Expert profiles

For SDG #9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

UNSW demonstrates expertise through people, centres and institutes and partnership

AGORA Centre for Market Design

The AGORA Centre for Market Design aims to solve major open design problems and to gain an improved understanding of new mechanisms for auctions, contracts, matching, voting, trading, social learning and networking. AGORA achieves this through utilising market design, an interdisciplinary field that combines insights from game theory, experimental economics, computer science, and operations research with domain-specific expertise from fields such as environmental sciences, the financial sector, and law.

Centre for Applied Economic Research

The Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER), founded in 1976, aims to champion informed economic policy, engaging with government and industry to translate leading academic research into real-world impact. The CEAR's research focuses on four initiatives: competition, productivity & regulation; economic measurement; law & economics; and real estate.

Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety

The Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety (CIES), established in 2007, aims to to be the leading internationally recognised research centre in the region for investigating, understanding and predicting the safety and behaviour of engineering infrastructure. CIES facilitates advanced research in all aspects of civil engineering infrastructure, embodying building structures, bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, pavements, dams, construction management, advanced systems and low-carbon technologies.

Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation

The Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI), part of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, facilitates and delivers interdisciplinary research throughout the Faculty of Engineering, as well as with industry partners. rCITI's research spans six pillars: intrgrated infrastructure strategic planning; bio-secure mobility; engineering smart cities & logistics; connected mobility services; deep data, digitalisation & decisions; and human-centred and automated systems design.

Professor Chongmin Song

Professor Song is the Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety. UNSW research led by Professor Song is helping structural engineers design buildings that will be more resilient against natural disasters. His research interests include computational mechanics, image-based analysis, dynamic soil-structure interaction, wave propogation, fracture mechanics and structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.

Professor Vinayat Dixit

Professor Dixit is the IAG Professor of Risk in Smart Cities and the Director of the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation. His key research interest lies in studying risk in the transportation infrastructure system as it relates to highway safety, travel time uncertainty, and natural and human-caused disasters.

Professor Mark Bradford

Professor Bradford is the Research Director for the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety and is a world leader in structural engineering. His current research looks at achieving sustainability in construction: reducing the carbon footprint by using new materials; eliminating energy-intensive demolition; and encouraging recycling.

Professor Stephen Foster

Professor Foster, the Dean of Engineering and part of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety, researches the behaviour of structural systems (buildings and bridges) constructed of reinforced and prestressed concrete, bringing new and advanced materials technologies to the engineering of structures.

Professor Wei Gao

Currently, Professor Gao of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety is completing a substantial Australia Research Council Discovery Grant project entitled 'Unified non-deterministic dynamic safety assessment of softening structure' and an industry-based research project, 'Advanced analysis and safety assessment framework for structures under uncertainty'.

Professor Nasser Khalili

Professor Khalili is the head of geotechnical engineering at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety and brings to this position an international reputation for innovation and setting industry standards. His research interests include geotechnical engineering, computational and constitutive modelling, continuum mechanics of multi-porous multiphase media, environmental engineering and non-isothermal mechanics and geothermal energy.

Professor Adrian Russell

Adrian Russell is a Professor in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Safety. As a geotechnical engineer, Russell looks to understand how infrastructure such as buildings, foundations, tailings storages, roads, tunnels, bridges, railways and ports interact with the ground. His research interests include soil mechanics, rock mechanics and the mechanics of fibre reinforced geomaterials and their use in infrastructure to increase strength and failure resistance.

Professor S Travis Waller

Professor Waller, of the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation, studies mathematical representations of transport systems to support the planning and management of mobility and infrastructure. His key domain interests include new models for transport network performance that account for emerging applications spanning information, uncertainty and dynamics.

Associate Professor Taha Hossein Rashidi

A/Prof Rashidi is currently leading research into the interconnectivity between travel behaviour and time use and the potential of new mobility technologies to influence this paradigm as well as working on an industry partnership project with GoGet to undertake research on autonomous driving. He is also examining the capacity of social media data to complement existing data resources as part of the development of an integrated multi-level modelling framework to demonstrate the relationships between land use and transport systems and the consequences this has for city planning and travel behaviour more broadly.

Professor Shan Pan

Professor Shan Pan is the founding Director of the Digital Sustainability Hub (DS Hub), a knowledge hub that he recently created. DS hub specializes in the research and education of digital sustainability, with a specific aim to contribute to achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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Goal #9

UNSW is committed to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation. Explore our commitments and activities to this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

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