The transport and infrastructure theme is the Centre’s flagship theme with a range of leading edge research projects focused on the evaluation of road user behaviour, road infrastructure design and evaluation, the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems, and the prevention of road trauma. These projects are underpinned by leading edge research infrastructure, including USC’s advanced driving simulator, the Centre’s On-Road Capability (ORCA), which is a fully instrumented vehicle supporting the naturalistic measurement of driving behaviour and performance, and advanced human performance measurement equipment (e.g. eye tracking, psycho-physiological measures).
Current projects involve Professor Salmon’s ARC Future Fellowship program of research which involves the application of novel systems analysis and design methods to better understand and prevent the fatal five road trauma behaviours, an ARC Discovery grant involving the use of on-road studies to assess interactions between different forms of road user and the redesign of intersections, and an ARC Linkage program involving the redesign of rail level crossing environments.
The long term impact of this theme’s contribution will be the achievement of new reductions in trauma in the transportation domains based on the adoption of new theories, methodologies, and interventions in practice.
- Distributed situation awareness and intersection design
- A new complex systems approach to road trauma
- Systems thinking and rail level crossing design
- On-road studies of driver behaviour