Congratulations to CIES researcher Dr Mehri Makki Alamdari

CIES researcher Dr Mehri Makki Alamdari is a winner in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia National Awards for 2020, in the Smart Transport Infrastructure category.

The ITS Smart Transport Infrastructure Award recognises an organisation for their technology innovation delivering excellence in transport infrastructure and network management.

ITS Awards are given in seven categories: the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award; Intelligent Mobility Award; Excellence in Transport Data Award; Excellence in Research and Development Award; Connected and Automated Vehicle Award; Young Professional Award; and Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

40 finalists featured individuals and teams that represent the best in innovation and excellence from across Australia’s transport technology industry.

Dr Alamdari’s team was one of three winners in the Smart Transport Infrastructure category, for their work on a Structural Health Monitoring System for the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge in Brisbane. 

In collaboration with Transurban, Data61 CSIRO and its research and engineering partners - UNSW, Cisco, Innovation Central Sydney and Rockfield Technologies Australia- have designed and developed an advanced sensing and data platform to monitor the iconic old Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge (the Gateway Bridge) in Brisbane in real time. The platform uses machine learning techniques to detect damage before it can affect public safety.

See more about this fascinating project at

ITS Australia President, Dean Zabrieszach, says that this year has seen the largest ever number of submissions to the ITS Australia National Awards.

“Each year, the transport technology industry in Australia impresses us with the breadth and quality of the work submitted for an award. That we received the greatest ever number of awards submissions this year is a tremendously encouraging sign of the resilience of our industry to the challenges imposed on us all in 2020,“ said Mr Zabrieszach.

The awards were held in an online ceremony on Thursday 26 November 2020. A full list of winners is here. 

About Mehri: Dr Alamdari is an expert in structural health monitoring, vibration analysis and testing, inverse dynamic problems and signal processing.  She is the winner of the prestigious JSPS Award (Japan Society for Promotion of Science). An award-winning scholar, Mehri is on the Executive of the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM), and a member of The International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII)

More information about the awards and finalists is at:

A viewing of the Gateway Bridge technical tunnels is here:

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