A Live Lab project at Keele University


SIMULATE is a new kind of infrastructure partnership, designed to accelerate innovative solutions in Air Quality and Intelligent Mobility within local authorities. SIMULATE is funded by the Department for Transport and is part of the ADEPT Smart Places Research Programme.

About the Programme

Born from a successful bid into the ADEPT Smart Places Live-Lab programme and funded by the Department for Transport, SIMULATE combines research and feasibility with collaborative incubation and trialling of SMEs to deliver a radical new vision for air quality and mobility in Staffordshire.

The programme is based on challenges in two areas: urban air quality and mobility.

As part of the programme, SIMULATE is looking for innovative solutions that are both services and products.

Keele's involvement

Keele University is the Academic Lead for the SIMULATE programme, offering research opportunities to entrants, scale-up expertise as well as providing the home base for the programme - the brand new 'Smart Innovation Hub' on the Keele campus.

Keele is also helping to change the world for the better by engaging in cutting-edge research. They're tackling some of society’s most urgent problems, including ageing, global health and renewable energy and are proud that 80% of our research is deemed world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2021)

Keele University is represented within the SIMULATE project by Professor Fiona Polack (Professor of Software Engineering) and Dr Nick Gostick (Director of the Smart Innovation Hub).


  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Amey
  • Connected Places Catapult

Find out more

More information about the SIMULATE project is available on the dedicated project website - simulate-adeptlivelabs.co.uk.