Public lecture to examine our transport future

Associate Professor Matthew Burke, from Griffith University's Urban Research Program
Associate Professor Matthew Burke

The changes, challenges and opportunities in Australia’s transport future will be the focus of a free public lecture at Griffith University’s South Bank campus on Thursday (December 3).

Presented by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), Associate Professor Matthew Burke, from Griffith’s Urban Research Program, will present Disruptive Technologies and our Transport Future, examining the various technologies affecting established and accepted transport practices and industries, and looking ahead to consider the state of Australian transport in 2030 and beyond.

The Deputy Director and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Urban Research Program, Associate Professor Burke says Australia is experiencing a transport revolution, with major factors including:

  • the rise of ride-sharing and parking apps such as Uber and Parkmonkey;
  • the roll-out of vehicle/infrastructure-linked intelligent transport networks;
  • rapidly advancing autonomous and electric vehicles, and;
  • a new logistics landscape of digital pick-up points and drones.

“These may change not just our transport networks, but also how our cities are designed, our social relations, and how we see ourselves,” he says.

Associate Professor Burke coordinates much of Griffith University’s transport research and currently leads large research grants exploring light rail, transport and land use relationships, and the funding and financing of urban transport.

With more than 350,000 members, IEEE is the world’s largest organisation for the advancement of technology. The SSIT has about 2000 members in 56 countries and focuses on the impact of technology on society, the impact of society on the engineering profession, the history of the societal aspects of electrotechnology, and professional, social and economic responsibility in the practice of engineering and its related technology.

WHAT: Disruptive Technologies and Our Transport Future,  a free public lecture

WHERE: Griffith University South Bank Campus Building S07 Room 1.23

WHEN: Thursday, December 3, from 5.30-7pm.

RSVP: Samuli Haataja (SSIT Queensland Coordinator) s.haataja@griffith.edu.au