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  • Summer Intensive Units - Jan 2015
    17 Dec 2014


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  • Update on ITLS and C13 after Events in the Sydney CBD
    16 Dec 2014

    As we keep receiving a large number of emails from current students, recent graduates and alumni from all over the world asking if we are safe, we would like to inform you that ITLS is fine. We were fairly close to this drama as our current offices (St. James Campus) are just down the road and the Lindt Café is indeed an extended meeting room for many of our colleagues. Although we had to evacuate the building yesterday, things should be back to “normal” (fully operational) from tomorrow.

    This morning we then learned that one of the people who died, Katrina Dawson, was an alumna of our University (Law School), and in fact being taught at St. James Campus and hence in the lecture rooms currently used by ITLS. Our thoughts are with the families of the two deceased hostages. We are still shaken and deeply saddened by the events.


  • Blue sky research enabled by Halloran generousity
    09 Dec 2014

    Henry Halloran Trust Dinner

    Dr Claudine Moutou was joined at the annual dinner of the Henry Halloran Trust by RateIT research partners Professor Judy Kay and Associate Professor Bob Kummerfeld, both from the School of IT. In attendance was Mr Warren Halloran whose generous gift established the Trust in honour of his father Henry Halloran who was an active advocate for town planning in the first half of the twentieth century.

    Dr Moutou's short presentation provided an update on the progress of the RateIT project and how the Halloran Trust's Blue Sky Funding has enabled her to forge new partnerships with the School of IT and bus company Forest Coach Lines. The RateIT project is a proof-of-concept project that adds new value to real-time data by demonstrating opportunities to marry updates on passenger experience of public transport to operational indicators to enable more timely and effective responses. The Henry Halloran Trust is an excellent example of how philanthropy can help fund innovative interdisciplinary transport research.


  • 10th International Travel Survey Methods Conference co-organised by ITLS
    02 Dec 2014

    ITLS Past and Present at the Travel Survey Methods Conference

    ITLS Past and Present at the Travel Survey Methods Conference

    Australia became the first country in the world to twice host the prestigious International Travel Survey Methods Conference, with the 10th conference held in Leura, Blue Mountains from 16 to 21 November 2014. Local organising activities were handled by Tim Raimond (Transport for New South Wales) and Associate Professor Stephen Greaves (ITLS) ably assisted by the tireless efforts of Evelyn Karantonis (Transport for New South Wales). Attended by 132 delegates plus 18 partners and children, delegates were drawn from around the globe with two thirds coming from overseas. Feedback on the conference suggested delegates had enjoyed all components of the experience testament to the hard work over the last two years of both the local organisers and international organisers responsible for an excellent technical program, Marcela Munizaga (Universidad de Chile) and Catherine Morency (l'École Polytechnique de Montréal).

    In addition to assisting with organisational activities, ITLS staff featured prominently in the conference through a thought-provoking plenary talk from Professor David Hensher, delivery of several papers and posters from academics and PhD students, and sponsorship of the conference dinner. The dinner was marked by a wonderful recollection of memories from previous conferences provided by Liz Ampt, culminating in a presentation to Emeritus Professor Peter Stopher, who had been involved in the conference series from the beginning. The next conference in the series will be held in Quebec, Canada in 2017.

    Selected ITLS conference papers and posters:

    Data challenges: big gaps and big opportunities: more behavioural and (relatively) less statistical! A focus of some themes in the workshops
    David Hensher
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    Harnessing smartphone sensors for tracking location to support travel data collection
    Adrian B. Ellison, Richard B. Ellison, Dean Rance, Stephen Greaves and Chris Standen
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    Collecting longitudinal data from freight operators: survey design and implementation
    Richard Ellison, Stephen Greaves and David Hensher
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    Putting attitudes towards public transport in context: The influence of situational factors on the results of Likert and Best-Worst surveys
    Geoffrey T.Clifton, Matthew J.Beck and John M.Rose
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    A web-based diary and companion smartphone app for travel/activity surveys
    Stephen Greaves, Richard Ellison, Adrian Ellison, Dean Rance, Chris Standen, Chris Rissel and Melanie Crane
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    Using anchoring vignettes to correct perceptions of cycling safety and quality of life: findings from the Sydney Travel and Health Study
    Chris Rissel, Melanie Crane, Stephen Greaves, Chris Standen, Li Ming Wen, Klaus Gebel and Ding Ding
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    Using anchoring vignettes to correct perceptions of cycling safety and quality of life: findings from the Sydney Travel and Health Study
    Chris Rissel, Melanie Crane, Stephen Greaves, Chris Standen, Li Ming Wen, Klaus Gebel and Ding Ding
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  • New edition of Applied Choice Analysis by Professors David Hensher, John Rose and William Green, available 2015
    24 Nov 2014

    The second edition of this popular book, published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK), brings students fully up to date with the latest methods and techniques in choice analysis. Comprehensive yet accessible, it offers a unique introduction to anyone interested in understanding how to model and forecast the range of choices made by individuals and groups. In addition to a complete rewrite of several chapters, new topics covered include ordered choice, scaled MNL, generalised mixed logit, latent class models, group decision making, heuristics and attribute processing strategies, expected utility theory, and prospect theoretic applications. Many additional case studies are used to illustrate the applications of choice analysis with extensive command syntax provided for all NLOGIT applications and datasets available online. With its unique blend of theory, estimation and application, this book has broad appeal to all those interested in choice modelling methods and will be a valuable resource for students as well as researchers, professionals and consultants.

    This text will be available free to students who register on the Discrete Choice Analysis Course to be held at ITLS from Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July 2015, on which Professors David Hensher and William Greene will be presenting. Registrations will be open soon; please email business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au to register your interest.

    Contents

    Preface

    Part I. Getting Started: 1. In the beginning; 2. Choosing; 3. Choice and utility; 4. Families of discrete choice models; 5. Estimating discrete choice models; 6. Experimental design and choice experiments; 7. Statistical inference; 8. Other matters that analysts often inquire about.

    Part II. Software and Data: 9. NLOGIT for applied choice analysis; 10. Data issues in NLOGIT.

    Part III. The Suite of Choice Models: 11. Getting started modelling: the workhorse – MNL; 12. Handling unlabelled discrete choice data; 13. Getting more from your model; 14. Nested logit estimation; 15. Mixed logit estimation; 16. Latent class models; 17. Binary choice models; 18. Ordered choices; 19. Combining sources of data.

    Part IV. Advanced Topics: 20. Frontiers of choice analysis; 21. Attribute processing, heuristics, and preference construction; 22. Group decision making; References; Index.

    Price

    Hardback £120.00
    Softback £55.00

    20% discount available with the attached flyer until 31 January 2015.


  • ITLS wins highly competitive ARC Discovery Project Funding for project on a new approach to investigating travel choice behaviour.
    05 Nov 2014

    ITLS congratulates Professor Michiel Bliemer, Professor David Hensher and Honorary Professor Stephane Hess who, together with colleagues at UNSW and  international collaborators at Georgia State University (USA) and Tu Delft (The Netherlands), have won a Discovery Project grant of $678k for research into travel choice behaviour. Applications for Discovery Project funding are highly competitive with only 18% of applications receiving funding in this round. Under the commerce, management, tourism and services category, which include transportation and freight services, there were 40 applications Australia-wide and only six were successful.

    This project aims to produce improved practical behavioural models to predict responses to transport policies in order to assist in better decision-making. Since large monetary investments are involved in infrastructure decisions, it is of utmost importance that impacts of transport policies can be accurately predicted.The recent failures to forecast usage and revenues of toll tunnels in Australia illustrate this well. Further, the project is expected to make several methodological contributions by merging, for the first time, methods from stated choice surveys, experimental economics, and naturalistic driving simulators in order to better investigate travel choice behaviour in realistic environments. 


  • ITLS' logistics and supply chain management program ranked number one in Australia
    31 Oct 2014

    The Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been ranked as the number one supply chain and logistics Master's program in Australia by Eduniversal. The degree received the highest rating of four stars and was ranked 27th in the world's top 100. The four star rating places the degree alongside competitor degrees at institutions such as Erasmus University, University of British Columbia, Manchester Business School, University College Dublin, Cranfield University, and Université Paris-Dauphine.

    Eduniversal annually evaluates more than 12,000 postgraduate programs across 30 fields of study. The final ranking is determined through a global survey of 5,000 international recruiters, 800,000 students and over 10,000 representatives from 1,000 academic institutions in 154 countries. The ranking is based on three criteria: i) the reputation of the program (based on the opinions of HR managers and the level of Palmes of Excellence of the School - The University of Sydney Business School has the highest, five palme rating 'Universal Business School with Global Reputation'); ii) the salary of the first employment; iii) student satisfaction (by independent survey). Additional weighting is given to the internationalisation of the student body, availability of internships and work abroad programs, number of students with work experience, and distance learning options.

    The Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is intended for students wishing to develop careers in the fields of logistics and supply chain management, as well as those currently practising in these areas. The emphasis of the specialisation is on the operations and logistics functions in companies that source, produce, distribute and market nationally and internationally. The degree provides a solid grounding in the concepts, techniques and principles that underlie logistics and supply chain management and discusses these issues from a managerial, practice-oriented perspective. Students will develop skills in design and management of global supply chains, production planning and control, sourcing and supplier management, warehouse and inventory management, supply chain risk analysis, and logistics and supply chain implementation challenges facing Australian businesses.

    In addition to the specialisation in the Master of Commerce the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies also offers the following supply chain and logistics degrees:


  • Professor David Hensher delivers opening keynote speech at 26th ARRB Conference
    30 Oct 2014

    Professor David Hensher, Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, gave the opening keynote speech at  the 26th ARRB Conference. 

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  • Chair in Public Transport, Professor Corinne Mulley presentation at Community Transport Operators conference
    24 Oct 2014

    Just days after the Passenger Transport Act 2014 became law, Professor Mulley presented on the opportunities offered by formal accreditation to the community transport operators at their conference in Canberra in September. Professor Mulley outlined the role of ITLS in providing the knowledge for bus operator accreditation as well as talking about the benefits for community transport of being recognised as public transport operators. For the presentation, please click  here.


