Dr Joanna White

Highways England

Head of Intelligent Transport Systems Group

Highways England

Dr Joanna White is the Head of the Intelligent Transport Systems Group at Highways England. Following her PhD in Mathematics where she developed mathematical models for traffic networks, Jo started her career in 1999 at TRL working as a Researcher. One of her first projects was to demonstrate how mobile phone data could be used to produce information about road traffic behaviour on transport networks and undertook. 6 years later she joined the Highways Agency as a Senior ITS Engineer in the Traffic and Travel Systems Group – now known as the ITS Group! She led the M42 Active Traffic Management Monitoring, investigated how smart motorways and ramp metering could operate together and set up the ITS Radar service. Jo was promoted in 2007 to the Team Leader of the Technology Programme Performance team, responsible for overseeing the Agency’s £250m Technology Programme. She took a couple of years out to have children (not concurrently thank goodness) and then changed roles in April 2012 to lead the National Operational Systems team in Traffic Technology Division, looking after all the systems that the Traffic Officers use to manage traffic and incidents – such as HATMS and Command and Control. Now she is back home in research, overseeing teams who research intelligent mobility, improve operational systems, tunnels technology and future vehicle technology – including trialling connected and automated vehicles.

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