Dr Rahat Iqbal was invited to deliver a keynote speech on new mobility and smart city in in FEAL2018, a prestigious event aiming to introduce the automotive industry in the Big Data era.

The event was called “FEAL2018-The Future of Automotive in Europe” (http://fealautomotive.com/ ) and it was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Lille France. FEAL2018 involved the entire automotive industry: manufacturers, suppliers, startups, clusters, institutions, associations, research laboratories, academics and consultants. Dr Iqbal was accompanied by the Chamber of Commerce of Coventry and Warwickshire, UK and was among the 20 key speakers of the event. Key speakers in FEAL2018 included representatives from world known companies like Toyota, Renault, Peugeot and Citroën and high-profile individuals such as: Luciano Biondo-president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France, Xavier Bertrand president of the Hauts-de-France region and former minister, and Luc Chatel president of the PFA (Automotive industry and mobilities) and former minister.

During FEAL-2018, Dr Iqbal delivered a presentation for new mobilities and smart cities where he discussed the challenges and opportunities pertaining to the deployment of big data analytics and machine learning technologies in intelligent transport and urban mobility. Dr Iqbal explained the challenges for developing effective Big Data applications for the automotive industry, discussed the potential of Big Data and machine learning to deliver innovative commercial products and transform the automotive industry, and highlighted the changes that car manufacturing companies need to undergo in order to adopt to the technology augmented reality of today. Dr. Iqbal also presented Interactive Coventry’s current projects and ongoing work on Big Data, smart city, computer vision and driving assist systems. On day 2 of FEAL2018 Dr. Iqbal and Interactive Coventry’s Operational Manager Dr Tomasz Maniak, along with several members from the Chamber of Commerce of Coventry and Warwickshire took a special tour to visit manufacturers and suppliers’ sites. This tour included a visit to Toyota Motor Manufacturing France and Toyota Boshoku (Valenciennes et Somain) and a visit to Alphatech Plastic Omnium (Compiègne).

FEAL2018 is already a reference in the field of European events linked to the automotive industry of the future.  Events like FEAL2018 promote economic development by supporting knowledge transfer and collaboration among key players in the industry. Dr. Iqbal’s and Interactive Coventry’s participation in FEAL2018 demonstrates the innovative and high impact work of IC and advertises Coventry University’s research on future transport and smart cities internationally.

FEAL2018 was a two-days event that took place from 20 to 21 of June in Casino Barriere- Lille (Hauts-De-France) and it was described as the meeting of the future Automotive Industry. The 21st century car manufacturing and large automotive companies witness the emergence of new tendencies and technologies and with them, it is necessary to reinvent a whole industry – addressing new technological challenges and creating new partnership schemes in an ecosystem that is more and more digitized. FEAL placed innovation at the centre of its agenda and selected high-profile speakers, who are in the heart of current and upcoming events. FEAL2018 aimed to highlight the profound change of the automotive industry’s role and relationship with the consumer and the end user in a world that is increasingly connected and urbanized. FEAL2018 agenda included major challenges and opportunities faced by the modern automotive industry such as: new mobilities and smart city: the challenges and opportunities for the automotive industry; autonomous and intuitive vehicle: uses and issues; vehicle electrification: technology, vision and impacts by 2030; the Future of automotive brands by 2030: from car manufacturer to mobility provider; the British automotive industry before and after Brexit; and the future of automotive industry in France

Interactive Coventry receives prestigious funding award

Interactive Coventry receives prestigious funding award

Interactive Coventry Ltd, in collaboration with Coventry University and Malaysian industrial partners (Metrobinaya Sdn Bhd and Pentalight Technology Sdn Bhd), has received a prestigious funding award by Innovate (UK) and PlaTCOM Ventures (Malaysia), to lead the development of an advanced urban flooding monitoring and forecasting platform. Interactive Coventry was awarded funding in the competition: “Newton Fund: UK-Malaysia Urban Innovation Challenge 2017”, which is a bilateral framework providing facilitation and financial support for Malaysian and UK organisations through business-led collaborations.

