Intelligent transport technology for smart cities
The Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is a world-first living laboratory based on the streets of Melbourne. AIMES was established in 2016 to test highly integrated transport technology with a goal to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.
The University of Melbourne’s Transport Technologies research group is taking a leading role in testing and implementation, working closely with government and leading local and international industry sectors via the AIMES partnership.
An effective transport system is essential to the liveability of a city and a key driver of competition in the global marketplace. With current transport infrastructure under stress, the AIMES ecosystem provides a unique platform for collaborative trials of technology which integrates the movement of all road users (people and vehicles) with transport infrastructure.
Central to AIMES is the network of smart sensors connecting all parts of the transport environment within a six square kilometre grid on the streets of inner-city Carlton, Melbourne. AIMES will deliver ‘multimodal’ transport — connected vehicles, connected public transport, connected pedestrians and cyclists and smart public transport stations.
Professor Majid Sarvi, Director of AIMES
Majid Sarvi is Chair in Transport Engineering and Professor Transport for Smart Cities at the University of Melbourne. He has over 22 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His fields of research include:
- Connected multimodal transport network modelling and analysis
- Crowd dynamic modelling and simulation
- Network vulnerability assessment and optimisation.
AIMES is looking to create enhanced connectivity, and explore infrastructure and demand issues in a holistic way to provide tangible benefits for commuters from day one.
AIMES Management Team
- Gary Liddle, Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies
- Peter Sweatman, International Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies
- Daniel Hoyne, AIMES Program Manager, VicRoads
- Andrew Rudge, Senior Business Development Manager
- Liz Baxter, Marketing Manager & Chair of AIMES Communications Committee
- City of Melbourne
- City of Yarra
- Department of Transport (DOT)
- Public Transport Victoria
- Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
- AEV Robotics
- Australia Post
- Bestrane Group
- Cohda Wireless: Hear from Paul Gray, CEO
- Deep Recognition
- HMI Technologies
- RACV: Hear from Bryce Prosser, RACV GM
- Yarra Trams: Hear from: Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Passenger and Network Innovation
- Amazon Web Services
- HERE Maps
- Local Motors
- Mercedes Benz
- Nordic Built
- PTV Group
Frequently asked questions
- What data are you collecting?
A lot of the data we are collecting is publicly accessible. This includes public transport timetables and the live data from train, tram and bus movements data that is already available to all members of the public.
- What is being done to protect data?
All data is safely and securely stored on the University of Melbourne’s servers. These meet the highest standards of data protection.
- Are you collecting data about individuals?
We are not collecting any individual’s data. Our sensors are designed to count the number and type of vehicles, pedestrians and bikes operating within the test bed. These are designed to detect hazards. No identifiable data is being stored.
- What about cars?
We are identifying which parking spaces are being used, but not the vehicles using them. We are only interested in the volume and flow of traffic, potential hazards for drivers and car space usage.
- What about privacy?
We are not collecting any data that could identify an individual or their vehicle. No mobile data is being collected and we are not using cameras.
Each test we run goes through an ethics committee approval and is compliant with state and National Privacy Principles. This means that privacy and transparency are of the utmost importance.