  • Professor Corinne Mulley gives keynote speech at Walk 21 conference
    24 Oct 2014

    Walk21 exists to champion the development of healthy, sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk. Through the Walk21 Conference Series and the Walk21 International Charter, Walk21 have a vision to create an environment where people choose and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax. The Walk21 Conference Series brings together experts in the field of walking promotion, research, policy, planning and delivery. It is an opportunity to learn from international experience and to showcase local challenges and solutions. The 15th International Conference on Walkable and Liveable Communities was held at Luna Park, Sydney, in October 2014 and was hosted by  the City of Sydney.

    ITLS' Professor Corinne Mulley, Chair in Public Transport, gave a keynote speech under the 'Leading Change' theme on Walking - the neglected element of public transport travel and a presentation as part of the 'Counting the steps: What measures for measuring walking?' forum on How much walking do Sydneysiders do in their daily life? Evidence from The Household Travel Survey. Dr Liang Ma, Senior Research Analyst at ITLS, gave a presentation on Walking to the station: The role of walkability on transit use


  • More than one third of Australians could cut traffic congestion by working from home
    14 Oct 2014

    More than a third of Australians workers could help to cut traffic congestion by working from home but choose not to do so, according to a survey conducted by the University of Sydney Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).
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  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    07 Oct 2014

    Bus Buzz is the quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Read the latest edition of Bus Buzz - Issue 17, September 2014 - here

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  • Professor David Hensher wins the University of Sydney Business School's Excellence in Research Award 2014
    30 Sep 2014

    Business School Research Award David Hensher

    The University of Sydney Business School's Excellence in Research Award is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding record of research achievement by a member of the School's academic staff.

    The 2014 award was awarded to Professor David Hensher, Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, in recognition of his rich and varied research record of which the following are only highlights:

    • More than 550 outputs published in leading international refereed journals
    • Awarded 10 ARC project grants including six Discovery Projects (two current) and two Linkage Projects
    • Currently on the Editorial Boards of more than 15 leading transport journals
    • A fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
    • Recipient of the 2006 Engineers Australia Transport Medal for lifelong contribution to transportation
    • Recipient of the 2009 International Association of Travel Behaviour Research Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Recipient of the 2009 Bus and Coach Association NSW Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award
    • Recipient of the Smart 2013 Premier Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Management.
    • Partner in the Volvo Educational and Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Bus Rapid Transit

    Winning this award is a tremendous achievement and a reflection of the quality, impact, and standing of David's research among the academic and wider community. His work has added greatly to the School's research profile. The award will be presented at the School's annual Academic and Professional Staff Awards Ceremony.


  • ITLS to establish groundbreaking food supply management centre
    25 Sep 2014

    The Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is to establish a research centre focusing on ways of maintaining a sustainable and financially viable supply of food to Australia's domestic and international markets.

    The Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is to establish a research centre focusing on ways of maintaining a sustainable and financially viable supply of food to Australia's domestic and international markets.

    The Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation will operate in cooperation with the University of Newcastle, the CSIRO, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industry.

    Industry partners will include Coca-Cola Amatil, SunRice, the Batlow Fruit Co-operative and Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing.

    "The food industry is important for the Australian economy with 15 per cent of the workforce involved in food production and exports of more than 30 billion dollars a year," said Centre Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia. "A cost-effective supply chain is essential if the industry is to become more sustainable and globally competitive."

    "The key to survival is logistics excellence with a focus on the delivery of products to the right customer at the right time," adds Dr Fahimnia, who will head the research centre at the University of Sydney. "One of the big challenges is size. Coca Cola Amatil, for example, has 35 production lines, 14 primary distribution centres and over 125,000 delivery points."

    "The rice industry generates a large volume of waste products in the form of rice hulls which are either buried or burnt," he continues. "This waste could be converted into energy in the form of electricity."

    Dr Fahimnia is now looking for three PhD students to join the centre and work on supply chain design and management projects in close collaboration Coco-Cola Amatil and SunRice.

    "Scholarships are available and selected domestic students will receive bonus living and travel funds from the Business School, in addition to the base scholarships." Dr Fahimnia said. 

    "The students will focus on the development of decision tools and optimisation models for designing efficient, resilient, and sustainable supply chains in the food and beverage industry," he said.

    The Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation is being funded with a substantial grant from the Australian Research Council.


  • ITLS academics awarded University of Sydney Business School's Dean's Citation for Teaching
    01 Sep 2014

    ITLS congratulates Dr Xiaowen Fu, Alan Win and Jeffrey Newton on receiving the University of Sydney Business School's Dean's Citation for Teaching in Semester 1, 2014. Dr Xiaowen Fu was awarded his citation for Airport Management a unit which covers major aspects of airport management, operation and public policy providing students with the core knowledge and insights concerning the key issues and decisions involved in the operation and management of airports in a rapidly changing regulatory environment and developing the skills for applying various applied economics and management knowledge to the airport industry. Alan Win and Jeffrey Newton were awarded their citation for Foundations of Supply Chain Management the foundation unit of the logistics management program which provides students with a solid grounding in the language, concepts, techniques and principles that underlie the field of logistics and supply chain management, and how knowledge of these concepts can contribute towards a strategically effective and operationally efficient organisation or network of organisations.

