The Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) is based in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW and represents a strategic effort that unites and extends the wide range of transport research across campus.
Exceptional growth in a few short years
Keenly supported by both government and industry, rCITI was officially launched in November 2011 and, since then, has gone from strength to strength. The centre now has 17 staff members and more than 31 postgraduate students – with numbers continuing to increase each year.
The research partnerships formed over the past three years come from within the public and private sectors and which have developed and grown to be stronger than ever before.
Led by transport expert Professor S. Travis Waller
At the helm is Advisian Professor of Transport Innovation, Professor S. Travis Waller, an expert in transport systems and planning. He was previously a member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas and has extensive grounding in the fields of electrical and industrial engineering which makes him an excellent fit for the cross-School Faculty Centre.
rCITI set out to become a world-leading organisation in integrated interdisciplinary transport research and development. And in three short years they are well on their way to achieving our goals through a range of research initiatives investigating sustainable approaches to transport infrastructure and operations, with extensive liaison with industry and government.
Research based around five pillars
rCITI aims to reshape the field of Multi-modal Transport Engineering and Planning by introducing new innovative techniques and technologies, which enhance society, by integrating across methodological disciplines and contextual considerations.
The Centre bases all research activities around five core research pillars:
- Transport Planning – Find better methods to plan integrated transport systems.
- ITS Communications – Improve transport systems through communication technology.
- Infrastructure – Develop new materials, techniques, and tools to improve infrastructure.
- Energy/Fuel – Find ways to utilise energy/fuel more efficiently in the transport system.
- Computational Sustainability – Find better ways to assess transport systems to improve sustainability.
Relationship building a key priority
The Centre’s research thrives on the availability of robust interdisciplinary groups available at UNSW that span Civil, Environmental, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering as well as the Built Environment with additional collaborations continuing to develop.
In addition, rCITI continues to build new relationships with industry partners that allows core research to be developed into usable tools and solutions that make a real difference to the industry. rCITI has identified substantial scope for contribution locally, nationally and internationally, with several opportunities for integrated transport analysis already underway.