Dr. Saiedeh Razavi is the inaugural Chair in Heavy Construction, Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University, and the Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL).
Dr. Razavi has a multidisciplinary background and considerable experience in collaborating and leading national and international multidisciplinary team-based projects in sensing and data acquisition, sensor technologies, data analytics, data fusion and their applications in safety, productivity, and mobility of transportation, construction, and other systems. She combines several years of industrial experience with academic teaching and research.
Her formal education includes degrees in Computer Engineering (B.Sc), Artificial Intelligence (M.Sc) and Civil Engineering (Ph.D). Her research, funded by Canadian council (NSERC), as well as the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, focuses on connected and automated vehicles, on smart and connected work zones and on computational models for improving safety and productivity of transportation infrastructure projects. Dr. Razavi brings together the private and public sectors with academia for the development of high-quality research in smarter mobility, construction and logistics. She has received several awards including the McMasters Student Union Merit Award for Teaching, the Faculty of Engineering Team Excellent Award, and the Construction Industry Institute best poster award.
Core Personnel, Director
Dr. Saiedeh N. Razavi
Director of McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics; Associate Professor; Civil Engineering
Dr. Mark Ferguson is Senior Research Associate at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) and brings extensive private sector and academic experience to this role. At MITL, Dr. Ferguson undertakes and supervises new research and provides mentoring and guidance to graduate students and research staff. Since 2009, Mark has played an integral role in the development of the Institute’s research portfolio and in the completion of many projects for external partners and stakeholders. Mark also publishes extensively in peer-reviewed international journals.
Mark is Project Manager of MITL’s: “The Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada.” This is a five year research partnership which was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and includes multiple public and private sector organizations as partners.
Mark spent over a decade in the private sector at MapInfo Inc. and Compusearch Micro-marketing Data and Systems and focused his efforts mostly on location consulting projects. At these firms he worked on a wide range of projects for domestic and international clients. Many of these studies dealt with the banking and retail industries and had to do with sales forecasting and facility network optimization. Mark has many years of experience in the theory and application of discrete choice models.
Mark had the pleasure to complete his PhD at McMaster in (1991-1995) under the supervision of Professor Pavlos Kanaroglou. Among many other achievements, Pavlos went on to become the founding Director of MITL and Mark then returned to McMaster in 2009 to support MITL in the pursuit of its mission. After Pavlos’ untimely passing in 2016, Mark and many others at McMaster work daily to progress MITL in support of Pavlos’ legacy and towards more sustainable forms of transportation of people and goods.
Deane is the Administrative Coordinator for the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) since its inception in 2007. She is responsible for management of finances, human resources, space, events and some marketing.
Prior to working in MITL, Deane spent several years in the GIS Laboratory in addition to administration in the Faculty of Science. Deane graduated with a BA from McMaster University and has worked at McMaster for 35 years.
Administrative Coordinator, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
Ken is an Advisor in Strategy, Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs at McMaster University. He currently advises the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics (MITL), McMaster Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies (INTERFACE), McMaster Institute for Health Equity (MIHE) and MacDATA on strategies to engage in public policy and industry development, other opportunities to advance the University’s corporate and research interests.
As a Senior Executive, Ken has a public and private sector background in economic development, corporate finance, public policy, program development and administration. He has expertise in stakeholder management, strategy development, negotiation, governance and implementation of complex, highly sensitive projects.
McMaster Government Relations and MITL Advisory Board
Dr. Amir M. Amiri is currently working as a Postdoctoral fellow at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL). Amir received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering- Highway and Transportation Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran in 2019. He was awarded his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering –Highway and Transportation Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2011.
Amir’s research interests include: Transportation Engineering, Traffic Safety, Logistics, and Machine Learning. He has conducted more than 20 research projects in diverse areas of transportation and traffic safety. As an expert in the field of transportation study, his scholarly concerns are mostly focused on traffic safety, accident prediction, traffic engineering, artificial intelligence, and big data.
Amir obtained his PhD degree in Road and Transportation Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology, where his focus was on traffic flow characteristics and investigating its impacts on urban traffic safety. During his PhD program, he also worked for a year as a research scholar at Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at the University of California, Berkeley.
From 2017-2019 Amir served as Manager, Traffic Safety Department, Technical and Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Tehran, Iran. Here he developed a Comprehensive Road Safety System in Iranian road network and worked on road surface data gathering and Performing data analysis.
Amir has also more than eight years’ experience in teaching undergraduate/graduate courses of transportation engineering including Advanced Traffic Engineering, Geometric Design, Transport Engineering, and Airport Systems Planning and Design. He has papers published in the top Journals of Transportation Engineering including: Accident Analysis and Prevention, Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, Journal of Forecasting and Transportation Letters.
Shuming Du is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL). He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University, Canada, B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China. His research focuses on intelligent transportation systems with primary interests in traffic flow control, traffic state estimation, sensor fault diagnosis, and resilience in traffic control systems. He is working on improving the mobility, safety, sustainability, and resilience in transportation and logistics systems. He was a recipient of several awards including International Excellence Award, Engineering Graduate Society Travel Award, and National Scholarship for Graduate Students.