    This a prestigious recognition of the Xiaowen, Alan and Jeffrey's exemplary work in contributing to the learning and teaching tasks of the School. The award of the citation is based on the positive feedback from students in their classes. Previous ITLS recipients of the Dean's Citation for Teaching / Tutoring include: Dr Matthew Beck, Dr Geoffrey Clifton, Dr Andrew Collins,  Honorary Professor Werner Delfmann, Dr Adrian Ellison, Dr Richard Ellison, Associate Professor Stephen Greaves, Professor David Hensher, Gareth Jude, Honorary Associate Professor Peter Lok, Dr Claudine Moutou, Jeffrey Newton, Professor John Rose, Professor Peter Stopher and Alan Win.

    A large number of ITLS academics also received commendations from the Dean for the outstanding feedback received on their teaching effectiveness. The positive student perception of teaching impact in their Semester 1, 2014 units places these units in the upper tier of units of study offered by the Business School. Given the high standards that the Business School sets, this is an outstanding achievement. Letters of commendation were received by:

    • Professor Michael Bell for Ports Management
    • Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia and Dr Geoffrey Clifton for Quantitative Logistics and Transport
    • Dr Matthew Beck for Decision Making on Mega Projects
    • Dr Adrian Ellison and Dr Richard Ellison for GIS for Transport Supply Chains
    • Associate Professor Stephen Greaves and Adjunct Professor John Stanley for Sustainable Urban Transport Policy
    • Dr Rico Merkert and Frederic Horst for Global Freight Logistics Management
    • Professor Corinne Mulley, Dr Geoffrey Clifton and Professor Peter Stopher for Logistics and Transport Economics
    • Professor Corinne Mulley, Dr Claudine Moutou and Dr Geoffrey Clifton for Public Transport Operations and Policy
    • Honorary Professor David Walters for Value Chain Costing and Global Value Chain Networks

    This means that 80% of the units taught by ITLS in Semester 1, 2014 received outstanding student feedback which has been recognised by the Dean through a citation for teaching or letter of commendation. A fantastic achievement.


  • ITLS delivers another highly successful course in discrete choice analysis
    22 Aug 2014

    ITLS is a world leader in delivering courses in discrete choice modelling and choice experiment design. Since 2006 ITLS has taught courses in Sydney and around the world, including Italy, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and The Netherlands. Participants have come from industry, government and academia from as far afield as Malaysia and The Netherlands. More than 30 participants attended this year's five day course 'Discrete Choice Analysis: Models, Estimation and Applications' from 18th to 22nd August;the course provided an introduction to the main techniques of discrete choice analysis and the design of stated choice experiments.

    Professor William Greene presents to the class

    Professor William Greene presents to the class

    Course participants in class

    Course participants in class

    Course participants at a social event during the course

    Course participants at a social event during the course

    Outstanding feedback was received from participants:

    • "Fantastic course Very well run and presented. I have learnt and been impressed. Thank you."
    • "Thanks for a great week!"
    • "Very good indeed. I found the course extremely useful and actively appropriate to my needs. Thank you"
    • "Great, simply great!"
    • "Very good insight into advanced models, especially on attribute non-attendance and estimation methods. Non-linearity is also very insightful."
    • "Fantastic course for anyone interested in/practicing in discrete choice analysis. Course was very well structured and had a good balance between theory/lectures and hands-on workshops. Having the material presented by leader in the field also meant that highly technical and difficult material was conveyed clearly and in an intuitive and easy to follow way."
    • "It was a great experience. Some very useful insights that I can apply to a current project."

    The course was delivered by four world leaders in the field of discrete choice analysis:

    Professor William (Bill) Greene
    Bill is the Toyota Motor Corp Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University and Honorary Professor of Transport Econometrics at ITLS. His fields of interest are applied econometrics, panel data analysis, discrete choice modelling, production economics, health econometrics, transport economics and planning, and economics of the entertainment industry. He is President of Econometric Software, Inc. and author of software LIMDEP and NLOGIT, textbooks Econometric Analysis (editions 1 to 7), books on discrete choice modelling, modelling ordered choices and applied choice analysis, and over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.

    Professor David Hensher
    David is the Founding Director of ITLS. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research, recognising his long-standing and exceptional contribution to IATBR and the wider travel behaviour community. David has published over 550 papers in key journals and books in transportation, economics and environmental science, and has been an active contributor to the choice modelling community for over 40 years;he was a pioneer in the introduction of stated choice methods, interactive agency choice experiments, and process heuristics such as attribute processing.

    Professor Michiel Bliemer
    Michiel is Professor of Transport and Logistics Network Modelling at ITLS. He has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, mainly on methodology in the areas of stated choice experimental design, travel behaviour, network modelling and traffic simulation. Michiel is co-developer of the Ngene software, which is the world leading software for generating designs for stated choice surveys, and in the past 10 years has taught many courses on experimental design in Europe and Australia.

    Dr Andrew Collins
    With a background in computer science, Andrew's work has expanded into a range of research, teaching and consulting activities in the fields of transport, logistics, and discrete choice modelling. Andrew's PhD, which examined techniques for handling attribute nonattendance in discrete choice models, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Eric Pas Dissertation Prize by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research. Andrew is a co-developer of the Ngene software.

