Transport Technologies at the University of Melbourne is a leading interdisciplinary research and education group serving industry, government, and the public. We are based at the Melbourne School of Engineering.
We recognise that the next important opportunity and challenge will present itself through the availability of live data, low-priced technology and connectivity of transport system to travellers. There will be soon over 3 billion people with connected devices and more than 210 billion sensors out there that will provide a once-in-generation opportunity to tackle issues of complex transport and urban mobility for modern cities. At Transport Technologies we have aligned our research focus and efforts to take advantage of this new leap in mobility, opportunity to change the way we travel, create sustainable transport, and work toward more livable cities. Transport Technologies is focused on contemporary topics in transportation engineering including connected vehicle and roadways, autonomous vehicle, connected public transport and city logistics, connected travellers and smart stations.
Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES)
Intelligent transport technology for smart cities
Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is a world-first living laboratory based in the streets of Melbourne. AIMES is being established to test highly integrated transport technology and its ability to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.
Transport Technologies is taking a leading role in testing and rollout, working closely with government and leading national and international industry sectors via a partnership called AIMES — the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem.
A productive transport system is essential to the liveability of cities and for industries to remain competitive in the global marketplace. With current transport infrastructure under stress, the AIMES street-based ecosystem provides a unique platform for collaborative trials of technology that connect the movement of people and goods with transport infrastructure options.
Central to AIMES is a network of smart sensors designed to connect all parts of the transport environment within a segment of Melbourne streets. The focus is on ‘multimodal’ transport — connected vehicles, connected public transport, connected pedestrians and cyclists, and smart public transport stations.
Impacts at a glance
- The global market for smart transport solutions based on integrated digital infrastructure is estimated to be worth more than:
- $100 billion by 2018
- Annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia:
- $27 billion per annum
- Annual economic cost of congestion in Australia:
- $18 billion per annum
- Besides reducing the cost of congestion, connected transport can help reduce the economic cost of road crashes by:
Global Partnership team
As a world-first living laboratory, the University of Melbourne is working closely with a range of government and leading national and international industry partners, including:
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
- Department of Economics Development, Job, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
- Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
- City of Melbourne
- City of Yarra
- Cohda Wireless
- HMI Technologies
- Deep Recognition
- Yarra Trams
- Bestrane Group
- PTV Group
- HERE Maps
- Local Motors
- Nordic Built
Crowd dynamics modelling and simulations
Pedestrian crowd safety is an important matter as there have been numerous incidents in which crowd panic has resulted in severe injuries and death.
Multimodal large transport network modelling and optimisation
This research focuses on multimodal transport network modelling, transport network optimisation, and land use and transport interaction modelling.
Road retwork resilience
Transport infrastructure is one of the seven types of nationally significant critical infrastructure identified by the Federal government to ensure the continuity of essential services in the face of extreme events including terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Transport network space optimisation (public transport network optimisation)
In facing up to traffic congestion, capital intensive and time consuming schemes, such as road construction, must be viewed as a last option.
Autonomous vehicle navigation
Autonomous vehicles are fast becoming a reality. The pace of developments in the industry is unprecedented.
Road network recovery
In the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters the movement of both people and goods is disrupted, which significantly jeopardises the performance of society and the economy.
Freight and city logistics (supply chain)
The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the University of Melbourne is supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation. The Centre focuses on conducting multi-disciplinary research and training on urban freight systems.
Congestion pricing (or toll road in short) have been and continued to be a hotly debated topic in academic and industry circles.
Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System
The Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System is a project supported by the Australian Government through the Victorian Department of Justice Natural Disaster Resilience Grant Scheme.
Human behaviour in exit choice and way finding
Humans’ navigation and way-finding is a complex problem that is being mediated and moderated by many effects, such as memory; social influence; people’s internal and personal tendencies; and even emotional states.
ICT, IoT and sensor technologies for intelligent transport systems
Sensing technologies are an essential component of intelligent transport systems.
Gary Liddle AO, Enterprise Professor, Transport
Assoc Prof Russell Thompson, Academic, Infrastructure Engineering
Prof Chris Manzie, Academic, Infrastructure Engineering
Prof Stephan Winter, Discipline Leader, Geomatics, Infrastructure Engineering
Prof Mark Stevenson, Academic, Architecture, Building and Planning, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Head of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Dr Kourosh Khoshelham, Lecturer, Infrastructure Engineering
Dr Lihai Zhang, Academic, Infrastructure Engineering
Dr Mahdi Miri Disfani, Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering
Dr Benny (Yiqun) Chen, Research Fellow, Infrastructure Engineering
Dr Saeed Asad, Research Fellow, Infrastructure Engineering
Dr Milad Haghani, Research Fellow, Infrastructure Engineering