News | 4 January 2022
CBE for ITS expert Phil Blythe

The Department for Transport’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Phil Blythe, has received a CBE in the New Years honours list.The Newcastle University academic is a distinguished engineer who has made an significant contribution to the transport sector in the development of Intelligent Transport Systems – the use of information, communications and computing technology applied to transport. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his exceptional and continuing contribution.He has been an active and valuable supporter of the TTF, and has delivered the keynote speech at two TTF conferences including the last physical one in Bristol in 2020 (pictured).Prof Blythe established the first MSc level module in the UK in the field of ITS in 1997 and the university says this has proved to be highly popular with the MSc and undergraduate students and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) delegates.Over the years at Newcastle University, his research portfolio has covered an extensive range of areas where ITS has been applied to transport, including road to vehicle communications, electromobility and future intelligent infrastructure – all reflected in his research-led teaching in ITS and e-Services. His primary research is forward looking and attempts to bridge the technology-policy gap in terms of what technologies may evolve to meet future policy objectives or indeed influence policy thinking to meet the three main challenges currently facing transport – congestion, climate change and future energy vectors.(Picture – TTF)