Why speed limits are SO old-school!!

18 June 2010

Have you ever driven down a road and wondered where the speed limit comes from? How come the speed limit is the same during peak hour traffic when it is raining as it is Sunday morning when you are alone on the road and the sun is shining? The truth is, there has been no other way of keeping accidents at "reasonable" levels whatever that may be.

The world is rapidly being enriched with the introduction of computers and road traffic systems are no different. Up until now, vehicles have been instrumented with sensors and control systems to help drivers avoiding accidents and even though these are great advances, the thinking has been very traditional.

Things are about to change. When vehicles become networked we can break with tradition and dare to be visionary. We will enter a new era of transportation where we have much better understanding of our surroundings and can adapt to make our roads safer and more efficient.

Associate Professor Landfeldt started his studies at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. After receiving a BSc equiv, he continued studying at The University of New South Wales where he received his PhD in year 2000. In parallel with his studies in Sweden he was running a mobile computing consultancy company and after his studies he joined Ericsson Research in Stockholm as a Senior Researcher where he worked on mobility management and QoS issues. In November 2001, Dr. Landfeldt took up a position as a CISCO Senior lecturer in Internet Technologies at the University of Sydney with the Schools of Electrical and Information Engineering and the School of Information Technologies. Dr. Landfeldt has been awarded 8 patents in the US and globally. He has published more than 50 publications in international books, journals and conferences and been awarded many competitive grants such as ARC discovery and linkage grants. Dr. Landfeldt is also a research associate of National ICT Australia (NICTA). Currently, he is serving on the editorial boards of international journals and as a program committee member of many international conferences and is supervising 8 PhD students. Dr. Landfeldt's research interests include wireless systems,systems modeling,mobility management, QoS and service provisioning.