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Smart Transport and Logistics Day

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Vehicle Detection for Intelligent Transportation Systems: Historical Evolution and Emerging Trends

Michael A. Jensen, Brigham Young University / Wavetronix, LLC, USA

Vehicle detection for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) has experienced significant development over the past several decades, with each new technology bringing new data modalities. To date, efforts to combine data from different detection technologies have been relatively limited, as the benefits have generally not justified the implementation and deployment costs. However, the almost certain deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication systems will lead to the development of cooperative ITS architectures that will fuse data from legacy detection systems with data communicated from vehicles, providing travelers and roadway operators with an unprecedented richness of information and applications. This presentation will summarize the historical evolution of infrastructure vehicle detection systems, with an emphasis on the capabilities offered by different technologies and how these capabilities have driven the evolution of ITS. It will then focus on cooperative ITS, with a emphasis on how legacy detection might integrate with new vehicle communication data and how roadside sensing needs to evolve to complement the information provided by these vehicle communication systems.

Biography—Michael Jensen received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1990 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994, all in Electrical Engineering. Since 1994, he has been at BYU where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. He is co-founder of Wavetronix, LLC, a leading manufacturer of vehicle detection systems, and currently functions as a Senior Scientist and member of the Management Board. He has published over 275 articles and book chapters on the topics of antennas, propagation, and signal processing for wireless communication, radar, and sensing systems. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Symposium in 1993, the H. A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2002, and several outstanding faculty awards at BYU. He was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2008. He is the immediate Past-President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and has previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the <em>IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation</em>.

Trials of Semi-Automated Vehicles on Eastlink

Jerome Carslake, National Road Safety Partnership Program, Australia

The Victorian Government is funding this project out of the Smarter Journeys – ITS Transport Technology Grant Program. One of the purposes of the Grant Program is to facilitate the introduction of innovative ways of addressing constraints and complaints about the Victorian road network and to bring customer journey experiences into the 21st century. There are two parts to this project which will use a trial section of EastLink, in eastern Melbourne, Australia. The first part is more theoretical in nature and aims to develop the technical infrastructure requirements, the certification criteria and operational requirements for autonomous vehicle operations. The second part is practical and involves trialing level 2 and level 3 vehicles equipped with C-ITS on EastLink. The Project Leader is ARRB, who are working in partnership with ConnectEast and LaTrobe University to deliver this project for the VicRoads Grant Program. A summary of findings to date will be presented.

Biography—Jerome Carslake is the Manager of the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) and Chair of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Policy and Risk Group, both of which are delivered by ARRB. Jerome has an extensive background in transport including leading the development of the NRSPP and other strategic projects within the National Transport Commission and as a consultant and policy adviser within the agricultural sector on related supply chains. Jerome’s origins are from the northern wheat belt of Western Australia and his background is in agricultural science, agribusiness, project management, strategic research and stakeholder engagement. His passion is in team work and collaboration which originate from his rowing at an elite level in Western Australia as both a rower and coach.

Telematics Costly Disaster or Benefit—Implementation Is Key

Jerome Carslake, National Road Safety Partnership Program, Australia

The use of telematics continues to grow throughout the Australian transportation industry as operators hope to take advantage of the operational and safety benefits of utilising these technologies. This presentation will explore how telematics should be treated as just another component in a safety management system and proper implementation is crucial in strengthening an organisations road safety culture and ensuring the technology pays its way. To do this, the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) will apply a case study and consultative methodology with leading figures from the transport industry – including operators, drivers, insurers, technology providers and researchers. NRSPP will explore the benefits and issues of these technologies; requirements for effective implementation; and their place within an organisation’s overall operations and safety management system.

Internet of Things via Low Earth Orbit

Alex Grant, Myriota Pty Ltd, Australia

Ubiquitous connectivity is an unspoken assumption underlying the Internet of Things. However in many remote and maritime areas, this assumption does not hold. This talk will describe an approach for providing cost effective global connectivity for Internet of Things applications such as asset tracking, logistics and sensor telemetry.

