Thursday 14 March 2019


Newton Programme funded 5-day research workshop was organised at De La Salle University from 14-18 January, to explore challenges of transport systems and asset management facing the Philippines. The workshop brought together academia and local stakeholders to identify and formulate relevant Smart Transport strategies, technologies and approaches to improve planning, construction, maintenance and operation of roads in the Philippines.  The rapid urban population growth in the Philippines results in increased demand of transportation networks, leading to road congestion, accidents and road asset deterioration. The workshop explored various innovative solutions to enable Smart, Safe and Sustainable management of Road Network. 

The workshop involved 19 UK participants from 12 UK universities and industry partners, representing transportation clients and service providers. It offered a valuable opportunity to understand local challenges and develop innovative responses to identified challenges. Professor Zeeshan Aziz, lead workshop co-ordinator said: “The key workshop focus has been on use of smart city innovations to improve efficiency, safety and reliability of road infrastructure." The workshop brought together UK and Philippines researchers from multiple disciplines including built environment, engineering, management, computing and social sciences. Dr Jose Bienvenido, DLSU coordinator said “The workshop provided a venue for both the UK and local experts to learn about the Smart transport practices in respective countries, as well as better understand the local challenges, culture, demand and limitations, with the view of realizing collaborative efforts towards formulating more relevant and applicable approaches and technologies locally”.

During the workshop, participants worked together in intensive group activities to develop new collaborative research projects aimed at enhancing smart cities, transportation and economic development and futuristic 2030 scenarios for Transportation in the Philippines. The workshop also contributed to the professional development of early career researchers providing opportunity of real time peer review, working alongside senior mentors.

The workshop is part of a Newton programme supported by the British Council to encourage international research partnerships. The initiative provides opportunities for early career researchers to learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

This press brief is written and contributed by Prof Zeeshan Aziz from the University of Salford

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