Past Seminars


Date:Tuesday 30 November 2004 11am
Topic:Transportation shipment / lane network sharing and pricing: A review of models and open problems
Speaker:Dr Miguel Andres Figliozzi, Lecturer in Logistics Management, ITLS-Sydney
Date:Tuesday 16 November 2004 11am
Topic:The struggle for microeconomic reform in the private bus industry of NSW Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Mark Duffy, Acting Director General, NSW Ministry of Transport
Bio:Mark Duffy is the Acting Director General, NSW Ministry of Transport. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Director, Sustainable Transport in the Ministry. He has also worked as a key consultant to the Ministerial Inquiry into Sustainable Transport (Parry Inquiry) and to Treasurys Market Implementation Group. He has also provided consultancy services to TransGrid and Frontier Economics. Mark Duffy is a member of the Rail infrastructure Corporation, Trustee on the First State Superannuation Board and a former Board member of Pacific Power and the State-Compensation Board. He was Chief Policy Adviser and Joint Chief of Staff to Treasurer Michael Egan from March 1995 - April 1998.
Date:Tuesday 26 October 2004
Topic:Travel choices and the risk of exposure to toxic airborne particulate matter Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Dr Stephen Greaves, Senior Lecturer in Transport, ITLS-Sydney
Date:Tuesday 19 October 2004
Topic:Development of a framework for roadspace reallocation in relation to transit priority Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Dr Majid Sarvi, ITS-Monash
Abstract:The re-allocation of available roadspace to provide priority for transit is increasing at a rapid rate worldwide. The case for re-allocation of roadspace to transit is clear where service and passenger volumes are substantial. However at lower volumes, the need is less clear since the benefits to transit are small but the impacts on other road traffic large. This work summarises the major elements of a research project aimed at defining a balanced framework for roadspace reallocation in relation to transit priority. The framework aims to clarify the trade-offs required in developing transit priority systems in a range of traffic circumstances and to provide a balanced allocation of road space based on the full range of impacts. In particular, the approach focuses on people travel and not vehicle travel. It utilizes advanced traffic micro-simulation approaches to better understand the on-road operational implications of alternative transit priority measures and develops a social cost benefit analysis framework to comprehensively value the benefits and costs of priority measures to transit and traffic travellers. The impacts on general road congestion and wider environmental, economic and social impacts are considered.
Bio:Dr Majid Sarvi joined Monash University as a lecturer in Transport group in February 2004. Prior to this appointment, he worked for one year as a research fellow at Monash University and Tokyo University. Majid worked as chief researcher of ITLS research group of Social System Research Institute in Tokyo and as a transport analyst with the Hong Kong Transport Department after he graduated from Tokyo University in 2000. . Majids research interests include traffic operations, traffic flow theory, transport modelling and highway operations, public transport, and intelligent transport systems.
Date:Tuesday 5 October 2004
Topic:Evaluating TravelSmart initiatives in both the short and long term Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Professor Peter Stopher, Professor of Transport Planning, ITLS-Sydney
Date:Tuesday 7 September 2004
Topic:Modelling of emergency evacuation of transportation networks Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Professor Essam Radwan, ITLS-Sydney Visiting Professor, Professor and Chair of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, University of Central Florida
Abstract:Emergency situations can require a regional ability to move large numbers of people in a safe and timely manner. A regions evacuation strategy encompasses a variety of areas and needs, many of these interdependent and interrelated. The main objective of this research project is to examine the policies, procedures, and components that affect and are affected by emergency evacuation events. Tasks outlined for this study include: thoroughly review the literature for past studies, identify available transportation evacuation models that are in the public domain, formulate the framework for emergency evacuation, and test the proposed framework on a selected site in the central Florida region. Thorough evaluation of the literature revealed that most emergency evacuation models adopt a loading curve for the transportation network that follows an S curve. Published studies on human behavior lacked the data to support this assumption about the S curve and it appears that there is a need to carryout further investigations on this subject. Further investigation showed that top level optimization algorithms are limited in scope and there is room for improvement to these models. A scoring system may be used to identify areas with highest priority for evacuation. A GIS system supplemented by contour line mapping can be used to identify traffic bottlenecks downstream of an evacuation route. By addressing these problem points first a smoother evacuation process may be developed that will reduce network clearance time. Two separate tools and techniques for evaluating and improving evacuation planning for regions and situations are being assessed. The proposed framework will be tested on the City of Daytona Beach, a major coastal metropolitan area that is subject to a variety of threats, including hurricanes.
