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Connected Vehicles and Smart Roads

  • 11 Oct 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Tesla Showroom 650 Church Street Richmond, VIC, 3121
  • 50


  • Guest tickets purchased prior to day of event.
  • Member tickets purchased prior to day of event.


Australia is uniquely placed as a test bed for the future of global transport. We have a huge amount of space, the technical expertise and importantly, we don’t have the complexities in getting multiple jurisdictions to agree on an outcome that Europe and the US face.

Since Melbourne hosted the World ITS Congress in 2016, the local industry has been driving activity that will help us realise this future of autonomous vehicles that we hear so much about.

That reality, on our public roads at least, is some way off and in the interim there’s much work to be done in developing infrastructure to support intelligent connected vehicles and roads.  

In this event, our panel will be sharing where on the map of our future of transport journey we’re at including:

  • Update on pilot programs currently being trialled in Victoria including AIMES

  • Outlining the infrastructure and solutions needed and programs supporting their development

  • The role of 5G and connectivity solutions for between vehicles (V2V), infrastructure (V2I) and everything (V2X)

  • The latest in vehicle autonomy



Dr Allison Stewart - Project Director, Automated & Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Advice, Infrastructure Victoria

Allison is an experienced capital projects leader, strategist and academic, with experience working in the infrastructure, energy, defence, and mega-events industries. She is a recognised expert in the theory of mega-events, and her work has been cited by the Economist, the BBC, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Allison is leading Infrastructure Victoria’s advice on the state’s infrastructure needs for introducing automated and zero emissions vehicles. The breadth of this work is unprecedented in Australia, covering topics including transport modelling and planning, energy, health and ICT infrastructure up to 30 years into the future for Victoria.

Majid Sarvi - Professor in Transport for Smart Cities, AIMES Founding Director, The University of Melbourne

Majid is the chair in Transport Engineering, the professor in Transport for Smart Cities and the program director of the "Transport Technologies" at the University of Melbourne. He is the founder and the director of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem).

AIMES is the world’s first and largest connected urban testing ecosystem for implementing and testing of emerging connected transport technologies at large scale and in complex urban environments which involves over 45 partners from government and leading Australian and global industry partners.

Majid has over 23 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His research is multidisciplinary with international outlook and both theoretically oriented and applied in nature. His fields of research cover a range of topics, including: connected multimodal transport network, crowd dynamic modelling and simulation and network vulnerability assessment and optimization. He has been the author/co-author of over 300 refereed publications in top transportation journals and various conference and symposia proceedings.

He has served on several international research committees, the Network Modelling Committee (ADB30), Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45), and the Emergency Evacuation Committee (ABR30) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Research Council. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Crowd Dynamic Modelling Subcommittee AHB45(2) of TRB.

Paul Kubat

Paul is an independent consultant. He has worked for some of the largest technology companies in the world.  Paul is a technology futurist that can prescribe an organisation's future vision and enable extraordinary customer, citizen, employee or student experiences.

Paul commenced with working career with Ford Motor Co and has subsequently worked with Australia’s largest global enterprises as well as local, state and federal governments assisting with their digital transformation, strategy and innovation initiatives.  In his last role at Singtel-Optus he was their Smart City Lead.

At the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, Paul was the Internet of Things and Smart Spaces Expert within Optus 5G Live at Broadbeach presenting and demonstrating the value of robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality over the new 5G networks headed for Australia in 2019.

Mark Harland

A Global Leader with an appetite for change and innovation. Over 20 years of global automotive experience at General Motors with specific emphasis in Sales Operations, Brand Building and Customer Experience enabled through technology solutions. A track record of success in a range of geographies (North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa) bringing new ideas and energy to gain brand alignment, as well as drive sales. Passionate about identifying trends like urban mobility, EVs/AVs and other white space opportunities to position the organisation where the competitors are not.

More recently, Mark led an innovative Marketing & Customer Experience team for GM International based in Shanghai, as well as Singapore. In his latest role as Executive Director Marketing, Mark was supporting the Holden brand transformation post manufacturing through until July 1st of this year.

Mark is a Montreal, Canada native and permanent resident of Australia. He holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology with a focus on Marketing and Finance.

Ticket price includes drinks, light refreshments and a copy of the event report.
PLEASE NOTE:  A condition of registering for this event is that you agree to having your name and email address supplied to Tesla. This is part of their protocol for allowing The Churchill Club to use the space.  





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