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Disrupting Mobility Summit

The group submitted five abstracts for poster presentations in the Disrupting Mobility Summit: A global summit investigating sustainable futures to be held in November, Cambridge MA. All five were accepted. This summit is an interactive forum for leading executives, government representatives, and academics to discuss sustainable futures of transportation. It will bring together around 350 mobility experts from different continents. The program will tackle current trends in mobility by attracting thought leaders from companies, governments and academia. More details about the summit can be found here.

Here is the list of the posters we will present at the summit:

  1. R. Kutadinata, R. D. Das, C. Duffield, S. Jain, R. Kotagiri, L. Kulik, Z. Navidikashani, M. Rigby, N. Ronald, R. Thompson, M. Wallace, Y. Wang, S. Winter, “Shared, autonomous, connected and electric urban transport.” – the big picture of the Linkage Project
  2. Ronald, R. Thompson, R. Kutadinata, S. Winter, “Optimizing shared on-demand passenger and goods mobility.”
  3. Navidikashani, S. Winter, N. Ronald, R. Kutadinata, “Disruptive effects of demand responsive transport systems on mobility.”
  4. Wang, N. Ronald, R. Kutadinata, S. Winter, “How much is trust: The cost and benefit of ridesharing with friends.”
  5. S. Jain, N. Ronald, R. Thompson, R. Kutadinata, S. Winter, “Exploring susceptibility of shared mobility in urban space.”

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.

CAITR 2015: hosting and more DRT

Shubham Jain will be attending CAITR (Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research) on 12-13 February, hosted by the Melbourne School of Engineering. He will be presenting work-in-progress on his MPhil thesis, focusing on the simulation of demand for demand-responsive transportation.

Mobility and accessibility is a problem for growing cities. To meet this challenge in a sustainable way, taking congestion, fuel consumption, and environmental impacts into consideration, new forms of transport need to be considered. One possible solution is Demand Responsive Transport System (DRTS) which provides flexible point-to-point service on casual requests. It operates at flexible routes and does not have pre-defined schedules. Before deploying a DRTS, we need to simulate the facility and we require to predict travel demand for it. Activity-based micro-simulation models for travel demand explicitly recognise that individuals and households are the actual decision makers, and that travel demand is derived from travellers’ desire to participate in spatially dispersed activities. This research attempts to predict travel demand for DRTS using activity based modeling. This paper presents early research and findings on generating synthetic population of city of Melbourne using PopGen and PopSynWin software and their comparison. Further research would assign travel diaries to synthetic population using Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA) data and predict mode shift to DRTS.

Joann Yang, a research assistant in Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, will also present a literature review on on-demand freight transportation. This is part of another paper in preparation for the upcoming City Logistics conference, which uses the demand-responsive transport simulations developed as part of the iMoD project to explore on-demand, shared passenger/goods travel.

Note that both Russell Thompson and Nicole Ronald are involved in organising CAITR, so will be present as well. We are looking forward to welcoming all the participating students, researchers, and practitioners from around Australia!

iMoD at TRB 2015

Nicole Ronald will be representing the iMoD team at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, to be held next week in Washington, D.C. She will be presenting a paper on simulating demand-responsive transport using an existing fixed-time system in Yarrawonga/Mulwala, Australia and comparing it with a flexible-time system.

If you are interested in talking to Nicole about iMoD, contact her beforehand to set up a meeting time or drop by her lectern session at 8am Wednesday morning.

ITSC 2014, 8-11 October

iMoD is well-represented at this week’s IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems Conference in Qingdao, China.

Rahul Deb Das will present his work on automated detection of mode transfers based on GPS data. A poster by Michael Rigby on visualising pickup locations for ridesharing will also appear. Joint work by Stephan Winter with Iven Mareels (Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering) and IBM Research on personalized (leased) public transportation will also be presented.

Please feel free to contact Rahul or Stephan to organise a meeting about the iMoD project.

CAITR 2014: Intelligent mobility on demand — a review of literature and tools and future directions

Last time Nicole went to UNSW it looked like this (2007).

Last time Nicole went to UNSW it looked like this (2007).

Dr Nicole Ronald will be attending CAITR (Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research) on 17-18 February, hosted by the rCiti group at UNSW. She will be presenting work-in-progress on the iMoD project, focusing on the simulation of demand-responsive transportation and early results.

Urban mobility and accessibility is a problem for growing cities. New ideas are required to increase mobility and access in a sustainable way, taking congestion, fuel consumption, and environmental impacts into consideration.

One possible solution is sharing transport resources, along the lines of bike sharing, car sharing, or ride-sharing, and enhancing the benefits of shared resources by making them demand-responsive. Although these systems are gaining traction internationally, many fail due to poor implementation, planning and marketing. Being able to realistically simulate these systems to evaluate viability and demand before implementation is important.

A team of researchers at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and University of Newcastle is investigating the viability of novel mobility-on-demand systems. This involves estimating the demand for travel, modelling the behaviour of potential users, developing scheduling and matching algorithms, and building simulations to evaluate systems in various urban environments and scenarios.

This presentation will report on early research outcomes and work-in-progress, focusing on a thorough review of the demand-responsive transportation literature and potential simulation approaches.

ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013, 5-8 November

Professor Stephan Winter and Michael Rigby will be attending the 21st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (known in short as ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013) in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Michael will be presenting his work on a client user interface to support centralized ride share planning in the main track of the conference, while Stephan will be presenting a paper undertaken with Dr Nicole Ronald, Dr Russell Thompson, and John Haasz on demand-responsive transportation viability in the 6th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science.