Past News and Events


    • ITLS delivers 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

      View all Bus Buzz editions

    • 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.
    • 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:

    • 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.

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