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Digital Roads of the Future


The Digital Roads of the Future initiative is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Costain, and National Highways. The three organisations have been working together in this field since 2010. The initiative is being developed alongside UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), with grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the EU MSCA COFUND programme totalling £14.5m. 


Principal Investigators

The University of Cambridge Principal Investigator, and academic lead, is Professor Ioannis Brilakis.

Ioannis Brilakis is a Laing O’Rourke Professor of Civil & Information Engineering, and the Director of the Construction Information Technology Laboratory at the Division of Civil Engineering of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Prof. Brilakis is Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and the past chair of the Board of Directors of the European Council on Computing in Construction.




The National Highways Principal Investigator is Phillip Proctor.

National Highways - formerly known as Highways England -  is a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving motorways and major A-roads in England. The Digital Roads programme is at the heart of its long-term vision for the Strategic Road Network. Phillip Proctor is Head of Research, with 21 years of experience in R&D, and skilled in technology transfer. He is Deputy Chair of the IET Transport Sector Committee and currently supervises four research engineers and co-leads a wider team of 45 staff.





The Costain Principal Investigator is Tim Embley.

The Costain Group is a large construction and engineering company based in the UK and formed over 150 years ago. It works across a range of sectors and collaborates with businesses around the world. Tim Embley is the Group Innovation & Research Director with 15 years of experience in leading the company's strategic research portfolio, and industrial research in partnership with UK Universities. He is also Chair of i3P Net Zero Carbon Working Group, several research programme boards, and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering.