New South Wales (Sydney)

NSW Chapter Committee
Members 

 Chair David McTiernan  david.mctiernan@arrb.com.au
 Vice-Chair, Membership, Website Brendyn Williams  brendyn@pentagon.com.au
 Secretary Alexandra Hall  A.Hall@neura.edu.au
 Treasurer Lisa Keay  lkeay@georgeinstitute.org.au
 Events Teresa Senserrick  t.senserrick@unsw.edu.au
 Ordinary Committee Members Liz de Rome  liz@lderconsulting.com.au
 Ben Barnes  Ben.Barnes@transport.nsw.gov.au
 Soufiane Boufous  soufiane@unsw.edu.au
# NSW Chapter Committee Members elected/appointed to ACRS Australasian Executive Committee

 

NEXT MEETING:

The NSW Chapter Committee meet on the last Tuesday of each month, either face-to-face or via video/teleconference.

 

NEXT EVENT:

Smartphone-Based Teen Driver Support System:
Results from a 300 teen driver field operational test

Joint Free Seminar – No RSVP Required

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE

Professor Max Donath
University of Minnesota

4:00–5:00pm Monday 31 October 2016
OMB 151, Level 1, Old Main Building K15
The University of New South Wales
Kensington Campus

 

Although teen drivers make up a small percentage of the U.S. driving population, they are at an especially high risk of being involved in a crash. To help teen drivers stay safe on the road, we developed the Teen Driver Support System (TDSS). The smartphone-based system is a comprehensive application that provides real-time, in-vehicle feedback to teens about their risky behaviors—and reports the behaviors to parents via text message if teens don’t heed the system’s warnings. The TDSS device, mounted on the vehicle’s dashboard, provides visual and auditory warnings to the teen driver about speeding, stop sign violations, upcoming curves, and excessive maneuvers—hard turning, hard braking, and hard accelerations. It also prevents teens from using their phones to text or call (except 911) while driving.

The research team completed a 12-month field operational test of the system involving 300 newly licensed teens in Minnesota. The test included a control group that received no feedback, a “partial” TDSS group that received only in-vehicle feedback, and a TDSS group that received both in-vehicle feedback and near “real-time” parental notification. Research results indicate an overall safety benefit of TDSS, demonstrating that in-vehicle monitoring and driver alerts, coupled with parental notifications, is a meaningful intervention to reduce the frequency of risky driving behaviors that are correlated with novice teen driver crashes.
An overview of various projects underway at the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) will also be covered. The RSI is the USDOT Region 5 University Transportation Center, developing solutions to safety issues in the six north central states bordering the Great Lakes. Institute projects include among others: helping visually impaired pedestrians safely navigate intersections and work zones using smartphone and Bluetooth technologies; working with tribal governments to identify and resolve safety concerns on tribal lands; and improving safety for bicyclists with bicycle-mounted sensors that can predict imminent collisions with vehicles.

Max Donath is the director of the Roadway Safety Institute and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Donath’s efforts have been directed towards keeping the driver in the loop, using sensing technologies, control systems and improved human-machine interfaces to reduce driver error, and thus prevent crashes before they happen. The focus of his research can be grouped into three areas: (a) collision avoidance and active safety, (b) novel human-machine interfaces for providing improved situation awareness to the driver and pedestrian, and (c) reducing age-related risky driving behavior. Donath received a B. Eng. from McGill University and went on to earn S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Minnesota in 1978.

Download the Event Flyer here.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

11-Aug-16


Joint Free Seminar

Identifying Serious Injuries due to Road Crashes

International Keynote:

Wouter Van den Berghe
Director, Knowledge Centre Road Safety, Belgium Road Safety Institute

Plus presentations from:

The NSW Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW
Transport and Road Safety Research Centre (TARS), UNSW

This joint seminar of Transport and Road Safety Research and the NSW Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety featured international guest, Wouter Van den Berghe, Belgium Road Safety Institute, and Hassan Raisianzadeh, Transport for NSW.

Find more information on the Event Flyer.

 

8-Aug-16

Joint Free Seminar

Human Factors and Advanced Vehicle Technologies:
Driver Attention and Interactions with Higher Levels of Automation

International Keynote:

Associate Professor Birsen Donmez
University of Toronto

 

This joint seminar of the School of Aviation, Transport and Road Safety Research, and the NSW Chapter of the Australasian College of Road Safety featured international guest, Professor Birsen Donmez from the University of Toronto.

Birsen Donmez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and is the Canada Research Chair in Human Factors and Transportation. She received her MS (2004) and PhD (2007) in industrial engineering, and her MS in statistics (2007) from the University of Iowa. Before joining the University of Toronto, she spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Donmez’s research interests are centered on understanding and improving human behavior and performance in multi-task and complex situations, using a wide range of analytical techniques. In particular, her research focuses on operator attention in multitask activities, decision support under uncertainty, and human automation interaction, with applications in various domains including surface transportation, healthcare, mining, and unmanned vehicle operations.

Donmez’s selected honors include the inaugural Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award from the HFES Surface Transportation Technical Group (2014) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation of Ontario (2015). She serves on multiple Transportation Research Board committees and as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.

Download the Event Flyer and Professor Donmez’s Presentation here.

 

22-Jul-16

The Road Untravelled: New Pathways Towards Safer Novice Drivers

ACRS NSW Chapter Young Driver Seminar and Discussion Panel, 22 July 2016

 

New Pathways Towards Safer Novice Drivers TARS and the NSW chapter of ACRS hosted this workshop and discussion panel, showcasing the latest research insights into young drivers, driver education and licensing, including innovative new driver training approaches from the USA, Europe and Australia. Slides and videos of keynote presentations are now available.

 

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton (National Institutes of Health, USA)

Dr. Simons-Morton is Associate Director for Prevention and Senior Investigator in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). He is internationally one of the most respected researchers on the causes and prevention of motor vehicle crashes among novice young drivers.

 

Dr. Willem Vlakveld (SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands)

Dr Vlakveld is a senior researcher at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands. His research covers a wide range of areas in road safety including the issue of young novice drivers. He recently completed a review of approaches to novice driver education and licensing in Europe in comparison to other countries.

 

Opening Address:
Mr Greg Aplin, Member for Albany, Chair Staysafe, Parliament of NSW

 

Australian Context:
A/Prof Teresa Senserrick, TARS Research, UNSW

 

US Keynote:
Dr Bruce Simons-Morton, National Institutes of Health,
and Adjunct Professor at UNSW

Europe Keynote:
Dr Willem Vlakveld, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands

 

Please read the Event Flyer for more information.

 

2016 ACRS NSW Chapter AGM

 

The NSW Chapter Executive Committee invites all members and guests of the Australasian College of Road Safety to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Chapter, to be held as follows:

Date:                                       Monday, 9 May 2016

Time:                                       3:30pm               Registration and Networking

                                                  4:00pm               Seminar / Q&A

                                                  5:00pm               NSW Chapter AGM

                                                  5:30pm               Networking

Venue:                                   The George Institute, Level 3, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney

Seminar Topic:                    “A Safe System Hierarchy of Control Framework for Local Roads” by David McTiernan, ARRB Group

Cost:                                        Free

Travel:                                    Close to Train, Bus and Ferry public transport options

Parking:                                  Close to Public Car Parking Stations

Catering:                                Light refreshments will be available

Registration:                         Please Register by Email to nsw@acrs.org.au before 10am Mon 9-May-16

NSW Chapter members are also invited to consider nominating for a position on the NSW Chapter Executive Committee.  A separate Nomination Form is available to be completed and returned to the ACRS NSW Chapter Secretary before 10am Mon 9-May-16 (details included on the Nomination Form).

According to the ACRS Constitution (Clause 12.7), the Chapter Committee shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary members.

 

Joining by videoconference or phone:

Please note that regional members or those who are unable to attend in person are able to participate in the Seminar and Chapter AGM via Videoconference by computer or mobile device or by Phone.

 

Further information:

 

2015

The Australasian College of Road Safety-NSW Chapter and the Australian Injury Prevention Network organised a seminar focussing on the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers in the field of road safety. This seminar provided an opportunity for established professionals and researchers to meet with emerging researchers and hear about their current and ongoing work.

Program:

Read more on the Event Flyer & Program. RSVP is essential.

 

2014

Seminar at UNSW – An Update on Road Safety Research Activities in Europe, with two invited presenters – Professor Andrew Morris of University of Loughborough Design School, in the UK and Dr Nicole van Nes from the National Road Safety Research Institute, SWOV, in the Netherlands. This seminar was made available to Chapter members via GoToMeeting as a live and interactive webinar (Thanks to Professor Mike Regan for organising the speakers and venue).

 

2013

Media Seminar 1 January 2013

Speaker:  Ms Pam Palmer, Senior Manager (Strategic Policy) Road Safety Policy, Road Safety and System Management,  Department of Transport & Main Roads

 

2012

Media & Morality Seminar with Jonathan Holmes - 1 March 2012

 

2010

Pedestrian Safety in Our Cities Friday 10 December 2010

Toward Best-Practice Cycling Infrastructure, Friday 10 September 2010, Parliament House, Sydney.

