National Traffic & Transport Conference, Perth, 24-27 July 2018


This year we have an world class line-up of international and local keynote speakers from across our industry joining us in Perth.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Steely White

Paul Steely White

Executive Director, Transport Alternatives

Paul Steely White is the Executive Director of Transport Alternatives NYC’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation

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Paul Steely White is Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation.

Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2004, he served as Africa Regional Director for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a non-profit group based in New York City. In 2011, Mr. White was selected to receive the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal, which recognizes those whose creative uses of the urban environment build a more diverse, dynamic, and equitable city.

In 2015, Paul was recognized by the New York Academy of Medicine for his work to make New York City streets safer and healthier.

He relishes his weekends, largely spent frolicking on the Brooklyn waterfront with his wife Zoe, eight-year-old daughter Anna Jane and his two-year-old twins, Ivy and Ray.

Tim Armitage

Tim Armitage

Director, UK AutoDrive

Tim Armitage, from Arup in London is the Director of the UK AutoDrive project which is leading the charge into introducing driverless vehicles across the UK.

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Tim Armitage is an Associate Director in Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research Group, where he leads on Future Transport Systems.  Tim’s work embraces all forms of mobility and he is an expert in the development and in-service introduction of innovative solutions.

Tim’s projects have delivered strategic consulting advice to the public and private sector, including the design and delivery of projects involving highly innovative technologies and systems.

Tim is Project Director for UK Autodrive – an ambitious three-year project trialling the use of connected and self-driving vehicles in two UK cities.  In addition to this, Tim is leading programmes which include assessing the feasibility of high-speed autonomous busses in an urban environment, and developing strategic options for the adoption of autonomous systems at a major airport.

Rick Donnelly

Rick Donnelly

Vice President and Technical Fellow, WSP

Rick Donnelly, from the USA is a Vice President and Technical Fellow with WSP and has over 30 years of experience in travel modelling and simulation.

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Rick Donnelly is a vice president and technical fellow at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, with 30 years of experience in travel modeling and simulation. He has focused in recent years on activity-based modeling of person and freight flows at the urban and statewide levels, as well as agent-based simulation of defense logistics systems. Rick is presently leading the design of a bilevel integrated economic-transport model for the province of Ontario (Canada), as well as high-speed rail forecasts of the Texas Department of Transportation. He has also actively involved in developing data-driven forecasting frameworks, based on the fusion of big data, stated preference surveys, and discrete event simulations.

Over the past decade, Rick has also led the design of statewide travel forecasting models in Arizona, Maryland, and North Carolina. During that time he also convened an internationally prominent peer review panel to advise the California High-Speed Rail Authority on ridership forecasting, after considerable controversy over the forecasts and models used to build them came under withering public scrutiny. He has also spent considerable time defending the forecasts in court, as well as serving as an expert advisor in litigation related to failed tolling projects in New South Wales. His experience in these legal realms has altered his ideas about how travel forecasting should be carried out.

Rick has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Melbourne. In addition to his work at WSP he is also a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and co-chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Travel Forecasting Resources (ABD45). He is also a member of the Association for European Transport’s freight and logistics committee, and highly interested in the impacts of artificial intelligence and increasing automation on society, and implications for transport planning.

Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce

Nicole Lockwood is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce leading the long term freight and logistics planning for WA.

Conference Contact: Zoe Wilks – 2018 National Conference Convenor

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