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The iMOVE Conference 2022 was held on 14 and 15 November 2022. Please find below a list of the sessions and speakers, along with links to any interviews with speakers, and slide decks added as they become available.

DAY 1

 

Opening speech

Speaker: Andrew Constance – Analyst | Former NSW Minister and MP

 

 

Keynote – Creating the future of transport

Speaker: Ross Dawson – Futurist & Strategist

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FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Managing people movement with a growing population and diverse needs

Moderator: Ross Dawson

Encouraging us to share ideas with a facilitator to prompt new directions and share perspectives. The Australian population continues to grow and could almost double by 2066 (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Every individual will need transport of some form and there will be a wide range of needs. Space however remains at a premium and we need to find new ways to manage or change demand for travel that is sustainable into the future. MaaS, on demand, shared mobility and working from home are just a few of the options that might present opportunities to meet community needs with the same or limited increase in physical footprint.

 

 

FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Evolving supply chains to meet increasing freight task demand

Encouraging us to share ideas with a facilitator to prompt new directions and share perspectives. The freight task continues to increase and companies and organisation are having to find new ways to meet this demand. Congestion and capacity limitations present problems, and multi‐modal distribution remains a source of inefficiency, but technology and data present a range of potential solutions. This audience interactive discussion encourages different perspectives from operators, government and others on how we can evolve our supply chains and networks to meet this burgeoning demand.

Moderator: Michael Comninos – Director, Astrolabe Group

Speakers:

  • Hadi Ghaderi – Senior Lecturer, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Michael Stokoe – Director, Urban Freight, Transport for NSW

 

 

Optimised networks for people and goods movement<

Transport networks need to provide access to a wide range of users for both people and freight movement, which means a constant assessing and balancing of needs at everything from a local to national level. They must also cope with disruptions of many kinds at short notice which can last from minutes to years, as we have recently experienced during COVID.

In this session we will hear about new developments to improve how we manage all of this competing demand, along with a future‐focused speaker panel looking at where the next wave of activity is, and how we can create the resilience we need for the future.

Moderator: Ian Christensen

Speakers and topics:

  • Professor Michael Milford – QUT Centre for Robotics

2022: The year that AI changed forever: But will it help transport?

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  • Kasun De Silva Wijayaratna – Senior Lecturer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney

Optimisation of shared spaces to improve movement of people and goods

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  • Mohammad Saifuzzaman – Product Specialist, Aimsun

Breaking new ground in how we manage large transport networks: data analytics, AI and real-time simulation prediction

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  • Adele Beachley – Executive Director SCATS, Transport for NSW

SCATS for network optimisation

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Short trip success? How are we doing with last mile, active transport and e-mobility

Journey first and last mile remains a challenge in many settings, but there are also many initiatives aiming to fill the gaps, including active transport, e‐mobility and on demand vehicles. This session will look at what is being learnt from initiatives in both urban and rural settings ‐ including iMOVE research ‐ and what this might mean for subsequent efforts.

Speakers and topics:

  • Brendan O’Keefe – Principal Engineer Policy and Strategy | Transport Planning and Operations, Brisbane City Council

Brisbane’s developments in E-mobility

  • Dr Margaret Thomas – Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney School of Public Health

Evaluating an integrated active travel network for Wagga Wagga

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  • Tony Arnold (Manager, Active Transport) and Sandeep Mathur (Director, Active Transport), Transport for NSW

Using data science for active transport benefits tracking and investment decisioning

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DEBATE: Mobility as a Service: think global or act local?

What is the best approach to delivering successful Mobility as a Service? How scalable is it really and are there limitations? Should we adopt a start local approach or try and develop a framework that works much more broadly? What is the potential for MaaS to help with some of the more complex transport challenges such as coping with network disruptions or coping with sudden increased demand (such as during major events)? We invite experts involved in Australian MaaS trials and initiatives to share their thoughts and answer your questions.

Speakers:

  • Ishra Baksh – Executive Director of the Mobility as a Service Program Management Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)
  • Claus von Hessberg – Chairman/Founder, SkedGo
  • Sue Wiblin – Executive Director – Emerging Technologies, Transport for NSW
  • Cecilia Warren – Director, iMOVE Australia
  • Chinh Ho – Senior Lecturer, GIS and Spatial Logistics, University of Sydney
  • Professor David Hensher – Founder and Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney

 

 

How new decarbonisation technologies are impacting operations and commercial vehicle configurations

Decarbonising commercial transport will result in significant changes to operations and to the vehicles themselves. How will new technologies impact on configurations of depots, distribution centres and the vehicles? Where are the challenges and opportunities from the changes? This session will look specifically at the impact on operators and commercial vehicles such as vans trucks and buses, which will share many similar challenges. We invite operators and vehicle manufacturers to share their insights on what this means for their organisation and the wider industry and to answer your questions.

