Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Two master/PhD scholarships are available for local and international students in the area of shared autonomous vehicles and pedestrian modelling.

The first project aims to develop a shared autonomous vehicles (SAV) operational system to assist in solving public transport first and last mile connectivity problems. The research activities includes SAV balancing and routing strategy.

The second project focuses on pedestrian modelling to evaluate the impacts of exclusively separated pedestrian infrastructures on congestion relief.

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There have been a big shift in transport planning and management recently in which transport planning is no longer focused on constructing transport infrastructures instead focused more on providing reliable transport services and improving accessibility. An integrated, well-coordinated and reliable traffic systems is needed. Dynamic traffic modelling which incorporate time dependent traffic demand and supply generated from readily available big data enable to better manage urban transportation. To tackle the challenges, a multidisciplinary intelligent and smart transportation ecosystem project is currently undergoing which aims to smoothen traffic flow in by reducing commuter heavily reliance on road traffic through voluntary travel demand management.

Dr. Susilawati received her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Transportation Engineering from the University of South Australia in 2007 and 2012. Before joining Monash, she worked in multinational consulting firms as a geo-spatial data analyst in Indonesia and Australia. Her research interests are mainly on dynamic transport planning and modeling that consider the stochastic nature of traffic demand and road capacity to measure travel demand management's effectiveness, including congestion charging and create reliable transport systems and. She has been working on projects to evaluate various effects of road disruptions on traffic performances considering supply and demand variation using the transport network vulnerability approach. 

Her current research activities focused on the evaluation of the effects of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs) adoption on public transport's first-mile and last-mile connectivity and the in-vehicle value of time (IVVT) and schedule delay.

She is a PI of two FRGS on sustainable and intelligent transport and Co-PI on several multidisciplinary projects on smart city and active mobility. In 2010, she was awarded the Inaugural Young Researcher Award by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB).


Research interests

Autonomous vehicle, Reliability, vulnerability, traffic, transport planning, active demand, GIS.

Monash teaching commitment

  • CIV2282 - Transport and Traffic Engineering
  • CIV4284 - Transport Systems
  • CIV4287 - Road Engineering
  • ENG1021 - Spatial Communication in Engineering

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Reliability
  • vulnerability
  • traffic
  • transport planning
  • active demand
  • autonomous vehicles
  • lane change

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