Dr Emily Moylan

PhD 2011 ANU
Lecturer
School of Civil Engineering

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 7547

Website School of Civil Engineering

TransportLab

Transport engineering

Research interests

Transport touches all of our lives, and we often have strong opinions about it based on our experiences - whether of frustration with traffic jams or crowded buses or of satisfaction with reliable train timetables. Dr Emily Moylan has shifted her research focus from astronomy to transport, bringing with it a love of big-data analysis and a desire to apply it to complex problems that matter to real people.

"Understanding the reliability and the variability of any system is essential to properly assessing, and then improving, its performance.

"I'm interested in the ways in which we can measure, model and value the variability that exists throughout our transport system - including variability in travel time, crowding, and commuter behaviour. In order to do this I create tools that turn large datasets into information about the overall performance of the transport system. My aim is to contribute to a future transport system that is more efficient, more responsive to emerging technologies, and more resilient to climate change.

"My work involves exploring and analysing big data sets from all sorts of sources, including transit smartcards, mobile phones and fixed road infrastructure as well as online surveys or face-to-face interviews.

"This work forms a foundation for improving future decisions about, for example, whether and where to build additional infrastructure such as turning lanes, bus lanes or clearways.

"Importantly, decisions such as these ought to be based not just on increased volumes or speeds of traffic, but also on the changes in reliability experienced by travellers. My research is a step towards that goal.

"I've done research using data sets specific to cars, or specific to public transport, but a truly integrated transport system needs multimodal metrics for measuring overall performance. Methods of fusing these data sources is a key area for my research.

"I discovered my love of data during my PhD in observational astronomy. I was drawn to transport because I could use my analytical skills while working on complex, multidisciplinary problems that directly affect all of us."

FOR Codes

  • 090507 Transport Engineering

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Moylan, E., Sarkar, S. (2019). Defining urban centres using alternative data sets. Transport Findings, 8166-1(8166-8). [More Information]
  • Siripanich, A., Rashidi, T., Moylan, E. (2019). Interaction of Public Transport Accessibility and Residential Property Values Using Smart Card Data. Sustainability, 11(9), 2709-1-2709-24. [More Information]
  • Moylan, E., Chand, S., Waller, S. (2018). Framework for Estimating the Impact of Camera-Based Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Technology on Incident Duration. Transportation Research Record, 2672 (19), 25-33. [More Information]
  • Chakraborty, S., Rey, D., Moylan, E., Waller, S. (2018). Link Transmission Model-Based Linear Programming Formulation for Network Design. [In Press]. Transportation Research Record. [More Information]
  • Pulsoni, C., Gerhard, O., Arnaboldi, M., Coccato, L., Longobardi, A., Napolitano, N., Moylan, E., Narayan, C., Gupta, V., et al (2018). The extended Planetary Nebula Spectrograph (ePN.S) early-type galaxy survey: The kinematic diversity of stellar halos and the relation between halo transition scale and stellar mass. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 618, 1-50. [More Information]
  • Moylan, E., Rashidi, T. (2017). Latent-segmentation, hazard-based models of travel time. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 18(8), 2174-2180. [More Information]
  • Moylan, E., Foti, F., Skabardonis, A. (2016). Observed and simulated traffic impacts from the 2013 Bay Area Rapid Transit strike. Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(2), 162-179. [More Information]
  • Moylan, E., Schabas, M., Deakin, E. (2014). Residential permit parking better off without it? Transportation Research Record, 2469, 23-31. [More Information]
  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Freeman, K., Arnaboldi, M., Gerhard, O. (2012). Planetary nebula kinematics in NGC 1316: A young Sombrero. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 539. [More Information]
  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Arnaboldi, M., Freeman, K., Gerhard, O., Coccato, L., Das, P. (2010). Counter-dispersed slitless-spectroscopy technique: planetary nebula velocities in the halo of NGC 1399. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 518(A44), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Long, K., Blair, W., Winkler, P., Becker, R., Gaetz, T., Ghavamian, P., Helfand, D., Hughes, J., Kirshner, R., Kuntz, K., et al (2010). The chandra acis survey of M33: X-ray, optical, and radio properties of the supernova remnants. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 187(2), 495-559. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Chand, S., Moylan, E., Waller, S., Dixit, V. (2018). Factors Affecting Vehicle Breakdown Frequency: A Macrolevel Model of Breakdowns in New South Wales, Australia. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting 2018, Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Wijayaratna, K., Kumsiashvili, N., Jian, S., Dixit, V., Waller, S. (2018). Issues related to combining link-level measurements for estimating journey time reliability [In Press]. 7th International Symposium on Transport Network Reliability.
  • Moylan, E., Rashidi, T. (2016). Modelling Congestion and Travel Time with Hazard-Based Duration Analysis. 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC: OmniPress.
  • Moylan, E., Rey, D., Waller, S. (2015). Geometric Congestion Detection Algorithms in the Speed-Flow and Flow-Density Spaces. 18th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2015), Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Moylan, E. (2015). Performance of Reliability Metrics on Empirical Travel Time Distributions. Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, USA: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Skabardonis, A. (2015). Reliability- and Median-Based Identification of Toll Locations in a Connected Vehicle Context. Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, USA: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Gardner, B., Dixit, V. (2015). Validation of Link Proportionality Assumptions Accounting for Day-to-day Variability. 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability.
  • Moylan, E., Clonts, K., Wang, D., O'Connor, S., Lounsbury, D. (2013). Public Perceptions of Bus Rapid Transit in the San Francisco Bay Area. 13th World Conference on Transport Research WCTR 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: World Conference on Transport Research Society.
  • Lem, L., Chami, R., Moylan, E. (2013). The Public Transportation and Land Use Multiplier in the Los Angeles region. 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB 2013), Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board.
  • Das, P., Gerhard, O., de Lorenzi, F., McNeil-Moylan, E., Churazov, E., Coccato, L. (2010). The Outer Haloes of Massive, Elliptical Galaxies. 27th International Astronomical Union General Assembly, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Arnaboldi, M., Gerhard, O., Freeman, K., Das, P., Coccato, L. (2010). The Planetary Nebulae and Dynamics of NGC 1399. 27th International Astronomical Union General Assembly, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2019

  • Moylan, E., Sarkar, S. (2019). Defining urban centres using alternative data sets. Transport Findings, 8166-1(8166-8). [More Information]
  • Siripanich, A., Rashidi, T., Moylan, E. (2019). Interaction of Public Transport Accessibility and Residential Property Values Using Smart Card Data. Sustainability, 11(9), 2709-1-2709-24. [More Information]

2018

  • Chand, S., Moylan, E., Waller, S., Dixit, V. (2018). Factors Affecting Vehicle Breakdown Frequency: A Macrolevel Model of Breakdowns in New South Wales, Australia. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting 2018, Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Chand, S., Waller, S. (2018). Framework for Estimating the Impact of Camera-Based Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Technology on Incident Duration. Transportation Research Record, 2672 (19), 25-33. [More Information]
  • Moylan, E., Wijayaratna, K., Kumsiashvili, N., Jian, S., Dixit, V., Waller, S. (2018). Issues related to combining link-level measurements for estimating journey time reliability [In Press]. 7th International Symposium on Transport Network Reliability.
  • Chakraborty, S., Rey, D., Moylan, E., Waller, S. (2018). Link Transmission Model-Based Linear Programming Formulation for Network Design. [In Press]. Transportation Research Record. [More Information]
  • Pulsoni, C., Gerhard, O., Arnaboldi, M., Coccato, L., Longobardi, A., Napolitano, N., Moylan, E., Narayan, C., Gupta, V., et al (2018). The extended Planetary Nebula Spectrograph (ePN.S) early-type galaxy survey: The kinematic diversity of stellar halos and the relation between halo transition scale and stellar mass. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 618, 1-50. [More Information]

2017

  • Moylan, E., Rashidi, T. (2017). Latent-segmentation, hazard-based models of travel time. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 18(8), 2174-2180. [More Information]

2016

  • Moylan, E., Rashidi, T. (2016). Modelling Congestion and Travel Time with Hazard-Based Duration Analysis. 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC: OmniPress.
  • Moylan, E., Foti, F., Skabardonis, A. (2016). Observed and simulated traffic impacts from the 2013 Bay Area Rapid Transit strike. Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(2), 162-179. [More Information]

2015

  • Moylan, E., Rey, D., Waller, S. (2015). Geometric Congestion Detection Algorithms in the Speed-Flow and Flow-Density Spaces. 18th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2015), Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). [More Information]
  • Moylan, E. (2015). Performance of Reliability Metrics on Empirical Travel Time Distributions. Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, USA: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Skabardonis, A. (2015). Reliability- and Median-Based Identification of Toll Locations in a Connected Vehicle Context. Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, USA: Transportation Research Board Publications (TRB).
  • Moylan, E., Gardner, B., Dixit, V. (2015). Validation of Link Proportionality Assumptions Accounting for Day-to-day Variability. 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability.

2014

  • Moylan, E., Schabas, M., Deakin, E. (2014). Residential permit parking better off without it? Transportation Research Record, 2469, 23-31. [More Information]

2013

  • Moylan, E., Clonts, K., Wang, D., O'Connor, S., Lounsbury, D. (2013). Public Perceptions of Bus Rapid Transit in the San Francisco Bay Area. 13th World Conference on Transport Research WCTR 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: World Conference on Transport Research Society.
  • Lem, L., Chami, R., Moylan, E. (2013). The Public Transportation and Land Use Multiplier in the Los Angeles region. 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB 2013), Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board.

2012

  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Freeman, K., Arnaboldi, M., Gerhard, O. (2012). Planetary nebula kinematics in NGC 1316: A young Sombrero. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 539. [More Information]

2010

  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Arnaboldi, M., Freeman, K., Gerhard, O., Coccato, L., Das, P. (2010). Counter-dispersed slitless-spectroscopy technique: planetary nebula velocities in the halo of NGC 1399. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 518(A44), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Long, K., Blair, W., Winkler, P., Becker, R., Gaetz, T., Ghavamian, P., Helfand, D., Hughes, J., Kirshner, R., Kuntz, K., et al (2010). The chandra acis survey of M33: X-ray, optical, and radio properties of the supernova remnants. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 187(2), 495-559. [More Information]
  • Das, P., Gerhard, O., de Lorenzi, F., McNeil-Moylan, E., Churazov, E., Coccato, L. (2010). The Outer Haloes of Massive, Elliptical Galaxies. 27th International Astronomical Union General Assembly, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • McNeil-Moylan, E., Arnaboldi, M., Gerhard, O., Freeman, K., Das, P., Coccato, L. (2010). The Planetary Nebulae and Dynamics of NGC 1399. 27th International Astronomical Union General Assembly, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

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