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Following a first degree in Physics at Oxford University, an MSc in Applied Solid State Physics at Brighton University, a PhD in the physics of diamonds at Reading University and diamond research at the University of Paris VII.
John joined Racal (now Thales) as Technical Manager in 1980. He managed collaborative projects in Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Intelligent Transport Systems, Traffic Information Broadcasting, and road pricing, funded by the UK DTI, Technology Strategy Board, DfT and European Commission. He led the security work-package of the DfT-funded DIRECTS Road Pricing demonstration project. His role as Chief Technical Consultant within Thales before he retired in February 2010 included business development and project management in road-pricing and ITS. John was an Expert Advisor to Transport for London in their Congestion Charging technology trials.
He is a member of the Executive Team of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Automotive and Road Transport Technical and Professional Network, and of its Berkshire Network; he has organised and chaired international seminars on Road Pricing and on Managed Motorways for the IET. He is the editor of two books: “Mobile Information Systems” (1990) and “Advances in Mobile Information Systems” (1998), both published by Artech House, and Editor-in-Chief of the IET book Series on “Transportation”.
John is currently an independent consultant. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Transportation Research Group at Southampton University, and Honorary Secretary of the Road User Charging Interest Group of ITS(UK). His professional interests have included solid state physics, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and mobile communications, but are now centred on Intelligent Transport Systems, especially road pricing (including technology, deployment, and public acceptability). He is currently editing a book on the subject of "Road Pricing Technologies, Economics and Acceptability.