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.
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.
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
Opportunities exist to join the Mobility Design Lab PhD cohort. Refer to the links below for information on how to apply.
Develop designs for new bicycle vehicles following an in-depth investigation into the requirements of bicycle vehicles to play a strong role in the future of sustainable mobility in India and/or Australia.
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.
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.
Improving accessibility to rail station infrastructure for those with physical and cognitive impairments
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 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 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.
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.
Under COVID-19 lockdowns, bike sales have been booming. Quiet streets and more time at home have opened a new opportunity for bicycles in our otherwise car-dominated culture. In our recent analysis, my colleagues and I looked at the bikes people ride for transport, and we found more than half of them aren’t well equipped for this purpose.
15 Oct 2020
Public transport is essential because it's by far the most spatially efficient way to move large numbers of people about the city. However, the notion of sharing confined public spaces for potentially extended periods of time will play heavily on the minds of a public learning to maintain physical distance.
3 Jun 2020
4 Sep 2019, 6–8pm