The University of Sheffield secures EC grant to radically improve intermodal travel.
The University of Sheffield is a partner of the new GoF4R (Governance of the Interoperability Framework for Rail and Intermodal Mobility) project, funded through the Shift2Rail JU. The project will define a structure for integrating and sharing data across disparate transportation operators that can subsequently be used to create seamless – door to door — mobility services using any form of transportation service.
This 2M euro project, coordinated by the European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) is a collaboration of 16 partners from across Europe including railway industry and public transport associations, railway infrastructure
managers and Railway Undertakings, the European Passenger Federation, industry partners and other universities and research centres. The University of Sheffield’s interdisciplinary team comprises Prof Elaine Toms and Prof Lenny Koh, Operations Management and Decision Sciences, Management School and Dr. Jon Paragreen, Academic Manager of TICS (Transport Innovation Centre Sheffield). Within the project, Dr Paragreen and Prof Toms will identify the key stakeholders in the transport system and develop an understanding of the data needs of end-users
for smart travel, whilst Prof Koh will ascertain the required skills and skill gaps and work toward a standard governance structure.
GoF4R “will help to overcome the obstacles currently impeding the development of market innovation and facilitate acceptance of the semantic web for transportation. GoF4R is a project supporting the SHIFT2Rail IP4, whose aim is the provision of the framework tools and technologies allowing data exchange among different actors of the transport ecosystem, providing mechanisms to abstract data from the complexity of varied data formats and non-integrated services, and facilitating interoperability among systems. This is essential for the creation of added value services achieving a seamless multimodal door-to-door experience.”
Dr. Paragreen said “we are very pleased to have won this work, which addresses issues at the core of multi-modal travel technology. With the involvement from Management School, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre, Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and TICS, it demonstrates the value of an
interdisciplinary approach to Intelligent Mobility”.
GoF4R is a two-year project which started on 1st November 2016. This project is funded through the EC H2020 programme, grant agreement number 730844.
The 16 project partners are:
- UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES – UNIFE (UNIFE), Belgium
- CEFRIEL – SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA (CEF), Italy
- CNC CENTRO NUOVA COMUNICAZIONE SRL (CNC), Italy
- D’APPOLONIA (DAPP BE), Belgium
- EUROPEAN PASSENGERS’ FEDERATION IVZW (EPF), Belgium
- Masarykova univerzita (MU), Czech Republic
- OLTIS GROUP AS (OG), Czech Republic
- POLITECNICO DI MILANO (POLIMI), CF80057930150, established in PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32, MILANO 20133, Italy, IT04376620151
- RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED (RSSB) LTD, United Kingdom
- TELESTE OYJ (Teleste) OYJ, Finland
- TRENITALIA SPA (TRENITALIA) SPA, Italy
- UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER (UIC), France
- UNION INTERNATIONALE DES TRANSPORTS PUBLICS (UITP), Belgium
- ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE (UNIZA), Slovakia
- UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (UPM), Spain
- THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (USFD), United Kingdom