The IRU Logistics and Innovation Forum is the new networking hub for innovative road transport solutions. Transport operators, service providers and national transport associations will have a unique opportunity to share knowledge, connect with each other, as well as to learn about new solutions driving the industry forward.
The Forum will offer market leading companies direct access to some of the most forward-looking transport and logistics operators, as well as the IRU member associations who jointly represent over 560.000 transport operators.
The 2020 Logistics and Innovation Forum will bring together the road transport industry, focusing on innovative safety solutions. Participants will be able to capture the business potential offered by new technologies. This was inspired by the recent global IRU survey of transport operators on key trends impacting the industry which found that safety is considered to be one of the biggest innovation opportunity for transport and logistics companies.
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Dr. Sayed is currently a Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has a number of prestigious awards including the appointment as a UBC Distinguished University Scholar, the ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Sandford Fleming Award, the Transportation Association of Canada Academic Merit Award, the Transportation Association of Canada Gilchrist Medal and several best paper and teaching awards. Dr. Sayed is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Dr. Sayed is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering and the Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security (BITSAFS-Engineering) at UBC. Dr. Sayed received two early promotions to the Associate and Full Professor levels. He served as a chair of both the Transportation and the computer application divisions of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He has authored or coauthored about 250 journal/conference papers and has instructed and organized many short courses and seminars in traffic safety, operations and ITS for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the BC Ministry of Transportation (BCMOT), Ashghal (Qatar), Ministry of Public Works (Kuwait), State Farm Insurance (US), and the US Federal Highway Administration, among others.
He also serves on several national and international committees including the US Transportation Research Board safety data and analysis Committee, the US Transportation Research Board future directions for road safety subcommittee, the US Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee and the Canadian National Road Safety Committee. He has completed numerous consulting projects in traffic safety and ITS in North America and internationally and has supervised 60 Master and Ph.D. students. Dr.
Sayed’s transportation engineering research has been focused within three main areas: 1) to improve road safety analysis and evaluation techniques, 2) to improve the level of knowledge associated with the safety implications of traffic operations and highway design, and 3) developing and evaluating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to increase the efficiency of traffic.
Dr. Sayed’s research to improve the methods of traffic safety analysis and evaluation is helping to reshape how road safety problems are identified and evaluated. The methods and techniques developed have received wide recognition and are being used by several agencies such as the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), US State Farm Insurance, US AAA Michigan, and the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Dr. Sayed has completed numerous safety audits in Canada, the US and the Middle East. Improving the understanding and relationship between safety performance and traffic operations/road design is another research interest of Dr. Sayed and responds to the demand for this knowledge among transportation professionals. A good example of the applicability of his research within this area, are the methods that developed to explicitly evaluate safety and design consistency. His research work led to an evaluation framework that was adopted by BCMOT to evaluate the new design of the Sea to Sky Highway, located between Vancouver and Whistler, in southern British Columbia. The highway is being rebuilt to meet the demand for the 2010 Winter Olympics with a budget exceeding 1.00 billion dollars. This framework allowed decision makers the opportunity to analyze the safety benefits in relation to the cost of new highway design improvements. This facilitated a “trade-off” analysis that allowed for the justification and rationalization of highway infrastructure investment levels.
Within the area of ITS and traffic operations, Dr. Sayed’s research to develop a comprehensive strategy for Transit Signal Priority has been successfully applied on two corridors in Vancouver. Also, on a strategic level, he helped establish a provincial ITS vision and strategic plan for using advanced technologies to help solve provincial, regional and local transportation issues. He has supervised the completion of many ITS projects as the Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security (BITSAFS-Engineering) at UBC.
