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Transport engineering

Multimodal, multidisciplinary, human-centred engineering research

We’re at the forefront of multidisciplinary research, advancing the fundamental knowledge and engineering practice on efficient and equitable transport systems related to transport science, engineering, and policy. 

Transport moves people and goods from one place to another using a variety of modes across different networks. It does this using technology (namely vehicles, energy and infrastructure) and the traveller’s time and effort, while generating undesirable outcomes such as air pollution, noise, congestion, crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

Infrastructure is the traditional preserve of civil engineering, whereas vehicles are anchored in mechanical engineering and services in the domain of business. Transport questions, such as how to reduce or minimise energy consumption, require design thinking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Transport is central to economic activity and to our lives; it enables us to engage in work, attend school, shop for food and other goods, receive deliveries and participate in everyday activities.

By easing access to more destinations, transport can enable people to better meet their personal objectives, but can also entail higher costs, both individually and socially. Furthermore, by changing patterns of access, the network gives shape to the development of land.

Our research

Research and education in transport requires a multidisciplinary perspective, as transport involves the human interaction with technological systems in a far more direct way than other domains within civil engineering.

The strength of our research into transport lies in its multidisciplinary approach; that is, the ability to scientifically tackle what are fundamentally socio-technical problems with a large and growing toolbox of methods and perspectives. 

Our present research includes the areas of transport and infrastructure management, land use, traffic operations, network design, mobility on demand and emerging technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles.

Our academic staff addressing transport issues come from numerous faculties and collaborate within the world-leading Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies