For three months of the academic year of 1982-3; the author held an SERC Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Transport Studies at Leeds University; UK. This was supported by the UK Science and Engineering Research Council; Oxford Systematics (Australia); and the Australian Road Research Board. The objectives of this fellowship were to identify effective researchable projects in the overlapping fields of Information Technology; Transpork and Communications. \ud \ud This document comprises background notes or drafts of conference papers; based on seminars given at the Institute in the early stages of the fellowship. Each of the papers is also separately available as an ITS Technical Note. The chapters cover the following themes: the future impact of computer based technology in engineering: communication devices and information technology; access to electronic conferencing and mail systems: information systems and their role in transport research; from the point of view of research productivity; both for individual researchers; and for research organisations: the application of time use and activity analysis to information technology issues: and the role of information technology in regional development. \ud \ud A number of research proposals were generated and discussed with members of the ITS staff and others during the period. Detailed discussion of the areas covered is given in the companion ITS document (WP172). More details of some of the research ideas are given in an Annex to that report; as ITS Technical Note 126
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