Biography—Alex Grant is Chief Executive Officer of Myriota Pty Ltd, which offers global internet of things connectivity via satellite. Dr Grant was previously a Professor, and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. In 2004, he co-founded Cohda Wireless, the world’s leading vendor of connected vehicle technology and services. Dr Grant was the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award, the 2008 IREE Neville Thiele Award from Engineers Australia, and the 2004 Young Tall Poppy Science Award. Dr Grant is an internationally renowned wireless communications researcher. He has published a book and over 150 technical papers. He holds many issued patents in the area of intelligent transport and wireless communications. He has previously served as an Associate Editor for two prestigious journals, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Dr Grant has served as a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

PHY Challenges for V2V/X

Robert Olesen, InterDigital Labs, USA

V2V and V2X will be critical technologies enabling the suite of use cases envisioned for 5G. InterDigital has a deep history of leading research in Wi-Fi and 3GPP wireless communications. The enabling physical layer technologies for the development of V2V/X will be discussed. An overview of how this will impact the future of 5G and the future of the always connected vehicle will also be presented.

Biography—Robert Olesen received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from NYU in 1988, and an EMBA from Hofstra University in 2006. He has 36 years of experience in research and development of microwave and wireless communication systems. Since he joined InterDigital in 1999 he has be a project lead and program manager for wireless standards related projects including 802.11 WLAN, 3GPP LTE, 5G wireless, and 3GPP New Radio. He is currently a Senior Director at InterDigital Labs. His research interests include wireless communications, MIMO, microwave transmission, and next generation air interface design. He is the holder of over 70 patents and he has received the IDCC chairman’s innovation award for most important developed technology.

The Big Picture – Risk, Costs and Tax Implications for Operators and Users of Connected Cars

Michael Graham, Mercurien, Australia

In the world of the connected car it seems like many people are doing a layer of the cake but maybe not the whole cake. The connected car has been here for some time but it has hit hurdles for many reasons. Market forces, incumbency, privacy concerns – the list goes on yet the benefits are overwhelming and clear. In this presentation Michael will present his experience of the impact of smart data on road users in the workplace. From the impact of cognitive and perceptual testing of drivers to risk maps generated by telematics data, to new models for insurance and road charging. The smart data explosion from connected vehicles will challenge the thinking of governments and businesses around the world and only the end game thinkers will win.

Biography—Michael Graham is a Co-Founder and CEO of Mercurien Pty Ltd. After studying languages and politics at the University of Queensland he completed the ICS qualification to become a Company Secretary and gained experience in retail and mining both in Australia and the UK. More recently, Michael’s interest has been in the area of the intersection between telematics, road risk assessment, the monetisation of data from road networks and the human factors that affect road risk. In early 2017 Mercurien will bring together an open ecosystem that is based around the needs of drivers and their managers in the workplace. The BetterDriver platform is a way to manage fleets and their drivers for better safety outcomes, lowered operating costs and optimal taxation outcomes in a pre-road charging environment. Michael has a particular interest in the risk and monetisation strategies for connected cars from insurance to road charging.

Does Your Car Have Worms?

Glenn Geers, ARRB Group Ltd, Australia

Hardly a day goes by without some computer virus or glitch being reported in the press. As bad as they are, the damage caused has been minimal: a few photos lost, banking systems being unavailable for a time and perhaps a red face here and there. However, when the computer systems under attack control physical systems, there is clear potential for personal harm and infrastructure damage. With the advent of cooperative intelligent transport systems the number of potential attack vectors on transport networks will become very large because every vehicle will be a mobile wireless node, and the situation will only worsen when the prevalence of self-driving vehicles increases. Basic knowledge of cyber-physical security, potential attack vectors and possible outcomes should be in every transport professional’s toolbox and this talk aims to provide a brief overview of this important topic from a transport perspective.

Biography—Glenn Geers is Principal Engineer, ITS at ARRB; Australia's largest, independent transport research organisation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales; and is a member of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Association of Computing Machinery. Glenn holds honours degrees in electrical engineering and theoretical physics and received his PhD in the field of computational electromagnetism. He is on the editorial board of GeoInformatica. From 1994 to 2005 Glenn worked on biometrics, image processing and distributed systems at CSIRO and in private industry. In 2005 Glenn joined National ICT Australia (NICTA) as Systems Engineering Manager, Intelligent Transport Systems. From 2010 to 2015 he held the role of Technology Director, Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics at NICTA. During the same period he was a Director of ITS Australia.


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