The project titled “Flood Ultra-Cognitive Dendrite (FLUD)” is estimated to cost over £750,000, and builds upon state of the art research, and technologies in computational intelligence and machine learning, to develop an urban flooding monitoring and forecasting platform. FLUD aims to minimise the impact of flash floods through developing an economically sustainable technical approach to flood-alert systems in a way that considers citizen accessibility of its service regardless of age, race, literacy and social status.

The proposed approach will be tested in the context of two high risk areas in Malaysia, and the final product will be a benchmark framework, which can be utilised in smart city projects in Malaysia, the UK, and other countries facing extreme urban flooding phenomena.


Jakarta bosses predict traffic thanks to Coventry data expert

Jakarta bosses predict traffic thanks to Coventry data expert

Predicting future traffic jams is no longer just for crystal balls thanks to a Coventry data expert who is working with city chiefs in Indonesia to tackle car congestion.

Dr Rahat Iqbal, an expert in Big Data Analytics, has just returned from Jakarta, Indonesia to discuss potential solutions for traffic problems.

Dr Iqbal, a reader in Human-Centred Technology in the School of Computing, Electronics & Mathematics and a CEO of Interactive Coventry Limited, showed Jakarta government bosses how his research could help anticipate the volume of traffic flow in the city, using technology rather than people. He also suggested a solution which analysed how new public policies could affect future traffic.

The partnership between Dr Iqbal and Jakarta is set to continue in the future.

Read: https://blogs.coventry.ac.uk/business/2016/12/20/coventry-experts-aim-to-solve-worlds-worst-traffic/

Big data revolution for traffic congestion

Big data revolution for traffic congestion

Dr Rahat Iqbal, an expert in Big Data Analytics, recently paid a productive visit to the Governor office of Jakarta, Indonesia to discuss potential solutions for traffic congestion problems. Dr Iqbal is a Reader in Human-Centred Technology in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Coventry University, and a CEO of Interactive Coventry Ltd, a supplier of high-tech intelligent data-driven solutions. Mrs Barbara Howell, Associate Dean (International) also attended the meeting together with Ms Yanti Amran, a local part-time Consultant for the University Jakarta office. The visit was backed by Mr Paul Fairburn (Director of Enterprise and Innovation); Professor Mike Hardy (Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and Professor Damien Foster (Head of the School). Present from the Governor’s office were Mr Setiaji (Head of Jakarta Smart City Unit), Mr Diory Paulus Damanik (Head of Data & Analytics), JSC team and many other officials from the Government Transport Wing where Dr. Iqbal presented the state of the art in machine learning approaches relating to the prediction and management of traffic congestion. Mrs Howell supported Dr Iqbal by briefing the officials with the example of the London traffic management system.

Fig. 1 Prototype application (heat map of traffic flow for Jakarta city visualization window)

Dr Iqbal suggested novel solutions for managing traffic congestion which were based on Big Data Analytics. During the subsequent discussion, prototype systems (as shown above) applied to a real-world dataset were demonstrated. The screenshot (Fig 1.) shows a heat map indicating the volume of traffic flow for Jakarta city. The wide range of proposed solutions include traffic visualisation, prediction and optimisation. Additionally, a novel solution based on multi-agent technology was suggested which could analyse the potential impact of policies relating to transport. The government officials showed a strong interest in these projects and a willingness to continue this collaboration with Coventry University which could lead to a mutually beneficial strategic partnership. The suggested solutions were based on technology patented by Interactive Coventry Ltd using deep machine learning techniques. The patent introduces a novel biologically inspired universal generative modelling approach called a Hierarchical Spatial-Temporal State Machine. The patented approach was developed on the understanding of the brain, its structure and functionality. This technique, is capable of modelling and predicting complex spatial-temporal patterns in data from which it can predict the future states of a system, based on its previous behaviour, while taking into account significant noise in the data. The approach can learn automatically the complex patterns in traffic data in order to identify and predict traffic congestion. This gives it a competitive advantage over rival methods where substantive human supervision is required. Due to its unique capability for handling data invariances, the method is able to handle a broad range of data types to discover patterns which are too complex to be identified by humans or standard machine learning techniques.

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