John Taplin

Emeritus Professor, BA(Econ) MAgrEc NE PhD C'nell

  • The University of Western Australia (M252), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 155 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
1993 …2019
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Personal profile


John Taplin moved from the position of Director of the Bureau of Transport Economics to become Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Transport, being responsible for Australia's rail, road, sea, air and international transport policy. He then took up the position of Professor of Transport Economics at the University of Tasmania and subsequently moved to Director-General of Transport in W.A., where he was responsible for the electrification of the Perth suburban railway and the initial investigation of a railway extension to Mandurah, as well as many regional developments and policy changes. As leader of transport research at UWA, he has directed studies of the optimal selection and scheduling of road projects, improved traffic models and travel behaviour, as well as the applications of artificial intelligence and evolutionary computing methods in transport.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Roles and responsibilities

Emeritus Professor,
Supervising six PhD candidates,
Transport and logistics

Future research

Modelling urban travel and land use interaction

Funding overview

2011 Prof Taplin, Dr Xia, Dr Olaru, Dr Han, LP110201150 "Modelling and evaluating the joint access mode and train station choice" $336,870
2009 Profs Bräunl, Taplin, Harries,LP100100436"Analysis and modeling of driving patterns for limited-range electric vehicles'' $229,000
Professor John Taplin, Prof Fred Affleck, Ms C Curtis, Dr Min Qiu, Dr Peter Lawrence 2004, “Impacts of Transit Led Development in a New Rail Corridor”, ARC Linkage Projects, Funds Approved: $693,551.00. RFCD:

Professor Michael McAleer, Professor John Taplin 1996, “Modelling Tourism Initiative on the Basis of Econometric and Choice Analysis of Tourist Behaviour”, Sundry Grants, Funds Approved: $42,000.00. RFCD:

Professor Michael McAleer, Professor John Taplin, Ms E Smith 1996, “Modelling tourism initiatives on the basis of econometric and choice analysis of tourist behaviour”, ARC SPIRT, Funds Approved: $161,995.00. RFCD:

Previous positions

Director General of Transport WA
Professor of Transport Economics, University of Tasmania
Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Transport
Director of the Bureau of Transport Economics

Current projects

Impacts of Transit Led Development in a New Rail Corridor

Industrial Relevance
Facilitate development of Perth infrastructure and rational land release in peripheral areas

Links with Industry
Collaborate with WA Government agencies, local governments and Peet and Co in joint studies of transport impacts

Collaborations with Other Institutions
Working jointly with Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan Universities

Teaching overview

Co-ordinator of the UWA Master of Logistic Engineering and Management (MLEM) presented in Shanghai in conjunction with Shanghai Maritime University

Teach MLEM units: TRLO8516 Transport Systems and policy, TRLO8515 Inventory and Distribution Management


Adoption of alternative car and fuel technologies Optimal transport investment strategies Supply chain simulation Choice and demand modelling


  • Passenger Transport
  • Freight Transport
  • Transport Demand
  • Container Shipping
  • Urban Networks
  • Computer applications and management science
  • Demand for cars and fuel
  • Transport modelling

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Projects 1997 2018

Research Output 1993 2019

choice of location
Open Access
developmental biology

An examination of the risk parameter as a measurement of risk attitude in discrete choice modelling

Huang, Y., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Risk attitude
Discrete choice modelling
Discrete choice models
Random utility
1 Citations

Enhancing freeway safety through intervening in traffic flow dynamics based on variable speed limit control

You, J., Fang, S., Zhang, L., Taplin, J. & Guo, J., 26 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Advanced Transportation. 2018, ID3610541.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Highway systems
Travel time
3 Citations

Characteristic analysis of mixed traffic flow of regular and autonomous vehicles using cellular automata

Liu, Y., Guo, J., Taplin, J. & Wang, Y., 2017, In : Journal of Advanced Transportation. 2017, 8142074.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cellular automata
Railroad cars
Traffic flow


Transport Modelling Review

John Taplin (Participant), Michael Taylor (Participant), Sharon Biermann (Participant), Doina Olaru (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts