Transport Research Arena 2024

DARe Hub team members Dr Sripriya Rengaraju, Dr Christos Vlachakis, and Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa (Cambridge) attended the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2024 event in Dublin.

Sripriya shares her thoughts on the key themes that stood out during the conference.

Christos, Sripriya, and Abir at the TRA 2024 conference

As we stepped into the conference venue, we were enveloped in the lively beats of Irish music, setting us up for an unforgettable experience. A tour of the Guinness factory offered insights into Ireland’s renowned brewing tradition, and traditional folk music, the lively rhythm of Irish dance, and the gala dinner were an enriching experience of Ireland.

At the TRA conference, we delved into the realm of transport leadership and its profound impact on shaping lives for the better. During the technical discussions, there were several key recurring themes and messages.

Inclusivity: Transport serves as a vital connector, transcending barriers of age, disability, gender, and socio-economic conditions. The emphasis on inclusivity highlighted how accessible and inclusive transport infrastructure can truly transform lives, fostering greater connectivity and mobility for all.

Decarbonisation, Digitalisation, and Resilience: These pillars serve as a delivery model for safety and inclusivity. Decarbonisation efforts, coupled with digital innovations, are reshaping transportation, making it more sustainable, efficient, and resilient. Strategies for climate adaptation and infrastructure longevity were also explored, ensuring transport systems are equipped to withstand future challenges. As part of DARe, our focus is also decarbonisation and resilience, and we presented our work in the pavement monitoring session and engaged in deeper conversations for driving sustainable transport solutions. 

Dr Christos Vlachakis presents the DARe team's work in the pavement monitoring session

The TRA conference also featured stalls showcasing the latest advancements in technology, with a particular focus on electric vehicles, monitoring systems, and digitalisation in transportation.

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Conference attendees were treated to a display of cutting-edge electric vehicle technology, highlighting innovations in battery technology and vehicle design. From sleek electric cars to efficient equipment, the stalls showcased the growing diversity and capabilities of EVs in the transportation sector.

Monitoring Systems: Another highlight of the stalls was the display of state-of-the-art monitoring systems designed to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability. From real-time traffic monitoring solutions to advanced vehicle tracking systems, the stalls offered insights into how monitoring technology is revolutionising the way transportation networks are managed and optimized.

Collaborative Digitalisation: The stalls also showcased the transformative power of digitalisation in transportation, with exhibits featuring innovative digital solutions aimed at improving connectivity and efficiency. We learned about how digital technologies are reshaping the future of transportation, and the need for knowledge and data exchange for better transformation for all.

We had the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, explore cutting-edge technology, and gain valuable insights into the future of transportation innovation.

Abir and Sripriya (centre)

CEDR symposium 

As a bonus, we took part in the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) PhD and Postdoc symposium, where students showcased their research. It was enlightening to learn about how transportation aids in traversing arable soils in addition to the research on the system of systems. Interacting with students from diverse backgrounds and witnessing their impact on the transport sector was inspiring. Additionally, we had the opportunity to attend the Dublin declaration event, adding further value to our TRA conference experience.