Posts By: Martin Tomitsch

INTERCHANGING – Future Designs for Responsive Transport Environments

The exhibition INTERCHANGING will showcase some of our research to date, in particular exploring speculative designs for future transport shelters. The exhibition will feature a 1:1 scale, interactive mock-up of a public transport Interchange of the Future. Featuring large screens and several sensors you’ll be able to interact with the model and experience a new world of travel… Read more

“What the Bus” and Why Should I Bother? Designing For User Participation in a Public Transport Information System

What the Bus Interface

In this article, we described the design and evaluation of a mobile application to show crowd-sourced bus arrival times and other information about buses. We wanted to use the power of passengers to collect and share data on the bus network at a time when there was no real time data about bus arrival times… Read more

Four Future Visions for Urban Transport Environments

Last year I taught an advanced interaction design class, in which students were tasked with improving urban landscapes through the use of digital technologies. Four teams, after their initial analysis of urban everyday scenarios, chose to work on transport environments. This post considers the projects the students produced, showcasing a variety of future solutions to… Read more

Human-centred Design as a Driver for Innovation in Transport Research

Human-centred design involves placing the human at the centre of all design considerations and decisions. Looking at a smart phone, someone coming from the ‘machine’ perspective might be concerned with the efficiency and effectiveness of file accessibility for a user. But a human-centred design methodology starts from the other end – the person, rather than… Read more

Ambient Computing in Public Transport Environments

A forested area is an environment rich with information – there are different paths, varieties of plants, and an array of sound and colour. Yet such a walk is refreshing and relaxing, because you do not have to pay full attention to all these pieces of information surrounding you. You can focus on some and… Read more

Improving Transport Environments Through Designing Their Infostructure

Improving the infrastructure of a city can at times be a complex and difficult task. It’s generally expensive, a lengthy process, and sometimes controversial. What’s often more achievable is improving what we call the ‘infostructure.’ The infostructure makes use of mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies, coupled with dynamic urban displays, to give users access to… Read more

Introducing the Encircle blog

This website is the public online repository of the ARC-funded research project ‘Responsive transport environments: spatial and visual user information technologies to allow improved passenger flow and a better customer experience’. – A project collaboration between the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, OCAD University, and with… Read more