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Dr MD. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and The Built Environment,
Civil Engineering


Dr MD. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and The Built Environment,
Civil Engineering
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
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Civil Engineering
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PhD (National University of Singapore)

Professional memberships
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Accredited Safety Reviewer:

  • Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore
  • Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (Dept. of Main Roads Western Australia)

Transport Engineering, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Human Factors and Driving Behaviour, Road Safety, Traffic Conflict Analysis, Travel Behaviour, Statistical and Econometric Models, Driving Simulator Research, Blackspot Identification Techniques, Microscopic Traffic Flow Models

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



Dr Md. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque is a senior lecturer in transport engineering at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. He is a specialist in statistical and econometrics applications in transport engineering and traffic safety. Dr Haque has secured about $1.2 million research funding from the public and industry sectors between 2014 and 2016. Dr Haque has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles in top-class journals and international conferences. His journal papers are published in journals like Accident Analysis & Prevention, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Safety Science and Transportation Research Record.

The publications of Dr Haque are well received by the international researchers as evidenced from the citation statistics. As per Scopus, his h-index is 11, and his journal papers in Scopus have been cited more than 400 times by 334 documents to date. Scopus also confirms his strong track record of publishing in high-quality journals within his research areas. For the publications indexed by Scopus from 2011-2015 inclusive, Dr Haque’s Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) is 2.52, whereas the Australian average is 1.55. In Particular, his FWCI is 2.18 for Engineering (Australian average 1.60), 3.72 for Medical and Health Sciences (Australian average 1.69), and 5.80 for Built Environment and Design (Australian average 1.46). Of these publications, about 32.0% are in the top 10% most cited worldwide (Australian average: 17.8%), and about 56.2% of his publications are in journals in the top 10% by Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) (Australian average: 25.0%). His publications including conference papers have been cited more than 750 times as accumulated in his Google Scholar profile, with one of the journals receiving as many as 155 citations and other four journals receiving about 50 citations each. As per Google Scholar, his h-index is 13 and i10-index is 18.

Scopus Profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=23466634100

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=DAJUK6EAAAAJ&hl=en

ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Md_Mazharul_Haque2

In recognition of his high impact research in the area of road safety and transport engineering, Dr Haque has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the ASCE – Journal of Transportation Engineering, a prestigious journal within Civil Engineering published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr Haque’s research is also recognized by his position as the Track Chair of Safety in Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF). He is also a member of the Committee on Statistical Methods (ABJ80), Transportation Research Board of the National Academics, USA.

Dr Haque is a trained road safety auditor, having been accredited by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (Dept of Main Roads Western Australia) in March 2010 as well as the Land Transport Authority of Singapore in October 2010. He is an instructor of various professional courses in road safety, including Road Safety Audit: A Safe System Approach, Investigation and Treatment of Crash Locations, and Sustainable Rural Road Safety. He also has experience in delivering various road safety courses and workshops to road safety professionals in developing countries.

Research Areas: Dr Haque’s specific research interests include

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles,
  • Human Factors and Driving Behaviour
  • Engineering Factors in Traffic Operation and Safety
  • Traffic Conflict Analysis
  • Black Spot Identification Techniques
  • Travel Behaviour
  • Driving Simulator Research
  • Statistical and Econometrics Applications in Transport Engineering

Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) are likely to revolutionize private, public and commercial mobility and represent the future of transport system. Dr Haque’s research in CAVs are focussed on the following key research directions:

  • Develop safety models to examine crash risks associated with CAVs
  • Investigate microscopic traffic interactions between CAVs and traditional vehicles
  • Develop effective management strategies to integrated CAVs into the transport system
  • Study travel behaviour implications of CAVs

Human Factors and Driving Behaviour

Over the past decades there has been a considerable amount of research in the modelling of driving behaviours like car following, lane changing, gap acceptance, and speed selection behaviours. To investigate the effects of human factors and driver errors on these microscopic traffic flow models, Dr Haque’s research is involved in following research topics:

  • Impact of mobile phone distraction on driving behaviour and safety
  • Car-following and lane-changing behaviour of drivers
  • Speed selection behaviour and their relationship with safety
  • Driver interactions with traffic lights
  • Gap acceptance behaviour of drivers

