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Dr Yasir Ali
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
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American Society of Civil Engineers

Institute of Transportation Engineers

Pakistan Engineering Council



Yasir Ali is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Queensland University of Technology. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of traffic flow modelling, traffic safety, decision making, advanced data analysis techniques (e.g., mathematical modelling, econometrics, machine learning) in transport engineering, and pavement materials. He is on the expert panel of several transport journals including Accident Analysis & Prevention, Transportation Research Record, IEEE, Journal of Advanced Transportation, etc.

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Dr Ali has taught various university level courses in Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Queensland (UQ), COMSATS Institute of Technology, and National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) since 2012. The following descriptions cover the brief content of courses and roles of Dr Ali’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 Theory & Analysis

The objectives of this module were to: (1) describe the interactions between infrastructure and human behaviour in transport systems and explain the role of transport and traffic engineering; (2) explain the key parameters of vehicular traffic flow and their relationships using the fundamental diagram; use queuing theory to model traffic flow and delays; (3) describe the methods to collect, analyse, and visualise traffic data; describe the indices that measure the traffic flow characteristics of a road; (4) describe how traffic congestion forms and propagates in space and time as well as discussion strategies to mitigate congestion; (5) apply traffic flow theory to the design and operation of traffic facilities such as intersections, roundabouts, and traffic signals.

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: Probability and Statistics

This unit provided a comprehensive introduction to ‘probability concepts’ and ‘statistical methods & applications’. The course gave a hands-on experience of descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inferences, regression and statistical modelling using statistical Learning tools such as Excel, SAS 9.1.3, SPSS (PASW18.0).

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Professional Membership

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, September 2012 – Present
  • Member, Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (AHB45), Transportation Research Board of the National Academics, USA, 2018 – Present
  • Member, Pakistan Engineering Council, 2012 – Present

Chairmanship of Conferences, Sessions and Workshops

  • Session Chair, Session 2A: Connected and automated vehicles, IEEE Forum on Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Systems, Nov 03, 2020 to Nov 05, 2020
  • Session Chair, Session 3A: S3-2.3 – Modelling, Control and Simulation, IEEE Forum on Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Systems, Nov 03, 2020 to Nov 05, 2020

Conference and Events (Invited Speakers)

  • Understanding drivers’ interactions in a connected environment, IEEE- Forum ISTS 2020, 2-5 November 2020
  • Introduction to lane-changing modelling. Invited talk to University of Massachusetts. 13 November 2019
  • Safety during mandatory lane-changing. Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C, 09 – 12 January, 2019

Journal Reviewers

  • Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • ASCE – Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Journal of Advanced Transportation
  • Journal of Transportation Safety & Security
  • Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems
  • International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research
  • Sustainability
  • Sensors
  • Construction & Building Materials
  • International Journal of Pavement Engineering
  • International Journal of Pavement Research & Technology
This information has been contributed by Dr Yasir Ali.


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