The annual Symposium provides a platform for transport research students, academics, and practitioners to discuss relevant topics in transport. Research students and postdocs will have the opportunity to showcase their research and attendees will have the opportunity to meet transport students, academics, and practitioners in an informal setting.

The third TRANSW Symposium was held online on 17, 18 and 19 November 2020. 


Virtual Symposium Program 2020



Day 1 – Tuesday 17 November


12:00 – 12:15




12:15 – 12:45

Session 1


Automated vehicles and their impacts



Chair: Evan Walker

Director Smart Innovation Centre, Customer Strategy & Technology, TfNSW


Self-driving lanes for a seamless transition to future mobility – Shantanu Chakraborty (UNSW)


Decentralised autonomous fleet dispatch strategy – Linji Chen (USYD)


The environmental impact of autonomous vehicles – Abdulrahman Alhariqi (UNSW)


Will the future of travel be automated or active? Qualitative findings from Australia and the Netherlands – Tony Arnold (USYD)

Session 2

Transport planning: learning from the past to define smart future cities


Chair: Erik Heller

Partner, Consulting, EY 




Smart city applications in land use and transport

Teck Kean Chin (USYD)


Value of narrative frameworks in active transport planning – Miguel Loyola (USYD)


Sydney’s transit access: 1925 – 2020 – Hema Rayaprolu (USYD)


Aviation sustainability in Australia – Alicja Gajewska (USYD)

Session 3

Network design and analysis



Chair: Matt Faber

Director, Niobe Consulting




Network econometrics and the evolution of transport systems – Bahman Lahoorpoor (USYD)


Ferry network design problem: spanning tree analysis couple with demand estimation – Kam Fung Cheung (USYD)


Transport network resilience analysis using crowd-sourced data – Tingting Zhang (UNSW)



12:45 – 1:00




Day 2 – Wednesday 18 November


12:00 – 12:45

Session 1


City logistics






Chair: Matthew McKibbin

Head of Sydney Planning, Greater Sydney


Autonomous mobile lockers in parcel distribution – Jun Li (USYD)


Co-modality for freight delivery in congested urban environments – Shengda Zhu (USYD)



A game theoretical analysis of metro-integrated city logistics systems – Mingyou Ma (UNSW)


Evaluating the vulnerability of urban railway network infrastructure by analysing railway accident reports – Wei-Ting Hong (USYD)


A hybrid drone-truck delivery system for grocery products – Hamidreza Ensafian (USYD)

Session 2

Network modelling: diseases, machine learning and mathematics – how they all can solve transport problems?


Chair: Simon Kinnear

Director, Transport Modellers Alliance (TMA)


Modelling impact of traffic disruptions by using machine learning methods – Artur Grigorev (UTS)


Improving forecasting of intersection delays in macroscopic transport models – Xiaolin Gong (USYD)


Modelling congestion propagation as a spreading phenomenonMudabber Ashfaq (UNSW)



A path-based credit model for urban congestion management – Mingye Luan (UNSW)




Footpath network model – Tanapon Lilasathapornkit (UNSW)

Session 3







Chair: Simon Young

General Manager, IoT – Energy & Transportation, CISCO


How to improve trust and collaboration among stakeholders in a MaaS eco-system – Thiranjaya Kandanaarachchi (USYD)


Incentive-compatible mechanisms for continuous resource allocation in mobility-as-a-service: pay-as-you-go and pay-as-a-package – Haoning Xi (UNSW)


Consumer preferences in public transport ecosystems – James Bushell (USYD)


Unlocking public procurement as a tool for place-based industry strategy – Christopher Day (USYD)


The ownership of mobility service in MaaS by applying the fabric blockchain framework – Shuangqing Gong (UNSW)



12:45 – 1:00




Day 3 – Thursday 19 November


12:00 – 12:45

Session 1


Travel demand analysis






Chair: Adam Berry

Executive Director Customer Journey Planning, Greater Sydney, TfNSW


Towards a reliable understanding of travel time unreliability – Muhammad Fayyaz (USYD)


Ensemble forecasting in transport – Hao Wu (USYD)



A paradigm shift toward an activity-based structure for Sydney area – Farshid Safari (UNSW)



Knowledge adaption for demand prediction based on multi-task memory neural network – Can Li (UNSW)

Session 2

Congestion management and pricing





Chair: Matthew Jones

Associate Director Evaluation & Economic Advisory, Corporate Services, TfNSW


Temporal capacity allocation and tolling schemes for morning commute with carpooling – Bangyang Wei (UNSW)


Joint routing and pricing control in the mixed equilibrium simulation-based dynamic assignment – Mohammadhadi Mansourianfar (UNSW)


Dynamic pricing strategies for ridesourcing platform considering time-dependent order cancellation

Kai Xu (UNSW)


Robust perimeter control with cordon queues and heterogeneous transfer flows – Ye Li (USYD)

Session 3

Traffic management and control: data collection, analysis, and interpretation to better understand and manage traffic


Chair: Tym Pieglowski

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)



A novel vehicle detection, classification and speed estimation method using magnetic sensors – Yimeng Feng (UTS)


Are wildfire fatalities related to road network characteristics? – Chence Niu (UNSW)



Machine learning in humanitarian relief through employing rule-based verification on aerial imagery – Hafiz Suliman Munawar (UNSW)



Robust aircraft conflict resolution under trajectory prediction uncertainty – Fernando Hugo Cunha (UNSW)




12:45 – 1:00


Q&A + closing

Important dates

  • 14 September 2020: Expression of Interest opens 
  • 25 September 2020: Deadline for Expression of Interest
  • 28 September 2020: Notification of acceptance for presentation
  • 2 November 2020: Registration (for delegates from participating organisations) opens
  • 6 November: Deadline for submission of 10 minute video
  • 16 November 2020: Registration for Symposium closes
  • 17 November 2020: Day 1 of TRANSW Virtual Symposium
  • 18 November 2020: Day 2 of TRANSW Virtual Symposium
  • 19 November 2020: Day 3 of TRANSW Virtual Symposium

Symposium Committee

Meead Saberi Kalaee (UNSW)                   Emily Moylan, USYD                            Virginie Vernin, TfNSW

         Michiel Bliemer USYD          Kasun de Silva Wijayaratna, UTS (Local Organiser)