    The key course text is: Applied Choice Analysis: A Primer by David Hensher, John Rose and Bill Greene, Cambridge University Press, 2005

    The course provides both theory and practical experience in the building and estimating of simple (e.g., Multinomial Logit (MNL)) and more advanced choice models (e.g., mixed and generalised MNL, random parameter latent class), as well as in generating stated choice experimental designs. It also covers future developments in the field of discrete choice analysis (e.g., nonlinear in parameters models, risk attitude, perceptual conditioning). Significant time is spent in a computer lab, working on building models using real data, and generating simple surveys.

    The course is useful for research across a broad range of fields in which consumer demand and choice is of interest, including: accounting, economics, engineering, environmental science, finance, health services, logistics, marketing, planning, transportation, and tourism.

    The course will next be offered in 2015, details will be posted on this website once confirmed. Please email - business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au - to register your interest.


  • Key Centre 2013 Annual Report now available
    01 Aug 2014

    The Commonwealth Key Centre of Teaching and Research in Transport Management is a joint venture between ITLS and the Institute of Transport Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne (ITS-Monash). The Key Centre was established in 1995; for 17 years the Australian federal government has continued to recognise it as a centre of excellence in teaching and research in all areas of transport management including supply chain management, transport economics, transport engineering, transport planning, and transport modelling.

    The Annual Report details the success of the Key Centre in 2013 across its diverse activities in research, publications, learning and teaching, and engagement with industry and government and the wider public. The report begins with a report from the Director of the Key Centre, Professor David Hensher, which is extracted below:

    2013 marks the 18th year since the establishment of the Key Centre. The individual nodes have a much longer independent history: the transport group at ITS-Monash celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2009 and ITLS-Sydney celebrated 21 years as an institute in 2012.

    I congratulate Associate Professor Majid Sarvi as the new Director of ITS-Monash. Both nodes have continued to grow and consolidate their reputations in a vast array of areas of research and teaching associated with the broadening field of transport, logistics and supply chain management. It is rewarding to see the increasing success in winning ARC grants as well as active engagement with industry (both private and public sector) in a diverse set of research and training activities.

    Key centre staff continue to be recognised for the contributions they make to industry and government sector activities and their active engagement with the broader community through events such as ITS-Monash's workshops on contemporary transport and traffic engineering topics and ITLS-Sydney's Leadership and Policy Seminar series and through their contributions to the print and broadcast media. Full details are set out in this Annual Report.

    I thought I would use the 2013 report to talk more broadly about the future. We are in a field of endeavour that is growing in relevance as the global society seeks to find ways to make our cities and nations more sustainable, using the traditional definition of 'the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance'. This gives the Key Centre a growing number of relevant themes to work on in research and in the classroom such as traffic congestion, emissions, alternative cleaner energy sources, healthy living, active transport modes, happiness and wellbeing linked to the stress of mobility, and the patterns of life that are often dictated by where one lives and works and the challenges in travelling. These themes cross many boundaries to impact on the performance of individuals, households, and even organisations that incur ever increasing costs and productivity loss due to traffic congestion and its impact of distribution of goods and services.

    The Key Centre is now well placed to be a major player nationally and globally in providing an intellectual overlay to the debate on societal priorities that can guide the future prosperity and well being of societies. While we see our broad role as engaging at all levels of inquiry, be they the very practical studies to assist government and industry, be it at the strategic, tactical or operations levels, we must not lose sight of our more pure academic ideals of informing the debate in ways that are not constrained by political or commercial interest. This is often a delicate balance, but if we are to make a difference then our role must be one of moving the boundary of debate and decision making rather than reinforcing prejudices and biases that so often result in decisions that are not in the long term interest of a society that we so aspire to be part of.

    Finally, I would like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of Adjunct Professor John Stanley and Dr Alastair Stone in chairing our Boards of Advice. These Boards continue to provide important advice and direction to the Key Centre. Our success is also, in no small measure, due to the extraordinary support we enjoy from Professor Edwina Cornish (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Monash University) and Professors Tyrone Carlin and David Grant (Acting Co-Deans, University of Sydney Business School). It continues to be my very great pleasure to serve as the Director of the Key Centre. The working environment brings a great deal of joy to me, overwhelmingly due to the team we have. A special thanks to all Key Centre staff.

    The full 2013 Key Centre Annual Report can be read here. Annual Reports from each year of the Key Centre (1995 to 2013), together with the annual reports for ITLS preceding the establishment of the Key Centre (1991 to 1994) are available to download here.


  • ITLS delivers another highly successful Reverse Logistics course at Overseas Education College, Shanghai Jiaotong University
    24 Jun 2014

    Alan Win Lectures

    Alan Win delivers lectures on Reverse Logistics at Overseas Education College, Shanghai Jiaotong University

    Alan Win Group

    Alan Win with students on the Modern Logistics and Supply-Chain Management EMBA Study Course

    Since 2011 ITLS has had an agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of China's leading universities, to deliver specialist logistics courses in their Modern Logistics and Supply Chain Management EMBA Study Course. In June 2014, Alan Win delivered a course on Reverse Logistics. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the course. Student feedback praised the efforts of lecturer Alan Win, his careful preparation including tailoring presentations to the students' backgrounds, extensive industry knowledge and his humour and wit. The students greatly appreciated the case studies analysis and discussion and the assignments set.