Dr. Bill Sowell has been involved worldwide with Intelligent Transportation Systems and the development of ITS standards and technology for more than 30 years. He has managed ITS-related firms, large and small, both publicly traded and privately held in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and Asia. He has held senior management positions with such companies as Eberle Design, Econolite, Iteris, Image Sensing Systems, Peek Traffic, Swarco Middle East, TEC Engineering (Saudi Arabia) and Al Nasr International (UAE). He holds two Doctoral degrees and two Master’s degrees, and attended such institutions as California State University, University of Southern California, and the University of Oklahoma. He played a key role in the early design and development of the Saudi ATVAM project, the Mohammad Bin Zayed City Project in Abu Dhabi, and the adoption of the NTCIP systems open communications protocol in Chile, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the International Road Federation (IRF) Executive Board of Directors, and currently services as Chairman of the IRF Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. He also chairs the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) “Performance Measures Technical Committee” and has lived and worked internationally for more than 25 years, promoting safe and efficient Intelligent Transportation Systems solutions.
Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of Executive Vice-President of the International Road Federation (IRF) in February of 2012. Prior to accepting his position at IRF, Dreznes was Vice-President of Barrier Systems Inc. for four years. Dreznes served as the Deputy Director General of the Washington Program Center of the International Road Federation (IRF) from July 2006 to February 2008. He worked as Vice- President at Quixote Corporation (Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.) for twenty years starting in 1986, where he was hired to create an international department for Quixote Corporation. Dreznes has spent the last thirty years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists on roadside safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Roads,” and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars on roadside safety, work zone safety, vulnerable user safety and road safety audit in more than sixty countries around the world.
Dreznes is the Co-Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety Sub-Committee on International Research Activities, Co-Chairman of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) Decade of Action Pillar 2: Safer Roads and Mobility Project Group, a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure, a member of TASK FORCE 13 Committee on Work Zone Safety, Staff Advisor to the IRF Washington Road Safety Working Group as well as Immediate Past Chairman of the IRF Fellowship Educational Foundation (IREF).
In January 2015, Dreznes was named the winner of the TRB AFB20 Roadside Safety Design Kenneth Stonex Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Jon Hankey is the Director of Research at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Director of the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE). Prior to being promoted to Director of Research, Dr. Hankey was the Director of the Center for Automotive Safety Research, which at the time was the largest center within VTTI. Dr. Hankey has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of transportation safety, human factors, and driver behavior. He is currently the principal investigator on over 20 million dollars of research, with his largest sponsor being the National Academies of Science. Dr. Hankey has conducted extensive transportation research on public roads, on the Virginia Smart Road, and in driving simulators, with a past emphasis on collision avoidance technologies. His current research primarily focuses on naturalistic driving, and he has conducted studies using naturalistic driving techniques globally. He obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1996 and received his Master’s in Human Factors Psychology from the University of Idaho in 1989.
Dr. Shashi Nambisan is a professor of Civil Engineering, and the Executive Director of the Alabama Transportation Institute. He has more than 27 years of experience, including roughly two decades leading the development and growth of research enterprises at several higher education institutions, and has led more than 165 projects on a broad range of multidisciplinary topics related to data-enabled decision support for transportation and infrastructure systems management, safety, trainings, and education and workforce development.
Dr. Adnan Hyder is Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University. Previously, Dr. Hyder served as the Associate Chair of the Department of International Health and Director of the Health Systems Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was also previously Associate Director for Global Programs at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit.
For over 20 years, Dr. Hyder has worked to improve global health in low- and middle- income countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; and pioneered empirical work around health systems, ethics, and injury prevention in the developing world. He has conducted studies focusing on defining the epidemiological burden, understanding risk factors, exploring potential interventions, estimating economic impact, and appreciating the socio-cultural correlates of non-communicable diseases around the world. He has studied health systems constraints, biomedical ethics, participated in trainings of thousands of health professionals, defined the loss of healthy life years, and explored issues of health policy development. Dr. Hyder has co-authored over 300 scientific peer-reviewed papers and numerous world reports on road safety, child injuries, and health systems. Dr. Hyder received his M.D. from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Mr. Antonio Avenoso has served as Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) since 2001. ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries because of transport in Europe. In his capacity as a Director of ETSC, Mr. Avenoso is responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy efforts and manages several ETSC programs, including ETSC’s Pin Report, which ranks EU Member States according to their road safety performance. Within ETSC, Antonio has lead several international research networks and road safety programs.
