• The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth



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Personal profile


Chao is a research fellow at the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC), with experience in both academia and industry, where he participated in a range of research and consulting activities including some large-scale infrastructure and mining projects. Since joining PATREC, he has been leveraging his unique combination of experiences and skills to actively bridge the gap between industry, government and academia.

Funding overview

Enhanced short and longer term network performance prediction capabilities through data-driven analytics and simulation, iMOVE CRC
Assessment of feasibility and benefits of video analytics as applied to video footage from existing Main Roads WA cameras, Main Roads WA
RailSmart Wanneroo Planning Support System, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
Addressing Future Uncertainties of Perth at 3.5 Million: What-If Scenarious for Mass Transit, PATREC
Mass Transit Plan for Perth at 3.5 Million and Beyond, WA Department of Transport

Previous positions

Senior Simulation Consultant, AECOM
Research Associate, Curtin

Teaching overview

Transport Engineering


Currently Chao mainly focuses on helping the transport industry with digital transformation. He adopts a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern computing, analytics and simulation techniques to solve problems in the following areas:

  • Future transport (impact of Autonomous Vehicles and telecommuting etc.);
  • Transport and traffic modelling and simulation;
  • Transport and traffic engineering;
  • Data analytics (Machine Learning etc.) for transport;
  • Optimisation (Genetic Algorithms);
  • Discrete event simulation for logistics and supply chain management

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Research Output

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Place vs. Node Transit: Planning Policies Revisited

    Olaru, D., Moncrieff, S., McCarney, G., Sun, Y., Reed, T., Pattison, C., Smith, B. & Biermann, S., 2 Jan 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 2, 14 p., 477.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Pulse of Perth: SmartRider Data Visualisation

    Reed, T., Ji, Y., Sun, C. & Biermann, S., 21 Mar 2019, Perth, WA: Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC). 63 p.

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    RailSmart Planning Wanneroo Technical Report

    Robson, L., Biermann, S., Cardell-Oliver, R., Olaru, D., Martinus, K., Smith, B., Chi, S., Sun, C., Reed, T., Jie, F., Standing, C. & Parsons, C., 2019, Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC). 50 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther output

    Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    505 Downloads (Pure)



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