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Phil Blythe CBE

DARe Director

Phil Blythe CBE


Professor Phil Blythe CBE brings a vast range of expertise and experience to DARe. As former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Transport, he can provide detailed understanding and insights into the key challenges facing UK transport.

Phil’s academic focus has been the development of ITS – the use of information, communications and computing technology applied to transport, and in 2021 was awarded the Reece-Hills Medal for a lifetime personal contribution to ITS. His research portfolio covers a wide range of areas where ITS has been applied to transport including road to vehicle communications; road user charging systems; ITS for assistive mobility; smartcards and radio frequency identification (RFID); wireless/smartdust technologies; electromobility; and future intelligent infrastructure.

Phil Phil chairs the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Transport Policy Panel, and has been Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator on more than 70 research projects. His current projects include four EPSRC-funded projects (LC Transform, iBuild, CESI and UKCRIC), and two EU-funded projects (ITS Observatory and C-Mobile), as well projects funded from government, industry, and local authorities (primarily in the C-ITS and Electromobility areas).

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Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, and former Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport (2015 to 2021)


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Newcastle University