News and Events

  • ITLS moves to 378 Abercrombie Street on Camperdown/Darlington (main) campus
    03 Jul 2015

    From Tuesday 7 July 2015 the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies will be based at our new permanent home at 378 Abercrombie Street, Darlington, Sydney, NSW 2008. Our phone numbers remain the same. 

    As of Friday 3 July 2015 our former location at 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD (St James Campus) is no longer accessible to our students and visitors.


  • New Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    30 Jun 2015

    Program Director, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia

    Program Director, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia [R],
    launches the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    at the Postgraduate Information Session

    From January 2016 ITLS will offer a Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The degrees (which will replace ITLS current suite of logistics management offerings) will offer specialist skills to existing or aspiring supply chain professionals in applying the concepts, techniques and principles that underlie logistics and supply chain management; the relationships between business processes within and between organisations; using systems approaches to solve business problems; and managing the effects of current and future trends in supply chain management on business processes.

    Core units of study will cover the foundations of logistics and supply chain management, supply chain planning and design, contemporary procurement, warehouse and inventory management, global freight logistics management, and global value chain networks. A range of elective units will offer students the opportunity to study green operations and reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, global information systems, aviation and maritime logistics, and infrastructure project appraisal and decision making.

    These degrees will equip our graduates with a logistics and supply chain management skill set currently in high demand in the public and private sectors around the world. Examples of the career opportunities within this diverse field include procurement manager, supply chain director/manager, export manager, operations manager, shipping coordinator and freight manager.


  • Launch of automated GPS data processing software, G-TO-MAP (GPS Trips, Occupancy, Mode and Purpose)
    26 Jun 2015

    G-TO-MAP (GPS Trips, Occupancy, Mode and Purpose) is an automated GPS data processing software, which can process data streams from a GPS device (BTT-08) that has been used to track a person’s or a vehicle’s movement.

    The software was developed at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies by Jun Zhang and Wen Liu, using a combination of Python and GISDK and is operated on the Maptitude software platform. Other GPS devices and smart phone data also could be processed by using an extra data regulator program.

    There are several processing steps for the software:

    • Split the data stream of locations into individual trips, visualise trips on Google Map;
    • identify the probable mode of travel being used for person trips;
    • detect car share; and
    • identify the likely purpose of travel.

    There are several processing steps for the software:
    The software can be run under windows XP and windows 7 and has been used for a large number of projects including:

    • The Vital Travel Survey for Future Planning, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2014
    • Stuttgart Services Study, University of Ulm, Germany, 2014
    • ARC Discovery Project, Travel Time Budget Analysis from Multi-Day and Multi-Year Data, 2012-2014
    • North Adelaide Travel Study, South Australia Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure, 2012-2014
    • GPS-Based Household Interview Survey for the Cincinnati, Ohio Region, Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Research and Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 2009-2011
    • National Travel Behaviour Long Term Monitoring, 2007-2012
    • South Australia Short Term Monitoring Travel Survey, 2005-2007

    For further information, including licensing arrangements, contact Wen Liu wen.liu@sydney.edu.au.


  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    24 Jun 2015

    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 20, June
    2015

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  • University of Sydney Business School world leader in transport research – German study
    24 Jun 2015

    As Australia’s cities grow, car based transport is not sustainable according to the University of Sydney Business School’s Professor Corinne Mulley who has been named the world’s most productive researcher in the public transport field by the University of Hamburg.

    As Australia’s cities grow, car based transport is not sustainable according to Professor Corinne Mulley, who has been named the world’s most productive researcher in the public transport field by the University of Hamburg.

    A global study undertaken by the German University also found that the Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) was one of the most cited transport research institutions in the world, with a ranking in the top 5 globally.

    The Founder and the Director of the ITLS, Professor David Hensher was identified as one of the world’s most cited individual Transport researchers.

    Professor Mulley, holds the ITLS’s Chair of Public Transport, funded in large part by the New South Wales state government.

    Professor Mulley said that the findings of the University of Hamburg provided important recognition of the relatively young field of dedicated public transport research.

    “We are conducting applied research with real impact which is providing an evidence base for government aspirations related to public transport,” Professor Mulley said. “This is critical because car based transport is unsustainable into the future as our cities grow in size.”

    Welcoming the results of the German study, the Business School’s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, said it was important recognition of “highly innovative research which is informing and influencing organisational responses to the key challenges of the coming decades”.

    “The international study also makes it clear that the work undertaken by Professor Mulley, Professor Hensher and their ITLS colleagues is absolutely cutting edge,” Professor Whitwell added.

    The authors of the Hamburg report, Leonard Heilig and Professor Stefan Voss of the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Information Systems, singled Australia out for its high level of productivity in transport research. “We see that mostly the high productivity of a handful of scholars located in Australia contribute to the overall productivity,” they concluded.   


  • New Book: Green Logistics and Transportation – A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective
    22 May 2015

    Green Logistics and TransportationITLS Professors Behnam Fahimnia, Michael Bell and David Hensher have edited a new book, with Professor Joseph Sarkis, published by Springer, on Green Logistics and Transportation - A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective. The book identifies and furthers the state of the art in green logistics and transportation with a supply chain focus. It includes discussions on concerns and linkages across policy, corporate strategy and operations and inter-organizational relationships and practices. Separate sections are assigned to discuss issues related to greening of logistics and transportation functions, including green logistics network, green land transportation and green air and water transportation. Linking research with practice is another important feature of the book as various techniques and research methodologies are utilized to explain and analyze green logistics and transportation concepts and issues. The authors come from throughout the world from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. policy, technical, engineering, and management backgrounds) to provide solutions and insights from their regional and global perspectives to some of the world’s most critical green logistics and transportation issues.


  • Launch of - THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX - new commentary series
    28 Apr 2015

    It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce that ITLS is adding a new commentary series to its portfolio of engagement with the broader community of interests in the space of infrastructure, transport, logistics and supply chain management. While academic publications and reports are a very important outlet for high quality research including debates on themes with a rich policy and strategic value beyond theory, methods and evidence, there is room for a series of short poignant commentaries on themes that are of broad community interest. These are short pieces that can be digested through the many social media platforms and will focus on topics of currency that are also likely to be challenging and controversial – hence the titling of the series ‘Thinking outside the box’. It has all the elements of critical thinking and the ‘challenge of change’.

    We start the series with a piece by Dr Matthew Beck on fresh ways of focussing on the infrastructure deficit debate.

    THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

    Professor David Hensher
    Director, ITLS


  • Research Fellow, Dr Adrian Ellison wins prestigious early career award and Southeast Asia research grant
    10 Apr 2015

    Dr Adrian Ellison

    ITLS congratulates Research Fellow, Dr Adrian Ellison on being a recipient of the 2015 Freda and Len Lansbury Early Career Researcher Award for his project 'Assessing Driver Response to Safety Countermeasures in School Zones: A Driving Simulator Study”. Adrian shares the award with Anya Johnson from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. It was a highly competitive round and after careful consideration the Business School Research Committee decided to share the award between these two outstanding projects.

    The Freda and Len Lansbury Early Career Researcher Support Fund was established in 2009 through a donation from Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. The scheme is named after the parents of Professor Lansbury who did not have the advantage of higher education but greatly valued the importance of opportunities for learning and research. Funding is available to any Early Career Researcher (ECR) in the University of Sydney Business School with the aim of providing opportunities to develop and strengthen their research.

    Dr Ellison has also recently won a competitive research grant from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Cluster Research for a project entitled ‘Exploring the Economic Behaviour of Taxi Drivers in Singapore’. The purpose of the SSEAC Cluster Research grants is to provide a pathway for new academic projects in/about Southeast Asia or for scholars who are engaging in the region for the first time.


  • Moving People: Solutions for Policy Thinkers - latest in BIC/ITLS policy series published
    08 Apr 2015

    This policy series is aimed at decision and policy makers, academics and students; the focus is land transport, land use, integrated planning and urban development challenges in Australia.

    The latest in the series is: Connecting neighbourhoods: the 20 minute city (March 2015)

    The policy series, authored by ITLS' Professor John Stanley, has been developed by the Bus Industry Confederation of Australia (BIC) and ITLS. The series addresses specific subject matters and issues raised in the BIC’s previous reports: Moving People - Solutions for a Growing Australia (May 2010) and Moving People - Solutions for a Liveable Australia (December 2012). Four out of the six paper series have been published with two more to follow. The other published papers are: 

    Pricing opportunities for Australia: paying our way in land transport (March 2014)

    Sustainable transport in Australian cities: targeting vehicle kilometres of travel (June 2014)

    Public transport: funding growth in urban route services (October 2014)


  • ITLS delivers Retail Logistics short course at Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
    01 Apr 2015

    Gareth Jude and Tom Nurre

    Gareth Jude (L) with Tom Nurre of Yusen Logistics


    Students of the EMBA Retail Logistics Course with lecturer Gareth Jude (centre)

    Students of the EMBA Retail Logistics Course with lecturer Gareth Jude (centre)

    This is the fourth consecutive year that ITLS has delivered a Retail Logistics short course in the EMBA programme of the Overseas Education College of Jiao Tong University (SJTU); the oldest and most prestigious university in Shanghai. The EMBA Retail Logistics course attracts a varied cohort of students. Most are practitioners in some part of the supply chain with a high proportion of students being senior managers or business owners. The course was designed by ITLS lecturer Gareth Jude with this student cohort in mind, focusing on collaborative models of supply chain management, e-commerce logistics and future trends in retail logistics.The course was met with great enthusiasm and engagement throughout the three days.

    Three of the students came from Yusen Logistics, an American based logistics company with significant business in China. Three senior employees funded themselves on to the course which caught the attention of a senior executive, Tom Nurre (pictured), who travelled from Hong Kong to attend Saturday’s class. He was so impressed that he has agreed to offer scholarships for his team to attend the course in future.

    During the course, Jon Devine of Lenscrafters, China gave a very engaging presentation to the students on the logistics challenges his company faces in expanding their footprint from 275 to 500 stores over the next two years. The scale of manufacturing and logistics conducted by Lenscrafters in China is quite extraordinary. Their factory in Dongguan produces 100,000 spectacle frames per day for some of the most famous optical brands in the world like Ray Ban, Oakley, Chanel, Ralph Lauren etc.

    During his visit Gareth Jude met with Dr George Wang, Dean of the Overseas Education College who facilitate the course for SJTU, who was very complimentary about the course and said that he looked forward to continued collaboration with lTLS in the future.


  • Despite political promises Confidence in a brighter transport future plummets - latest TOPS survey results
    30 Mar 2015

    TOPS 2015 graph

    Most Australians are not expecting any improvement in Australia’s roads or public transport services despite repeated promises made by both sides of politics, according to the latest Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS).

    The nationwide transport confidence index as measured by the regular TOPS survey has plummeted by nearly fifty percent since the end of 2013.

    "Despite promises of significant investment in transport infrastructure, the public is clearly disappointed with their governments’ inability to make a noticeable difference to roads and public transport," said the Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    On an index established at 100 in March 2010, public confidence in an improvement in local transport over the next year now stands at 54, down from 94 at the end of 2013.

    Public confidence in an improvement in transport conditions nationwide in the next year has fallen from 104 to 56 while confidence in an improvement over the next five years has fallen since 2013 from 101 to 65 points on the TOPS index.

    The most pessimistic states were South Australia and West Australia.

    Better public transport remained the travelling public’s top priority.

    The wide ranging TOPS survey also found that while many people would like to ride a bicycle to work or school, safety worries discouraged them from doing so. About a third of survey participants indicated that they were interest but also concerned about aggressive driving behaviour, heavy traffic and a lack of bicycling infrastructure.

    The survey found that only two per cent of Australians were "strong and fearless" when it came to bicycle riding while seven per cent regarded themselves to be "enthusiastic and confident".

    "There remains a significant challenge to provide appropriate road space and education of car and truck users so that there is a much safer environment for non-motorised modes of transport to support healthier lifestyles," said Professor Hensher.

    TOPS is the only national survey to measure public opinion on transport related issues. The first 2015 report is at: http://sydney.edu.au/business/itls/tops


  • Professor John Stanley appointed to Victorian Planning Minister's key committee of advisers for new Plan Melbourne
    27 Mar 2015

    John StanleyITLS' John Stanley, Adjunct Professor and Bus Industry Confederation Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Land Transport, has been appointed by Victorian Minister for Planning, the Honourable Richard Wynne, to serve on a key committee of advisers to a refreshed Plan Melbourne document. Professor Stanley served on the former expert Ministerial Advisory Committee that developed the original plan; this committee is to be reconvened. Chaired by Roz Hansen, Professor Stanley will be joined on the committee by Brian Haratsis, Chris Gallagher, Tony Nicholson, and Bernard McNamara.

    Professor Stanley served nine years as Executive Director of Bus Association Victoria, after eight years as Deputy Chairman of the National Road Transport Commission. He has been a member of the Committee for Melbourne's Transport and Climate Change Task Forces, the Vicurban Board, the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria Board, the Victorian Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council and is now a board member and Chair of ADC Forum, an Australian leadership development group, and a director of Road Safety Inspections P/L. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to public transport and conservation.

    The first release of the draft version of Plan Melbourne attracted 450 submissions and had benefited from the involvement of 10,000 Victorians. However, Richard Wynne has stated that “Planning is about people, and the community was largely ignored in the first version of Plan Melbourne.’ He asserts that “A renewed Plan Melbourne will give a long-term vision for housing Victoria’s growing population, increasing jobs and liveability, integrating public transport and infrastructure and deal with climate change.’ The Government will now release the public submissions on the draft and "get new advice that reflects the weight of submissions, the right priorities and key long-term projects". New community consultation on a refreshed Plan Melbourne will be completed by the second half of this year.The new plan is expected to be incorporated into the Planning Scheme in the first quarter of next year.


  • ITLS Board of Advice member wins global Onassis Prize for Shipping
    25 Mar 2015

    Trevor HeaverEmeritus Professor Trevor Heaver of Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and ITLS Board of Advice member since 2005, has been awarded the 2015 Onassis Prize for Shipping as a joint recipient of the prestigious international award for lifetime contributions to the field.

    The $200,000 Onassis Prizes are given out once every three years to leading researchers of shipping, finance and international trade. Heaver is sharing the shipping award this year with globally renowned maritime economist Martin Stopford.

    “Heaver has long been a highly valued and distinguished member of Sauder’s research community and this recognition is very well deserved,” says Sauder’s Dean Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy.

    Heaver introduced courses on international shipping and logistics to the University of British Columbia in the 1960s and has conducted extensive research on the railway industry and transport policy as well as shipping and logistics.

    Heaver is widely recognized in the field of transport economics and logistics. He was a founding member of the World Conference on Transport Research and of the International Association of Maritime Economists. Having represented UBC as chairman and president of the two bodies, he helped elevate the global stature of UBC and Vancouver in the field. He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and although retired he has undertaken teaching and research assignments in Australia, South Africa, and Europe.

    “I am particularly pleased to receive this award as an academic based at UBC,” says Heaver. “It reflects a belief that I and others have had since the 1970s that maritime economics is a global industry requiring a truly global community of researchers and academics. I am very glad to have helped bring this vision to reality.”

    “I have enjoyed the support of colleagues and enthusiastic students at UBC and of the maritime industry and federal government programs. This support was essential to establish Vancouver as an internationally recognized centre for maritime economics. The leadership of former students in corporate management, and of broad economic rather than corporate interests, led to the policy changes enabling international shipping to be based in Vancouver. It was an innovation from which we still benefit,” he says.

    Heaver also notes that the recognition helps him to advocate for continued innovation and related supply chains in Canada. “I would like to see Canada step up its innovation in logistics and in collaboration among governments, industry and universities. It is my hope that the current review of the Canada Transportation Act, chaired by the honourable David Emerson, will examine the leadership of government in transport and logistics innovation and find that targeted, collaborative research initiatives are warranted."

    The winners of the three Onassis Prizes – in shipping, finance and international trade – were announced March 20 in London, UK. The prize is awarded by the Cass Business School in London and sponsored by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, bestowed by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in memory of his son Alexander. The award was judged by a panel of highly regarded academics that included two Nobel laureates.


  • New book promotes community collaboration as a way to meet infrastructure challenges
    23 Feb 2015

    A new book, ‘Paying Our Way on Infrastructure: New approaches', has been launched by the Honourable Nick Greiner and Jim Betts, CEO of Infrastructure NSW, during the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum at the University of Sydney Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

    A new book, ‘Paying Our Way on Infrastructure: New approaches', has been launched by the Honourable Nick Greiner and Jim Betts, CEO of Infrastructure NSW, during the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum at the University of Sydney Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

    A culmination of reports from the recent ADC Forum Infrastructure and Cities Summit in Sydney, the book challenges the current infrastructure model and presents a brave new approach to funding and financing.

    Current infrastructure decisions tend to revolve around a back and forth tug of war between planners and politicians. The ADC proposal suggests a model whereby governments submit proposed plans to a community body, and capital is raised by the people, allowing communities to have a say in infrastructure planning. The rise in self-managed super funds is making this easier achieve.

    "The publication makes exciting new connections between infrastructure financing, building social capital and strengthening communities," said ADC Forum Chair and Adjunct Professor at the ITLS, John Stanley.

    "It opens up opportunities for people to be more directly involved in creating the future communities in which they will live, often working alongside their local and state governments. This can be transformational in local place making and in building more sustainable cities. The book builds on ADC Forum's significant work in bringing together leaders from all sectors to tackle the issues which are critical to the future of our nation and the world."

    Christopher Selth, Chair, ADC Forum Global Issues Group and Principal Author said, "we are facing a challenge in how to generate the infrastructure that is needed by our community, given limits on what government can do. This book explores some specific proposals to better meet that challenge. These are interesting in themselves, but have the potential to produce new solutions to the problem; enabling the community, through new engagement tools, to create assets it could finance by investing part of its own pension savings. This could mark a significant reworking of how we face these issues going forward."

    "The book is of interest to policy makers, business and finance, but most importantly, to community members who want to find new solutions to this major challenge," he continued.

    The model has generated significant interest worldwide. A development framework has been established in collaboration with global partners and the ADC Forum to progress its ideas further.

    "This initiative grew out of pioneering work done by a Working Group established by the ADC Forum, as part of its wide-ranging programs to help leaders make better decisions," said Professor Stanely. "ADC Forum's initiatives question conventional wisdom, provoke debate and build greater understanding about the profound, complex and interconnected challenges facing Australia and the world."

    The ADC Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1996 by the Australian members and participants of the World Economic Forum.


  • Dr Claudine Moutou wins Teaching Innovation Fellowship
    10 Feb 2015

    ITLS congratulates lecturer Dr Claudine Moutou on winning a Business School Teaching Innovation Fellowship for her proposal 'Conflicting messages? Exploring how we prepare multidisciplinary students for ethical dilemmas in interdisciplinary settings?'. The aim of the proposal is to find ways to support Masters students to achieve learning outcomes related to ethical and social responsibility in particular in relation to ethical dilemmas in interdisciplinary work settings. The project will focus on conflicts or ambiguity caused by different disciplinary perspectives and encouraging reflective assessment of how our teaching prepares students for real-work problems.


  • Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, presented ITEANZ's 2015 Contribution to the Transport Profession Award
    04 Feb 2015

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    Professor Hensher at the ITEANZ annual breakfast meeting.

    Over their annual breakfast meeting at the RACV Club in Melbourne's CBD, the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (Australia & New Zealand section) presented Professor David Hensher with the ITEANZ 2015 Contribution to the Transport Profession Award. The event was attended by over 100 guests from the transport profession and wider community including the guest speaker, the Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports. Professor Hensher was presented his award by ITEANZ President, Nick Szwed.

    The award is a personal award to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the transport profession in Australia and New Zealand over a significant time. The contribution to the profession may be in the areas of transport research, strategies, projects, programs, administration or education. It may be in the fields of traffic or transport engineering or transport planning. The award recognises significant contribution to the community through endeavour in the transport profession at a national or international level; advancement in the practice of the transport profession; and personal commitment to, and standing in, the industry. Nominations for the award are judged and determined by a sub-committee made up of ITEANZ executive board members and other senior transport professionals. 

    The evening before the breakfast meeting Professor Hensher delivered a seminar at RMIT entitled 'Where Next for Road Authorities?' which focussed on the key areas of: improved traffic assignment modelling for transport planning; road pricing reform; and education for transport professionals. Please click here for the seminar slides.


  • Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, achieves 25,000 citation milestone in Google Scholar
    03 Feb 2015

    David Hensher Research by Professor David Hensher, the founder and current Director of the Business School's globally recognised Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), has been cited in more than 25 thousand scholarly articles worldwide.

    Professor Hensher is only the second researcher at an Australian business school to reach 25 thousand citations as monitored by Google Scholar.

    One particular research book, ‘Stated choice methods: analysis and application', has been mentioned nearly 4,400 times. The book, first published in 2000, deals with the study and prediction of consumer choice behaviour.

    The Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, described Professor Hensher's professional milestone as a "significant accomplishment" and said "it clearly illustrates his major impact in the field of transport, econometrics and choice modelling."

    Professor Hensher also sees the citations as international recognition of his "state-of-the-art and state-of-practice contribution", as well as the quality of research undertaken by the ITLS.

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    "It reflects the amazing environment that we have built up over 25 years which encourages excellence by balancing teaching, quality research and community engagement," he said.

    "The citations reinforce the well known fact that the ITLS is a major global player and is recognised by so many people who look to us for inspiration in our research, much of which has real policy relevance in addition to adding scientific value to the literature," he concluded. "ITLS is in the top group of research institutes of its kind in the world."

    Professor Hensher was this week presented with the 2014 Institute of Transportation Engineers (Australia and New Zealand) Transport Profession Award, recognising his "significant contribution to the development of the transport/traffic engineering profession over a sustained period".

    View Professor Hensher's Google Scholar profile.


  • Discrete Choice Analysis Course: Models, Estimation and Applications - 29 June to 3 July 2015
    02 Feb 2015

    Almost without exception, everything human beings undertake involves a choice. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the development and application of quantitative statistical methods to study choices made by individuals or groups with the purpose of gaining a better understanding both of how choices are made and of forecasting future choice responses. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the main techniques of discrete choice analysis and the design of stated choice experiments. The techniques taught are applicable to 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 is intended for academics and practitioners in government and industry.

    Further course details

    Register and pay on-line


  • ITLS academics present at TRB 94th Annual Meeting
    15 Jan 2015

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. at its new venue, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from 11 to 15 January 2015. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology.

    Academics from ITLS presented the following papers:

    Identifying preferences for public transport investments under a constrained budget
    David Hensher, Chinh Ho, and Corinne Mulley

    Do people’s perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match reality?
    Liang Ma and Jennifer Dill (Portland State University)

    Identifying resident preferences for public transport investments: a buy-in perspective
    David Hensher, Chinh Ho, and Corinne Mulley


  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    18 Dec 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 18, December 2014 - here

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  • 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
    Download: Presentation

    Harnessing smartphone sensors for tracking location to support travel data collection
    Adrian B. Ellison, Richard B. Ellison, Dean Rance, Stephen Greaves and Chris Standen
    Download: Paper | Poster

    Collecting longitudinal data from freight operators: survey design and implementation
    Richard Ellison, Stephen Greaves and David Hensher
    Download: Poster

    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
    Download: Poster

    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
    Download: Paper

    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
    Download: Paper

    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
    Download: Poster


  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.