Project: Improving the Efficiency of Travel by Improved Household Activity Scheduling

Reference: STP 14/6/20

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To establish a broad set of user needs in terms of the types of information and modes of schedule planning support that are likely to be seen as most useful and desirable by different types of end user in different contexts.
To translate these user needs into technical requirements for database, communication and positioning functions and to identify the most appropriate technological solutions, taking account of prevailing state-of-the-art at the time.
To develop, as part of the work of an associated project PHD student, an activity scheduling simulation model that enables the testing of various forms of descriptive schedule planning information and permitting peer-to-peer communications between networked personal scheduling devices.
To identify a feasible subset of the schedule planning functions that can be implemented in a pilot version of the personal scheduling device.
To undertake a small-scale field test of the pilot personal scvheduling device, carefully monitoringthe technological performance of the devices and their attiudinal and behavioural impacts on users.
Extract overall conclusions both for public policy and in terms of potential directions of commercial exploitation.


A portable handheld device with position capability delivering the PSA function will be developed, field tested and evaluated. The work will involve original research in travel behaviour research, transport network analysis and optimisation and data services.


Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
Centre for Transport Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, London, SW7 2BU
0207 594 6089

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £332,674.00

Actual start date: 01 November 2002

Actual completion date: 26 March 2008


Improving the efficiency of travel by improved household activity scheduling
Author: John Polak
Publication date: 26/03/2008
Source: Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College, Kensington Campus, London
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