Transport Analytics Group

The Transport Analytics Group is the research and development arm at CSIRO's Data61, for providing data-driven solutions for smart planning, implementation and management of infrastructure and future transport. We enhance conventional tools using data-driven techniques, which positions our group to complement existing products and services in the market. In particular, our solutions involve ML/AI-based surrogate models that can replace or augment computation-intensive physical models, whether for real-time prediction of traffic congestion propagation or streaming analytics on structural health of critical infrastructure. Integrating sophisticated ML/AI with simulation provides improved explainability and more comprehensive solutions to support decision-making for managing complex systems.

The group has been recognised by a number of prestigious awards, including the ITS Australia National Award on Research (2014, 2015, 2018), AIIA iAwards (2019), Committee for Sydney Smart City Awards (2018) and CSIRO Collaboration Medal (2018). The group was also awarded the NSW Premier’s Innovation Initiative on congestion management, a significant opportunity for the NSW Government to engage with Data61 to compile data from Opal, GPS devices, traffic signals, and buses to provide better information for the Transport Management Centre to alert road users of congestion incidents and provide information about alternatives.

We value our strong connections with transport agencies, corporates, industry peak-bodies and research institutes. These partnerships are our way to advance science and create impact in the fast-growing technology space.

Gateway Bridge SHM finalist for ITS Award 2020
Transport Analytics group in collaboration with Transurban and other partners were honoured to be ITS Awards 2020 finalists for their Structural Health Monitoring systems for Brisbane's Gateway Bridge.
COVID-19 transmission on public transport finalist for ITS Award 2020
ADAIT in collaboration with CSIRO's DiNeMo team and Transport for NSW were honoured to be ITS Awards 2020 finalists for their COVID-19 transmission modelling on public transport, which has helped to inform policy decisions at Transport for NSW.
Transport Analytics exhibiting at D61+Live 2019, Sydney
Researchers and engineers from across all teams in the Transport Analytics group were present at D61+Live 2019 in Sydney, where they joined colleagues from across Data61 and CSIRO, to showcase their projects and research to 2000+ attendees, under the playful title Keeping Bridges Up and Congestion Down.
Dr Chen Cai presenting at Innovfest Unbound 2019, Singapore
Dr Chen Cai (Leader of the Transport Analytics group) presented the latest achievements of the group in data-driven transport modelling, our agent-based multimodal transport simulation engine and our AI engine for network prediction, with Hon Karen Andrews (Minister for Industry, Science and Technology) in attendance.
Dr Christopher Bentley presenting at the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Conference 2019, Melbourne
Dr Christopher Bentley (AI in Transport Team Lead) presented on graph-based machine learning techniques for gaining insights into complex transport networks, at the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Conference 2019 in Melbourne, focused on Digital Mobility, Smart Journeys.
Benjamin Itzstein presenting at World Transport Convention 2019, Beijing
Benjamin Itzstein (Engineering Team Lead) was invited to present in the International Forum for Big Data Leading the Innovation and Development in Transportation, at the World Transport Convention (WTC) 2019 in Beijing.
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