Date:Tuesday 17 August 2004
Topic:What you measure is not necessarily what you get! The mediating role of socialization in strategic buyer/supplier relationships
Speaker:Professor Paul Cousins, Chair in Management (Operations Management), CIPS Professor of Strategic Supply Management, Head of Supply Chain, Innovation & Policy Research Group, The Queen's University of Belfast
Abstract:This paper conceptualises and empirically examines the impact of performance measures and socialization mechanisms on the achievement of shared performance outcomes within strategic buyer-supplier relationships. Prior research has pointed to the importance of using performance measures to manage supplier relationships. However, we argue that inter-organizational socialization mechanisms, which establish communication channels and facilitate information sharing, may play an important role in mediating the relationship between performance measures and shared performance outcomes. A structural equation model, using a sample of 142 manufacturing firms based in the United Kingdom, indicates that socialization mechanisms fully mediate the effects of operational-based performance measures on shared performance outcomes. Socialization was not, however, found to be a mediating variable for communication-based performance measures. Managerial implications and future research directions are discussed.
Bio:Paul is Professor of Operations Management, head of the Supply Chain, Innovation & Policy Research Group and Director of Research: Higher Degrees in the School of Management and Economics at The Queen's University of Belfast. His career to date has spanned a range of business sectors from industry (Westland Helicopters & Sikorsky Aircraft), consulting (A.T.Kearney & McKinsey) to academia (University of Bath and The University of Melbourne). It has led him to work in a variety of countries including the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and now Northern Ireland. He has generated over 1.5m in research grants and has conducted research and consultancy work for numerous firms across a range of industrial sectors at national and international level. Paul's main research interests focus on the area of supply management: Strategic Supply Management, Environmental Supply and Inter-Organisational Relationship Management. Paul's research generally combines both a qualitative (case studies and interviews) and quantitative (structural equation modelling, moderated hierarchical regressions and descriptive statistics) approaches to research design and analysis. This is reflected in his published journal papers and books.
Date:Wednesday 14 July 2004 11am
Topic:Airfreight market overview and challenges for intercontinental freighter operators
Topic:Mr Frederic Horst, Lecturer in International Freight Transport, ITLS-Sydney
Abstract:International airfreight remains concentrated around and between major gateways in North and Southeast Asia, North America and Western Europe. All other markets, including Australia, are small in the "grand scheme" of things. Nevertheless, small markets can generate interesting business opportunities for network based freighter operators. This seminar discusses the structure of the worldwide air cargo market, as well as examining some of the critical success factors of profitable intercontinental freighter operations.
Date:Thursday 24 June 2004 2pm
Topic:Markov chain Monte Carlo Methods (MCMC) and the Gibbs sampler for solving Bayesian statistical modelling problems.
Speaker:Dr Simon Washington, Associate Professor of Engineering, University of Arizona
Bio:Dr Simon Washington is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he currently collaborates with five PhD students and teaches courses in Transportation Safety, Research Methods, and Transportation Engineering and Planning. Prior to joining the U of A, he was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Over the past twelve years Dr. Washington has been PI or Co-PI on over $7 million in externally funded research and has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed technical papers. Dr. Washington recently co-authored a textbook titled Statistical & Econometric Methods (Chapman Hall) with Matthew Karlaftis (National Technical University, Athens, Greece) and Fred Mannering (Purdue University). Dr. Washingtons research interests include transportation safety (currently the bulk of funded research), transportation planning (travel behavior, planning process, and vehicular emissions), and transportation/land-use interactions. Dr Washington was born in Kent, England, is married with twin 10 year old daughters, and spends his spare time riding and racing bicycles.
Date:Tuesday 8 June 2004 11am
Topic:Field robotics automation - GPS/INS navigation
Speaker:Professor Eduardo M. Nebot, Australian Centre for Robotics
Bio:My fundamental research concentrates on theoretical issues common to Field Robotics Automation, i.e: autonomous systems, GPS / INS Navigation, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). Most of my research contributions are related to land vehicle navigation. My applied research focus is in the development and deployment of this technology in automation of large machines operating in all terrain environments. The primary objective is to be able to design ultra high integrity navigation and guidance systems for autonomous vehicles to operate in unstructured and unknown environments populated with other autonomous and manned systems.
Date:Tuesday 1 June 2004 11am
Topic:How do respondents handle stated choice experiments? - Information processing strategies under varying information load
Speaker:Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS-Sydney
Abstract:The popularity of stated choice (SC) experiments has spurned a large number of design strategies in which researchers use increasingly more complex choice settings within which to study choice behaviour. When the amount of information provided increases, we often wonder how an individual handles such information in making a choice. Defining the amount of information (or complexity) as the product of the number of attributes and number of alternatives associated with each choice set (or treatment), we investigate how this information is processed as we vary the amount of information. Four ordered heterogeneous logit and mixed logit models are developed, each for a fixedattribute design, in which the dependent variable is the difference between the maximum (fixed) number of attributes in the design and the actual number that were maintained by the respondent in their information processing strategy (IPS). Potential influences are the dimensionality of the SC experiment (i.e. number of levels of each attribute, numerical range of these levels, the number of alternatives, the number of choice sets), the deviation of the design attribute levels from the reference (or overtly experienced) alternative, the use of adding up attributes where this is feasible (e.g. travel time components) and other contextual effects such as the socioeconomics characteristics of the respondent. We have found that individuals adopt a range of coping strategies that are consistent with how we normally process information in real markets. Importantly we should not argue that more information is necessarily undesirable; indeed such information may be necessary to give meaning (i.e. relevancy) to a choice context even if an individual invokes an IPS that involves excluding specific attributes and even aggregating them. Indeed aggregating does not imply that we should provide the aggregated attribute in the design but rather that this information is often useful (it is not ignored), and a respondent prefers to be aware of it and add it up in the processing of the SC experiment. This should not be seen as necessarily cognitive burden indeed limited information may in itself be especially burdensome where it is an incomplete representation of the attribute space that matters to an individual. The evidence suggests that aligning choice complexity with the amount of information to process is misleading. Relevancy is what matters.
