External Recognition

2019 Inaugural ACRS Young Leaders Oration Award

Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios received this award for his growing national and international reputation in distracted driving research.

2019 Widmark Institutional Award

Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan received this prestigious award from the International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) in recognition of her sustained, outstanding global contribution in the field of impaired driving. Find out more here.

2019 ICADTS Borkenstein Award

CARRS-Q received this award for its outstanding contributions to international cooperation in alcohol and drug-related traffic safety programs. Find out more here.

2019 Best Paper Award

Dr Gregoire Larue and Dr Chris Watling (and other QUT authors) received this award at AHB60 – the TRB Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Committee for the paper titled “Getting the attention of drivers back on passive level crossings: Evaluation of advanced flashing lights”.

2018 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

CARRS-Q received this award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to improving road safety by educating future road safety professionals. Find out more here.

2018 Best Demonstration Award

Dr Ronald Schroeter and Michael Gerber won this award at the 2018 Automotive User Interfaces (AutoUI) Conference in Toronto.

2017 Special Award for Sustained Achievement in Injury Prevention

Adjunct Professor Vic Siskind was honoured by the Australian Injury Prevention Network in recognition of a long career dedicated to reducing injury-related harm.

2017 CHI Best Paper Award

“Designing gamified applications that make safe driving more engaging” authored by Fabius Steinberger, Dr Ronald Schroeter, Professor Marcus Foth and Daniel Johnson was awarded the CHI 2017 Best Paper Award, ranking it among the top 1% of all submissions to the conference. CHI is the premier international conference in Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

2016 Institute of Transportation Engineers Australia & New Zealand

Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan received an award in recognition of her contribution to the Transport Profession.

2016 Education and Training Outstanding Paper

A paper which Dr Ioni Lewis and Dr Tamara Banks co-authored with a former Honours student, Amanda Warmerdam, was selected by the Editorial team of the journal Education & Training as one of three Highly Commended Papers of 2016 in their annual Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The paper was entitled, “Gen Y recuitment: Understanding graduate intentions to join an organisation using the Theory of Planned Behaviour”.

2016 International Safety Media Awards, Tampere, Finland

CARRS-Q Hand in Hand campaign won the Excellence in Media Evaluation Award.

2016 SLEEP Conference, Denver

PhD Scholar Kalina Rossa was awarded a commendation for her paper entitled “Prospective measurement of daily sleep, stress, and affect in college students”.

2016 Charles Miller Best Research and Evaluation Paper

Jasmine Cleary, Alison Swann and Dr Alexia Lennon received this Award at the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) Conference.

2016 Outstanding Paper Award, TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation

Amir Pooyan Afghari, Dr MD Mazharul Haque, Professor Simon Washington and Dr Tanya Smyth for their paper “A Bayesian latent class safety performance function for identifying motor vehicle crash blackspots”.

2015 Real World Application prize shortlist

PhD scholar Rabbani Wahi’s poster was shortlisted for the Real World Application prize from among 44 posters at the IHBI Inspires Postgraduate Conference.

2015 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing

Dr Ashim Debnath was awarded a certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing from the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention.

2015 Taxi Council Queensland Industry Awards Finalist

Innovation Award: CARRS-Q (QUT) – Professor Simon Washington and Professor Andry Rakotonirainy for the development of a taxi app (to be released at a later date).

2015 Austrade Road Safety Capability Report citation

The Australian Government’s Road Safety Capability Report features CARRS-Q on pages 10, 11, 24 and 25. The Centre’s receipt of the Widmark Institutional Award, the Advanced Driving Simulator, and the education of road safety researchers and practitioners are highlighted, along with an international collaborative study conducted by Dr MD Mazharul Haque with the National University of Singapore.

2015 Certified Chartered OHS Professional

PhD Scholar Caroline Gillespie has received the Certified Chartered OHS Professional membership grade at the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA).

2015 Peter Vulcan Award for best paper

PhD student, Michelle Fitts won the prestigious Peter Vulcan Award for the best paper during the Australasian Road Safety Conference (ACRS 2015) for the paper entitled “Drink driving among indigenous people in Far North Queensland and Northern NSW: a summary of the qualitative findings”.