  • ITLS celebrates three PhD graduations
    06 Jun 2014

    ITLS congratulates our three most recent PhD graduates:

    Dr Montathip Chanpum, from Thailand, wrote her doctoral thesis on: The influence of supply chain relationships on empty container management. She was supervised by Dr Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya, Dr Ada Ngand Honorary Professor David Walters.

    Dr Joe Fai Poon, whose studies were supported by a scholarshipfrom Singapore Land Transport Authority, wrote his doctoral thesis on: Analysing the effects of travel information on public transport traveller's decision making and learning.He was supervised by Professor Peter Stopher and Associate Professor Stephen Greaves.

    Dr Waiyan Leong, also from Singapore, wrote his doctoral thesis on: Embedding decision heuristics in discrete choice models: assessing the MERITS of Majority of Confirming Dimensions, Extremeness Aversion, and Reference Revision. He was supervised by Professor David Hensher and Professor John Rose.

    Montathip Chanpum, Professor David Hensher, Waiyan Leong and Joe Fai Poon

    L-R: Montathip Chanpum, Professor David Hensher,
    Waiyan Leong and Joe Fai Poon

    Professor Peter Stopher (L) with Joe Fai Poon

    Professor Peter Stopher (L) with Joe Fai Poon


  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    01 Jun 2014

    Bus Buzz is the quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Read the latest edition of Bus Buzz - Issue 16, June 2014 - here

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  • ITLS welcomes Director General and staff of the Department of Transportation, Jiangsu Province, China
    02 May 2014

    Group photo of Jiangsu Province Department of Transportation (China)On Friday 2 May, the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) hosted Mr You, Director General of Jiangsu Province Department of Transportation (China), and a delegation of his staff.

    Jiangsu Province is located on the east coast of China, next to Shanghai. It has been a hot spot for economic, technology and transportation development, and is now one of China's most prosperous provinces. The capital city Nanjing, one of the six ancient capitals of China, has been an important educational, political, economic and transport hub in China for thousands of years.

    Professor Corinne Mulley, Acting Director of ITLS, welcomed Mr You and his colleagues and, together with senior colleagues at ITLS, provided an overview of the Institute's research activities and operations, after which the group discussed future collaboration opportunities.

    The visit (facilitated by Andrew Zhang of Australia China Cultural and Professional Exchange) was a great success, with the visiting delegation expressing great admiration for the work of ITLS and the hope for future collaborations.


  • ITLS academics win travel grants to present papers at prestigious international conferences
    24 Apr 2014

    ITLS academics have won travel grants to present papers at prestigious international conferences overseas in 2014.

    A number of academics won funding to present papers at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC, United States in January:

    Professor Michiel Bliemer presented 'On route choice models with closed-form probability expressions' (with Smit, Pel and Van Arem);

    Dr Rico Merkert presented 'Economic holding quantity of jet fuel from oil producer and airline perspectives when prices are uncertain' (with Bell) and 'Developing nonparametric efficiency measure that accounts for perceived airline service levels and profitability' (with Pearson);

    Dr Andrew Collins presented 'An investigation of taste and reference dependence heterogeneity' (with Rose); and

    Dr Matthew Beck presented 'I can't believe your attitude: eliciting attitudes and beliefs through best-worst scaling and jointly estimating their impact on electric vehicle choice' (with Rose and Greaves)

    In June, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia will travel to Arras, France to present a paper on 'Evaluating the green supply chain management field: a literature review and network analysis' (with Sarkis and Davarzani) at the International Conference on Green Supply Chain

    Professor Corinne Mulley will travel to the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research in Delft, The Netherlands to present  papers on 'The impact of Bus Rapid Transit on housing price and accessibility changes in Sydney: a repeat sales approach' (with Tsai) and 'Exploring property value effects of ferry terminals: Evidence from Brisbane, Australia' (with Burke, Tsai and Yen); and

    Professor Michael Bell will present a paper on frequency-based transit assignment revisited (with Raadsen and Rioult) at the 5th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment in Salerno, Italy.

    Dr Xiaowen Fu will travel to Bordeaux, France in July to present papers on 'Forms of airport regulation and resultant service quality - a comparison of light-handed regulation vs price-cap regulation' and 'Airport investment with vertical arrangements' (both with Yang) at the 18th Air Transport Research Society World Conference.


  • Successful Future of Automated Container Terminals meeting (FACT 2014) hosted by ITLS
    11 Apr 2014

    FACT Conference

    On 11 April the Future of Automated Container Terminals 2014 (FACT 2014) meeting, hosted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, took place at the University of Sydney Business School's campus in Sydney CBD. The event, attended by around 40, looked at a wide range of issues posed by container terminal automation.

    The scene was set by Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO of NICTA and inventor of the Autostrad, who traced the development of the automated straddle carrier (Autostrad), currently working in Brisbane and soon to be introduced to Port Botany. He argued that the technology behind a seamless transition of goods from "ship to shop" was already complete but that there was a need for software solutions to fully implement it. He went on to tell the audience of developments in "pit to port" automation in Western Australia.

    Paul Bourke of Cyberlogitec/Hanjin talked about the critical role played by terminal operating systems in automated container terminals, stressing the importance of system extensibility and flexibility. Hakim Khanna of Netherlands-based TBA, representing Professor Yvo Saanen, described the important role of simulation in terminal design, the development and testing of terminal operating systems, and the training of terminal controllers.

