Matt Higgins is Manager of Geodesy and Positioning in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. He is also President of the Australian based IGNSS Association and a Member of Australia’s National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board. Matt has been appointed by the NASA Administrator to the U.S. Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, which was established under a Presidential policy directive to advise the U.S. Government on GPS-related policy, planning and funding issues. He has also been a Co-Chair of a Working Group of the United Nations International Committee on GNSS. He is a past Vice President and current Honorary Member of the International Federation of Surveyors and an Honorary Fellow of Australia’s Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.
Q1: What does the forum theme “ITS Innovation Creating Liveable Communities” mean to you?
A1: Using advanced technologies and processes to improve the safety, environmental and societal impacts of travel.
Q2: Please provide a short quote about why you are excited about participating at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems 2020?
A2: As an expert in positioning and spatial data I am looking forward to better understanding the growing number and breadth of ITS applications and how my sector can help improve their effectiveness and reliability.
Q3: Where do you see the Intelligent Transport industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
A3: We will hopefully see the current focus on improving technologies and services in vehicles and platforms shifting to a more mature focus on the broader improvements across society that the technology will enable.