ITS Australia award winners announced
Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry came together last week in Adelaide to celebrate the tenth year of the ITS Australia National Awards. The Awards recognise the outstanding projects and people that have significantly advanced Australian transport technology throughout the year.
Recognising professional ITS expertise and excellence, the awards raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to Australian people, cities and communities, the economy, environment, and transportation.
Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President, said: “Once again, our awards nominees and winners demonstrate the excellence and innovation that makes our industry a world leader.”
“ITS Australia is making progress that is equal to, if not surpassing, that of our overseas counterparts. We are internationally recognised as world-leading, and bring together industry, government, multinational corporations, start-ups, and research organisations to help shape future transport.”
“The ITS Australia National Awards are a great opportunity to reflect on the innovative nature of Australian technology development and we congratulate the winners, and all the nominees, in 2019.”
The keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was Matt Cowdrey OAM MP, who delivered a speech on behalf of Stephan Knoll MP, South Australia’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government.
This year’s recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is Brian Smith. Brian is a leader in the advancement of Australian navigation technology. In 1995 he played a major role in developing the first digital navigation map available in Australia. Then in 2000, Brian played another key role in the transition of the White and Yellow Pages to online electronic directories, which changed the way we access location-based content today.
The 2019 Young Professional Award winner is Yale Zhuxiao Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School. Mr Wong said: “This win has been a huge honour and very much testament to the support and guidance of my supervisors and peers at ITLS.”
“My involvement with the association has brought immense learnings and professional development opportunities. I especially thank ITS Australia for its support and belief in young people.”
As part of the Award, ITS Australia will sponsor Yale to attend the 17th ITS Asia Pacific Forum, which will be held in Brisbane next May. The event will bring an expected cohort of 1,500 industry professionals from across the Asia Pacific region to Queensland and Yale will join his peers to participate in a robust program of conference sessions, technical tours, and demonstrations.
ITS Australia also recognised the ITS Young Professional runners up, Anthony Leducq, Senior Solutions Architect, Cubic Transportation Systems; Daniel Gunek, Network Intelligence and Asset Reliability Engineer, DM Roads; Mitchell Price, Regional Director of Government Strategy & Policy – Asia Pacific, Lime; Patrick Busby, ITS Engineer, Transurban; Sepehr Ghasemi Dehkordi, Research Associate – Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology; and Tegan Ross, Undergraduate Engineer, Aurecon. ITS Australia commends all of the nominees for their demonstrated dedication to the industry and their passion for their chosen fields.
This year, the Automated Vehicle Award resulted in a tie. The award was shared by Busways for BusBot – An On-Demand, Shared Automated Vehicle Pilot for Regional Public Transport, the first Australian study of driverless buses in regional communities, and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for the Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (ZOE2) which delivered a prototype Level 4 Cooperative and Automated Vehicle (CAV) known as ZOE2 and was undertaken to overcome barriers to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles to Australia.
Byron Rowe, Managing Director of Busways, said: “It’s fantastic to receive the Automated Vehicle Award.”
“These AV trials are important in finding future transport solutions that meet mobility needs in regional areas. With the BusBot Trial, we’re one step closer to determining what these solutions could entail. Congratulations to our team for such a successful trial of BusBot so far and to the nominees in this category.”
The 2019 Government Award winner was the Department of Transport Victoria for Cross Boundary Incident Management through Multi-Party Managed Motorway Control System Centre-To-Centre (C2C) Interface, an integrated network management approach which allows the State and Private Road Operator to implement or further enhance the interface between control systems to include or expand device type control and automation of system responses.
The Industry Award was presented to Uber Australia for their Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Innovation in Partnership with Transport for NSW. This year Uber launched two products in Sydney that will significantly impact public transport networks: FerryConnect provides an affordable, flat-fare Uber Pool between the Manly ferry wharf and surrounding suburbs; and Journey Planning integrates Sydney’s public transport into the Uber app, allowing Uber users to plan and map their trip, as well as compare the cost and duration of public transport with Uber product in real-time. Sydney is the fourth city in the world to gain access to this technology.
The Research Award was won by Monash University for VRAV: Augmented On-Road Driving Simulator for Autonomous Vehicles Using Virtual Reality. The winning team at Monash University has developed a Virtual Reality Autonomous Vehicle (VRAV) that enables on-road testing of autonomous vehicles, offering a potential means to test drivers’ responses to unsafe driving conditions.