Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Tony Z. Qiu

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Dr. Qiu completed his Ph.D. in May 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following that, he undertook post-doctoral research at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) in Berkeley, CA, and at the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Lab. Since 2009, he has been with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, and is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Qiu's research aims to enhance our understanding of roadway traffic operation and control. He has collaborated with several organizations in the public and private sectors on projects related to intelligent transportation systems, wireless sensor networks for traffic data collection and analysis, Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Advanced Traveler Information Systems, and other new technologies and practices. He is the Director of the Centre for Smart Transportation.

For more information, please visit Dr. Qiu's department profile or website. He can be contacted at tony.qiu@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Amy Kim

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Dr. Kim joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in August 2011. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in the transportation engineering and planning industry both in the U.S. and Canada. Her research interests are in transportation systems analysis; transportation systems design and management concepts; urban and interurban multi-modal systems planning; air transportation; and transportation economics.

For more information, please visit Dr. Kim's department profile or website. She can be contacted at amy.kim@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Karim El-Basyouny

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Dr. El-Basyouny is the holder of the inaugural City of Edmonton Research Chair in Urban Traffic Safety. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2011. His research applies advanced statistical techniques to traffic safety in order to evaluate safety-based initiatives. Currently, he is organizing this research around four subjects: crash modeling, safety evaluation, speed management, and the analysis of surrogate safety measures.

For more information, please visit Dr. El-Basyouny's department profile or website. He can be contacted at basyouny@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Tae J. Kwon

Tae Kwon

Dr. Tae J. Kwon joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in August 2016, after receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in June 2016. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo Innovative Transportation System Solutions (iTSS) Lab. Dr. Kwon’s research specifically focuses on winter road maintenance, location optimization of ITS facilities, spatial and temporal analyses of road traffic and safety, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) for transportation, and application of Big Data for estimation and forecasting or road and traffic conditions. He also serves as a member and Committee Communication Coordinator (CCC) of the TRB surface transportation weather committee (AH010). 

For more information, please visit Dr. Kwon's department profile. He can be contacted at tjkwon@ualberta.ca.

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Dr. Liqun Peng


Dr. Liqun Peng received a PhD in automobile engineering from Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, P.R. China, in 2015. Since 2016, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, where he has worked on studying new algorithms and information technologies to model and optimize public transit and intersection priority control. His research interests are in the areas of advanced driving assistance systems, connected vehicles and information fusion, specifically for improving roadway mobility and safety for both arterial and freeway networks. 

Contact Dr. Peng at liqun@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Kasra Rezaee


Dr. Kasra Rezaee joined University of Alberta as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016. He was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where he received his bachelor and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from University of Tehran. He continued his studies in transportation and received his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Toronto in 2014. Prior to joining UofA, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto and controls engineer at Punch Powertrain in Belgium. His research is mainly related to Intelligent Transportation Systems; specifically he studies safety and mobility application of connected vehicles for transportation networks. In his free time, he enjoys tinkering with electronics and reading technology articles.

Contact Dr. Rezaee at rezaee@ualberta.ca.

Aalyssa Atley


Aalyssa Atley is the CST's ACTIVE-AURORA Communications Coordinator, responsible for addressing communications and technical writing needs that relate to the CST and the ACTIVE-AURORA Connected Vehicle Test Bed project. Her past experience in the field of communications has been diverse, ranging from public relations to the book publishing industry. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing from MacEwan University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta.  

Contact Aalyssa Atley at aalyssa@ualberta.ca.

Joyce Liu


Joyce joined the CST in August 2015 in the role of Project Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Engineering from Shanghai Ocean University and is currently studying transportation engineering at the University of Alberta. Her experience includes communicating with clients from government and international universities, and as a result she has an excellent understanding of different organizations’ goals and specified requirements in transportation planning. Joyce has worked with R&D groups to explore and provide customized solutions to relevant transportation issues, and she has particular experience in performing data analysis, providing technical support and maintenance for clients, enhancing the user experience, and following up with necessary improvements.

Contact Joyce Liu at jliu13@ualberta.ca.

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Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Morris Flynn

Morris Flynn

Morris R. Flynn is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and received his Ph.D. from the University of California--San Diego in 2006. He then completed a post-doc at MIT before joining the University of Alberta in 2008. Morris's interests in transportation science primarily focus on traffic flow modeling, more specifically the formation, saturation and dissipation of "phantom jams," traffic blockages that appear in the absence of roadway bottlenecks and for no apparent reason. In studying this multifaceted problem, Morris collaborates with colleagues from Canada, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

For further information, please visit http://websrv.mece.ualberta.ca/mrflynn/traffic.html

Dr. Michael Hendry


Dr. Michael Hendry is the Associate Director of the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL) (since 2011), the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Railway Ground Hazard Research Program (RGHRP) (est. 2003, position since 2014), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. As the Associate Director of CaRRL, Dr. Hendry assists with coordinating the research activities of CaRRL, while leading the research themes focused on the assessing infrastructure quality, assessing the effect of cold climates on the performance of the railway infrastructure and evaluating the associated risks. As the PI of the RGHRP, Dr. Hendry leads the research conducted on ground hazards such as landslides, rock falls, very soft track subgrades, the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and evaluating the effectiveness of remediation and risk mitigation efforts being implemented by CN and CP. As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Hendry supervises graduate students (11 current, and 7 past), all focused on projects designed to increase the safety and reliability of the Canadian Railway network.

Contact Dr. Hendry at hendry@ualberta.ca.

Dr. Hai Jiang

Hai Jiang

Dr. Hai Jiang received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics engineering from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree (with an Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award) in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2006. 

Since July 2007, he has been a faculty member with the University of Alberta, where he is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include radio resource management, cognitive radio networking, and vehicular communications.

Dr. Jiang is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He received an Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award in 2008 and a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM) in 2008.

For more information about Dr. Jiang, please visit his homepage.

Dr. Derek Martin

Derek Martin

Dr. Derek Martin is an internationally renowned expert in geotechnical engineering and directs and coordinates research activities for the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL). Dr. Martin is a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Railway Geomechanics and holds an Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Tier 1 Industry Chair in Railway Geomechanics. His team of experts from the University of Alberta work directly with engineers from Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway, National Research Council Canada, Transport Canada and Association of American Railroads - Transportation Technology Centre Inc., encouraging the transfer and implementation of technology into industrial practice. His current research includes investigating ground hazards, risk and GIS technologies; repository geomechanics; and geoscience (stress and fracture flow). 

For more information about Dr. Martin, please visit his webpage.

Dr. Manish Shirgaokar

Manish Shirgaokar

Dr. Shirgaokar is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Dr. Shirgaokar’s expertise and interests are in the areas of transportation policy, land use planning, international development, and urban design. His current research interests are located in understanding factors that drive consumption at the household level.

For more information, please visit Dr. Shirgaokar’s department profile or website. He can be contacted at shirgaokar@ualberta.ca

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