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Curtin ARC project to help reduce traffic congestion

Media release

Curtin Business School will use new research funding to help reduce Perth’s traffic congestion.

Researchers from Curtin’s Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence Institute (DEBII) and the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) secured the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant in collaboration with Main Roads of WA.

Curtin’s DEBII Professor Tharam Dillon said the project would help manage congestion in key road networks through real time data collection, intelligent forecasting and real time routing.

“By capturing road traffic data in real time we will be able to smartly route traffic flows to avoid congestion, shorten travel time and lower pollution,” he said.

“It will also help with better use of existing road infrastructure by diffusing traffic to alternative and safer routes.”

The grant involves a total of $404,000 in funding over three years, including $90,000 from industry.

The team includes Professor Elizabeth Chang, Dr Vidyasagar Potdar and Dr Jaipal Singh from DEBII, Professor Greg Martin from PATREC, and Main Roads of WA.

Professor Dillon has also recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of the China Knowledge Grid Research Lab at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The appointment will allow for collaborative research to discover how to logically organise and manage large amounts of complex data on the web.

The research underpins all application areas such as commerce, infrastructure, heath and tourism and is directly related to the ARC Linkage Project.

Contacts: Monique Billstein; PR Coordinator; Curtin: 08 9266 3353; 0401 103 018; M.Billstein@curtin.edu.au