Cities and Transport

Project | Developing smart parking app requirements with personas

HumaniSE Lab

We are exploring human-centric smart city development approaches. One case study is the development of smart parking apps.  We are using personas to identify a range of parking app users, informed by review mining and other techniques. We are using these personas to help develop and refine requirements and to evaluate designs and prototypes from a range of human-centric perspectives.

HumaniSE Project Lead:  Dr. Jen McIntosh

Investigators: Devi Karolita (PhD student), Dr. Humphrey Obie, Dr. Tanjila Kanij, Prof. John Grundy

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HumaniSE Lab

Research | Handbook of Public Transport Research

Read: Handbook of Public Transport Research

Providing a comprehensive overview and analysis of the latest research in the growing field of public transport studies, the Handbook of Public Transport Research looks at the impact of urbanisation and the growth of mega-cities on public transport. Chapters examine the significant challenges facing the field that require new and original solutions, including congestion and environmental relief, and the social equity objectives that justify public transport in cities.

Edited by Graham Currie, Professor of Public Transport, Public Transport Research Group, Institute of Transport Studies, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Australia

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Listen: Researching Transit

Most humans now live in growing cities where increasing traffic congestion risks liveability, the environment and economic productivity. Public transport is now widely seen a solution for mega-city growth due to its social, economic and mass travel efficiency.

Researching Transit introduces listeners to the latest thinking in global public transit research. It aims to engage the industry, researchers and the wider community in shared learnings about the latest innovations in public transport research providing a platform for research communication. Professor Graham Currie and Laura Aston talk to some of the world's leading researchers in a podcast series brought to you by the Monash University Public Transport Research Group.

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Public Transport Governance – Episode 34

Published: October 2021

In this episode of the podcast Associate Professor Veeneman and Professor Currie discuss how a good starting point in designing a governance system for a public transport network is to first understand the context and local culture.

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Project | Live, Drive, Ride, Like a Local

Live, Drive, Ride Like a Local features the stories of ten local leaders from the Alpine Region, who share their fears and their solutions for greater harmony on the road.

Based on research evidence, this awareness raising campaign seeks to re-humanise cyclists, a particularly vulnerable and sometimes marginalised group of road users.

By pointing out the importance of a wave or a nod hello to let other road users know you’ve seen them, Live, Drive, Ride like a local centres on the need for acknowledgement and visibility not only on the road, but also in the community.

An Amy Gillett Foundation initiative. Funded by a TAC Community Road Safety Grant, Alpine Shire Council and donations to the Amy Gillett Foundation. Conducted in collaboration with Monash University, RMIT University and creative agency DGB.

Live, Drive, Ride, Like a Local Project Team:  Dr Marilyn Johnson, Institute of Transport Studies, in the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University; Dr Vanessa Johnston, College of Business and Law, RMIT; Dr Robbie Napper, Deputy Director of the Mobility Design Lab, Department of Design, Monash University.

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Research | Safety, Design and Law: A New Interdisciplinary Approach to Bicycle Rider Road Safety

This chapter demonstrates a novel problem-solving approach to study the interaction at an intersection between a driver (turning left) and a cyclist (continuing straight ahead). In order to develop solutions to the problem of left turn confusion and conflict, the research team hypothesised that a design approach could bring these fields together. The overarching method is the implementation of convivial design techniques to bring together safety science, legal investigation of road rules, and design. Three specific design techniques were used. First, two-dimensional drawing was tested by the research team. Next, two-dimensional drawings and photographs of key intersection types were combined with three-dimensional scale modelling using LEGO® elements in facilitated discussions with road safety practitioners and experts. The third technique brought road rule considerations to the foreground by encouraging road rule annotation on two-dimensional drawings.

Research Team: Dr Marilyn Johnson, Institute of Transport Studies, in the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University; Dr Vanessa Johnston, College of Business and Law, RMIT; Dr Robbie Napper, Deputy Director of the Mobility Design Lab, Department of Design, Monash University.

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Project | Personalised Public Transportation in Melbourne

Urban congestion costs in excess of $16b in 2015, and worsens annually with increasing city populations. Public transport reduces congestion, but very often makes journey times unacceptably long. This project introduces personalised public transport, to reduce journey times and meet the preferences of travellers. The new technology, based on coordinated scheduling and routing, aims to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, improve travel time predictability, and minimise pollution. Combined with automated vehicles, it will revolutionise urban transport.

Project Team:  Professor Mark Wallace, Department of Data Science & AI, Faculty of IT, Monash University; Dr Daniel Harabor, Department of Data Science & AI, Faculty of IT, Monash University; Dr Arthur Mahéo, Research Fellow, Faculty of IT, Monash University; Associate Professor Irene Moser, School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology; Dr Nicole Ronald, School of Software and Electrical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology; Afzaal Hassan, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology.

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Mobility Design Lab

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.

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Public Transport Research Group

The Public Transport Research Group is the name for researchers at Monash University who are engaged in research on public transport systems.  Research interests of the group are cross disciplinary and varied but loosely focus on research associated with public transport and strategic planning, travel demand management, travel behaviour, transit safety, transport economics, land use and transit, travel modelling, operations modelling and planning for major special events.

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