Adaptive and Protective Transport

Due to the widespread pandemic worldwide, people’s way of life has changed dramatically in recent months. This project will cover all groups of people with special attention to senior and mobility-impaired, and it is expected to make significant contribution to understanding the mobility and social impacts and adjustment of transport services to tackle unexpected crisis in the future.

Australian governments have imposed tight restrictions to stop the coronavirus from spreading, which have resulted in significantly reduced road traffic and people movement. However, essential travel demand to maintain daily life still exists, like grocery shopping and healthcare visits.

This makes it critical to develop a feasible and holistic solution to maintain people’s life, especially for seniors and mobility impaired, when similar crisis occurs again. To achieve that, the existing transport services need adjustment to support people to adapt to the unexpected scenarios after crisis occurs.

Have your say: COVID-19 and transport

We want to understand how COVID-19 has affected daily travel and quality of life for people in NSW, and how people will adapt to the new normal with eased restrictions from 11 October 2021 as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap.

Man sitting on bus with face mask on


  • Bo Du (EIS) is leading the inter-disciplinary team with strong expertise in transport data analytics and innovative mobility design.
  • Johan Barthélemy (EIS) brings his expertise in IoT with rich experience on pedestrian data collection and analysis.
  • Quan Zhou (BAL) is an expert in logistics, food value chain, analytical and simulation modelling.
  • Louisa Smith is a sociologist and disability scholar with deep understanding of disability impact on social inclusion and participation.
  • Marcella Bernardo (EIS) will bring her expertise in urban logistics system optimization to innovative freight logistics design in this Task.
  • Delia Rambaldini-Gooding (ASSH) has a background in social policy and will bring her learnings from the GC Seed Project (The ‘Gong Shuttle Bus and Seniors QOL).
  • Lyn Phillipson (ASSH) is a WHO Age Friendly Environments Mentor and also the leader of the GC Dementia Keystone. 
  • Talita Meira (BAL) works on Industry 4.0 in Logistics, and she will contribute to freight logistics design and investigate on the adjustment of industry sectors in crisis.
  • Yan Qian (EIS) focuses on IoT and transport data analytics.
  • Hao Hu (EIS) will contribute to adaptive transport service design, which is part of his PhD research topic
  • Tianyang Qu (EIS) contributes to survey questionnaire design as well as public transport data analytics.

External Partners:

  • Tingru Cui (University of Melbourne) is a Senior Lecturer with expertise in digital innovation and discrete choice analysis.
  • Isabelle Ghetti (Wollongong City Council) is Transport Service Manager at Wollongong City Council, and will contribute to questionnaire design and support interview in Liverpool area, as well as give advice on mobility solution design.
  • Emily Tinson​ (Liverpool City Council) is a Senior Officer City Innovation and will contribute to questionnaire design and support interview in Liverpool area, as well as give advice on mobility solution design.
  • Darren Gough (Ydrive) is the Founder and CEO of YDrive, and will provide domain knowledge and relevant AV trial/operation data support, and contribute to questionnaire design and give advice on mobility solution design.
  • Transport for NSW will provide data support (Opal Card and On-demand Transport data) to the project.



This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure    Goal 10: Reduced inequalities   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.    Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals