Mobility Design Lab
A uniquely situated group of design researchers working across the mobility landscape.
From personal to public transport, bikes to buses, family cars to autonomous vehicles, Mobility Design Lab (MDL) researchers are experts at designing to better understand how and why we get from place to place. Affiliated with the Monash Institute of Transport Studies, the Mobility Design Lab is focused on how design might improve the physical, environmental and experiential aspects of mobility.
The Mobility Design Lab combines evidence-based research methods and real world solutions with design-led innovations that challenge prevailing orthodoxy. Our research mediates connections between science, government, engineering and user experiences of mobility systems. We engage with user-centred and participatory research techniques to reveal new insights into passenger experiences. We are passionate problem solvers with a strong track record of realising our work made real in the world.
Academic research View
Our research is at the forefront of design-driven, industry-relevant solutions, from the everyday to the complex.
The most authentic experience yet of being a passenger in a fully autonomous vehicle using a combination of real world driving and augmented reality visualisation.
Graduate research View
Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Graduate research degrees are challenged to apply new thinking to interpret – and solve – complex questions. Here are some of the projects they’re currently investigating.
Graduate research opportunities View
From 2025, Victoria will cease purchase of fossil-fuelled buses and to introduce this technology the Victorian Department of Transport is funding Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) trials across the state. Monash is providing research and development capability to one of these trials, led by ComfortDelgroCabcharge (CDC) Victoria. The project sits within a “Living Lab” approach, operating buses in real service, offering a rich setting for this research.
The number and frequency of home delivery services has grown enormously over recent years, accelerated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the ubiquity of digital platforms that serve a wide variety of needs from food takeaway services to goods and services. The design of vehicles and objects to facilitate these needs has largely been iterative rather than considered and so the Mobility Design Lab welcomes research that addresses these issues that underpin safe and reliable delivery services from micro mobility to delivery trucks.
The future of human powered logistics. We invite proposals that use industrial design studio practice to carry out research on cyclelogistics. These may engage with transferring technology from one culture to another or developing new vehicles, or other approaches to this problem.
Improving accessibility to rail station infrastructure for those with physical and cognitive impairmentsHow to apply
Design research that seeks to address improved accessibility to public transport from those who have physical impairment. This project will have shared supervision between the Mobility Design Lab and Monash Institute of Rail Technology.
Design projects that investigate the safe design and use of assistive technology such as; the motorised mobility scooter (MMS) and in particular examines some contradictions and ambiguities associated with this increasingly popular form of mobility. This project will have shared supervision between the Mobility Design Lab and Monash University Accident Research Centre.
Design project seeks to address how pedestrians will navigate safely a road network dominated by Autonomous Vehicles. How will the man machine interface be effective between robot and pedestrians and active transport users?
The role of the bicycle in sustainable transport. Of particular note here are studies that engage with industrial design studio practice to manipulate the intrinsic and socially constructed properties of bicycles to make them are more acceptable transport mode choice in low cycling mode share cultures like Australia.
4 Sep 2019, 6–8pm
Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) researchers work together to undertake vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia and the world.
26 Sep 2022
Monash University is contributing to the effort to reduce carbon and particulate emissions generated from public transport, by partnering with ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) to trial electric buses.
4 Aug 2022