Centre for Intelligent Transport

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Robotics Engineering join with Materials to drive future transport
  • All-electric commuter aircraft concept
  • LES simulation of flow past NACA 0018 airfoil
  • 3D woven carbon fibre reinforced composites
  • Bee-inspired drones for 3d printing in construction
  • Scalable Cellular Composites


The Centre for Intelligent Transport (CIT) combines complementary strengths in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Power Systems, Robotics and AI, Digital Design and Manufacturing, and Advanced Materials to drive future transport and mobility technologies that better our world. The Centre takes pride in being particularly strong in merging world-leading theoretical research with applied, industry-oriented experimental work, creating systems and software tools with high market potential and benefit for society. Our mission is to conduct research of the utmost excellence and to translate it into products with wide and beneficial applications, in close collaboration with industry, international universities and governmental bodies.

Research within the Centre focuses on various scientific and engineering problems relevant to future transport systems and spans from Green Propulsion, Robotics, and Autonomous vehicles to Future Mobility with Environmental and Climate technologies, such as those which help reduce aircraft noise and emissions. We also carry out extensive research in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Future Transport. A cross-cutting theme, which is relevant for many our applications is Data Centric Systems Engineering, which includes Numerical Methods and Simulation and AI. Our research has been supported by EPSRC, EU, Innovate UK,  BEIS, Royal Academy of Engineering, and other agencies and companies.  

CIT’s research is becoming increasingly integrated into undergraduate and postgraduate education in these broad areas.

Leadership Team

Dr Ketao Zhang
Industrial Engagement Lead
Dr Ketao Zhang