Decade of Action & Australia’s Road Safety Strategy A workshop for road safety professionals

Seminar  – Crunch Time- National Road Safety Strategy towards 2020 Wednesday 9 December, 2009

 

2009

1.              Heavy Vehicle Transport Safety and Fatigue Risk Management Workshop

Wednesday 20 May, 2009, The George Institute for International Health

The workshop looked at factors associated with driver fatigue risks in the heavy vehicle industry, including existing knowledge, current research, government policy directions, safety management methods in theory and practice as well as related industry perspectives on the problem. The workshop was chaired by Dr Teresa Senserrick, The George Institute for International Health and attended by approximately 40 people.

Copy of presentation by Shane Faulkner.

Program:

 

2008

1.         Getting the Message Across: What can we learn from public health advertising?

Thursday 10th July 2008, The George Institute for International Health

The seminar was chaired by Dr Sarah Redshaw, 38 people attended.

2.         Novice drivers: Influencing the outcomes.

Friday 10th October. The George Institute for International Health

The seminar was chaired by Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers.

Speakers include:

3.         Risk Indulgence: Youth Risk Attitudes

Thursday 27th November 2008, Macquarie University, North Ryde

4.         High level review of road safety management: Sweden – as case study.

21 November, 2008, The George Institute for International Health, George Street.

The seminar was chaired by Mr Ian Faulks. The speaker, Jeanne Breen, was a part of a 2007, a review team together with Eric Howard and Tony Bliss who completed a review of road safety management in Sweden, using the World Bank assessment framework, and examined the next steps to Vision Zero. This lecture completes a series of three presentations during Jeanne Breen’s visit to Australia, the previous two lectures (in Perth and Adelaide) addressing issues in safe systems approach to road safety and road safety management.  Attendance: 26.

5.         Safe System and Ambitious Road Safety Targets: Where does New South Wales sit on the world road safety stage?

Speakers: Dr Soames Job and Professor Raph Griezbieta. – Attendance: approximately 30.

Dr Job described the back ground to the Safe Systems approach to road safety and how this is being implemented in NSW with illustration by a number of specific examples.

Professor Griezbieta spoke about the safer roads aspects of the safe systems approach with specific reference to key developments in engineering.  This seminar is to be repeated as a national program to promote understanding of the safe systems approach to road safety professionals in each State and Territory.

 

2007

1.         Road Safety and Planning In Transport and Urban Design

Friday 23 February 2007, Parliament House, Sydney -(Attendance: 36)

The seminar was chaired by Liz de Rome, The George Institute for International Health.

Program:

2.         Current Australian Initiatives In International Road Safety

Friday 2 April 2007 at the Darlington Centre, City Road, University of Sydney.

The inaugural UN Global Road Safety Week was held in late April 2007. To mark the occasion, the Chapter, in partnership with the George Institute for International Health, held a seminar on current Australian initiatives in international road safety.

Program:

The seminar was chaired by Dr Rebecca Ivers, The George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney. The seminar attracted the interest of media outlets, with Professor Stevenson being interviewed by BBC World Service on the China seatbelt study. Darlington Centre, City Road, Darlington (Attendance: 40)

3.         Road Safety For Infants, Children And Young People Conference

2 – 3 August 2007, Parliament House, Sydney

Attendance : Over 100 delegates and 43 speakers on a diversity of topics on road safety for infants, children and  young people.

The conference formed part of the Australian contribution to the inaugural UN Global Road Safety Week and was supported by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.  In addition to the MAA, the conference was also sponsored by NRMA Motoring & Services, with additional sponsorships from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust  and Britax (Safe-n-Sound),

The conference attracted considerable interest by media outlets, with Hon. Jim Lloyd MHR, Federal Minister for Roads and the Hon. Eric Roozendaal MLC, NSW Minister for Roads, being interviewed on road safety topics, particularly safety of children on school buses. Amongst others, Ms Nerida Leal was interviewed on street racing and car hoons. Dr Julia Irwin and Dr Eugene Chekaluk were interviewed on young drivers, gender, passengers, and driver distraction. A cdrom copy of Conference proceeding are available by calling Head office ($10 including P&H)

4.         Older Drivers: Safety And Mobility Planning For The Future

Wednesday, 3 October 2007, Parliament House, Sydney

The seminar was chaired by Professor Mark Stevenson and attended by 40 people. The seminar was a part of a national program which coincided with, and provided an opportunity to promote informed discussion in relation to, the Roads and Traffic Authority discussion paper on older driver licensing and testing.