2014 Appointment as a Member Emeritus of TRB Committee on Roadside Safety Design

Adjunct Professor Rod Troutbeck was appointed as a Member Emeritus of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Roadside Safety Design (AFB20).

2014 Highly Commended Paper

The paper entitled “Essential elements for recruitment and retention: Generation Y” co-authored by Dr Ioni Lewis and Professor Bert Biggs with former Honours student, Jenna Luscombe, was selected by the Editorial team of the journal Education & Training .

2014 Best Paper

Dr Sébastien Demmel, Dr Grégoire Larue and Professor Andry Rakotonirainy were co-authors with Dominique Gruyer and Brigitte d’Andrea-Novel of “Simulating Cooperative Systems Applications: a New Complete Architecture” in the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications.

2014 John Kirby Award for Best Paper by a New Researcher

Awarded to PhD student, Cassandra Gauld at the 2014 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference for the paper “Effect of mobile phone use and aggression on speed selection by young drivers: A simulator study” was co-authored by Dr Ioni Lewis, Dr MD Mazharul Haque and Professor Simon Washington.

2014 Best Paper Award

Dr Ashleigh Filtness was part of a team received this award at the 11th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association for the paper entitled “The application of decision-making paradigms to map real-world driver decision-making at rail level crossings”.

2014 Short-listed for the best ‘Young Professionals’ Award

Awarded at the 26th ARRB conference for “Making informed decisions on selecting promising Work Zone Safety Treatments” authored by Dr Ashim Debnath, Dr Ross Blackman and Professor Narelle Haworth.

2013 Best Student Paper Award

PhD student, Elliot Fishman won the Best Student Paper Award at the Australian Transport Research Forum Conference for a paper entitled “Bike share: synthesis of recent international research and determinants of scheme membership”. Professor Simon Washington, Professor Narelle Haworth and PhD student, Angela Watson were co-authors.

2013 Carla Patterson Research Publication Award

Dr Lisa Buckley won the 2013 Carla Patterson Research Publication Award for the IHBI Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Domain for a publication which was co-authored with Dr Rebekah Chapman and Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan.

2013 Queensland Children’s Commissioner Portfolio Partner Award

The Consumer Product Injury Research Advisory Group (CPIRAG), founded by CARRS-Q, was acknowledged by the Queensland Children’s Commissioner in the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian’s Annual Child Death Report for the contribution the Committee made to reducing product-related injury for Queensland children.

2013 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship

Professor Narelle Haworth was presented with the 2013 Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) Fellowship at the annual ACRS Conference in Adelaide in November. The Fellowship was presented “For her outstanding contribution as an internationally recognised researcher in the road safety field and for her major contribution as a policy advisor at the state, national and international level”.

2013 West Lake Friendship Award for Foreign Experts

Professor Barry Watson was awarded the West Lake Friendship Award for Foreign Experts from the Zhejiang Provincial Government in Hangzhou, China. Professor Watson was also awarded an Honorary Professorship at the College.

2013 Kenneth A Stonex Roadside Safety Award

Professor Rod Troutbeck received this Award at the annual Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

2012 RACQ Road Safety Prize: Outstanding Thesis

PhD Scholar Cassandra Gauld won this award for her thesis entitled “Concealed mobile phone use while driving: Applying an extended theory of planned behaviour”.

2012 David Langford Commemorative Award

Professor Bert Biggs and Ms Amy Williamson received this Award at the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Conference held in Edinburgh.

2012 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award Outgoing Postgraduate Award

This Award enabled PhD student George Jia to travel to China to undertake his PhD data collection. He was the only QUT postgraduate student to win one of these awards.

2011 AFMA Fleet Safety Award

CARRS-Q received this award in recognition of its collaboration with industry to develop and implement a range of initiatives including workshops, toolbox talks, resources, crash investigation processes, vehicle checks, situational analysis toolkit, etc. for fleets.

2010 Engineering Leadership Award

Associate Professor Herbert Biggs was part of the team that won the overall Engineering Leadership Award and the Reports, Procedures and Systems category in Engineers Australia’s 2010 Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards.

2010 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship

Professor Barry Watson was awarded the prestigious Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship in recognition of his significant and sustained contribution to reducing road trauma.

2010 Widmark Institutional Award

CARRS-Q was awarded this prestigious award by the International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS).