Ontario Road Safety Forum – 5th Meeting @ Galbraith Building, Room 202
Mar 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Ontario Road Safety Forum March 27, 2019 – Draft Agenda

Dear Colleagues:

Four Ontario Road Safety Forums were held in the past 2 years and were attended by over 50 people, each representing a broad range of road safety interests (e.g., MTO, Transport Canada, City of Toronto, Region of Waterloo, Peel Region, Hospital for Sick Children, public health, Traffic Injury Research Foundation, MADD, CAA, Parachute, graduate students and professors from Ryerson, Toronto, Waterloo, Lakehead, Western, York, consultants).

The Forum’s objective is to create a networking event with an emphasis on evidence-based road safety. The feedback has been very positive and now we are organizing another forum to take place on March 27, 2019, with registration from 8:30-9:00 a.m. This 5th Forum will once again take place in the Galbraith Building at the University of Toronto, Room GB202.

We are in the process of preparing the agenda, and your participation is most welcome.

Presentations and Speakers

We plan on having ten 5-minute presentations, each followed by a 5-minute discussion period, on a subject of the presenter’s choice. Please send me ( an email if you would like to deliver a short presentation with the topic name and a short description by January 18th. Following each presentation, a short time for discussion will be allowed in the agenda. The first ten proposed/appropriate presentations will be added to the agenda.

If you are interested in delivering a longer 15 – 20 minute presentation on an evidence-based road safety study or project, please provide me with a description prior to January 18th so that we can consider it during the planning of the other meeting sessions.


There will be a $35.00 registration fee to cover morning coffee and pastries, mid-morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon juice and pop (whether you consume them or not). Please pay by Interac E-transfer (see your on-line banking) to Human Factors North Inc. at Enter “Fee from your name for Ontario Road Safety Forum” in the Message box (so we can record receipt of your fee) and then click on “print” when you complete your E-transfer to produce a receipt. If you need to create a security question, it can be “name of city forum held” with answer “Toronto”.

Please enroll as soon as possible; enrollment will close on March 6th, 2019. Please note that if room capacity is reached, enrollment may need to be closed earlier.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on March 27th, 2019.

Alison Smiley, Human Factors North Inc.

Geni Bahar, NAVIGATS Inc.

Ezra Hauer, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Bhagwant Persaud, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University

Disruption management in railway networks – Dr. Francesco Corman @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Mar 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A major problem of public transport, and railways in particular, is to improve quality of operations by updating an offline timetable to the ever changing delays situation, in order to improve performance of the transport system. In railway systems, this relates to reduce train delays by reordering, retiming, or rerouting trains, and/or change connection plans and route advised to passengers, to improve their traveltime.

Key point of research is the interaction between the problem (of the infrastructure manager) to reschedule trains and the problem (of the travellers) to find the optimal route in the network. In fact, changing passenger flows, respectively delaying trains and/or dropping passenger connections, varies the setting under which the two decision makers respectively interact. The interaction of the two decisions makers is mediated by the information one decision maker has about the other, and the service which is offered/used. We report different methods to address this dilemma, by agent based simulations, by game-theoretical approaches, and by estimating models of human behavior based on observed actions.

All welcome.

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Dr. Francesco Corman, ETH Zurich

Francesco Corman holds the chair of Transport Systems at the Institute of Transport Planning and Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has a PhD in Transport Sciences from TUDelft, the Netherlands, on operations research techniques for realtime railway traffic control. He has academic experience at KU Leuven, Belgium and TUDelft as research associate in transportation and logistics. Main research interests are in the application of quantitative methods and operations research to transport sciences, especially on the operational perspective, public transport, railways and logistics.

Advanced Train Control Systems – Yousef Kimiagar @ Sandford Fleming Building, ITS Lab and Testbed, Room SF3103
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The growth in the urban populations and the substantial increase in the transit ridership in the last few decades created a higher demand for public transportation and in parallel stressed the existing infrastructures. This has resulted in crowded trains, congested and in some cases unsafe station conditions, and long wait times for commuters. In most cases, the cities facing these issues do not have enough funds to build new infrastructures.

To overcome this issue and sustain the services to the existing passengers and the growing ridership, the agencies in the major cities around the world have focused on maximizing the throughput of their existing infrastructure. To achieve this, they adopted the advanced control systems such as Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system to add more trains to the line and operate them at a higher frequency.

In this presentation, I’ll look at major cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong, and New York, as well as our home town Toronto, and discuss how CBTC has helped increasing the capacity of their transit systems.