Engineering Factors in Traffic Operation and Safety

Engineering factors like roadway geometric and traffic characteristics are not only important for efficient traffic operation but also influence road safety. Dr Haque’s research in this space includes:

  • Motorcycle safety at signalized intersections
  • Traffic safety along rural mountainous highways

Traffic Conflict Analysis

Surrogate measures or traffic conflict techniques (TCTs)—where vehicle, pedestrian, and bicyclist movements are measured and monitored at sites—have been scrutinized for  a couple of decades, but recent and significant technological breakthroughs give rise to a research opportunity that can overcome past shortcomings of road safety management that only relied on crash outcomes. This technique has the potential to transform the road safety management to proactive practice. Dr Haque has applied traffic conflict techniques to following research needs:

  • Evaluating road safety of transport facilities like intersections and highways
  • Examining road safety of various road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Black Spot Identification Techniques

The identification of Blackspots or crash locations or locations with high risk is crucial for efficient safety management of a transport network. Driver behaviour or human factors are predominant factors in a major portion of crashes, yet these factors are routinely excluded from Safety Performance Functions (SPFs), mainly because these factors are difficult to measure and generally are not readily available. The impact of excluding behavioural factors in SPFs is that their contribution to crashes will be statistically attributed to observed, highly correlated geometric and operational factors. Dr Haque’s research in this topic include:

  • Developing SPFs accommodating roadway geometric, driver behaviour and spatial factors
  • Incorporating injury severity in blackspot identification techniques
  • Developing efficient criteria to correctly identify blackspots

Travel Behaviour

Dr Haque’s research is also focussed on investigating travel behaviour of commuters. He has been involved in applying econometric modelling techniques to understand behaviour responses across travel scenarios. His research interests include

  • Travel behaviour in response to connected and automated vehicles
  • Examining factors associated with the mode choice behaviour
  • Influence of land use patterns on travel behaviour

Driving Simulator Research

Driving simulators are an excellent tool investigate human factors associated with driving behaviour and safety. Dr Haque has an extensive experience in conducting driving simulator research and has successfully conducted several driving simulator experiments to understand the following critical research issues:

  • Driver distraction and safety
  • Driving behaviour in connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
  • Microscopic traffic interactions like car-following, braking, and interactions with traffic lights
  • Speed selection behaviour of drivers across various infrastructure settings

Statistical and Econometrics Applications in Transport Engineering

Dr Haque’s research is mainly involved developing cutting-edge Statistical and Econometric models for transport engineering applications. Some important models of his research are Bayesian hierarchical models, simultaneous equation models, data mining with classification and decision trees, generalized estimation equations, multi-process count regression models, accelerated failure time duration models, and advanced discrete choice models like random parameters logit model and heterogeneous ordered Probit model. He has applied these models in various applications like

  • Traffic safety around connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
  • Explaining microscopic traffic interactions
  • Safety Performance Functions for transport facilities
  • Examining Travel behaviour of commuters

Research Grants:

  • Jan 2014 – Dec 2016, Proactive detection of motor vehicle crash black spots based on their underlying behavioural, engineering, and spatially related causes, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery (DP140101653) Grant ($171,000)
  • Aug 2016 – July 2017, Automated Video Analysis of Three Complex Brisbane Intersections: A Safety Evaluation Using Advanced Video Recognition Technology, Brisbane City Council, Queensland, Australia ($100,000)
  • Aug 2016 – Dec 2016, Independent evaluation of BCC left turn on red (LTOR) trial, Brisbane City Council, Queensland, Australia ($71,000)
  • Jun 2016 – Jun 2017, Evaluation of effectiveness of advertising billboards on road safety behaviour, Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland, Australia ($140,003)
  • June 2014 – July 2016, Prevalence and perception of following too closely in Queensland, Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) ($337,000)
  • May 2014 – April 2015, Improving taxi driver safety with a smartphone feedback system: A pilot study, Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Queensland, Australia ($101,000)
  • Mar 2016 – Jun 2016, Research services to develop an evaluation framework for the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (MAIP) in Tasmania, Department of State Growth Tasmania, Australia ($42,000)
  • Mar 2014 – June 2014, Developing an outcome evaluation framework for the Queensland Alcohol Ignition Interlock program, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) ($45,000)
  • July 2014 – December 2015, Distraction and attitudes towards safe pedestrian behaviour, Austroads Ltd ($90,000)
  • April 2013 – April 2014, An In-Depth Examination of Crashes Involving Young Drivers, Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) ($91,000)
  • May 2016 – April 2017, Driver Behavioural Adaptation in Connected and Automated Vehicles, Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Strategic Funding, QUT ($8,000)
  • Jan 2013 – Dec 2013, Phase 1 of pilot research in Cambodia and Lao into combined road safety audit and disability access tools for low and middle income countries, IHBI Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation (IP&R) Domain Seeding Grant, QUT ($7,000)
  • Sep 2011 – Dec 2012, Pilot Study: Distracted Australian Drivers—Risk Compensation and Mobile Phone Use, Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Strategic Funding, QUT ($10,000)
  • Jan 2008 – Dec 2008, Identifying Safety Consciousness of Motorcyclists (NUS), Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation 2007-2008, Japan (S$10,000)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Outstanding Paper Award by the TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation: ANB20 in 95th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington DC, USA, 10-14 January 2016
  • John Kirby Award for the Best Paper in 2014 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference 12-14 November, Melbourne, Australia
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Accident Analysis & Prevention, In recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal, May 2014
  • ABC Catalyst episode on my research on driver distraction aired on ABC TV on 25 September 2014
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) – The State of the Art, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 12-14 December 2010
  • Research Award on Motorcycle Safety, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation, Japan, January 2007
  • PhD Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, August 2005- July 2009
  • ‘Khaleque and Bari Gold Medal, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, December 2003
  • Dean’s List Merit Scholarship, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, February 2003 – April 2005
  • Technical Scholarship, The Government of Bangladesh, 2000 – 2005
This information has been contributed by Dr MD. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque.


Dr Haque has taught various university level courses in Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2006. The following descriptions cover the content of courses and roles of Dr  Haque’s involvement in these courses.

Course: Statistical and Optimisation Methods for Engineers

This unit offered an introduction to statistical methods and optimisation methods useful for engineers in practice. It included the following: the process of stochastic research, linear regression analysis, simultaneous equation model, count data model, time series, classical optimisation methods, Nonlinear, geometric and dynamic programming.

Course: Traffic Flow & Control

The objectives of this module were to: (1) enable students to appreciate the characteristics of traffic flow and develop an understanding of traffic phenomena, and (2) develop the student’s ability to conceptualise, measure, model and apply traffic phenomena. At the end of the course, students should be able to appreciate the complexity of traffic characteristics and issues related to representing traffic in mathematical models and formulate typical traffic problems, and develop suitable traffic models as well as derive and validate traffic model results.

Course: Design Project

In this module, the students were assigned an integrated design project involving various disciplines of civil engineering. The module provided the opportunity for students to work as a team on a civil engineering project integrating the knowledge they had gained from modules they had taken in earlier years. The module was also targeted to enhance their interpersonal, communication and leadership skills through group projects, report writing and a few oral presentations.

Course: Analysis of Civil Engineering Experiments

This module was designed for graduate coursework and research students in the Department of Civil Engineering. It introduced students the nature of civil engineering experiments and characteristics of data gathered. Fundamental methods to conduct in-laboratory and field experiments to verify civil engineering models were covered. Included in this module was also the procedure to construct empirical, deterministic and stochastic civil engineering models based on experimental measurements. Examples were drawn from the various fields in civil engineering discipline, including structure, geotechnical, hydraulics, environmental and transportation engineering. In the guest lecture, students were taught some of the basic fundamentals of a statistical regression model.

Course: Integrated Infrastructure Project

This module allowed students to integrate their knowledge in various civil engineering disciplines and apply their understanding into creatively developing a large-scale infrastructure project. Organized in the form of a competition, the module required student teams to work out a master concept plan of a real-world infrastructure project.

Course: Transportation Engineering

This module introduced basic principles and tools to design, plan, evaluate, analyse, manage and control transportation systems. The aim was to enable students to identify, formulate, examine, and solve transportation engineering problems. The major topics included transportation system, planning and management, geometric design of roads and intersections, structural design of pavement, pavement materials, traffic flow and analysis, and traffic management and control.