Program:

5.         Motorcycle Safety: Improving The Odds

Thursday 1 November 2007, George Institute for International Health, Kent Street, Sydney.

A seminar on improving our understanding of motorcycle safety issues through motorcycle crash investigation and data analysis was held on Thursday 1 November 2007. The seminar was timed to coincide with Motorcycle Awareness Week. The seminar was chaired by Mr Guy Stanford, Chairman, Motorcycle Council of NSW and attended by 35 people.

The program included three presentations:

This seminar was reported in the national motorcycle magazine Two Wheels, in a nine page article for riders on how to avoid crashing, which was based on the information presented.

 

2006

1.         Repeat Drink Driving Offenders And Unlicensed Drivers, Friday 10 February 2006

Included an overview of recidivist drink drivers, an overview of unlicensed drivers, a review of potential counter measures, current NSW policing initiatives, what works in the treatment of problems with alcohol, and, the minimum purchasing age for alcohol and traffic crash injury. The seminar was chaired by Professor Mark Stevenson, Chapter Chair.

2.         Road Safety: From Local To Global Perspectives, Tuesday 4 April 2006

The keynote speaker was Mr David Ward, of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, on global road safety. Other presentations discussed the China seatbelt intervention and working with government to implement change, AusRAP and safer roads, the need for safer road infrastructure, road freight as an overlooked aspect of road use, key performance indicators relating to road safety, ANCAP and Australian vehicle standards, the DROP (Dynamic Roll Over Protection) research program, and a review of currently unexploited injury and crash reduction opportunities. The seminar was chaired by Ian Faulks, representing the STAYSAFE Committee.

3.         Parents & Young Drivers – Improving the Odds

Friday 30 June 2006, The George Institute for International Health, Missenden Road, Camperdown. The seminar was chaired by Liz de Rome, LdeR Consulting. It was attended by approximately 70 people.

4.         Children and Road Safety: A Seminar for Road Safety Professionals

Friday 1st December 2006, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney,  Chaired by Liz de Rome, it was attended by approximately 30 people.

 

2005

1.         Seminar on vehicle and road safety, “road safety … the future: Technology and injury prevention”,

Tuesday 8 March 2005, Parliament House, Sydney

The seminar featured as keynote speaker: Dr Jean-Yves Le Coz, head of road safety policy at Renault, and coincided with the Australian Grand Prix held in Melbourne. French passenger vehicles are the first in the world to feature driver-selected speed limiters as production standard. Presentations included: Renault’s integrated approach to road safety, vehicle technology and injury prevention to improve road safety, the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM), vehicle rollovers and road trauma, and, Vision Zero and designing vehicles to prevent catastrophic road injury and deaths. The seminar was co-chaired by the Hon. John Murray, representing the Australian France Association for Science and Technology, and Ian Faulks, representing the STAYSAFECommittee.

2.         Street Furniture: “Branding An Urban Identity”

Thursday 21 April 2005

The keynote presentation on road safety, traffic management and street furniture and design was given by Mr John Jamieson, of Jamieson Foley Pty Ltd. Other presentations on various aspects of urban roads management and street furniture, including street furniture in Paris, City of Sydney street furniture and urban advertising, City of Sydney street furniture and the reshaping of urban identity, the design of street furniture, the role of street furniture in recycling and environmental management, landscape architecture and street furniture, and, street furniture in the City of Melbourne. The seminar was co-chaired by the Hon. John Murray, representing the Australian France Association for Science and Technology, and Ian Faulks, representing the STAYSAFE Committee.

3.         Older Driver Licensing

Thursday 5 May 2005

Presentations included: The NSW Office of Ageing, ageing policy, and older drivers, older drivers in New South Wales, older driver licensing issues in New Zealand, issues in vision, ageing and driving, neurological disorders and the older driver, and, the “DRIVE”, Senior Driver Awareness Program. The seminar was chaired by Ian Faulks, representing the STAYSAFE Committee. Following the seminar, a number of attendees also participated in a workshop to examine proposals for changes to the New Zealand driver licensing system concerning older drivers.

4.         International Conference On Driver Distraction

Thursday 2 June 2005 and Friday 3 June 2005

This was first major international conference to examine driver distraction. The conference was chaired by Ian Faulks, representing the STAYSAFE Committee. Over 120 delegates heard from more than 25 speakers on a diversity of topics in driver distraction.

 

5.         YOUNG DRIVERS AT RISK

Friday 2 December 2005

Featured presentations on the findings from the Transforming Drivers project, and the development and launch of the ‘Arrive Alive’ website. The seminar was chaired by Professor Mark Stevenson, Chapter Chair.