Transport and Infrastructure

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The transport and infrastructure theme is the Centre’s flagship theme with a range of leading edge research projects focussed on the use of systems thinking methods to understand and prevent road trauma, the evaluation of road user behaviour, road infrastructure design and evaluation, and the design of future vehicle and infrastructure systems. These projects are underpinned by leading edge research methods and 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 and Dr Gemma Read’s ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award project focussed on autonomous vehicles. Recently completed projects include 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.

Current projects

Key researchers

Recent publications

Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Beanland, V., Thompson, J., Filtness, A., Hulme, A., McClure, R., Johnston, I. (2019). Bad behaviour or societal failure? Perceptions of the factors contributing to drivers’ engagement in the fatal five driving behaviours. Applied Ergonomics, 74, 162-171.

Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Walker, G. H., Lenne, M. G., Stanton, N. A. (2018). Distributed Situation Awareness in Road Transport: Theory, Measurement, and Application to Intersection Design. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M., Lenne, M. G., Goode, N. A. (2018). A sociotechnical design toolkit for bridging the gap between systems-based analyses and system design. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries, 28, 327-341.

Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Walker, G. H., Goode, N., Grant, E., Dallat, C., Carden, T., Naweed, A., Stanton, N. A. (2018). STAMP goes EAST: integrating systems ergonomics methods for the analysis of railway level crossing safety management. Safety Science, 110B, 31-46.

Young, K. L., Lenne, M. G., Salmon, P. M., & Stanton, N. A. (2018). The impact of texting on driver behaviour at rail level crossings. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 118, 269-276.

Scott-Parker, B., Curran, M., Rune, K., Lord, W., Lord, W., Salmon, P. M. (2018). Situation awareness in young novice ambulance drivers: So much more than driving. Safety Science, 102, 45-58.

For inquiries regarding the Transport and Infrastructure theme please contact Dr Gemma Read (07) 5456 5296, gread@usc.edu.au

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