Monthly Archives: June 2015

Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transport workshop

This workshop was held on 25 June 2015, bringing together experts from universities in Victoria (University of Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, Swinburne, and La Trobe) and IBM research; sponsored by CCI, MNSI, and MSSI. We discussed the potential of IT for providing smart forms of transport in Victoria in the future (“Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transport”). These experts from various fields (including real-time data mining, machine learning, multi-modal travel planning, behavioural study) agreed to work on an initiative on smart connected transport in Victoria. If you/your organisation would like to join this discussion, please contact us.

Personalizing Public Transportation

A. Vishwanath, H.-S. Gan, S. Kalyanaraman, S. Winter, I. Mareels, “Personalizing Public Transportation”, in IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, accepted 22 June 2015.

This paper explores a new vision for urban and suburban transportation, termed Personalised Public Transportation, which builds upon recent trends in vehicle sharing, electric vehicles, mobile payments and cloud computing. The goal is to build on the best of the worlds of private and public transportation. Private transportation offers ownership, comfort and convenience, but is higher cost, and subject to externalities (traffic jams, pollution, etc.). Public transportation is efficient, cheaper and has lower energy/carbon footprint, but has a last-mile problem (access) and low spatio-temporal coverage in suburbia. We envisage a future model of leasing public transportation via a service similar to cell-phone services, where the user pays for convenience and sharing of a network. We describe the key design features inherent to this mobility model. The vehicular platform allows the entire fleet to be operated and managed via a cloud computing service in order to maximise convenience and minimise cost. An optimisation formulation to quantify the benefits of Personalised Public Transportation shows that it is a promising approach for transforming future generations of transportation into sustainable ecosystems.

This paper is available from one of the authors.

CCI kick-off workshop 25 June

One of the workshops held to kick-start the CCI project, to be held on Thursday 25 June 2015 in the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. This workshop is used as a brainstorming session to identify issues and research challenges associated with creating sustainable urban mobility schemes.