Message from the Director

Professor S. Travis Waller

Welcome to  (rCITI)

The Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) has been in existence for three years, and in that short time we have achieved more than we could have hoped. As Centre Director I am incredibly proud of the significant accomplishments we have made towards our goals.

Highlights

Three years have seen many funding successes and opportunities for collaboration, most recently:

* Awarded two Australian Research Council ARC Linkage Projects
* Substantial partnership with Transport for NSW for funding over three years.

We have also further expanded our existing relationships and collaborations with key partners including Advisian (previously Evans & Peck), NICTA, interdisciplinary researchers across Campus as well as with researchers, Government and industry, both nationally and internationally.

We are grateful for the continuous support we receive and for the research opportunities, allowing us to explore and act on the identified scope for contribution to transportation research.

US Department of Transportation initiative continues

rCITI is involved in a major initiative of the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation. We are leading the network modelling component of this research and will develop novel network evaluation methodologies for active traffic management where environmental impact is the primary issue.

World-first TRACSLab facility fully underway

The full deployment of the Travel Choice Simulation Laboratory or TRACSLab is underway and has been awarded an ARC LIEF grant. This world-first facility will observe collective travel choice in a realistic lab environment with focus on travel choice, networked interaction and collaboration with partners at the University of Sydney and iCinema.

The findings of the lab will support a new generation of transport analysis techniques for emerging issues such as sustainability, reliability, and intelligent transport systems (ITS).

NEW Master of Engineering in Transport Engineering

Another stepping stone in the continued growth of rCITI is the introduction of Master of Engineering in Transport as part of the specialization choices for postgraduate coursework in engineering at UNSW

Making our presence felt at international events

To increase our exposure across the industry, we have continued to conduct and disseminate important novel research at major conferences such as: 

  • Transportation Research Board  (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington
  • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
  • International Conference of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS)
  • NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit in Sydney. 

Staff and student numbers have never been higher

rCITI has expanded its core team with international researchers whose expertise complements our interdisciplinary efforts in transportation research. Being at the forefront of transport research in Australia, and continuing to attract fantastic researchers, will help us to grow even more. We are delighted that at the end of 2014 we had 14 staff and 24 postgraduate students – and the numbers keep increasing.

Making our findings come to life

We are continually searching for new opportunities for collaboration so we can transition some of the amazing research we do into usable tools and solutions. We aim to become a world-leading organisation in integrated interdisciplinary transport research and development – and that means helping to shaping the global research field of integrated transport systems and ultimately attaining safe, efficient and sustainable transport for society.

I am looking forward to the future of rCITI. Watching the growth in the last three years has been a thrill, and I sincerely thank all supporters and my team of dedicated and excellent staff for their hard work and commitment. I am looking forward realising the opportunities lying ahead of us in the next three years.

Professor S. Travis Waller
Advisian Professor of Transport Innovation