Prior to joining ETSC, Mr. Avenoso worked in the “Railway and Interoperability Unity” of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport. He holds an academic degree cum laude in Political Science from the University of Pavia and an M.Phil. in European Studies from Cambridge University.
Dr. Jianping Wu is Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, China. He is currently serving as Director of Tsinghua University – University of Cambridge – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Future Transport Research, the “Cheung Kong Scholar” Professor, and the National “Thousand Talents” Expert. Dr. Jianping’s research interests include i) Smart city and smart transport, Traffic Safety, and iii) Sustainable transportation systems. He has been the pricipal investigator for over 100 research projects and authored and co-authored over 300 papers in international journals and conferences. In addition, he is also member of WFEO (World Federation of Engineering Organizations) Environment and Engineering Committee, Fellow of IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology, the UK), Associate Editor to IET ITS Journal, Executive Director of China Association of City Studies, Executive Director of China Association of Simulation, Ministry of Transport, China, and Transport Adviser to Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanning and Haikou municipal governments.
Prof. Hai Yang is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prof. Yang specializes in analysis, modeling and optimization of transportation systems and transportation economics. He is internationally known as an active scholar in the field of transportation, with more than 240 papers published in SCI/SSCI indexed journals and an H-index citation rate of 51. Most of his publications appeared in leading international journals, such as Transportation Research, Transportation Science and Operations Research. In recognition of his outstanding research, Prof. Yang has received a number of national and international awards, including JSCE Outstanding Paper Award (1991), Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (2004), National Natural Science Award bestowed by the State Council of PR China (2011), HKUST School of Engineering Research Excellence Awards (2012). Prof. Yang was conferred Chang Jiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education of PR China and Chair Professor of Tsinghua University.. Prof. Yang served as editors/guest editors or editorial advisory board members for a number of international journals. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological from 2013 to 2018 and is now a distinguished editorial board member of this journal.
Dr. Manuel Picardi is currently serving as the Secretary General of EFA, the European Federation of Driving Schools. Dr. Picardi has led many initiatives in Europe with regard to safe driver training, road safety initiatives, and in particular for the development of driver training centers and their relevant curriculum. The EFA represents associations of driving schools in 23 European countries and is responsible for the development of European Driver training model. Under Dr. Picardi’s leadership, EFA has collaborated with several international organizations, universities, and governments to develop innovative training models according to their needs both for novice drivers and for experienced drivers. Recently, Dr. Picardi was also included as an expert on DG Move (Directorate General) of the European Commission in the Platform for the development of testing on autonomous and connected vehicles. Dr. Picardi received Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Transportation Safety from the University of La Sapienza, Rome.
Majid Sarvi is the chair in Transport Engineering, the professor in Transport for Smart Cities and the program director of the “Transport Technologies” at the University of Melbourne. He is the founder and the director of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystems). AIMES is the world’s first and largest connected urban testing ecosystem for implementing and testing of emerging connected transport technologies at large scale and in complex urban environments which involves over 40 partners from government and leading Australian and global industry partners.
He has over 23 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His research is multidisciplinary with international outlook and both theoretically oriented and applied in nature. His fields of research cover a range of topics, including connected multimodal transport network, crowd dynamic modelling and simulation and network vulnerability assessment and optimization. He has been the author/co-author of over 250 refereed publications in top transportation journals and various conference and symposia proceedings. He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals including Transportation Research Part B, Transportation Research Part C, Transportmetrica, and Journal of Transportation Letters.
He has served on several international research committees, the Network Modelling Committee (ADB30), Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45), and the Emergency Evacuation Committee (ABR30) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Research Council. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Crowd Dynamic Modelling Subcommittee AHB45(2) of TRB.
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