Date:Tuesday 18 May 2004 11am
Topic:AUSTRANS The smart people mover for today (PPT)
Speaker:Piers Brogan, Commercialisation Manager, Bishop Austrans
Bio:Piers Brogan is a civil engineer and city and regional planner who has a particular focus in transport planning and infrastructure delivery. Piers first came to Australia in the early 1970s to find Sydneys second airport. Subsequently he was involved as a consultant in many major studies into Sydneys airports including being Director-in-charge of the Long Point and Badgerys Creek EISs in the 90s. Piers has worked on multi-modal transport projects in Europe, The Caribbean, Latin America, The Gulf, Africa, Asia Pacific and Australasia. He founded Australia;s largest boutique transport planning and economics consultancy, Travers Morgan. More recently he was instrumental in rebuilding PPK/Parsons Brinckerhoff to be a first division player in the transport business. Piers has been with Bishop Austrans for a year or so tasked with commercialising the revolutionary Austrans concept.
Abstract:A short video will be played initially which describes the key components of the Austrans system and how it can provide a new 21st century public transport solution to compliment the existing heritage modes. The presentation then illustrates the broad financial attributes of Austrans; the very significant passenger benefits; and itls outstanding environmental credentials. The presentation then focuses on a series of real life case studies where Austrans is compared with a city rail service; a light modern rail application; and a busway or transitway. The comparisons cover financial, passenger benefits and environmental performance. The presentation concludes with a brief discussion of the way forward for Austrans.
Date:Tuesday 4 May 2004 11am
Topic:A Critical Review of Intercity Freight Forecasting Models in the US
Speaker:Professor Alan Horowitz, ITLS-Sydney Visiting Professor, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Abstract:Governmental planning agencies in the United States have begun to recognize the need for better intercity freight forecasting models for developing and managing transportation infrastructure. A recent review of all intercity freight forecasting models by public agencies in the US (performed for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program) revealed a wide variety of approaches and data sources. A dominant paradigm has not emerged. Many of the models are conveniently derived from the methods of passenger travel forecasting and do not necessarily reflect current thinking about carrier or shipper behaviors. Three prevalent styles of intercity freight forecasting in the US are critiqued and future avenues for model improvement are suggested.
Date:Tuesday 27 April 2004 11am
Topic:Induced technical change and climate control policy Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Dr Truong Truong, ITLS-Sydney Visiting Fellow, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of NSW
Abstract:Technological change plays an important role in climate control policies. To constrain climate change, emissions from the usage of fossil fuels must be reduced. This can come about partly from an improvement in energy efficiency but beyond a certain limit, significant reductions in emissions can only be achieved if there are significant shifts away from carbon-based to carbon-free fuels. Such a shift will happen only if there are technological advances in the use of efficient technologies and cleaner fuels. How and when such technological advances can come about depends on the workings of two competing forces. On the one hand, the long term benefit of cleaner activities will encourage more investment towards the development of clean technologies, but on the other hand, the short term costs of stringent climate control policies may discourage such investment. Understanding the relative strengths of these two competing forces is important for the design of optimal climate control policies. In this paper, a model which is used to analyse these two competing effects is described, and the results from an experiment using this model will be discussed.
Date:Monday 22 March 2004 11.30am
Topic:Effect of sample sizes in stated choice experiments for estimating multinomial logit models.
Speaker:Professor Michiel Bliemer, ITLS-Sydney Visiting Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Date:Thursday 26 February 2004 11am
Topic:Dynamic traffic modelling and road pricing on motorway networks Adobe PDF Document
Speaker:Professor Michiel Bliemer, ITLS-Sydney Visiting Professor, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Abstract:Using dynamic traffic assignment models, we are able to forecast travellers' behaviour on networks for long-term planning purposes. These models consist of two main parts, namely a traffic simulator describing the congestion effects and delays, and a route choice (and departure time choice) model. This model framework can also be used to predict effects of dynamic road pricing measures. Using game theory and bi-level optimisation, first-best and second-best road pricing schemes can be analysed and optimised. In the presentation, the components of the developed network model INDY will be described, some specific areas of application will be mentioned, and the road pricing study currently conducted in The Netherlands will be discussed.