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UPCOMING WORKSHOP – Secondary datasets for research: Traffic and transport data

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This session introduces you to secondary datasets, their benefits, and how to find and use them, with an additional focus on traffic and transport data for engineers and urban planners.

Also known as existing or third-party datasets, secondary datasets are those that a researcher has not collected or created themselves. This type of data can encompass an enormous range of highly original and extensive studies, including rare, unusual, and large datasets. While the majority of datasets are free to access, some are available through a request or application process, and others may require payment.

QUT library hosts a range of valuable datasets, including climate datasets, which may provide immense value for our real world research.

Details:

Tuesday, 11 October, 2:30-3:30pm

Register here.

Presenters:

Kelly Walters is an experienced leader working within the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) Digital Capability Unit. She has over 15 years’ experience working within government in both operational and strategic environments across customer services and information technology.

In her current role, Kelly uses her passion for business improvement, data and analytics, technology and customer-centric design to lead a small team dedicated to uplifting data and analytics capability across TMR, enabling the organisation to become insights driven. In previous roles, Kelly has worked with TMR business areas, industry, customers and partners to co-design solutions and explore emerging technologies to solve problems and improve customer experience, as well as leading business improvement programs and projects. One of her key achievements has been to lead the collaborative development of TMR’s Digital Initiative Lifecycle; a clear process and framework to guide the business in digital ways of working and promote transformational change in TMR’s digital thinking.

Kelly supports her community through her active involvement in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), where she aids in the development of leadership capability in future leaders as a presenter and trainer. She has been involved with RYLA since 2007, and in 2018 was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her contribution to the program.

In 2019, Kelly won the Women in Technology (WIT) ICT Rising Star award, in recognition of her work both professionally and in her community.

Dr Krishna Behara is a postdoctoral fellow in transport engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. He completed his PhD in transport engineering at QUT (Australia), his masters in transportation engineering and bachelors (hons.) in civil engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (India).

Krishna received the 2020 SIDRA SOLUTIONS Postgraduate Award for his PhD thesis titled ‘Origin-Destination Matrix Estimation Using Big Traffic Data: A Structural Perspective’. This award from ITE-ANZ and SIDRA SOLUTIONS is given to the most outstanding postgraduate student from a tertiary institution in Australia or New Zealand, based on the quality of his or her research and potential to make a significant contribution to the traffic and transport engineering profession.

Prior to joining QUT, Krishna worked as consultant engineer (Transport) at National Rural Roads Development Agency, Ministry of Rural Development, New Delhi, India; and as Assistant Professor in the department of civil engineering, ANITS (India). He also worked on transport research projects with Queensland Department of Transport Main Roads (Australia), Mains Road Western Australia (Australia), and Jaipur Development Authority (India).

He is currently conducting fundamental research on the study of travel behaviour in Queensland using behavioural economics.

Krishna’s research interests include transport data analytics, traffic modelling and simulation, travel behaviour, behavioural econometrics, and discrete choice models.

Philippa Frame, Research Data Librarian and Graham Dawson, Liaison Librarian (Faculty of Engineering), QUT Library, will facilitate the session.

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