Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 4/5/2016 16:304/5/2016 21:30East Midlands Region Lecture and DinnerThe University of Nottingham, Park Nottingham, NG7 2RDtrue

This year's East Midlands Regional lecture will be hosted by the University of Nottingham. Professor Tim Gordon, Head of School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, will deliver a talk about self-driving cars. He will explain the technological successes so far, the challenges ahead for driving automation, and he will attempt to answer the key questions: “What is the risk of a collision in a self-driving car?” and “How and when will that risk become acceptable?”

The idea of a fully-autonomous road vehicle has long captured the imagination – say the destination and your robot taxi will do the rest! Recent developments by Google and others have led to predictions of autonomous cars being on our roads within the next few years. Tesla motors have promised automated motorway driving, while Volvo Cars in Sweden are planning a highly ambitious 100-car pilot in Gothenburg for 2017. 

As cars continue to become “more electronic” they can be expected to provide benefits for traffic flow and reduced carbon emissions, as well as in crash avoidance and in taking over some or all of the driving. However, to achieve all of this, future intelligent vehicles will need networked support from an intelligent infrastructure. 

Speaker biography

Tim Gordon is Professor and Head of Engineering at the University of Lincoln. He was at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor between 2003 and 2013, as Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Research Professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. For six years, he was chair of the TRB (National Academies) committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation, and is currently co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Vehicular Systems and Control. Professor Gordon is also Vice-President of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD).



Welcome, refreshments and posters



Self-driving cars – a safe bet?

Professor Tim Gordon, Head of School of Engineering, University of Lincoln


Networking reception and posters

Hosted by Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Pro-Vice Chancellor International, University of Nottingham and Professor Andy Long, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering, University of Nottingham



Hosted by Sir Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor University of Nottingham

The lecture is free to attend and open to public. To register, please click here.

The dinner is for Fellows and guests only. Tickets for dinner cost £45.00 including VAT.

If you have any questions please contact Katie Jones


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to Events Team. A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Friday 29 April 2016. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and making changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.

Speaker biography - Professor Tim Gordon