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The UTS Transport Research Centre was launched by the NSW Minister for Transport, The Hon Andrew Constance MP on May 17, 2016. The launch celebrates several successful industry collaborations and marks the official start of the new multi-disciplinary, cross facility research hub at UTS.  The centre is dedicated to applied transport research, teaching and learning programs with a customer service Paradigm.  The centre draws on skills from nine different research units within UTS, bringing together strategic planning, design, engineering and information technology expertise.

Prior to the establishment of the centre, Dr Felix Laube, who joined UTS as an Adjunct Professor in 2014, assisted UTS academics with development of the Service Engineering paradigm that has been used to develop the foundations of a new class of passenger information system at UTS called Responsive Passenger Information Systems. Dr Laube is the chief system designer for the new European Train Control System (ETCS) currently being implemented in Denmark — a new technology that will increase rail network capacity by 40 per cent without any substantial new track construction and provide public transport customers with real time updates on changes to timetables during periods of significant disruption to services.

New condition monitoring projects involving teams from the Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC), the Optimisation Group from the School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences and the Centre for Autonomous Systems to support industry partner Downer Rail are now underway. Research in the areas of Network Planning & Optimisation with Transport for NSW are also in progress with industry partners Cubic/Urban Insights using anonymous data off the new OPAL card ticketing system.