Short biography

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Yousef Kimiagar

Yousef Kimiagar,  MMSc, PEng, PMP, FIRSE, is an accomplished management and technology executive with over 30 years of experience at senior levels in organizations and management roles in multi-billion dollar rail and transit projects. He is currently Vice President of Transit Rail Systems and responsible for the Canada region with Gannett Fleming consulting firm.

He has Master’s Degree in Management Science from University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from IUST, and executive certificate in Artificial Intelligence Implications for Business Strategy from MIT.

Yousef is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and British Columbia, a Project Management Professional and Fellow of the IRSE organization in the UK.

As an active member in the industry, he is the:

  • Chair of the CBTC annual conference in Toronto
  • Chair of the R&T Subcommittee of the American Public Transportation Association
  • Vice Chair of the IEEE CBTC Standard Committee WG2
  • Member of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Rail Transit Systems
  • Member of the TRB panel reviewing and judging the Research Papers
All are welcome to attend.

This seminar is co-presented by iCity-CATTS (Centre for Automated and Transformative Transportation Systems) and the University of Toronto Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter.

Luís M. A. Bettencourt @ University of Toronto, Koffler House
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm

Details to be confirmed. Registration (required) will open soon for this free event.

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Luís M.A. Bettencourt (Photo: Jean Lachat)

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the College.  He is also an External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute.

He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtained his Licenciatura from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 1992, and his PhD from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996 for research in statistical and high-energy physics models of the early Universe.  He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director’s Fellow and Slansky Fellow) and at MIT (Center for Theoretical Physics).

He has worked extensively on complex systems theory and on cities and urbanization, in particular. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by classical theory from various disciplines and the growing availability of empirical data worldwide.

He is the author of over 100 scientific papers and several edited books. His research has been featured in leading media venues, such as the New York TimesNatureWiredNew Scientist, and the Smithsonian.

Details to be confirmed. Registration (required) will open soon for this free event.

Presented as part of the University of Toronto Department of Civil + Mineral Engineering 2018/2019 Distinguished Lecture Series.

Two Short Courses on Public Transit 2019 @ University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room GB202
Aug 21 @ 8:00 am – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm

The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute offers two back-to-back courses designed to provide participants with knowledge of key concepts and best practices related to public transit service planning and technology.

The first course, Public Transit Planning & ITS (August 21-22), provides an overview of key concepts and best practices related to transit planning, network and service design, service standards, transit and land use, and the application of ITS technologies.

The second course, Public Transit Modelling  (August 23), provides a complementary but more focused and advanced exploration of tools that can be used for forecasting demand at both the system and route levels, transit assignment, and microsimulation-based analysis. The courses will be taught by leading transit planning researchers and practitioners and will provide a balanced perspective on transit systems planning and ITS, including both state-of-the-art techniques and practical perspectives.

More details to come.

Email for more information or telephone (416) 978-4175.

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Air and Odor Management Conference and Technology Showcase @ University of Toronto
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day

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Air Pollution in the Cloud: Transformative Sensing and Data Mining for Cleaner Air

Join over 200 attendees, including top scientists and industry leaders, for the 2019 Air & Odor Management Conference (AOMCTS). This year, AOMCTS will bring together members of the scientific community, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of air quality and odor science and addressing their impacts on society under the theme “Air pollution in the cloud: Transformative sensing and data mining for cleaner air”.

Call for abstracts

Submit abstracts online until May 15, 2019 in these topic areas:

• Air and odor exposure • Air quality data mining • Artificial Intelligence • Community science • Dispersion modelling • Emerging pollutants • Indoor air quality • Industrial air pollution • Innovative monitoring systems • Odor impact assessment • Policy and legislation • Public engagement • Remediation and abatement • Technology for Smart Cities.


Register now to attend the conference, being held at the beautiful University of Toronto for the first time.

Sponsorship and showcase opportunities

Please contact Mr. Hesam (Sam) Kashani, Business Development Manager, Scentroid. E:, T: +1 416.479.0078 x 208.

Conference organizers

Conference Chair Dr. Ardevan Bakhtari is a specialist in instrumentation with extensive background in the environment, nuclear, and medical industries. He has a PhD in instrumentation from Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto. He has been involved in numerous international projects focusing on industrial odour impact assessment and regulations. Dr. Bakhtari is the founder of Scentroid, the world leader in odour measurement and air sensing equipment.

Conference Co-Chair Dr. Marianne Hatzopoulou is a Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Air Quality and Associate Professor in the Civil and Mineral Engineering Department, University of Toronto. She leads the Transportation and Air Quality (TRAQ) research group with expertise in modelling road transport emissions and urban air quality as well as evaluating population exposure to air pollution.