TRL has announced it has engaged in a strategic alliance with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
It’s joining organisations such as Apple, Google, BP, Intel, BT and BAE Systems as a member of the CSAIL Alliance Program, meaning it will will work closely with MIT with the aim of enhancing its existing knowledge and capabilities in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning, as well as developing research initiatives for future transport needs.
In a statement, TRL says that the CSAIL Alliance Program offers unparalleled intelligence on advanced technology, access to thought leadership in emerging fields and also, it says, “broad recognition of TRL as one of the most dynamic and innovative research centres in the world.
“Through the membership, TRL will have access to the CSAIL – the largest research laboratory facility at MIT – as well as research groups spanning robotics, natural language processing, networks, databases, cryptography, web science and more. The TRL team will also be able to engage with leading researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies, identifying opportunities to collaborate to improve knowledge and accelerate development in this area,” its statement continues.
Speaking about the decision to join the CSAIL Alliance Program, TRL Academy Director, Professor Nick Reed said, “Technology is advancing rapidly and is already driving dramatic changes within the transport industry. TRL’s role has always been to predict, understand and evaluate how such developments can deliver improvements in the safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our transport systems. MIT’s CSAIL facility is world-renowned for its research in the development and application of new technologies. Joining the Alliance Programme will help to ensure that TRL remains at the forefront of innovation in transport. We are looking forward to collaborating with CSAIL and partners in our ongoing programme of research surrounding automated transport systems and self-driving cars.”
TRL already has a growing portfolio of innovative research projects in the field of connected and automated transport.