Speakers and topics:

  • Dr Dia Adhikari Smith – Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Decarbonising heavy freight road transport in Queensland | Decarbonising construction sites

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  • Jonathan Anderson – Sustainable Mobility Manager, Keolis Downer

What we are learning from electric bus deployments in Australia and overseas

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  • Tim Camilleri – E-Mobility Solutions Manager, Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Australia Group

Volvo electric trucks: Here and now in Australia

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DAY 2

 

PRESENTATION and Q&A: iMOVE perspectives

Speaker: Ian Christensen (Managing Director) and Lee-Ann Breger (Programs Director), iMOVE Australia

 

 

Transport for NSW Address to the conference

Speaker: Simon Hunter

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Greening the transport desert: making sure nobody misses out

Transport equity and reduction of transport disadvantage are major objectives for governments around Australia. Improving accessibility might mean servicing the regions or new developments better, or it might mean better options for those living with disabilities or with very particular needs. This session will look at recent work aiming to increase accessibility of transport in various ways that is happening around Australia and invite discussion of what comes next.

Speakers and topics:

  • Erik van Vulpen – Deputy Director, Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University

Assistive technologies and accessible public transport

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  • Stacey Ryan – Policy Manager, ITS Australia

Is equity the new safety?

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    • Ben Morley-John – Managing Director, Smash Analytics

Data plus teamwork: Our keys to transport equity

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PANEL: Latest developments in robotics and vehicle automation

There are significant efforts happening around Australia to advance the use of technologies that can make our roads safer and more efficient through automation and robotics. This session will discuss developments from organisations working at the forefront of this technology in Australia and answer the questions: what is the current state of play, where it is going next and what does the longer term future look like?

Speakers:

  • Amit Trivedi – CHAD Pilot Lead, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)
  • Professor Michael Milford – QUT Centre for Robotics
  • Sepehr Dehkordi – Senior Technology Leader, Mobility Futures, Portfolio Leader – Next Generation Systems, ARRB
  • Dr Stewart Worrall – Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • Darren Atkinson – Director – Automated and Connected Vehicle Policy and Partnerships, Officer of Future Transport Technology, Department og Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts
  • Dr Miranda Blogg – Director, Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)

 

 

Making up for years of decarbonisation inaction

We are now in a position of having to make up for lost time in our decarbonisation efforts in Australia, with transport playing a major role. There are lots of things that can and should happen, and controversy about the agreed best approach. One thing is clear though, we need to ramp things up now.

This session will look at initiatives of interest and decarbonisation strategies that will help move us forward with increasing momentum and explore what else we should add to the mix.

Speakers and topics:

  • James Seymour – CEO, Centre for New Energy Technology

Powering the transportation sector into the next generation of zero emission vehicles

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  • Ed Forrester – Transport Consultant

The need for empathy to decarbonise transport

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  • Dr Emma Whittlesea – A/Executive Director, Climate Ready Initiative, Griffith University

Decarbonising Australia’s transport sector – Reimagining aviation

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Creating optimal journey experiences

Transport must meet the needs of the users and the journey experience is central to achieving this goal. Providing a good journey experience involves understanding the reason for travel and the preferences and behaviours of individuals. It also means operating networks effectively, even when there is disruption or surging demand, such as during major events.

This session will look at various aspects of how we can create optimal journey experiences and share perspectives on how this can be improved in the future.

Speakers and topics:

  • Ali Ardeshiri – Research Fellow, University of South Australia

Promoting community readiness and uptake of connected and automated vehicles

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  • Tom Loomes – Executive Director – Cities Integration, Transport for NSW

Approaches to creating places that improve the traveller experience

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  • Chris Chinnock – Principal Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald

Who are you planning for? Ensuring transport equality through a better understanding of our customers

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University Q&A: some of our best minds tackle your thorny transport questions

We are bringing together some of our best researchers to turn their minds to whatever movement related challenge or conundrum you have for them. Alternative views on subject matter is a given. We’ve got some tricky subjects covered, but come prepared with your questions.

Moderator: Jeff Kasparian | KasComm, Consultant

Speakers:

  • Professor David Hensher: ITLS university of Sydney, Founder and Director
  • Elnaz Irannezhad: University of New South Wales
  • Professor Majid Sarvi: The University of Melbourne, Professor and Director
  • Hadi Ghaderi: Swinburne University of Technology, Senior Lecturer, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Flora Salim: University of New South Wales, Professor and Cisco Chair of Digital Transport; Deputy Director at UNSW AI Institute