Matthew J.
Associate Professor
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Dr. Roorda is an Associate Professor, and has been on the faculty at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto since 2005. Dr. Roorda obtained his P.Eng. in 1999; completed his BEng at McMaster University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Toronto. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Roorda had 7 years of professional experience in transportation planning and engineering in the Greater Toronto Area, including three as a transportation engineer at McCormick Rankin Corporation and four as a research associate at the University of Toronto Joint Program in Transportation. Dr. Roorda has extensive experience in the development of new urban systems models, and their use for forecasting and analysis, and in supporting data collection initiatives. His research interests include urban freight transportation, freight planning and operations, firm behavior, microsimulation modeling, freight and passenger travel survey methods, disaggregate choice models,
and passenger travel demand modeling. Dr. Roorda is currently the Principal Investigator for several projects, including the “Development of Urban Goods Movement Data in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,“Data Fusion for Agent-Based Freight Demand and Traffic Simulation," “Dynamic microsimulation
modeling of urban commercial vehicle operations using electronic on board recorder data," and the “Centre for Urban Freight Analysis." His funding has come from the
National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Metrolinx, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Region of Peel, Transport Canada, Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Infrastructure Canada. Over the past five years he has secured funding of about $2.1 million. Dr. Roorda is Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Infrastructure Engineering Program, and Director of the Centre for Urban Freight Analysis at University of Toronto. This Centre is a freight data warehousing centre that conducts research on freight modeling and policy.
He is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including TAC, IATBR, TRB, and NASCO; three TRB committees, and Chair of the TRB subcommittee on freight surveys.

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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2021-03-15.

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Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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