UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Professor Richard Allsop OBE receives Kometani-Sasaki Award for contribution

8 May 2019

Last December saw Professor Richard Allsop OBE receive the second Kometani-Sasaki Award for contributions to the International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT) series.

Richard Allsop

For over 50 years, Professor Allsop has researched, taught and advised on road safety, traffic management and other aspects of transport policy and planning. Director for two decades of what is now UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering’s Centre for Transport Studies, Professor Allsop is also a former convenor of the International Advisory Committee for the ISTTT. 

The prestigious Kometani-Sasaki Award has for 14 years been made annually to a leading Japanese mid-career researcher in transport studies and for two years to recently completed doctoral gradates in Japan. This is only the second time it has been awarded in recognition of contribution to the ISTTT series. The award was presented in Kyoto, where Eiji Kometani and Tsuna Sasaki were professors of transport studies over the second half of the twentieth century.

Professor Allsop said on the presentation: “It was a great honour to be presented with this award – to receive such recognition from my peers means a lot to me. I see this award as a tribute to Reuben Smeed and John Wardrop, to all my colleagues and to UCL – all of whom supported me and added to my work. Being in Kyoto again unexpectedly and receiving such a prestigious award were truly unforgettable experiences.” 

Professor Allsop’s colleague, Professor Benjamin Heydecker (Transport Studies), said that “I see Richard receiving this award as entirely fitting for his many contributions to the field and its development through international collaboration. His work has led to significant advances and it is very pleasing to see this further recognition for him.”

Professor Allsop was made an OBE in 1997 for services to traffic management and road safety. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and holds the IHT Award for professional excellence. His report The Effectiveness of Speed Cameras was given the 2011 Prince Michael Road Safety Award.



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