    Following the morning break, Professor Stefan Voss of the University of Hamburg, in a presentation with the intriguing title of "Pop music for berth allocation", talked about a novel metaheuristic for the solution of complex allocation problems, with berth allocation as an example. Dr Penny Howard of the Maritime Union of Australia contrasted the differing approaches adopted by the terminal operating companies in Australia, hinting that automation need not necessarily be an anathema for labour unions. Professor Jin Chun, of Dalian University of Technology and Visiting Professor at ITLS, reviewed developments in container terminal automation in China and contrasted these with developments elsewhere, showing how China was building on its lead in crane technology.

    After lunch, Luciano Corbetti of Cavotec outlined the environmental and potential economic benefits of "cold ironing", whereby ships at berth switch off their diesel generators and plug into a landside power supply. Dr Thomas Vitsounis of NICTA outlined moves to develop a national "port community system" for Australia, a sophisticated database that keeps track of all landed containers and their manifests for the benefit of customs, shippers and shipping lines. Professor Jin Chun, in his second presentation, reviewed the actual and potential uses of agent-based simulation in port environments, confirming the message from TBA regarding the importance of simulation for both planning and operational control.

    Following the afternoon break, Dr Khalid Bichou of Imperial College London, talked about key performance indices and the analysis of efficiency frontiers. Dr Xiaowen Fu of ITLS presented an analysis of investment in disaster prevention using game theory to draw general policy conclusions on the timing and extent of investment. Finally, Professor Michael Bell of ITLS and (together with Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis of Imperial College London) host of FACT 2014 presented the container assignment model and its myriad applications. In his closing remarks, Michael announced that FACT 2015 would be hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 21 and 22 May 2015 and that the theme would be port and logistics connectivity.


  • Smart phone app to support the public transport revolution
    24 Mar 2014

    Researchers at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) are developing a smart phone app aimed at taking the frustration out of travelling on public transport and ultimately improving bus and train services.

    Researchers at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) are developing a smart phone app aimed at taking the frustration out of travelling on public transport and ultimately improving bus and train services.

    The app, known as RateIT, will allow passengers to warn each other of problems in real time, and operators to adjust services in order to overcome difficulties and to meet varying passenger requirements.

    "RateIT will allow passengers to exchange information about issues such as crowding, comfort and safety," said Dr Claudine Moutou. "Through the app, travellers can warn each other that a particular bus is full, there are rowdy students on board or the air conditioning has failed."

    "Importantly, transport operators will be linked into the system and will be able respond to passenger needs in real time," added Dr Moutou who is a lecturer in the University of Sydney Business School's ITLS.

    "For example, using information supplied by passengers via RateIT, a bus operator can respond to delays on the rail network, gauge the need for additional services and inform travellers accordingly," she said. "It's a win for the operators and it's a win for passengers."

    The researchers say that their project is crucial in an environment where public transport operators are under pressure to provide better services to more people for less money.

    "To make public transport a traveller's first choice, we need to know much more about the experience from their point of view," said Dr Moutou. "Data collected in the RateIT app will help us to answer important questions about passenger expectations and how long they will tolerate a less than perfect service."

    The development of the app is being supported by the University of Sydney's Henry Halloran Trust, which was established to "promote scholarship, innovation and research in town planning, urban development and land management". The Trust was established through the generous gift of Warren Halloran.

    Professors Judy Kay and Robert Kummerfeld, both experts in computer-human interaction in the School of Information Technologies, will also be working on the app together with a number of IT students.

    They expect to trial RateIT towards the end of the year on buses belonging to the well established Sydney based operator, Forest Coach Lines.

    "Our project combines research, technology and operational knowledge in an effort to get communities more engaged in the quality of their transport services and tell us how to make them better," concluded Dr Moutou.


  • Australians support road usage charges over fixed rego fee - latest Transport Opinion Survey results released
    19 Mar 2014

    Most Australians would prefer to pay a per kilometre road charge in exchange for lower annual vehicle registration fees, according to the latest Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) conducted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Around 60 per cent of participants in the nationwide biannual survey were in favour of a combination of road usage and registration charges so long as the total was no more than they currently pay for registration alone.

    The strongest support for a change came from Queensland motorists (67 per cent) and the lowest from those in Victoria (57 per cent).

    "This shows an appetite for change and is a signal that government should take seriously," says Professor Corinne Mulley, the ITLS Chair in Public Transport.

    When also asked how they would like to see any increase in registration fees spent, about 50 per cent of participants nominated improved roads while around 25 per cent said they would like to see rail services upgraded.

    However, while half of all participants expressed a desire for improved roads, they also nominated public transport improvements as the highest priority transport issue for Australia.

    "It is clear that voters find transport issues important," said Professor Mulley. "Even when given the choice of spending additional revenue on non-transport activities, 90% or more chose a transport spend."

    Overall, the latest TOPS survey found that Australians are less confident about the prospects for improved local transport than they were in the previous survey. Those surveyed also doubted that transport across Australia will be better in one and five years than it is now.

    "This is the first drop in community confidence since 2012 and the TOPS index is now at its lowest value since the survey started," Professor Mulley said. "Public transport improvements are top of the list of transport issues and this is not surprising since public transport is critical to well functioning cities."

