In 2020, Dr Sweatman relocated from the United States to his native Australia, joining the University of Melbourne as International Enterprise Professor with the AIMES testbed. AIMES, the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem, is a world-first multimodal testing ecosystem which covers 6km2 and over 100kms of local and arterial roads and freeways.
"Peter has been a leading researcher and innovator in the transport sector for decades, both in Australia and America. Peter's contribution to transport operations, and especially smart technology solutions to improve safety and mobility for the community, has been exemplary," said Brian Negus, Ambassador, ITS Australia and Chairman, CICA Group.
"We are fortunate to have Peter's significant expertise and experience back in Australia, and we will undoubtedly see benefits from his contribution to home-grown innovation projects, like the Melbourne University AIMES ecosystem."
Dr Sweatman also has a lead role in the MAX: Michigan Australia Exchange in Mobility, a partnership between the State of Michigan and the Australian Government to enhance cooperation between respective government bodies, knowledge-based institutions, clusters, and businesses in all areas of future transport research, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Dr Sweatman is a past Chairman of the Board of ITS America and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport's ITS Advisory Committee, as well as several roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers. At the U.S. Transportation Research Board, he chaired the recent EU-US Symposium Towards Road Transport Automation and served on the TRB Committee on National Research Frameworks: Application to Transportation. In 2017, Dr Sweatman was inducted to the ITS America Hall of Fame.
In Australia, Dr Sweatman founded Roaduser Systems Pty Ltd, a successful freight vehicle technology business implementing research for the benefit of both the private and public sectors, including resource production, manufacturing industry, road freight transport, vehicle manufacture, highway infrastructure and maintenance and road transport policy development.
Dr Sweatman's achievements are widely recognised. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1997. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2002 by the Prime Minister of Australia – For Service to Australian Society in Transportation Engineering. He served as Chair, Australian Road Transport Suppliers' Association and is a Life Member of ARTSA. He conducted numerous heavy truck productivity and safety projects in Australia and around the world and chaired the OECD's DIVINE Programme examining technical, economic and policy aspects of heavy vehicles' impacts on the infrastructure (roads and bridges).
The Max Lay Award is named in honour of Dr Maxwell Lay (AM), an Australian pioneer and ITS researcher, engineer, project implementer and passionate advocate for the advancement of ITS.