The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) world congress will kick off in the United States in September and NICTA will showcase its research into how its making transport networks safer, more efficient and sustainable.

Seven speakers from the NICTA team will travel to ITS to demonstrate how its efforts are currently influencing public policy and decision making.

It will be touching on subjects such as mobility in smart cities, improving sustainability through intelligent transport systems, traffic incident management based on anomaly detection, data-driven traffic and public transportation modeling, smart parking systems and the future of connected vehicles.

NICTA director of infrastructure, transport and logistics business team, Rob Fitzpatrick, said data analytics and optimisation can be applied to help sufficiently use what's currently in place.

"When we do need to invest in new infrastructure, we can use data analytics wisely. An example is when there's a two lane freeway that gets congested during peak hour, how can we use relatively inexpensive technology to reduce that congestion before we spend millions of dollars adding lanes to the freeway," Fitzpatrick said.

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"Some of the work we'll be showing in Detroit will look at how we can move from short sample-based surveys that have been historically used to make planning decisions about broadening roads and flow rates within a city, to capturing real data from systems that can tell you when congestion occurs. We can get to a point where we can predict what congestion will be in the next 15 or 30mins. That kind of data sets a platform for data analytics and optimisation researchers to be able to influence the signal phase and timing of traffic lights to reduce congestion that is about to occur."

Smart parking was another example for reducing congestion and fuel consumption.

"If you want to reduce congestion in the city, tell people where to park without having to circle the city block a million times. We need better information systems and data to communicate that into the navigation system," he said.

NICTA will also be providing a driving simulator experience to demonstrate new tools that monitor and measure a driver's attention. Australia will host the congress in Melbourne in 2016.

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