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Professor Hussein Dia

Chair, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering; Deputy Director and Program Leader (Future Urban Mobility), Smart Cities Research Institute
Doctor of Philosophy - Transport Studies, Monash University, Australia; Masters of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, United States; Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, United States


I am professor of Future Urban Mobility in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. I currently serve as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering; Deputy-Director of the Smart Cities Research Institute; and Program Leader of the Institute's Future Urban Mobility research program. In my role as Chair of Civil Engineering, I work alongside a highly dedicated academic team who have collectively positioned Civil Engineering as one of the highly regarded Civil Engineering departments in the country. In this role, I work 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 of the Smart Cities Research Institute, I facilitate interdisciplinary research and actively engage with external organisations to identify issues and needs that the Institute can address through its thematic research programs. I also lead one of the Institute's research programs on future urban mobility.

My research interests are in the convergence of technology, infrastructure and human elements in urban environments. My current work is focused on disruptive mobility and harnessing digital innovations to unlock potential opportunities for low carbon mobility. My current research includes investigations of how autonomous vehicles, Blockchain, Internet of Things and the sharing economy are set to transform mobility in the world's cities. My standing in this field is demonstrated by more than 100 publications including books on ITS and low carbon mobility for future cities.

I am a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. I have previously served as Board Member of ITS Australia, and currently serve as Senior Editor for the international journal IEEE Transactions on ITS.

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.

PhD topics and outlines

01-Predictive traffic intelligence: This research will develop AI-based methodologies to forecast future traffic conditions based on historical and current information received from sensors. The Deep Learning techniques will enhance traffic control and management by identifying traffic patterns and conditions that might lead to a breakdown in traffic conditions providing traffic operators with opportunities to respond proactively.

02-Data-driven traffic analytics for incident analysis and management: This research will use advanced data analytics and AI solutions for management of incidents in complex multi-modal transport networks. The work includes automated incident detection and classification, multi-modal impact analysis, traffic simulation and data-driven response plan generation.

05-Development and evaluation of transformative commercial urban delivery solutions: This research will identify & evaluate new solutions for commercial urban deliveries to meet the demand of surging e-commerce markets. Meso-simulation traffic models will be developed using real-world  freight demands. Solutions modelled & evaluated will include EVs for nightime deliveries, urban consolidation centres, load pooling, route optimisation, active mode deliveries & AVs. 

08-Development and evaluation of low carbon mobility solutions through harnessing disruptive technology opportunities: This research aims to demonstrate novel uses of low carbon mobility solutions driven by disruptive technologies to provide consumers with new options to meet their travel needs.  The  focus will be on understanding the factors influencing acceptance & demand under these emerging forces, and the likely reduction in carbon footprint these trends will achieve.

09-Development and evaluation of data-driven solutions for low carbon mobility: This research will develop novel approaches for fusing urban mobility data based on real-time estimation of mobility patterns from multi-sensor data including networked infrastructure, connected vehicles & users, public transport & crowd-sourced data. Models will be developed to analyse social equity & accessibility and understand travel behaviour under emerging mobility solutions.


Available to supervise honours students.

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

  • 2021: A low cost IoT-based solution for Tracking and Monitoring of Freight Consignments *; Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications - Patnership
  • 2021: Estimation of freight origin-destination activity using video analytics and traffic counts *; 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: Development and Evaluation of Low Carbon Mobility Solutions through Harnessing Disruptive Technology Opportunities *; 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
  • 2017: Project 1.52 Tech-enabled transport - Informing the transition to technology-enabled transport vehicles and infrastructure *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2016: Greening Suburban Travel *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2016: Research funding agreement- PhD scholarship from CRC for low Carbon living *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2016: Scenario Planning Transport Futures: Improved Roadand Transport Planning using Digital Scenario PlanningTools *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities

* Chief Investigator

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