Australian ITS grandee Sweatman honoured
One of the world’s leading experts in Intelligent Transport Systems has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by ITS (UK)’s friends ITS Australia.
Dr Peter Sweatman of the University of Melbourne has been recognised for his leading role in the advancement of transport technology. Throughout his 30-year career, he has driven global innovation in transportation research and the application of R&D. He has emerged as an authoritative and respected international voice on connected and automated vehicles, safety, ITS, transportation research and education, and freight technology and policy.
Dr Sweatman’s career has traversed Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States. In the United States he was a cofounding principal of CAVita LLC—a connected and automated vehicle ecosystem partner for government, industry and academia—which gave him broad experience in transport system R&D in the U.S. He is also the former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) (2004 – 2015), and the founder and former director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) (2013 – 2016). MTC opened the unique test facility Mcity in July 2015 and has set the bar for safe, off-roadway testing of automated vehicles.
“Smart vehicles and infrastructure are not enough – we need a mobility system with a soul,” said Dr Sweatman. “I’ve had the privilege to contribute to the current virtuous ITS cycle in the United States and Australia, on the back of pioneers like Max Lay.”
“For three decades, Peter has been a great Australian ambassador for the ITS industry”, added ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach. “He has dedicated his professional career to advancing transportation research and innovation around the globe and, in doing so, has become widely recognised as a leader in our industry, particularly in connected and automated vehicles. Peter is a most deserving recipient of the Max Lay Award. I congratulate him on behalf of ITS Australia.”
“What has always struck me about Peter is his commitment to international knowledge sharing,” commented ITS (UK) Communications Manager Paul Hutton. “I first met him at the ITS Australia Summit in Sydney back in 2013 and was struck at not only how much he wanted to share details of the work he was doing in Michigan at the time, but also to find out what was happening here in the UK. Every time I’ve chatted to him since, I’ve not only learned a great deal but also been put on the spot to try to share some details of what British technology is being introduced – always a tough job for a jobbing journalist when talking to someone who’s forgotten more than you’ve ever known!”
The Max Lay Award is named in honour of Dr Maxwell Lay (AM), an Australian pioneer and ITS researcher, engineer, project implementer and passionate advocate for the advancement of ITS.