TRANSW was founded by Professor Michiel Bliemer, a leading researcher at the University of Sydney Business School’s world renowned Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, with the support of colleagues from the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Bliemer says the new institute will work closely with the State Government body, Transport NSW, with local government organisations and private sector partners.
TRANSW aims to provide a forum for collaboration with experts, experienced and emerging scholars and professionals with interests in transportation in Australia and globally.
"It will also focus on fostering linkages with industry, local and federal governments and academic research centres."
The institute will engage with the community through seminars and workshops and informal social events connecting transport researchers and practitioners.
TRANSW’s inaugural Sydney seminar attracted over 120 academics, PhD candidates and industry representatives.
The event featured keynote speakers from Transport for NSW, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and the University of Leeds in the UK. Higher Degree Research students presented research ideas and research findings on topics ranging from insurance for autonomous vehicles through to the pathway to the rail of tomorrow.
Commenting on the presentations, Matt Faber of Niobe Consulting said he was impressed with the event and the "great range of topics tackled by presenters which covered everything from nudging train customers to mitigate station congestion to gamifying travel surveys and counter-intuitive tactics to reduce bus bunching."
"It was good to see NSW leading some cross-sectoral and cross-institutional practice in the transport space," Mr Faber said.