Course: Infrastructure and the Environment

Civil infrastructure has significant impact on the natural, social, economic and human environments. Engineers have a significant role to play in proposing and realising technical solutions that are economically feasible and environmentally sustainable. Sustainable infrastructure development must consider all significant project impacts in a holistic way through a methodical impact assessment process. This module introduced the concepts to conceptualize and evaluate proposals for infrastructure development in a holistic and sustainable way.

Course: Road Safety Audit, Investigation and Treatment of Crash Locations

The aim of this professional course is to develop the skills required to conduct a road safety audit, investigate crash sites, and propose remedial treatments. It also provides an opportunity for the course participants to apply these skills. Road Safety Audit and Investigation, and Treatment of Crash Locations are powerful tools for improving the safety of the road network in both proactive and reactive manners. It complements the more traditional reactive treatment approaches such as black spot programs. Although both Road Safety Audit and Treatment of Crash Locations have been used by Australian road authorities for a number of years, there is still a lack of suitably skilled people. Consequently, the road authorities (through Austroads) have developed national criteria for the Accreditation of Road Safety Auditors, which include completing an approved training course and obtaining relevant experience. Although there are no national criteria for the registration of crash investigators, the contents of this course is based on the Austroads Guide to Road Safety, Part 6 – Road Safety Audit and Part 8 – Treatment of Crash Locations. This course has been designed in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to satisfy all the requirements for an approved road safety audit and treatment of crash locations course.

This information has been contributed by Dr MD. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque.


Professional Membership

  • Associate Editor, ASCE – Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, March 2015 – Present
  • Track Chair: Safety, Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) Scientific Committee, April 2016 – Present
  • Member, Committee on Statistical Methods (ABJ80), Transportation Research Board of the National Academics, USA, 2014 – Present
  • Member, Special Interest Group (SIG) – H3: Infrastructure Operation and Traffic Management in Developing Countries, World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), 2016 – Present
  • Member, Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS), 2010 – 2011
  • Accredited Safety Reviewer, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore, 2010 – 2011

Grant Reviewer

  • Australian Research Council (ARC), 2014 – Present

Chairmanship of Conferences, Sessions and Workshops

  • Session Chair, Session 1A: Travel Behaviour, Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013, 2-4 October 2013, Brisbane, Australia
  • Session Chair, Session 13A2S08: Sustainable Transportation, 2nd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (2nd CTRG), 12-15 December 2013, Agra, India

Conference and Events (Invited Speakers)

  • Mobile Phone Distraction and Driving Performance, Driver Distraction Seminar, CARRS-Q, QUT, Brisbane, Australia, 22 November 2016
  • Road Safety Management Tools in Australia”, Invited talk to Korean delegates visited Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 13 November 2014
  • Traffic Engineering and Road Safety”, Invited talk in PYB 372 Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 27 and 30 June 2014
  • Effects of mobile phone distraction at the onset of amber light: analysis of driving simulator data, Invited Talk in Transport Policy, Planning and Engineering Symposium at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
  • Presentation of Ecological Footprint Information: A Re-examination. Invited by Singapore Institute of Planners in conference cum launch of book “INVITED Talk in Eco-city Planning: Policies, Practice and Design”, Edited by Tai-Chee Wong and Belinda Yuen, Springer
  • Sustainable, smart, safe – a 3′s’ approach towards a modern transportation system, KEYNOTE ADDRESS in International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE) – The State of the Art, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 12-14 December 2010
  • Costs of road accidents: an update”, KEYNOTE ADDRESS in GRSP/ASIA Road Safety Seminar, Singapore, 2009.

Journal Reviewers

  • Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • ASCE – Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
  • Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
  • Transportmetrica A: Transport Science
  • Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Traffic Injury Prevention
  • Journal of Advanced Transportation
  • Journal of Applied Statistics
  • Journal of Asian Transport Studies
  • Journal of Transportation Safety & Security
  • Journal of Urban Planning and Developments
  • Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems
This information has been contributed by Dr MD. Mazharul (Shimul) Haque.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Proactive detection of motor vehicle crash black spots based on their underlying behavioural, engineering, and spatially related causes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Start year
black spot identification; proactive detection; accident modelling