WEC 2019: Automation is just one example of how technology is influencing the design of future transport to challenge our current understanding of urban landscapes.News
7 News coverage of Prototype Street event at Melbourne Knowledge Week.News
The Age article about the Prototype Street event at Melbourne Knowledge Week.News
While remarkable progress has been made with technological, operational and behavioral improvements in the century-old, automotive-based transport systems used around the world, rapid technological changes are occurring that could amount to a reset in outcomes for transport users. A new era of digital mobility is being catalyzed by vehicle automation and connectivity coupled with new mobility services and business models. Widespread deployment of connected vehicle (CV) technology is an important enabler of automated vehicles (AVs).News
A partnership between the University of Melbourne, Cisco, Cohda Wireless, TAC, VicRoads and WSP has completed a round of trials in the AIMES ecosystem (the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem), leveraging the infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles, and for edge computing.News
Take a look back at some of the most amazing research and innovation from 2018.Features
2018 has been a year of progress for the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), a world-first living laboratory incubated at the University of Melbourne.Features
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World-first connected transport technology trials in Melbourne. ITS Australia hosted a webinar with the AIMES team to discuss recent connected technology trials in the live test-bed in Carlton.News
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Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has used a visit to Australia to take a closer look at the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) trials occurring in Victoria.News
View our panel discussion on innovation in mobility and how the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is moving towards connected transport designed to ease congestion, promote safety and enhance the sustainability of our cities.Event
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As technology moves towards a driverless future, the University of Melbourne is helping to improve integrated transport solutions and make our transport safer with the launch of its own autonomous mini shuttle bus.The Melbourne Newsroom
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The world-first transport test-bed project led by Professor Majid Sarvi from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), has won this year’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia National Research Award.Ingenium
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In a significant milestone for the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) project, a world-first trial of connected transport technology took place in Carlton on 11 July 2018.News
An environmental focus of the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES*), has seen a new range of “smart” environmental sensors in place in central Melbourne.News
The University of Melbourne launched its own autonomous mini shuttle bus today to assist in integrated transport solution research and make transport safer.News
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 Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
- Public Transport Victoria
- Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
- 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.