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Dr. Ramadurai is an Assistant Professor in the Transportation Engineering Division, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He received his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 2009, M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 2003, and B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2002. Dr. Ramadurai´s research interests are: Dynamic Traffic Assignment, network modeling, Intelligent Transportation Systems, optimization models and statistical/econometric methods in transportation, and pedestrian safety. His current projects include: developing an Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) for Indian cities, with a real world field implementation in Chennai; evaluating alternative traffic sensors for data collection under heterogeneous and non-lane based traffic; and calibrating a DTA simulation software for Indian conditions. He is a co-coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Urban Transport at IIT Madras, sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. He is also a faculty in Indo-US R&D Network Joint Center on “Intelligent Transportation Systems Technologies," sponsored by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum from July 2011 - July 2013. Dr. Ramadurai has worked on projects funded by Departments of Transportation in New York City and Texas, and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission. His experience includes such diverse topics as “Pedestrian Fatality and Severe Injury Accidents in New York City," “A Comprehensive Survey of Emerging Technology," “Competitiveness of Alternative Transportation Modes," and “Dynamic Travel Demand Forecasting for Indian Cities". His Ph.D. dissertation titled “Novel Dynamic User Equilibrium Models: Analytical Formulations, Multi-Dimensional Choice, and an Efficient Algorithm" was awarded First Place in the 2009 Dissertation Prize by the Transportation Science and Logistics Society, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) in San Diego. He is a recipient of New York Metropolitan Transportation Commission´s September 11 Memorial Program Fellowship in 2007-08 under which he worked on “Identification and Modeling of Next Generation Traveler Guidance Systems". He was a founder of Green Guidance--one of the top 25 business proposals selected in the 2009 $200k MIT Clean Energy Prize contest--and one of the top five ideas selected for the Transportation Innovation Acceleration Challenge of the US Department of Energy.
Dr. Ramadurai is a member of the Indian Roads Congress and Institute of Urban Transport in India. He has served as a reviewer of research articles in several journals including: Transportation Research Record, Networks and Spatial Economics, Transportation Research Part-C, Transportation Research Part-B, IEEE Transactions on ITS, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Journal of Advanced Transportation. He has published over 25 conference and journal papers.

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Invitation to submit an Expression of interest in writing a think piece: gender informed mobility planning. Pdf, 622.2 kB. (Pdf, 622.2 kB)

This invitaton is an opportunity for scholars in sub-Saharan Africa to write a think piece on the theme of “Gender-informed mobility planning, governance and policy in African cities: status, barriers, ways forward.” Through this invitation, VREF welcomes expressions of interest (EoI) for a commissioned work on this theme.

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Deadline: 15 May 2022


Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB. (Pdf, 1.3 MB)

This Call is an opportunity for scholars and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to
renewing university-based education, while also strengthening knowledge and capacity among the next generation of SSA researchers and practitioners.

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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.

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.

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