Professor Margaret Bell of Newcastle University has been given the Rees-Hills Award for Outstanding Personal Contribution by a UK ITS professional at the ITS (UK) President’s Dinner in Coventry.

For many years Margaret Bell has researched traffic flow monitoring, modelling, and control in order to understand the relationships between different traffic regimes and emissions and health impacts.  She was a leader in the development of the “Instrumented City” concept in which a range of ITS tools enables the development of on-line traffic noise and emission models, forecasting of air quality by novel statistical methods, and ITS-based strategies to control ‘hotspot’ emissions.  She has also worked on health impacts of emissions, and IS the founding chair of the Society’s Smart Environment Forum.

Professor Bell’s was one of five awards handed out by ITS (UK) President Steve Norris (pictured) at the Ricoh Arena on the eve of the Annual ITS (UK) Summit at the same venue.  The dinner was sponsored by WSP and SNC-Lavalin business Atkins

For the first time the Young ITS Professional of the Year  was awarded in the name of former ITS (UK) Chairman Eric Sampson.  It was handed to Keelan Fadden-Hopper of Transport for West Midlands who, the ceremony heard, has a passion for transport, shown by his willingness to contribute HIS own personal time to support initiatives in the transport industry from a young age. He has been involved with the Youth Panel at National Express, been the Secretary for the Youth Panel at Transport for London, and took part in TfWM’s Youth Forum  for over four years  at TfWM including presenting at the Smarter Travel Conference.

Read more about the award winners and the event here.

Source and photo credit: Paul Hutton/ITS UK