The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will host the 40th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 30 October to 1 November 2018.

The ATRF conference is an opportunity to showcase contemporary transport technology, innovation, industry projects, researchers, policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia from a range of disciplines, to share and build upon the latest research and thinking in the transport sector.

The three day event will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre within the magnificent Darwin Waterfront surrounds, and will provide an opportunity for government agencies, industry, academic and research institutions to participate in discussion of current and emerging transport issues.

For further information please visit or contact the ATRF conference secretariat, Agentur at

Please note, Early Bird Registrations are due to close on Friday, 28th September 2018.


Dr Andrew Higgins

Senior Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO Land and Water

Andrew is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO Land and Water business unit, based in Brisbane. He joined CSIRO in 1996, with a passion in developing novel methods to optimise agriculture transport & logistics to increase profitability across the supply chains. Andrew worked closely with various Australian agriculture and forestry industries (including sugar, beef, grains) for 20 years, improving strategic and operational logistics across all segments between farming and marketing. 

From 2012, Andrew led the development of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), which is a state-of-the-art model for assessing and optimising infrastructure investments (road upgrades, use of rail versus road, processing and storage facilities) and policy interventions in agriculture logistics. It holistically estimates the transport benefits across the freight network, by analysing every possible vehicle and rail trip each year, and optimising routes between all enterprises in the supply network. Andrew has a background in operations research and received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology on the topic of optimising rail freight schedules.

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Dr Steve Rogers
Chief Executive Officer
The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd (CfAT Ltd)

Dr. Steve Rogers is the CEO of The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd (CfAT Ltd), an Aboriginal controlled not for profit company based in Alice Springs, operating across rural and remote Australia. The company’s core business is the provision of effective and appropriate infrastructure solutions to the challenges people in remote areas face, such as reliable power, digital connectivity, water supply and built infrastructure.

Dr Rogers is an experienced company director currently holding Directorships with Ekistica Pty Ltd (CfAT Ltd.’ s wholly owned commercial subsidiary), CfATMPJV Pty Ltd and Territory NRM. He has a leadership background in research and technology development in the environment sector and commercial technology development in the mining exploration and mineral processing industries. He has led the transition of CfAT Ltd from a government grant, block funded NGO to a sustainable commercial company, and has a strong vision for CfAT Ltd as a national organisation delivering the technology innovation needed to stimulate economic development across remote Australia.
His presentation will discuss the CfAT Ltd mobile phone hot spot technology. A passive, low cost technology providing extended access to the digital mobile phone network, currently installed at 45 remote sites in the Northern Territory, including; highways, remote Indigenous communities and tourist sites.

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