6th Conference of Transportation Research Group of India
14-17 December 2021
Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu, India

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Radhakant Padhi
Dr. Radhakant Padhi
is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Aerospace engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Padhi is a Fellow of INAE, AeSI, ASI, IE(I) and IETE, as well as an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a past president and Director of operations of ACDOS, which is a National Member Organization of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in India. He is a life member of Aeronautical Society of India, Systems Society of India and Soft Computing Research Society. He is also a steering committee member of Asian Control Association during 2016-2021.

Dr. Padhi’s main research interest is on synthesis algorithms in optimal and nonlinear control as well as state estimation. He works on diverse application areas such as control and guidance of aerospace vehicles, biomedical systems, mechanical systems, distributed parameter systems, and industrial process control. He has over 260 publications in international journals and conferences and a book on Satellite Formation Flight. He has received several awards and honours for his research contributions. He is a member of the technical review committee in DRDO and ISRO for several projects of national importance and has also directly contributed to various programs of DRDO and ISRO through intensive collaborative research.

Dr Fwa Tien Fang
Dr Fwa is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in National University of Singapore. He is active academically and professionally in the area of transportation infrastructure performance assessment and management, particularly in the areas of pavement design and management, pavement materials testing and evaluation, road and airfield pavement management systems.

He has published more than 200 technical papers in leading international journals and conferences, and has been invited to lecture and give technical presentations in 17 countries, including keynote lectures at a number of international conferences and symposia. Dr Fwa has received many honours and awards, including Alfred Noble Prize for Best paper awarded by ASCE, USA in the year 2009.

Dr. Fwa has served as Asia Region Editor for Journal od Transportation Engineering, Editorial Board member for International Journal of Pavements, International Journal of Pavement Engineering, International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, International Journal of Roads and Airports. He has also served as President for Pavement Engineering Society (Singapore), Deputy President for International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructure and also as the Chairman for Transportation Engineering Committee, Institution of Engineers, Singapore.

Dr. Markos Papageorgiou

Dr. Papageorgiou has been working as a Professor in the Technical University of Crete, Greece, since 1994. He is a Life Fellow, IEEE and a Fellow of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He was Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research - Part C (2005-2012). He also served as Associate Editor of IEEE Control Systems Society – Conference Editorial Board, of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and other journals. He is also the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Transportation Technologies Awards.

He is the author or editor of 7 books and of over 500 technical papers. His main research interests include automatic control and optimisation theory and applications to traffic and transportation systems, water systems and other areas. Dr Papageorgiou developed modelling and control tools that make travel safer and more efficient, that help in reducing emissions and energy consumption. His local ramp-metering algorithm ALINEA (1987) is recognized as a milestone in the field and is used around the world. The macroscopic simulation software METANET (1989) for freeway networks is still one of the most widely used traffic flow tools. He introduced the concept of feedback in driver information and route guidance systems and contributed to deployment of a large-scale implantation of travel-time displays in Paris, France. His coordinated ramp-metering algorithm HERO, developed in 2005, is widely considered the most advance and efficient approach in this area.

Dr. Laurence Rilett

Dr. Laurence R. Rilett is the Ginn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in Auburn University, USA. He also serves as the Director of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute. Dr. Rilett has held academic positions as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor (1995) at the University of Alberta, as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU), and as Distinguished Professor in the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL).

Dr. Rilett has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 25 research projects. His field of research is in the transportation system analysis area and his specific research consists of two main areas: Intelligent Transportation Systems applications and large-scale transportation system modeling. He has authored and co-authored over 60 refereed journal papers and over 70 conference papers based on his research. In 2002 he was awarded the Texas Transportation Institute TTI/Trinity Researcher Award and in 2007 he was awarded the UNL College of Engineering Research Award. Dr. Rilett is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and on the editorial board of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning and Operations.

Dr. K. Sudhakar Reddy

Dr. K. Sudhakar Reddy is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. His main area of research interest is in the field of Pavement Analysis and Pavement Evaluation.

Dr. Reddy is principal investigator of projects such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for the State of West Bengal and Mizoram, Review of concrete pavement Design in NH-6, Odisha, Evaluation of Granular Subbase Material for Resurfacing of Runway at Air Force Barrackpore, Kolkata and proof checking of Pavement Design in the State of Madhya Pradesh under NHAI and many more.

He is also the co-principal investigator for projects under by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, TATA Steel Limited, KCC Buildcon Private Limited, NHAI, SPL Infrastructure and various Govt./ Industrial/ Private Organizations.

Dr. Reddy is also well-known for his NPTEL tutorials on Pavement Materials, Design and Analysis.

Dr. Hans van Lint

Dr. Lint is been workingas Anthony van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Traffic Simulation and Computing in Delft University of Technology also known as TU Delft, Netherlands since 2013.He has also served as the Director of Education for MSc Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics from 2010-2016. He was involved in projects like My-TRAC (personal travel companion), SETA (To improve urban mobility) and CriticalMaaS (tests theories and models to explain and predict the performance of flexible on-demand transport services)

His main research interests are Data Analytics and Traffic Simulation, Open TrafficSimualtion. His research includes the interface between traffic flow theory and simulation and advanced data processing and assimilation.

Dr. Lint has also worked on travel time reliability, new traffic flow theories and models, data assimilation and fusion methods for estimating and predicting the traffic state in networks along with his colleagues and students. Many of these research projects have led to follow up and valorisation projects in which the developed models and tools have led to innovative applications in practice

Dr. Said Easa

Dr. Easa is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is serving as the President of Online Network Enabled ITS Research Society and also Associate Editor for Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering and Journal of Surveying Engineering, ASCE.

Dr. Easa’s areas of academic interest lies in Geometric design and Road Safety, Intelligent Transportation systems and Traffic Operations and Management. He is currently working on an in-vehicle collision warning systems that takes into account the specific design of vehicle and driver’s unique characteristics. In all his works and projects, Dr. Easasaid that he is attracted to the complexity. He also mentioned that structures interest him less, than the dynamic, unpredictable human side of transportation andcollaboration of human psychology with civil engineering, will bring out more useful advancements. He has also bagged honours and awards like IAAM Medal (2018), Best Paper Award (2018), Academic Merit from Transportation Association of Canada (2010) and Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award, for his outstanding contributions to ASCE and the transportation profession (2001).

Prof. Manoranjan Parida

Prof. Manoranjan Parida is presently the Deputy Director at IIT Roorkee. He has been MoRTH Chair Professor on Development of Highway System in India at IIT Roorkee during 2013-2017. He is currently working on an Imprint Research Project “Propagation and Mitigation Model of Mixed Traffic Noise for Planning Mid Sized Indian Cities”. Design and Development of Noise Barrier for Flyovers in Delhi is an innovative contribution by him. He has provided substantial inputs for third party quality audit of 1700 km. of State Highway in the State of Bihar (during 2007-2013) under RSVY Project. He has provided consultancy for more than 350 urban road infrastructure projects, intercity corridors, rural roads and expressway. He received Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award in the year 2004 from Indian Road Congress. He has received Outstanding Teacher Award of IIT Roorkee. He is presently an Independent Director on the Board of Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. and Convener of Urban Roads & Streets Committee(H-8) , Indian Roads Congress, New Delhi.

Rajesh N

A post graduate in Traffic and Transportation planning from National Institute of Technology, Calicut. Have multifaceted knowledge and experience of 20 years in Highways, Expressways, airports and infrastructure / Transportation Projects. Has played pivotal role in organizations of international repute, which includes – Vice President – Highway Division at Wilbur Smith Inc., Chief Engineering Manager at L&T Construction. Credited to have built a highway design team at both Wilbur Smith Inc and L&T Construction. He is currently the Director at M/s Asia Infrastructure Advisory Services, Bangalore. Successfully lead the multidisciplinary design team for detailed design and construction support for 20 highway projects, totaling to 1700 Km, which includes multi-lane major green field expressways in India - “Agra-Lucknow Expressway”, “Samrudhi Mahamarg”, “Mumbai – Vadodara Expressway and Delhi – Vadodara Expressway packages. These were pioneering infrastructure of world class standards that are constructed in India. As a certified road safety auditor, proficient in road safety audits and engineering and lead the traffic engineering and road safety team throughout the career.

Manoj K. Jha

Dr. Manoj Jha serves as the director of data science, advanced analytics, and transportation at Advancement Strategy Consulting, Columbia, MD, USA. In this capacity he oversees, manages, and engages with all aspects of data science and data analytics projects in transportation, healthcare, finance, and public policy at the company, including projects funded by the state and federal government (e.g., Center for Disease Control and the State of Ohio). He has over 25 years of experience in data science, advanced analytics, and transportation. He is a former tenured engineering professor, now in private practice. He has worked on data science and transportation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Transportation. He is the past senior editor of the International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems and past editorial member of over six international journals. He has published over 175 technical papers in journals and conferences in the field of operations research, data science, and engineering, including a book titled Intelligent Road Design.

Dr. Jha earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India in 1991, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Old Dominion University in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000.