Adelaide’s genetic transport future

The demand for accessible, sustainable and liveable cities has never been higher.

Population sizes continue to swell and our car-centric societies are grinding to a congested halt. There is hope! Transport engineering and land-use planning have the potential to improve accessibility. Accessibility is a measure of how many places of interest people can reach and with what relative ease. 

This project set out to optimise Adelaide’s bus transport network by maximising accessibility and reducing cost. A unique model (ABGAM) combining land-use data, travel times and impedance functions was designed to generate an accessibility score. A genetic algorithm (NSGAII), replicating the process of DNA changing over several generations, was then used to simulate thousands of bus route and timetable variations to optimise Adelaide’s accessibility. 

This program can automatically optimise the bus network of any city and will help governments and planners create accessible cities of the future.

Our built and natural environments


Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Ahmed Jehanzeb Naseem
Valentin Stoica
Carter Yin-Chen
Chelsea Cohen-Bryan
Zidong Wang

vote for this project: BN17

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