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A City-Level Digital Twin Experiment for Exploring the Impacts of Digital Transformation on Journeys to Work in the Cambridge Sub-region. ECR project by Dr Li Wan, University of Cambridge

Dr Li Wan, University of Cambridge
'A digital twin prototype for journeys to work in Cambridge


In 2016 there are 38% more people in work in the UK but 20% fewer commuting journeys per person per week than back in the mid-1990. This trend has often been attributed to a wide range of transformations regarding the nature of employment such as more part-time work, more people working from multiple places, increasing self-employment (e.g. the “gig” economy), etc. Such behavioural changes are complex and will have profound implications on how we plan, use and manage our future infrastructure. The digital twin has great potential bridging the gap by incorporating data and insights from multiple disciplines, which may enable all-around assessment of policy interventions and foster stakeholder debates over complex trade-offs. The research proposal represents a small but timely effort of exploring the wider implications of digital transformation on journeys to work through the development of a digital twin prototype that integrates data and insights from multiple disciplines related to city and infrastructure planning. 

Contact:  Li Wan