TRL joins MIT CSAIL Alliance Program
Whether it is the integration of software and sensors that is bringing us automated road vehicles, or the processing and analysis of amalgamated datasets to deliver new insights into travel behaviours, the importance of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics in the transport sector cannot be underestimated.
To capitalise on the opportunities posed by new technology, TRL has engaged in a strategic alliance with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Joining organisations such as Apple, Google, BP, Intel, BT and BAE Systems as a member of the CSAIL Alliance Program, TRL will work closely with MIT to enhance its existing knowledge and capabilities in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning, as well as developing research initiatives for future transport needs.
The CSAIL Alliance Program offers unparalleled intelligence on advanced technology, access to thought leadership in emerging fields and broad recognition of TRL as one of the most dynamic and innovative research centres in the world. Through the membership, TRL will have access to the CSAIL – the largest research laboratory facility at MIT – as well as research groups spanning robotics, natural language processing, networks, databases, cryptography, web science and more. The TRL team will also be able to engage with leading researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies, identifying opportunities to collaborate to improve knowledge and accelerate development in this area.
Speaking about the decision to join the CSAIL Alliance Program, TRL Academy Director, Professor Nick Reed said: “Technology is advancing rapidly and is already driving dramatic changes within the transport industry. TRL’s role has always been to predict, understand and evaluate how such developments can deliver improvements in the safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our transport systems. MIT’s CSAIL facility is world-renowned for its research in the development and application of new technologies. Joining the Alliance Programme will help to ensure that TRL remains at the forefront of innovation in transport. We are looking forward to collaborating with CSAIL and partners in our ongoing programme of research surrounding automated transport systems and self-driving cars.”