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Lessons for the Underground - how technology can improve public transport in London

Publication date: Mar 21, 2006 5:18:46 PM

At the 4th Rothermel Thomas Lecture at University College London on Wednesday, 24th April, Dr Michael Shiffer, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago will discuss how new technologies can revive public transport in London.

An expert on the use of multimedia and information technology in public transport planning, Dr Shiffer will look at ways in which new computer technologies can be used to improve communication to Tube passengers through the use of information kiosks, the Internet and multimedia representational aids.

Dr Shiffer will use examples ranging from computer-controlled experimental video disks from the 1990's to currently used technology from the Chicago Transit Authority, the second largest public transport system in the United States.

Currently on sabbatical from his position as Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago while he serves as Vice President responsible for Planning and Development at the Chicago Transit Authority, Dr Shiffer spearheads the authority's overall strategic and operations planning efforts, including service scheduling and facilities development.

Since its inception in 1999, the Rothermel Thomas Lecture Series has helped to bridge the gap between the innovative developments taking place in universities and their application by the professions. The lectures are supported by Rothermel Thomas, an urban-design, planning and architectural consultancy.

Notes for Editors:

1. The 4th Rothermel Thomas Lecture will take place at the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th April 2002. To attend the lecture please contact: Sonja Curtis, 020 7679 1782,,