Heriot-Watt and Route Monkey to Create 'IP Factory'



Heriot-Watt is joining forces with Livingston-based mobility solutions experts Route Monkey to create new and innovative algorithms to optimise the use of vans, trucks and passenger cars.

Working together, our goal is to produce innovative and cutting edge solutions.
Prof David Corne

The partnership will initially focus on delivering the £1.5 million National Scheduling Platform project, a unique on-demand route optimisation and scheduling solution that can be easily accessed via a web portal. This integrated mobility platform will enable the efficient transportation of people and goods in ways that deliver the maximum economic, environmental and societal benefits. Funded in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland, the platform is due to go live next year.

Exploiting new data streams

In association with the project, Route Monkey and Heriot-Watt have jointly employed two postdoctoral researchers through a Knowledge Transfer Program specialising in optimisation and mobility algorithms. Professor David Corne, head of Heriot-Watt’s Intelligent Systems Lab, will also be working closely with the project.

“Route Monkey has a strong track record in commercialising algorithmic solutions. Working together, our goal is to produce innovative and cutting edge solutions that exploit new data streams and address the increasingly challenging questions of how to optimise transport and travel.”