MEPE 2019-Auckland

Keynote&Plenary Speakers_MEPE2019

Prof. Alan Nicholson, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Biography:?Professor Nicholson holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), a Master of Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, awarded by the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). He also holds a Master of Science in Transportation and Traffic Planning, awarded by the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom).
He worked for six years as a Civil Engineer, before joining the University of Canterbury in 1981. He was Director of the Transportation Engineering Programme for 15 years (2002-2016) and was Head of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering for five years (2005 to 2009).
Professor Nicholson has twice been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, to undertake research at the University of London Centre for Transport Studies, University College London (1993-1994) and the Transport Operations Research Group, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2001).
He has 28 years¡¯ experience advising various Government authorities in New Zealand on transport research, and has been an expert advisor to the Australian Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Israeli Ran Naor Foundation for the Advancement of Road Safety Research, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Qatar Foundation¡¯s National Research Fund.
Professor Nicholson has reviewed papers for sixteen International Journals, including Transportation Research A, Transportation Research B, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Advanced Transportation, European Journal of Operations Research, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, and Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.
He was for eight years a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Accident Analysis and Prevention, and has since 2013 been a member of the Education Advisory Board of the UK Institute of Risk Management. He has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Symposia on Transportation Network Reliability since 2001 and a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Symposia on Transport Simulation since 2008.
Professor Nicholson¡¯s research interests include transport network reliability, transport risk management, transport planning and modelling, and road safety. He is the author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers in International Journals, Proceedings of International and National Conferences, and chapters in edited books. He has been an invited keynote speaker at over ten international conferences in various countries, including Australia, China, Italy, Jordan and Syria.
He has been a Fellow of the New Zealand Institution of Professional Engineers since 2000.

Prof. Monteiro Figueira, University Lusofona, Portugal

Biography: Prof. Monteiro Figueira is since 1990 the General Director of CEITConsultores Engenheiros em Infraestruturas de Transportes, a Portuguese consulting firm focusing on transportation, parking, mobility, traffic engineering and roadways and Senior Professor at the Universidade Lusofona (ULHT) in Lisbon. 
Prof. Monteiro Figueira consults on many projects regarding mobility and transportation in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Macao and is the author of books and articles on highway design and transportation planning. He is currently involved in different projects in Africa (Angola and Mozambique) for governmental departments. 
Prof. Monteiro Figueira worked at JAE - Official National Board of Highways in Portugal for thirty years and was a representative of Portugal at the European Commission in Brussels, at DG VII. 
He was a Professor for more than twenty years at the Technical University in Lisbon until 2000 and at Military Academy, until 1999.

Prof. Khair S. Jadaan, University of Jordan, Jordan

Dr ?Khair Jadaan is a Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Jordan. He has over 48 years of academic and consultancy experience in various developed and developing countries including UK (where he earned two postgraduate degrees), USA, Germany, New Zealand, Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan. Khair taught several undergraduate and postgraduate transportation engineering courses and supervised many theses. His main research interests are road safety, environmental impacts of transport and road pricing (many with applications to developing countries). He has published over 160 scientific papers in international Journals and conferences and is a member of the Editorial Board of three international journals.

Prof Jadaan has over 30 years of teaching and research experience at Universities of Leeds (England),? Bradford (England), California Berkeley and UOI at Urbana-Champaign (USA), Canterbury and Auckland (New Zealand),? Baghdad (Iraq), Kuwait,? Univ. of Jordan, and Al-Isra (Private University / Jordan) in addition to 12 years as a Senior Advisor with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).