2014 Overview

Overview of Activities at rCITI – 2014

2014 has been a stellar year.  rCITI's intake of students and staff has again increased, making it the great year, but also a very busy one.  Staff and students participated in many of the research projects, seminars and conferences held on the UNSW campus and externally during the year.  Significant achievements for 2014 include the award of one  Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant where rCITI is the administering organisation, one ARC Discovery Project grant with the University of Sydney, and one NHMRC Project grant with UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Throughout 2014, the core Academic team supervised and supported 25 PhD students, 3 Masters by Research and 9 Honours students. In addition, rCITI hosted one Practicum Exchange Program students from  Harbin Institute of Technology (China).

Grants awarded

By investing in excellent basic and applied research, these grants will be assisting our centre build its research capability and guide rCITI to reaching mission of becoming a world class centre.  

Prof S. Travis Waller (rCITI, UNSW) was awarded a 2015 ARC Discovery Research Grant funding the project "Adaptive Stochastic Dynamic Traffic Assignment", which will address the limitations of dynamic transport network modelling in the planning process, focusing on traffic uncertainty, driver adaptivity and information-provision.

Prof Michiel Bliemer (USyd), Prof S. Travis Waller (rCITI, UNSW), Prof David Hensher (USyd), Dr Vinayak Dixit (rCITI, UNSW), Prof Elisabeth Rutstrom (Georgia State), Prof Stephane Hess (Uni Leeds) and Prof Hans Van Lint (TUDelft Nederlands) was awarded a 2015 ARC Discovery Research Grant funding the project "Investigating travel choice behaviour: a new approach using interactive experiments with driving simulators", which involves research on how large monetary investments involved in infrastructure decisions impacts transport policies so to improve practical behaviour models to predict responses to those transport policies so to assist a better decision making.

Professor Raine MacIntyre (Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW), Dr Lauren Gardner (rCITI, UNSW) and Dr Anita Heywood (Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW) was awarded a 2015 NHMRC Project grant funding the project "Real time models to inform prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases", where the research will focus on the development of optimization based network models for predicting outbreak behaviour, and developing control measures.


We welcome the following people to our team:-

  • Dr Hanna Grzybowska
  • Dr Mojtaba Maghrebi
  • Dr Emily Moylan

Visiting Academics and Guest Speakers

rCITI continued to attract a variety of visiting academics and guest speakers to the School for relevant research collaboration and seminars. This year’s visitors included:-

  • Associate Professor Hillel Bar-Gera (Ben-Gurion University of the Negeva, Israel)
  • Dr Stephen Boyles (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Mr Alireza Ermgaun (Sharif University of Technology, Iran)
  • Professor Guoqiang Mao, (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Emeritus Professor Graham R Hellestrand (Embedded Systems Technology , USA)
  • Dr Nick Mattei (NICTA, Sydney)
  • Assistant Professor Amir Samimi  (Sharif University of Technology, Iran)
  • Assistant Professor Aleksandar Stevanovic (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • Professor Chi Xie (Shanghai Jiaotong University,China)
  • Dr Jean-Luc Ygnace (French National Institute for Transportation Research,(INRETS), France)

Seminars and Workshops

  • CAITR 2014
  • Activity Based Modelling Symposium
  • Risks in Transport Workshop
  • rCITI/NICTA workshop
  • 22 May 2014, Adaptive Traffic Control Systems ‐ Current Trends and Future Developments (Assistant Professor Aleks Stevanovic)
  • 23 May 2014, Equilibrium Traffic Modelling seminar  (Professor S. Travis Waller) at Google Sydney
  • 30 May 2014, Engineering Safe Mobile Systems:  Optimized Architectures - Specification – Design (Emeritus Professor Graham Hellestrand)
  • 3 June 2014, Responsive Navigation and Traffic Control Systems: The Next Generation in Intelligent Transport System Design (Professor Guogiang Mao)
  • 10 June 2014, Stochastic Network Equilibrium with Inertial Behaviors (Professor Chi Xie)
  • 13 June 2014, A Study of Proxies for Shapley Allocations of Transport Costs (Dr Nick Mattei)
  • 27 June 2014, Mode Choice and Escort Decisions in School Trips (Mr Alireza Ermgaun)
  • 27 June 2014, Modelling Disrupted Transport Network Behaviour (Mr Kasun Wijayaratna)
  • 11 July 2014, A Behavioral Mode Choice Microsimulation Model for Freight Transportation (Assistant Professor Amir Samini)
  • 25 July 2014, A Decision Support System for Real-Time Field Service Engineer Scheduling Problem with Emergencies and Collaborations (Dr Hanna Grzybowska)
  • 22 August 2014, City Sustainability –  a Transport Perspective  a Journey Continues (Dr Ken Doust)
  • 5 September 2014, Gamification and Incentives to Improve Travel Behavior (Dr Jean-Luc Ygnace)
  • 19 September 2014, Scenario-based Stochastic Time-Dependent Shortest Path (Dr David Rey)
  • 24 September 2014, Potential Air Conflicts Minimization Through Speed Control (Dr David Rey) at School of Aviation, Faculty of Science, UNSW
  • 30 September 2014, Traffic assignment by paired alternative segments (TAPAS) Seminar 1 (Associate Professor Hillel Bar-Gera)
  • 3 October 2014, Optimal supply and demand allocations under round-trip and one-way carsharing paradigm (Ms Sisi Jian)
  • 3 October 2014, An Algorithmic Framework for the Scheduling of Construction Projects based on Ant Colony Optimization (Dr Zhitao Xiong)
  • 10 October 2014, Traffic assignment by paired alternative segments (TAPAS) Seminar 2 (Associate Professor Hillel Bar-Gera)
  • 17 October 2014, Travel time distributions, loop detector data and the 2013 BART Strike (Dr Emily Moylan)
  • 30 October 2014, Driverless Cars: New Engineering Responsibilities for Policy Makers (Professor S.Travis Waller) at IEEE Sydney Chapter
  • 19 November 2014, Intelligent transport systems (Dr David Rey) at FRANS forum 2014
  • 11 December 2014, Network Models for Urban Parking Search (Dr Stephen Boyles)
  • 11 December 2014, DTA – Texas Experience (Professor S. Travis Waller) at BTS