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Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Lecturer in Intelligent Transport and Logistics Systems

Room 1322
C13 - St James Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9114 1846
Fax: +61 2 9114 1863

Chris Skinner is a Lecturer in Intelligent Transport and Logistic Systems at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, as well as Principal of DISplay Pty Ltd a consulting company that works closely with Transport and Logistics companies in Australia. In 2005 and 2006 Chris developed the new unit of study TPTM6224 Intelligent Transport and Logistic Systems, which was successfully delivered in first semester 2006 and again in first semester 2007 and 2008. Student feedback was positive with encouragement to include more case studies in logistics.

In January 2007 Chris delivered a two-day seminar on Intelligent Logistic Systems to a visiting group of logistics managers from the Aluminium Corporation of China (CHALCO) and arranged for site visits to the Star Track Express sortation centre and a major retail distribution centre in western Sydney. Company planning and management for system development was a feature of the visits.

Chris has been involved in the analysis, design and implementation of intelligent transport systems [ITS] since the beginning of 1992. This started with four years with Philips Electronics Australia in association with Hughes Electronics of California and was later continued for more than five years with the Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales, and more recently with the Australian Road Research Board and the Queensland Department of Main Roads investigating the application of wireless communications between vehicles and roadside infrastructure for enhanced road safety and efficiency. Chris has also worked as contract project manager in retail supply chain systems integration for a major Australian grocery chain.

Chris has formed a strong working liaison with Australian national research organisations CSIRO and NICTA in the areas of software and systems engineering, with emphasis on application to transport and logistics. Work in defence, aerospace and telecommunications industries followed a distinguished career in the Australian Navy as major project director and combat systems engineering specialist at sea and in shore appointments in Australia and USA.

For over 25 years, Chris has been active in professional organisations including Engineers Australia [EA], the Australian Computer Society and within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] he is a member of the technical societies for computers, communications and intelligent transport systems. Chris is the Acting Editor of Transport Engineering in Australia [TEA] published by EA. Chris is an active member of ITS standards committees at both the Australian national and international levels covering transport information and control systems and supply chain automation. Chris has made several submissions to government on transport and technology issues and has presented at three ITS world congresses, most recently at Nagoya in 2004. From 2003 to 2005 Chris was the chairperson of the National ITS Architecture Working Group.

In November 2007 Chris wrote a feature article for the international journal Thinking Highways on his vision for ITS development over the next decade Over the last two years Chris has been engaged as expert consultant to the Australian Roads Research Board for AustRoads and then to the Queensland University of Technology for the Cooperative Research Centre for Automotive Technology [AutoCRC] on the subject of Dedicated Short Range Wireless Communications for Road Safety and Traveller Information.

During second semester 2008 Chris has been engaged to review software and systems development processes for a world's first freight train automation project.

In his lectures Chris emphasises the practical development and implementation of investment business cases for transport and logistic systems. The emphasis is on preparing students for their management roles that include service and product innovation involving introduction of new technology within constraints of resources, risk and safety.

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