systems with  uncertain properties
  • Statistical energy analysis and related methods
  • The  dynamics of offshore structures
  • The statistical analysis of electromagnetic systems
Dr Teng Long

More electric vehicles including cars, ships trains and aircraft; charging systems.

Professor Jan Maciejowski

Model Predictive Control (MPC): Use of online optimisation in real time  to control systems. Current applications include paper-making, spacecraft,  air-traffic management, surface mining, fault-tolerant control

Professor Duncan McFarlane
  • industrial control & automation,
  • reconfigurable industrial systems design,
  • analysis and synthesis of intelligent control systems,
  • automated identification systems,
  • value of industrial information & sensing,
  • track & trace systems,
  • information systems in complex industrial environments.
Professor Nigel Peake

Noise  and vibration

Professor John Pyle

The use of state-of-the-art numerical models, run on supercomputers, to study  the processes controlling the present state of the atmosphere and its evolution.

Dr Andrew Rice

Computing for the Future of the Planet is a research framework which we have been developing in the Computer Laboratory since 2006.  The intention is to identify and motivate computer science research questions

Professor Alexander Routh

Research in colloid science and fluid mechanics

Dr. Hugh Shercliff
  • Thermomechanical  process modelling and knowledge management
  • Design  and manufacturing, sustainability and process selection
  • Resources  for materials and design teaching
Professor Andy Woods

The dynamics of explosive volcanic systems: both subsurface and atmospheric  processes associated with such volcanism, and the related topic of two phase  flow in pipelines