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Professor Hussein Dia

Professor of Future Urban Mobility
Doctor of Philosophy - Transport Studies, Monash University, Australia; Masters of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, United States; Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, United States


• Strategic Leader in Urban Mobility
• Top 2% Most Cited Scientistis (Logistics and Transportation in the Stanford University Global Citation Rankings
• Driving Innovations for Sustainable Transport

In Brief
I am Professor of Future Urban Mobility specialising in the convergence of technology, infrastructure & human elements in urban environments. My focus lies in driving the decarbonisation of urban transport, exploring disruptive mobility solutions & leveraging digital innovations to create opportunities for sustainable transport solutions. I have a demonstrated track record in forging strategic visions & technical expertise in forward-thinking leadership positions, both in industry and academia.

Previous  Academic and Research Leadership Roles
I previously served as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering and as Deputy Director and Program Leader of the Smart Cities Research Institute's Future Urban Mobility program.
• In my role as Chair of Civil Engineering, I worked alongside a highly dedicated academic team who collectively positioned Civil Engineering as one of the highly regarded Civil Engineering departments in the country. In this role, I worked with internal & external stakeholders to build on the success of the team and position the Department for further growth, success and recognition.
• In my role as Deputy Director and Program Leader in the Smart Cities Research Institute, I facilitated interdisciplinary research and actively engaged with external organisations to identify issues and needs that the Institute can address through its thematic research programs. 

Key Achievements
• Impactful Researcher: Recognised since 2019 in top 2% most cited scientists in Logistics & Transportation in the Stanford University Global Citation Rankings.
• Published Author: Authored over 150 publications, including influential books on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), low-carbon mobility for sustainable cities & Handbook on AI in Transportation.

• Strategic Leadership in Civil Engineering: Successfully led a dedicated academic team as the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, positioning the department as one of the most esteemed in the country.
• Urban Mobility Innovations: Spearheaded ground-breaking research programs in transportation including current role as Program Leader of the Future Urban Mobility initiative at Swinburne University.

Industry Experience and Engagement
• Technical leadership: Served in industry leadership roles at AECOM and Aurecon.
• Strong Industry Engagement: Collaborative research with Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programs & industry including the iMOVE & Low Carbon Living CRCs
• Smart Cities Advocate: Served as Deputy Director of the Smart Cities Research Institute, fostering interdisciplinary research & collaborating with external organisations to address critical industry needs.

Professional Affiliations
• Chartered Professional Engineer
• Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers
• Fellow of Engineers Australia
• Fellow of Institute of Transportation Engineers
• Senior Editor: IEEE Transactions on ITS
• Former Non-Executive Board Member: ITS Australia

Research interests

Intelligent Transport Systems; Smart Mobility; Smart Cities; Smart Infrastructure; Transport Modelling; Infrastructure Monitoring; Transportation Systems Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Transport Engineering - 400512

Teaching areas

Transportation Systems Engineering;Intelligent Transport Systems


  • 2019, Swinburne, Highly Commended - Vice-Chancellor's 2019 Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, FSET Research Collaboration Across Non-Traditional Boundaries, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2005, National, Best Paper Award. Intelligent Vehicles and Road Infrastructure Conference (IVRI ’05), University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999, International, Best Paper Award. 11th Mini-Euro Conference on AI in Transportation Systems and Science, Finland, University of Helsinki
  • 1993, National, Monash University PhD Graduate Scholarships, Monash University
  • 1982, International, Purdue University Undergraduate Scholarship, Purdue University
  • 1978, International, American Field Service (AFS) Exchange Student Award, USA, West Valley High School, Washington, USA

Professional memberships

  • 2004 - 2016: Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems, United States
  • 2010 - 2013: Board Member, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia, Australia
  • 2016 (current): Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems, Senior Editor, United States
  • 2014 (current): Assessor, Australian Research Council, Australia
  • 2014 (current): Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, United States
  • 2014 (current): Fellow, Institute of Transportation Engineers, United States
  • 2014 (current): Fellow, Engineers Australia, Australia
  • 2017 (current): Assessor, Land Transport Authority of Singapore, Research Scheme, Singapore

Further information



Also published as: Dia, Hussein; Dia, H.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: New South Wales Rail Freight Policy Review Research Program *; iMOVECRC
  • 2023: 5G-connected video analytic for level crossing safety monitoring and assessment *; Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications - Patnership
  • 2023: Development and evaluation of video analytics solutions for freight origin-destination estimation *; iMOVECRC
  • 2023: Strategic East-Coast Regional Freight Network for Enhanced Access to Inland Rail *; iMOVECRC
  • 2023: Transition Towards Zero Emissions Heavy Vehicles: Analysis, Planning and Policy *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: Data-integrated Visualization and Analytics (DiVA) Platform for Transport Emissions, Efficiency and Sustainability *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: Emissions and economic modelling of road and rail freight in NSW *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: iMOVE Australia Limited (“iMOVE”), Level Crossing Removal Project (“LXRP”) - Construction industry supply chain data sharing framework *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: Innovative road network pricing models for managing travel demand and promoting low carbon mobility *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: Project 3-029 Creating our future transport and mobility workforce: Understanding the workforce implications of transport digitalisation and automation in Australia *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: Prospects for decarbonising freight transport in Australia: A comparative evaluation of electric and hydrogen vehicles powered from renewable energy *; iMOVECRC
  • 2021: A low cost IoT-based solution for Tracking and Monitoring of Freight Consignments *; iMOVECRC
  • 2021: International best practice digitisation in transport and freight: Lessons for Australia *; iMOVECRC
  • 2021: Replacement Bus Patronage Counting and Wait Time Measurement *; iMOVECRC
  • 2021: Video-based analytics for monitoring patronage and usage patterns of parklets in the municipality of Boroondara *; Boroondara City Council
  • 2020: Data-driven Traffic Analytics for Incident Analysis and Management *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Development and Evaluation of Transformative Commercial Urban Delivery Solutions *; iMOVECRC
  • 2020: SCOPE 3, collecting and reporting last mile Green House Gas emissions: prototype and field trial *; Scope_FS
  • 2019: Exploring balance between ‘movement’ and ‘place’ in designing safe and successful places *; iMOVECRC
  • 2019: iHUB:Smart urban research-synthesis-engagement platform for decision making *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2019: Innovative responses to urban transportation: current practice in Australian Cities *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2018: Bus replacement services for rail passenger service disruptions *; iMOVECRC
  • 2018: Greening Inner-urban Travel with Sharing Economy Mobility Services (led by University of South Australia) *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2017: Integrated Cities: Procuring Transport Infrastructure through Integrating Transport, Land Use and Finance *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2016: Greening Suburban Travel *; CRC Low Carbon Living

* Chief Investigator

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