Past News and Events


    • PhD scholarships in food and beverage supply chain optimisation (3) - applications close: 30 October 2014
      30 Oct 2014

      The food industry is important for the Australian economy with 15% of the Australian workforce being involved in food production and food exports of $30.5 billion annually. The National Food Plan White Paper states: "Our vision for Australia's food system is a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply supporting access to nutritious and affordable food". To make this a reality (i.e., to grow Australia's food industry and make it more globally competitive), the design and management of safe, sustainable, and cost-effective food supply chains will be vital. The ARC Training Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation will train the next generation of multidisciplinary researchers capable of designing and managing these supply chains.

      The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) at the University of Sydney in collaboration with the University of Newcastle is establishing this centre in partnership with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Georgia Institute of Technology, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Coca-Cola Amatil Australia, SunRice, the Batlow Fruit Co-operative, and Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing.

      ITLS is looking for 3 PhD students to join the centre and work on supply chain design and management projects in close collaboration with our industry partners. Special focus of these projects will be placed on developing decision tools and optimisation models for designing efficient, resilient, and sustainable supply chains in food and beverage industry.

      Each successful candidate will:

      • work in a team environment with academic staff, PhD students and industry partners;
      • spend significant time with partner organisations to collect the related data;
      • develop mathematical optimisation models and solution algorithms;
      • analyse and evaluate numerical results;
      • develop decision tools and software packages for use by industry partners;
      • participate in Centre workshops and related industry seminars; and
      • publish research findings in reputable journals and present in national and international conferences.


      Applicants will need the following:

      • Undergraduate degree with an Australian university First class Honours or equivalent, specialising in supply chain management, operations management/research, applied mathematics, industrial engineering, or other relevant discipline OR Masters degree with at least an 80% average and a 25% research thesis component in the proposed field of study from a recognised University; completed no more than 5 years ago.
      • Applicants must meet the following English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each band) OR TOEFL 600+ (e at 4.5+) or CBT 250+ (essay 4.5+) or IBT 100+ (writing band 23 and no band below 22); if a degree has been completed within the last 5 years and was taught, assessed and examined in English there is no need to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.
      • Adequate knowledge and experience of mathematical optimisation modelling (linear and nonlinear programming), and algorithmic approaches such as heuristic and meta-heuristic solution techniques are required.
      • Applicants should also have good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of research team.
      • Ability to code and solve optimisation problems using standard software packages (such as CPLEX, Lingo, Lindo, and GAMS) and statistical data analysis skills would be of benefit for the position.

      Amount awarded:

      The scholarships are valued at $29,844 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Successful domestic students will receive an additional bonus stipend of $10,156 per annum (tax exempt) and successful international students will  have their tuition fees waived. All scholarship holders will also receive a $1,500 per annum travel allowance to attend national and international conferences during the scholarship period.

      Application guide:

      Further information can be obtained from:

      Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia

      Applicants should initially contact Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia at the above email address attaching a curriculum vitae, a copy of all academic transcript and grading scales (including for current courses), and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

      Please note: Potential candidates need to separately apply for admission to the Business School's research program. This is a two stage process that commences with an Expression of Interest which must be submitted by 30 September 2014, a positive outcome will be an invitation to complete a formal application which is due by 30 October 2014. 

      *Please note that this scholarship is conditional on the University signing an agreement with the Partner Organisations named in the Industrial Transformation Training Centres grant.

      Closing date: 30 October 2014

    • 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 - - 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

      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.

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