Jun 24

Crowdshipping: A Behavioural Analysis Of Public Transport Passengers - Seminario

Professor Russell G. Thompson

University of Melbourne, Australia


Friday 7th of June at 02:00 pm

Room “Archimede”

School of Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata


Although Crowd-Shipping (CS) solutions have substantial potential for increasing the sustainability of urban deliveries they have not been successfully implementing in many cities. There is a need for enhancing understanding of the behaviour of travellers to design more viable schemes.

This seminar will describe behavioural models developed to investigate users’ willingness to participate in public transport based initiatives based on a survey that was conducted in the Sydney metropolitan area. Models were developed to explore different classes of participant characteristics and preferences for accepting CS delivery tasks, under different levels of offered incentives, package weights, and required detour distance at the destination.

Models that investigate the use of parcel lockers by crowdshippers at public transport terminals will also be presented. A probabilistic mathematical model with behavioural constraints was used to estimate the probability of accepting CS task by passengers will be outlined. Future research directions will also be explored.





Professor Russell G. Thompson leads the Physical Internet Lab at the University of Melbourne and is Vice-President of the Institute for City Logistics based in Kyoto. Russell was a leader of the Volvo Global Center of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, 2013-2020. He has published over 15 books and 200 refereed publications in the field of urban freight. Russell is a co-author of the recent book, Urban Freight Analytics: Big Data, Models and Artificial Intelligence.


Currently, Russell is actively involved in several urban freight projects in Melbourne and Sydney including Micro-Consolidation Centres and the effects of COVID on urban distribution patterns. He is currently conducting research studies investigating the benefits of the Physical Internet, parcel lockers, crowdshipping, collaborative freight systems and multi-modal freight systems.