MEPE 2018

Keynote&Plenary Speakers

Prof. Xuewei Lee, Beijing Union University, China

李学伟 校长 北京联合大学

Speech Title: Safety Theory and Key Technologies of Urban Rail Transit

Biography: Born in Yiyang County, Henan Province in January 1962, Dr. Li Xuewei is currently a senior professor, a PhD supervisor and President of Beijing Union University (BUU). He gained his PhD in Probability and Mathematical Statistics from Central South University in 1990. Before he came to BUU, his administrative experience included serving as Vice President of Beijing Jiaotong Univeristy, and as President of Dalian Jiaotong University. He has won the titles including the Excellent Director of Science & Technology Division among the Colleges and Universities in China, Beijing Municipal Academic Leader, and State Council Expert for Special Allowance.

His research interests have focused around Rail Transit, Economics of High-speed Railways, Complex System and Artificial Intelligence. His team has obtained over ten research projects at provincial and ministerial level. He has published over 30 academic papers and over 10 monographs and textbooks.

His representative works include Theory of Practical Cellular Automation in Chinese and in English, Outline of High-speed Rail, and An Introduction to Development of Systems Science.


Prof. Lee Der-Horng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speech Title: AI-powered Integrated Intelligent Urban Traffic Management

Biography: Dr LEE Der-Horng (李德紘) holds his tenured full professorship at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). Professor Lee was elected and awarded Fellow (FSEng) status of Academy of Engineering Singapore (SAEng) in September 2017. He is also a Fellow (FIES) of Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and the inaugural batch of Chartered Engineer (CEng) of Transportation Engineering in Singapore. Professor Lee is currently the Director of NUS-LTA (Land Transport Authority Singapore) Transport Research Centre (TRC@NUS).

Professor Lee was graduated with his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1996 under the supervision of Professor David Boyce. Professor Lee’s professional expertise includes Transportation Policy, Intelligent Transporation Systems (ITS), Urban and Regional Travel Demand Forecasting, Public Transportation, Emerging Urban Mobility Susyems, Container Port Operations, Aviation Management, etc. Professor Lee has published more than 400 referred journal papers, book chapters, books, and conference papers detailing his research activities.

Professor Lee is active and committed in the international transportation academic community through journal editorial activities. Professor Lee is one of the founding and standing editors of EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics (Springer). Concurrently, Professor Lee serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. He was the book editor of “Urban and Regional Transportation Modeling: Essays in Honor of David Boyce” published by Edward Elgar in the book series of “New Dimensions in Networks” with Professor Anna Nagurney as the series editor. Moreover, Professor Lee holds memberships in several other international referred and SCI-indexed journals including Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies (Elsevier), International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research (Springer), Journal of Remanufacturing (Springer), Journal of Modern Transportation (published by Southwest Jiaotong University, China), and International Journal of Advanced Logistics (official journal of Asia Logistics Society).

A transportation planner and engineer by training, Professor Lee has not only been well recognized by his academic performance but also well received by government agencies and transportation industry as a thought leader at local, regional and international levels. Professor Lee has been extensively quoted and frequently interviewed by media including Channel News Asia (Singapore), Singapore Press Holdings, Phoenix Satellite TV (Hong Kong), CCTV (China), Xinhua Press (China), Reuters, BBC, CNN, NHK, ANN (Japan), KBS, and Ch8-Korea with more than 800 newspaper quotations and 300 live or pre-recorded TV and radio interviews with his comments and thoughts on issues and current affairs of mobility, transportation policies, infrastructure development, etc.

Prof. Lei Nie, Beijing Jiaotong University, China

聂磊 院长 北京交通大学交通运输学院

Speech Title: China’s High Speed Railway Network and the Challenges to Its Operation

Biography: Dr. Lei Nie received her bachelor degree in Railway Transportation from Changsha Railway Institute (Changsha, China) in 1991. Then she had worked as a researcher in Institute of Transportation and Economy at China Academy of Railway Science (CARS) (Beijing, China) by the end of April, 1996. She completed a M.Sc. in Transportation Management Engineering from CARS in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Traffic and Transportation Planning and Management from Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU) (Beijing, China) in 2000. Consequently, she has served as an associate professor/professor in School of Traffic and Transportation at BJTU since 2000. From 2002 to 2003, she served as a senior researcher in Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience at Delft University of Technology (Delft, the Netherlands).

Dr. Nie has worked as a researcher in High Speed Railway Operations and Management for more than 25 years. She has published more than 90 papers and 2 books and led more than 30 research projects, supported by National Key Technology Support Program, the State Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as the Major Program of China Railway Corporation, etc. She has been collaborating with many railway companies and provides strategic advice for the operations of China railway. As the team leader of project “Train line planning for High speed railway network”, she won the first prize of China Railway Society Science and Technology Award.

Dr. Nie offers the course Overview of high speed railway (Chinese University video open class). She won the first prize of State-level Teaching Award. She has organized many training programs on railway operations for more than 10 counties in recent 3 years. She has been invited to give presentation on the Development and Technology of China’s High Speed Railway in the U.S., Thailand, European Union, Russia, etc.

Dr. Nie is a member of expert committee of Ministry of Transport of P.R of China, a board member of International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR), and an Associate Editor of Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management (JRTPM).

Gao Chunhai, Chairman of Beijing Traffic Control Technology Co., Ltd. 


Speech Title: Application of Artificial Intelligence in the Rail Transit Industry

Biography: Gao Chunhai, male, Master of Engineering, research fellow, Chairman of Beijing Traffic Control Technology Co., Ltd., director of National Engineering Laboratory for Urban Rail Transit Train Communication and Operation Control, and the first director and general manager of the National Engineering Research Center for Rail Transit Operation and Control System, is a senior member of IRSE, a member of Beijing Natural Science Foundation, and a member of China Railway Society.

Gao Chunhai has been engaged in the teaching, research and industrialization of rail transit for more than 20 years, engaged in CBTC research and development for over 10 years. He is the first person who has put forward the concept of the urban rail transit interchange and interoperation ability CBTC system, which enables the modularization of CBTC system. He proposed the methods for developing and simulating the test of train automatic driving models, the safety standard-based onboard equipment design methods for the train automatic protection system, and suggested the operation security platform research, led the team to independently develop the core equipment of the train operation control system of the heavy-duty railway, and put it into operation in the Shuohuang heavy-duty railway. He is also the first expert who suggested building a “transparent kitchen” theory to transform the research results.

He was awarded the major science fruit prize during China’s “Eighth Five-year Plan”, second prize of national scientific and technological progress, second prize of scientific and technological progress of the former Ministry of Railways, first, second and third prizes of Beijing municipal scientific and technological progress, and the prize of Mao Yisheng Railway Technology and many other awards, receiving special government allowance from the State Council.


Prof. Monteiro Figueira, University Lusofona, Portugal

Speech Title: Improving Walkability Strategies for Pedestrins 

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.