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The transport of our time

New discoveries in transportation, changes and the phenomenon of “travel-based multitasking”

The pandemic and the digitalization of many areas of our lives have changed our expectations of transportation. Infrastructure, land use and the direction of transportation development previously centered around reducing travel time. Dr. Jacek Pawlak, in an interview with Borys Kozielski, is convinced that shorter time is not the most important aspect when choosing a means of transportation for long-distance travel. Remote work and the ability to communicate remotely mean that passengers can use this time for work, entertainment or the development of interests. This is one of the aspects that is dramatically changing the demands placed on the sector.

Research and analysis of the needs of passengers and the transport sector as a whole has a direct impact on where the sector develops, and thus allows us to use the data collected to design the transportation we need. 

Another important aspect is the journey itself: it seems that travelers in the 21st century prefer to maintain some form of work-life distance, and traveling the distance physically helps them to make an analogous trip mentally. So what will the future of transportation look like? This is the topic Borislav Kozielski, along with Dr. Jack Pawlak, discussed in a recent episode of our podcast.

We encourage you to listen to the conversation “Transportation of our time”: Coopernicus podcast. The talk is available in Polish.

Jacek Pawlak
Dr Jacek Pawlak is an experienced specialist working in the fields of transport, urban systems, technology, and innovation. He currently holds the posts of Research Fellow at Imperial College London (Urban Systems Laboratory and Centre for Transport Studies), Transport and Urban Systems Research Lead for Cisco Corporate & Strategic Innovation Group across EMEAR, and Director at Intersection Analytics Ltd. Dr Pawlak’s background is in Economics, Geography and Transport Studies (Imperial College London and University College London). Since January 2017 he has been a member of the US Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Effects of ICT on Travel choices (AEP35). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In recent years, Dr Pawlak has been extensively involved in research on understanding and modelling the role and impact of new technologies on transport and wider urban systems, using both traditional (survey) and emerging (‘Big’) data sources. To date Dr Pawlak has been part of a number of large scale academic and industrial research projects, including £6M EPSRC-funded Digital City Exchange project at Imperial College London, £2M InnovateUK-RSSB-funded Project SWIFT (Superfast Wi-Fi In-Train for Future Travel) and has also been involved in formulating and executing the £15M winning proposal for the UK’s IoT City Demonstrator Cityverve, led by Cisco CREATE and Manchester City Council. In addition, Dr Pawlak has extensive experience as a reviewer for academic journals, research agencies, government departments and industrial bodies. He has also substantial consulting experience, including leading his own consultancy Intersection Analytics Ltd. since 2015.
Written by:

Jacek Pawlak, Joanna Rancew

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