Full Profile - Kasun Wijayaratna
Local student from Sydney
Area of Interest: Modelling Disrupted Transport Network Behaviour
My passion for traffic engineering and transportation research stems from a fascination about the methods people use when travelling from their origins to their destination. The interrelated nature of the human behaviour and transport infrastructure creates an incredible challenge for traffic engineers to develop solutions to alleviate congestion within our transport networks, minimise the environmental footprint and ultimately provide safe and efficient travel options for the community.
Most existing traffic models are based on normal traffic conditions, so the focus of my research is to really get a better understanding of driver behaviour in disrupted conditions – such as an accident, a breakdown or flooding – and integrate thebehaviour into those traffic models.
I decided to do my postgraduate research at UNSW because after studying my undergraduate degrees here I knew the atmosphere was encouraging for learning and development. In addition the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation provided the perfect environment for me to continue to develop as a traffic engineer and embark on a career within transportation research.
At rCITI there are opportunities to get involved with industry-based research projects as well as collaborate on other research projects that I am interested in. This flexibility and link back to industry was what was most important to me when determining my location to complete my further studies.
The best thing about studying at UNSW within the rCITI group is the people. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to be supervised by Professor Travis Waller and Dr Vinayak Dixit and also have the support of the rest of the academic staff and post graduate students within the team to pursue my goals.
Every day I learn something new or a better way to do something. Though this is challenging and difficult, it is also what makes the results of research rewarding.