    "Changing the registration scheme to generate funds for public transport looks like a way forward and one that voters would support," Professor Mulley concluded.

    TOPS is the only national survey to measure public opinion on transport related issues. The first 2014 report (and all previous reports) may be read at: http://sydney.edu.au/business/itls/tops



  • Gareth Jude reports on teaching Retail Logistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    17 Mar 2014

    Gareth Jude delivers a class
    Gareth Jude delivers a class on Retail Logistics

    "I returned to Shanghai recently to teach Retail Logistics at Jiao Tong University. A group of about 65 students attended the weekend session. They were all business people and most were either business owners or "c" level management of larger companies. As you can imagine their appetite was not so much for theoretical frameworks and mathematical formulas but more for practical case studies. I was lucky enough to get the logistics director of Luxottica China to come and do an hour on their retail logistics system. This was very popular. Like many Western retailers Luxottica see China as a retail opportunity of almost gold rush like proportions and have plans to open 200 more stores in the next year or two.

    As usual the social side of the course is just as important as the classroom. On Saturday night the group went out for dinner at a restaurant recently opened by a former student. There were many toasts and later the singing began. It soon became apparent that polite applause from me would not be enough and that I also would have to sing. They asked for an Australian folk song. This presented a few challenges for me as I'm not Australian born and bred. However with the help of a smartphone and lyric finder I managed to do a version of Waltzing Matilda and even got the group to join in a phonetic version of the chorus.

    The next day was Sunday but I'm pleased to say the class, like the campus, was still full of students. The enthusiasm for learning in China is a pleasure to behold. This group even kept me back for an hour beyond the scheduled finish time for an extra session on new technology."

    Since 2011 the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies has delivered courses in Retail and Reverse Logistics in the Modern Logistics and Supply Chain Management EMBA Study Course at the Overseas Education College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

    Gareth Jude with students
    Gareth Jude with students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


  • Dr Rico Merkert appointed to US Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Aviation Economics and Forecasting
    07 Mar 2014

    The Committee on Aviation Economics and Forecasting (AV040) is an important standing committee of the United States' Transportation Research Board (TRB) and is concerned with all economic and financial issues in commercial aviation relating to major air carriers and their employees, airports and operating authorities, the aerospace community, academic and other research organizations, air travelers and shippers, all levels of government and the general public. These concerns include the development and application of improved methodologies for forecasting commercial aviation demand and activity and the relationship of forecasting to system decision making.

    The TRB is a division of the National Research Council (NRC), a private, nonprofit institution that provides expertise in science and technology to the US government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The NRC is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

    ITLS congratulates Dr Rico Merkert on this prestigious appointment.


  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    01 Mar 2014

    Bus Buzz is the quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Read the latest edition of Bus Buzz - Issue 15, March 2014 - here

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  • Dr Andrew Collins awarded prestigious international Eric Pas Dissertation Prize, Dr Matthew Beck receives honourable mention
    14 Jan 2014

    Andrew Collins
    Andrew Collins
    Matt Beck
    Matthew Beck

    Dr Andrew Collins (now ITLS Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Management) has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Eric Pas Dissertation Prize for his doctoral thesis "Attribute nonattendance in discrete choice models: measurement of bias, and a model for the inference of both nonattendance and taste heterogeneity"; his PhD was supervised by Professor David Hensher and Professor John Rose. The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation internationally in the area of travel behaviour research submitted in 2013. This is a prestigious award in the field and is highly competitive. The award was formally announced at the International Association of Traveller Behaviour Research (IATBR) meeting at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting, held 12-16 January 2014 in Washington DC. Dr Matthew Beck (now ITLS Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management) received honourable mention for his doctoral thesis "Development of a behavioural system of stated choice models: modelling behavioural, pricing and technological opportunities to reduce automobile energy levels"; his PhD was supervised by Professor John Rose and Professor David Hensher.

    Other past and present staff and affiliates of ITLS to receive the prize / honourable mention include: Sean Puckett "Economic Behaviour of Interdependent Road Freight Stakeholders Under Variable Road User Charges: Advanced Stated Choice Analysis"; Stephane Hess "Advanced Discrete Choice Models with Applications to Transport Demand"; and Michiel Bliemer "Analytical Dynamic Traffic Assignment with Interacting User-Classes".

    The IATBR is an international organization of scholars, researchers, practitioners, consultants, and public agency professionals dedicated to the advancement of travel behaviour research.The association meets annually in January at the TRB Meeting in Washington, D.C. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,500 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees - policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The theme for the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting was Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future. A number of ITLS academics travelled to the 93rd Annual Meeting to present papers.

    Eric Pas (1948-1997) was among those who laid the foundations for, and contributed substantially toward, advanced research topics in the activity-based modeling approach to travel demand analysis. He strived to integrate developments in the social sciences, such as those in time use research, sociology, psychology and micro-economic theory, with transportation behavior analysis. He took it upon himself to assess and reflect, on a periodic basis, the developments in the field of travel behavior and time-use analysis. In doing so, he focused on how recent developments fit within the larger framework of human activity behavior and, sometimes, questioned in a constructive manner some of the directions of the current research. His periodic reflections became synonymous with wafts of refreshing intellectual breeze, providing new directions for research and spurring more creative work in the field.