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CSIRO Data61 wins iMOVE award

CSIRO Data61

Congratulations to CSIRO’s Data61 group, winner of the iMOVE-sponsored Excellence in Research & Development Award at the recent ITS Australia National Awards 2020.

Data61 won for its work with Transport for NSW on its Transit Assignment Engine: The Agent-based Simulation Engine Enriched with Disease Spread Model.

‘CSIRO’s Data61 is committed to understanding Australia’s current and future challenges, and by working with Transport for NSW, we are seeking to create new technology-driven solutions that will empower the nation and its industries’, said Senior Research Scientist, Hanna Grzybowska.

‘The Traffic Assignment Engine with a Disease Spread Model is amongst the first in the world that combines a detailed transport simulation with a cutting edge epidemiological modelling. This capability is particularly pertinent to tackle the challenge of safe transit during a pandemic.’

It’s our first time sponsoring this award, and we congratulate not only Data61 for their win, but also the other nominees for their fine work. For a full list of all the award winners, visit ITS Australia National Award Winners Announced. If you missed the event, embedded at that link is the video of the event.

More excellent work

Congratulations also to other iMOVE participants for their nominations at the awards. It’s an honour to be nominated, and we know full well about the fine work these groups and organisations are producing.

They were:

Queensland University of Technology & Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Public Experience: An Australian first This project is part of a suite of projects preparing for the inclusion of connected and automated vehicles on Queensland and Australian roads. This project is the biggest trial of connected vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere, and has taken the important step recently of engaging with 500 members of the public in Ipswich to fit their cars with ITS equipment to take part in an on-road trial of C-ITS.

IAG – Sydney Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Trial (with Tripi, the University of Sydney, and SkedGo). This MaaS trial in Sydney is a real-life deep dive into MaaS viability. It investigates the public’s response to its introduction and customer-fit. As the project has continued through the pandemic, its findings on the affect and influence of COVID-19 will be of great interest

Our third finalist was Shashank Kumar Gupta from the University of Newcastle who has been nominated for the Young Professional award. Shashank is an iMOVE funded PhD student undertaking research in new network architecture and V2X communication algorithms for highways, city and local roads, and interconnected roads. This work will see improvements over conventional cellular communication main for quick delivery of information between network devices, while lightening the load on network resources.

More partners, more nominations

It is pleasing to see how many of iMOVE’s partners were nominated for awards this year. Together they make up a community with formidable innovation capability and it illustrates the breadth of activity in transport R&D in Australia. We are a large interconnected network of enthusiastic professionals who will have a big impact on the movement of people and goods.

I congratulate the following organisations on being finalists:

While recognition through awards is something to be proud of, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our partners for the work they are undertaking through iMOVE.

2020 has been a rollercoaster, but the transport industry has responded dynamically to changing circumstances. And there’s more to come. Bring on 2021!

Author: Ian Christensen

Ian is the Managing Director of iMove CRC. He’s excited by the opportunity presented by the digitisation revolution to address the needs of the transport and mobility sectors, and looks forward to combining his CRC leadership experience with his interests in technology, enthusiasm for national progress, and familiarity with industry.

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