TransportLab

The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney

TransportLab is a new interdisciplinary research group at the University of Sydney, a top 10 research program in transport science and technology globally, and number 1 in Australia. TransportLab aims to find solutions to transport problems independent of domain. Members of the group come from the Faculties of Architecture, Design, and Planning and Engineering. Our research themes are: Access, Connect, Control, Design, Rely, Sustain.

Current areas of research interest include:

System Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles

The emergence of autonomous vehicles has wide-ranging impacts on the transport system. Our researchers are looking at performance dependencies in the transport system as these technologies reach saturation. [Access, Connect, Control, Design, Rely, Sustain].

Transport and Land Use Interactions

Transport and land use systems are connected through the concept of accessibility: transport networks provide access to activities. Our researchers use econometrics, spatial analytics, and complex systems approaches to study this connection. [Access, Connect, Design, Sustain].

Transport System Performance Measures

Increasing availability of data and a refocusing on the customer have led to new approaches to transport system performance measurement. Our researchers leverage new data sources and econometric approaches to benchmark status quo performance and model interventions. [Access, ConnectRely, Sustain]. Key projects include:

  • Integrated performance measures for a multimodal transport system
  • Tools for modelling journey-time reliability benefits
  • Lags in access to key urban infrastructure

Traffic Operations and Control

Traffic operations are essential for managing congestion and supporting economic productivity. Building on control theory, traffic flow theory and empirical approaches, our researchers contribute to theoretical and practical traffic operations.  [Control, Rely].

Network and Spatial Inequalities

Technological phase changes in transport systems cause shifts of accessibility patterns in cities. With new changes to transport networks, there are winners and losers, and people reshape their transport behaviors in response. Our researchers develop new metrics and theory to measure network and spatial inequalities that arise in urban systems, and how these impact efficiency, performance, and spatial justice. [Access, Connect, Design, Sustain].