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Irish Researchers Win Prestigious ICE Publishing Award

Thursday, 20 May, 2021

A group of Irish researchers from TCD, UCC and UCD has won the prestigious Reed and Mallik Medal in the field of Urban Design and Planning in the ICE Publishing Awards 2021. Each year, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) recognise the works published in ICE Publishing journals over the previous year, which have been nominated by each editorial advisory panel or board. Winning papers, from industry and academia, of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering, construction and materials science community, are acknowledged through the ICE Publishing Awards.

Figure 1. Instrumented bike as a probe for assessing environmental exposure of cyclists in an urban environment.

Figure 1. Instrumented bike as a probe for assessing environmental exposure of cyclists in an urban environment.

This year, the research paper entitled, “Estimating environmental exposure of cyclists in Cork using limited sensing capabilities” published in the ICE journal of Urban Design and Planning, authored by Myles Galvin, Benjamin Lenihan & Dr. Emanuel Popovici from UCC,  Prof. Vikram Pakrashi from  UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Director of UCD Centre for Mechanics and Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory) and Dr. Ronan Doorley & Prof. Bidisha Ghosh from TCD (Director of QUANT Group) School of Engineering, was honoured by the ICE Publishing Awards.

Prof. Ghosh said, “the study provides a quantitative basis for linking variations in cycling infrastructure to the variations in cyclist exposure to air and noise pollution as well as whole-body vibrations.” Dr. Doorley explained that “low-cost, off-the-shelf, sensors such as the ones used in this study can be effectively used to monitor the infrastructure conditions when properly calibrated and validated.” Prof Pakrashi adds a word of caution, “Low-fidelity sensing can provide rapid insights to sustainable cities. However, we do need to know where the buck stops and not over-interpret”.

For further details in application of mobile sensing for cycling please refer to the original article. The study can now be accessed using the link:


Contact: TCD: Prof. Bidisha Ghosh, bghosh@tcd.ie





UCD: Prof. Vikram Pakrashi Vikram.Pakrashi@ucd.ie




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