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    The winner of the first annual Martin Lowson paper award

    June 8th, 2015

    monica_zarafu_lowson_awardThe winner of the first annual Martin Lowson paper award is: Monica Zarafu, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia.

    Due to the generous support from the Lowson family, an annual student paper award has been established. The late Martin Lowson was the visionary behind the ATN system at Heathrow airport. He loved working with students and fostering their creative and innovative ideas. Due to his dedication, hard work and entrepreneurially qualities the modern ATN vision was realized. ATRA thanks his family and honors his legacy with this award.

    ATRA fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transportation, particularly for our urban areas. The objective is to recognize high quality, original work that advances the thought and practice of fully automated networked public mobility systems. The emphasis in the inaugural 2015 award was on Automated Transit Networks toward sustainable urban mobility. Congratulations Monica Zarafu!!

    Monica Zarafu is a transport engineer specialized in transport technologies with a Master by research in Built Environment from University of Technology Sydney. Areas of expertise include travel demand estimation and forecasting infrastructure needs, multi-modal transport systems, and integrated transport and land-use evaluations, with academic, local government and industry practice. Her research interest is in identifying and evaluating innovative transport solutions for twenty-first century urban forms, with a focus on finding a sustainable equilibrium between individual and collective interests. Under a collaborative research program funded by the Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, Monica investigated how effective a Personal Rapid Transit system could be in retrofitting edge cities using a local business park, Macquarie Park as a case study.

    This paper is available on our Papers page: