Showcase Speakers

Nick Antonopoulos joined Edinburgh Napier in January 2019 as Vice Principal – Research & Innovation from the University of Derby, where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Research Professor in Cloud Computing.

He has more than 20 years of academic and leadership experience, with a very strong background in initiating, leading and delivering improvements at an institutional level.

Nick has an excellent international reputation in his field, evidenced by his papers, books, chairing of prestigious conferences, and his active leadership of broad reaching research partnerships nationally and internationally. He has an extensive network across government, commerce and industry.

Nick’s role oversees the Schools of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment and Health and Social Care as well as the Research, Innovation & Enterprise team.

Iain Docherty BSc PhD FAcSS FRSE FRSA FRGS FICE FHEA CMILT is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Stirling. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies. His total research and consultancy awards exceed £2.5 million. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands and Sweden, and the OECD. In 2015 he was appointed by the ESRC and Innovate UK as one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK, and he is currently one of the Co-Investigators and Infrastructure Theme Lead of the £1.2m ESRC Productivity Insights Network, which aims to bring together leading social science academics to help address the UK economy’s resilient productivity gap, and one of three senior researchers leading the EPSRC-funded project on the transport and mobility implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. His other current roles include Scottish Ministers’ appointee on the governance boards overseeing the revised National Transport Strategy, Strategic Transport Projects Review and Scottish Climate Assembly.

Pat Langdon is a Professor of Engineering Design, Transportation, and Inclusion at Edinburgh NAPIER School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE). He is the acting head of the ENU Transport Research Institute. He is an Experimental Psychologist and has worked in AI, Robotics and Engineering Design for over 20 Years. Historically he has led research in Inclusive Engineering Design and contributed to its literature. Until recently he was a Reader (PRA) in at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and led research there in Inclusive Design, Ergonomics and Human Factors. He was co-investigator and Cambridge lead for the joint EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover funded programme, Towards Autonomy – Smart and Connected Control (TASCC), Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAVe). He is a visiting Professor in Human Factors for Global Challenge at the University of East Anglia Computer Science Department 2019 – 2021. Between 2013 and 2019, Pat Langdon, whilst still at Cambridge, also initiated and ran a series of CAPE funded projects with Jaguar Land Rover based on combining Human Factors Engineering with advanced Machine Learning and AI techniques to address the very latest human interface issues facing automotive manufacturers.

A Public Health doctor, Adrian Davis has for over 30 years focused his work on the health impacts of road transport, the understanding of the importance of health by transport planners, and the application of science in selecting which policies and practices most support health enhancing travel behaviours. He authored the first transport policy statement of any national Medical association in 1997 – for the British Medical Association, followed by the Transport evidence for the Acheson Inquiry into Inequalities in Health in 1998 commissioned  by the Government. Adrian has drafted evidence summaries and reports on active travel and mobility for international and many national bodies e.g. WHO, Public Health England, Dept. Transport, Scottish Government, and most recently for the Welsh Government on implementation details of their planned default 20mph speed limit. 

Adrian has practitioner experience through 11 years p/t with Bristol City Council’s transport team where he designed their city-wide 20mph speed limit programme and then developed their Safe Systems Road Safety Plan. In 2018 he took up the position of Professor of Transport & Health at Edinburgh Napier University. He is also a Senior Fellow at UWE Bristol. Adrian provides a free evidence translation service https://blogs.napier.ac.uk/tri/essential-evidence-scotland/ of de-jargonised 1 page summaries for transport and built environment practitioners. He describes himself as a ‘boundary spanner’ in ensuring that science is truly interdisciplinary and connected to practitioners.

Philippa Gilhooly

Traffic and Road Safety Team, Scottish Borders Council 18 years.

BSc Hons (First) Environmental Management Heriot Watt University 2002. Lothian and Borders Police Road Safety Unit 5 years. Borders Regional Council IT Trainer 4 years. HND Software Engineering Napier Polytechnic back in the dim and distant 80’s. Lives in Scottish Borders, married to Graeme Johnstone and owner of Woolly Gilhooly a Bearded Collie. Designer of PiPencil bollards and twinned St Abbs with New Asgard.



Achille Fonzone, Associate Professor of Transport Analysis and Planning at Edinburgh Napier University, has a background in Civil Engineering, a PhD in Transport and Planning, a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

He has authored 50 peer-reviewed publications, 20 presentations in conferences, and several book chapters and scientific reports. He has published in the top-ranking transport scientific journals, including Transportation Research Part A, B and C and Analytic Methods in Accident Research. He is Associated Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems and member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability. He has edited special issues of Transportation Research Part A and Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems. He is leading the evaluation of the large Horizon 2020 project SUNRISE, promoting sustainable mobility at the neighbourhood level through co-creation in 6 countries in Europe, and the societal research in the Innovate UK/C-CAV flagship project CAV Forth, which will build and operate a fleet of level 4 full-size buses for the first time in the world. In response to the challenges generated by the outbreak of COVID-19, Achille has established and is leading a research group on the impacts of the pandemics on transport and location choices.

He has active research collaborations with leading researchers in the UK and the rest of Europe, Japan, and the USA. He has been invited to give talks at top international Universities and transport organisations. He is full member of the EPSRC Review College and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Wafaa Saleh is a Professor of Transport Engineering and the Chair of the international committee of the Travel Demand Management (TDM) Symposium. She is a member of the scientific committee of international symposium of transportation reliability (INSTR) and the author and co-author of over 100 publications in national, international journals and conferences. Wafaa is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. The  focus of Wafaa’s research in