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Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland

Queensland at Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a major Australian university and ranked among the world’s top 50 universities for 10 subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject. With around 50,000 students, including almost 8,000 international students from more than 100 countries, and 13,000 staff, QUT has a global outlook and a ‘real-world’ focus.

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) at QUT is a world-renowned, premier interdisciplinary centre and is committed to reducing road trauma and other injuries at local, national and international levels. CARRS-Q has received national and international awards, including two prestigious Widmark Awards, and is listed as the second most productive organisation in traffic safety studies worldwide, according to a 2018 publication in Accident Analysis and Prevention (doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2018.06.010). The Centre currently has over 85 full-time and part-time staff and students, including over 30 postgraduate research students. Over the last 25 years, it has become one of the leading institutions of its type globally, and is the premier trainer of road safety professionals, recognised by a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its postgraduate education program. In the past 5 years, CARRS-Q has secured over $AUD20M in research project funds. This includes the $AUD3.2M iMOVE Cooperative Highly Automated Driving project, preparing for the arrival of CAVs with safety, mobility and environmental implications for Australian and international citizens. CARRS-Q boasts a range of research infrastructure, including a highly instrumented automated vehicle, a high-fidelity simulator and an AVSimulation desk-top simulator.

ICAROS team members are experts in VRU safety: Prof Narelle Haworth specialises in injury prevention, bicycle, e-mobility and motorcycle safety; Centre Director Prof Andry Rakotonirainy, who developed and leads the Intelligent Transport Systems research area, was CI in the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study project; Prof Sebastien Glaser has extensive expertise in CAV development across Europe and Australia; and Associate Professor Ronald Schroeter, a DECRA recipient, focuses on the design of innovative driving experiences using AR, and is also involved in the iMOVE Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot.

LU’s scaling up of its relationship with CARRS-Q is a priority, given research synergies, their high international reputation and rapidly growing international influence.