Transportation Planning


The Transportation Planning Department was established in 1998 and it admitted its first graduate students in 2009. The admission of Ph.D. Students began in 2012. The department is involved in various research projects including comprehensive urban transport and traffic studies, transport demand management, safety and traffic studies, crisis management and transportation networks utilizing various software packages such as (Gauss, SPSS, Trans CAD, CSDP, HCS, BIOGEME, VISSIM, VISUM and LimDep).

  1. General Objectives
    • Teaching and training students to provide dedicated professionals such as faculty members, researchers, etc. in graduate courses and doctorate levels in order to meet the quantitative and qualitative needs in the field of engineering of transportation and traffic planning
    • To carry out research and practical activities on transportation, transit and traffic problems of the country
    • To create the appropriate interactions between universities and major transportation centers of the world
    • To establish a link between industry and university by carrying out projects and holding workshops at various levels
  2. Educational Objectives
    • To advance the curriculum of graduate and postgraduate students
    • To promote the curriculum of short-term training courses, workshops and ...
  3. Research Objectives
    • To provide the necessary background for research on studying the problems in metropolises and the country by conducting master and doctoral theses or conducting applied projects by faculty members
    • To handle the planning by equipping the transportation laboratory
    • To create the ground for joint projects with other centers inside and outside the country
    • To provide opportunities for the participation of faculty members in the academic community at home and abroad
  4. Applied Objectives:
    • Collaboration and membership in councils, committees and associations related to departmental activities
    • To publish books, pamphlets and articles (journals and conferences).
    • To participate in scientific meetings
    • To set up and support several specialized journals
    • To hold national or international conferences
  5. