Past News and Events
- B-HERT Collaboration in Education and Training Award recognises ITLS contribution to passenger transport industry
19 Nov 2013
The global impact of a university, industry and government partnership aimed at improving standards in the passenger transport sector has been recognised by B-HERT with a prestigious Collaboration in Education and Training Award.
- Official launch of ITLS' new logistics, supply chain and transport management graduate program
28 Nov 2013
L-R: Professor David Grant, Dr Alastair Stone, Professor
Tyrone Carlin and Professor David Hensher
L-R: Adjunct Professor John Stanley, Darryl Mellish
(Executive Director, BusNSW) and Dr Rico Merkert
ITLS staff were joined by members of our Board of Advice, special guests from the University including the Co-Deans of the Business School, and visitors from overseas, to officially launch our new logistics, supply chain and transport management education program. Dr Alastair Stone, Chair of the Board of Advice, welcomed all to the launch. Professor John Rose, Director of the Graduate Program, described the consultation process with industry, academics, students and alumni that had contributed to the development of the new program and gave an overview of the areas of management education that the program would deliver: transport planning, logistics and supply chain, infrastructure, ports and maritime logistics, and aviation. Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, spoke about this exciting new initiative for our Institute and introduced the premier of the promotional video for the new program. Professors Tyrone Carlin and David Grant, Co-Deans of the Business School, congratulated Professors Hensher and Rose and their staff on the development and launch of this exciting new initiative for the Business School and wished it every success.
- ITLS Official Partner, 50th Anniversary World Road Statistics, International Road Federation
18 Nov 2013
The International Road Federation (IRF) is the voice of the road infrastructure industry. It is a unique association that brings together players from both the private and public sectors. Their vision is to improve road networks worldwide. Their members are committed to safe, smart, sustainable roads. Founded in 1948, the IRF provides advisory services to governments and national road administrations and contributes to the formulation of policy. The IRF advocates better and safer roads through improved design, construction, maintenance and management. Their private sector members benefit from worldwide exposure for their products and services among key decision-makers in over 115 countries.
ITLS is proud to be an Official Partner for the IRF's 50th Anniversary Edition World Road Statistics (WRS). The WRS is the only universal source of key strategic data for the international road, traffic and inland transport sector, and as such is a critical and highly regarded research tool used by the United Nations, governments, academia, media and the private sector the world over. To mark the 50th year of publication, the 2013 WRS is a special boxed edition that includes the two-volume hard copy, a disk containing a soft-copy PDF version and Excel data files, together with background notes. Also, for the first time the WRS will contain 12 years of historical data (rather than the usual six)?? creating a complete record of international road data and statistics from the start of the new millennium.
- ITLS enjoys outstanding success in winning ARC Discovery Project grants
15 Nov 2013
ITLS congratulates Professors David Hensher, Michael Bell and Michiel Bliemer, and Honorary Professor William Greene, on winning Discovery Project funding for their research. The funding application process is highly competitive with only one in five applications supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Securing ARC funding is a wonderful personal achievement and enhances the reputation of ITLS and the wider Business School. Details of the three successful research proposals are provided below.
Integrating attribute decision heuristics into travel choice models that accommodate risk attitude and perceptual conditioning
Professor David Hensher
This proposal has the specific objective of integrating two disconnected literatures that are having a major influence on the behavioural and statistical performance of discrete choice models in travel choice modelling. These fields are attribute processing strategies and the conditioning of the marginal utility of attributes by risk attitude and perceptual conditioning. These two major developments have not been jointly integrated into a behaviourally richer representation of choice making. Given the encouraging evidence from both literatures, the research will determine more precisely the benefits in terms of improved estimates of willingness to pay for specific attributes and also increased predictive power.
Risky business: using biological systems to mitigate risk in supply chains and transportation networks
Professors Michael Bell and Michiel Bliemer (with Dr Tanya Latty, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney and Assistant Professor Simon Garnier, Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
In an uncertain world, resilient supply chains are crucial for getting products and services to consumers. However, the algorithms used to design and manage supply chains are inadequate to deal with the increasingly complex and self-organised nature of modern supply chains. This project will look to nature for new solutions to supply chain design and management problems. Natural systems are highly resilient against perturbations and damage. They have had millions of years to evolve efficient solutions to the same problems currently facing supply chains. Using experiments on ants and slime moulds. This project will uncover the secrets of biological resilience, and use this insight to develop new algorithms for supply chain design and management.
Modelling health: reporting behaviour and misclassification using survey data
Professor William Greene (with Professor Mark Harris, Dr Pratima Srivastava and Professor Sarah Brown, Curtin University of Technology)
Empirical models based on large scale survey data sets are used by health economists to inform policymakers. However, in the case of sensitive topics, a potential for survey misreporting may lead to inaccurate estimates of aberrant behaviours. To date, little work has been done analysing the extent and consequences of inaccurate reporting, especially within health economics. By addressing areas where potential for misinformation is high, the overall quality of results will be enhanced. This research will be submitted to highly ranked health economics and econometrics journals to be made available to relevant policymakers intent on ensuring a healthy society.
- ARC grant to fund research likely to aid transport planning
08 Nov 2013
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded the University of Sydney Business School's Professor David Hensher, a grant of more than 400,000 dollars to fund a study which will examine the choices made by members of the travelling public and the public's willingness to pay for various passenger transport options.
- Professor John Stanley wins prestigious bus industry's Outstanding Achievement Award
30 Oct 2013
ITLS congratulates Adjunct Professor and Bus Industry Confederation Senior Research Fellow, John Stanley, on being presented the bus industry's Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's Bus Industry Confederation National Conference in Adelaide. It is the top award among the four that the industry presents each year, recognising John's contribution to the transport sector over four decades and to the bus sector over the last two.
- Light rail and bus rapid transport cause for optimism in Australian public transport - latest results from the ITLS Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS)
15 Oct 2013
While two-thirds of Australians would like to see more investment in light rail, those with access to bus rapid transit are more likely to consider it a favourable option, according to the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney.
When asked in the quarterly Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) whether they would prefer public transport investment in light rail or bus rapid transit - both in a dedicated corridor away from other traffic - 63 percent of respondents selected light rail and 29 percent preferred bus rapid transport.
However, in Queensland and South Australia, where bus rapid transit is already available, respondents were more likely to consider it an attractive option for future investment: 41 percent of South Australians and 38 percent of Queenslanders surveyed favoured bus rapid transit.
"Experience of bus rapid transit increases its attractiveness to customers, a trend we have also seen in other research conducted by the University of Sydney," says Professor David Hensher, Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).
"This is an important factor for governments to keep in mind when planning new public transport infrastructure.
"A dedicated corridor for bus rapid transit could be a significantly cheaper and equally effective solution to congestion as light rail," he says.
Forty-nine percent of those surveyed saw public transport improvements as the highest priority transport issue in Australia. Despite highly publicised debates over airport development and interstate rail, only a minority of Australians (7 percent and 1 percent respectively) saw these as priority issues.
TOPS also looked at attitudes towards transport and found that Australians are more confident about the prospects of improvement in local transport than they were in the previous quarter. However, they are still less confident than they were when first surveyed in March 2010.
"Public transport is critical to the way in which our cities operate, so it is not surprising that people want to see it getting better," Professor Hensher says.
"Public transport is the lifeblood of Australia's cities, but its success in the future depends on convincing Australians to get out of their cars and this will not happen if public transport is not improved."
"In Sydney, for example, people spend an average of two hours a day travelling. This is a significant waste of time and energy, which is not good for people and not good for businesses. If we can do something to improve transport, we can go a long way to improving people's lifestyle and making more productive cities."
TOPS is the only national survey to measure public opinion on transport related issues. The full September 2013 quarterly report (and all previous reports) may be found at:
- Thredbo 13 Conference and BRT Workshop
19 Sep 2013
The 13th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport was held at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK from Sunday 15 to Thursday 19 September 2013. The highly successful conference was attended by more than 160 delegates from 26 countries around the world. The conference featured plenary sessions and a series of intensive workshops based around keynote papers and a series of resource papers providing a range of international perspectives on each issue. There was a strong emphasis on the policy lessons that can be learnt from recent experience internationally and what issues warrant further investigation.
Presentations from the conference are available to download from the conference website - http://www.thredbo-conference-series.org - and selected papers from the conference will shortly be published in a special edition of Elsevier's Research in Transportation Economics.
The 14th conference will be held in Chile in September 2015.
The conference enjoyed strong participation from the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Centre of Excellence in which ITLS is one of its five members. Most of the work of the Centre's members concentrated in one of the workshops specifically devoted to analyse developments and challenges of the BRT industry around the world. On the day after the conference, the BRT Centre organized a second workshop targeting conference attendees who would appreciate the opportunity to receive more formal instruction about the state of the art on different aspects of BRT design and implementation. The workshop attracted more than 20 attendants from countries from several continents.
- Chinh Ho, doctoral candidate at ITLS, wins prestigious Michael Beesley Award for best workshop paper at Thredbo 13 Conference
19 Sep 2013
L-R: Professor Jackie Walters (Chair, Michael Beesley Award
Committee), Chinh Ho and David Hensher
L-R: Professor Jackie Walters (Chair, Michael Beesley Award
Committee), Andrea Rizvi and David Hensher
Professor Michael Beesley was one of the most influential transport economists of his time. He was the co-founder (with Professor David Hensher) of the Thredbo conference series. In 2005 the conference series' International Steering Committee established the Michael Beesley Award to pay tribute to his memory. The award recognises the best workshop paper presented at the conference by a person in the early stages of their career (first ten years).
At the Thredbo 13 Conference the Michael Beesley Award was won by ITLS doctoral candidate Chinh Ho for his paper "Metrobuses in Sydney: how high capacity and high frequency services are benefiting the metropolitan fringe" (with Corinne Mulley). Honourable mention went to Andrea Rizvi, Department of Urban Planning, Columbia University, USA for her paper "Implementing Bus Rapid Transit: A tale of two Indian cities" (with Elliott Sclar).
- ITLS researchers win travel grants to present at prestigious conferences around the world
12 Sep 2013
ITLS congratulates our researchers on winning a number of competitive travel grants from the University of Sydney Business School to present papers at influential conferences in Australia and overseas.
Dr Xiaowen Fu won travel grants to present his papers Low-cost Carrier in China: Spring Airline's Effect on Market Competition and its Entry Pattern (with Zheng Lei, Kun Wang and Jia Yan) and Determinants of Airport - Airline Vertical Relationships - Analytical Results and Empirical Evidence (with Hangjun Yang and Anming Zhang) at the Air Transport Research Society World Conference in Bergamo, Italy in June.
Dr Rico Merkert was also funded to travel to Italy to present his papers The impact of terminal re-organisation on belly-hold freight operation chains at airports (with Ploix B, Pearson J, Ison S, Mulley C and Rose J) at the the Air Transport Research Society World Conference in Bergamo in June and Does airline customer service matter? Linking customer service with airline financial performance at the 26th European Conference on Operations Research in Rome in July.Doctoral candidate Chi-Hong Tsai won a travel grant to present his paper Economic characteristics and the minimum efficient scale of Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (with Jason Chang and Chi-Hsuan Wu) at the 13th World Conference on Transport Research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July.
Professor Peter Stopher was funded to present his paper Travel Demand Management: a 33-year retrospective at the 6th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management in Dalian, China in August.With the funding won, a number of researchers will present their papers at the 36th Australasian Transport Research Forum in Brisbane in October. Professor Michiel Bliemer will present his paper Requirements for Traffic Assignment Models for Transport Planning: A Critical Assessment (with Mark Raadsen, Erik-Sander Smits and Erik de Romph); Associate Professor Stephen Greaves will present his papers An Empirical Assessment of the Feasibility of Battery Electric Vehicles for Day-to-Day Driving (with Henry Backman), Priorities in freight operations: importance of costs, vehicles and on-time performance (with Richard Ellison and David Hensher) and Comparing Two Processing Routines for GPS Traces - Lessons Learnt (with Peter Stopher and Li Shen); and Dr Claudine Moutou will present her paper Sustainability of Voluntary Travel Behaviour Change Initiatives - a 5-Year Study (with Peter Stopher and Wen Liu).
Professor Michael Bell will present his paper Frequency-based transit assignment revisited (with Jeremy Rioult and Michiel Bliemer) at the 18th International Conference of Hong Kong Society of Transportation Studies in December.