Australian Research Council (ARC)
Linkage Project

This project is funded partially by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.


September 2018 – August 2021

The primary aim of this project is to develop an innovative approach for improving Road Network Operations under non-recurrent events through big data analysis and computational modelling. Current studies lack sufficient insights into the impact of non-recurrent events, such as accidents and inclement weather, under a seamlessly spatial and temporal context, especially the possible spatial and temporal lag effect due to non-recurrent events. A key focus of the project is to ease the current scientific bottleneck of image and data fusion, analysis and sharing in Road Network Operations. The expected outcome is to optimise traffic control strategies and traffic design, reduce the maintenance costs for road infrastructure and improve quality of life.


This project will develop and integrate advanced modelling and computing technologies in spatial and temporal analysis, image and sensing data fusion, and cloud computing to improve the use of data from Intelligent Transport Systems and meteorology monitoring systems. The research will address:

  1. How to detect non-recurrent events automatically.
  2. How to assess the impact of non-recurrent events on Road Network Operation variations.
  3. How to provide real-time updates and share early-warnings to road users.

Industry Outcomes

  1. For the general public, improvements in Road Network Operation performance monitoring and early warning systems, through efficient modelling, robust analysis and intuitive visualisation, will help road users to avoid congestion and road accidents.
  2. For the owner/operators, a significantly higher return on investment will be gained through the more reliable digital and modelling methodologies and optimisation of network management.
  3. For technology providers, adapting image and big data analysis, as well as instant information sharing by cloud computing in Road Network Operations will open a new market in intelligent transport systems, with better information on network needs and capacities.
  4. Nationally, the improved systems will support a more sustainable transport network that meets the social, economic and environmental needs of today.


Documents for Downloading

The following documents provide additional detail regarding this current research, including project outcomes to date:

Fact Sheet

Project Fact Sheet


Integrated Control Strategy for Variable Speed Limit (VSL) and Ramp Metering (RM) – Literature Review (March 2019, 615Kb)

Smart Freeway Modelling and Optimization of Traffic Flows (March 2019, 1.5Mb)

Progress Report Presentation (July 2019, 2.5Mb)

Progress Report Presentation (November 2019, 3.5Mb)

Progress Report Presentation (March 2020, 4.2Mb)

On Simulation and Optimization of Freeway Network Operations (June 2020, 4.6Mb)

On Simulation and Optimization of Freeway Network Operations (September 2020, 4.7Mb)

On Simulation and Optimization of Freeway Network Operations (December 2020, 4.2Mb)

On Simulation and Optimization of Freeway Network Operations (February 2021, 4.5Mb)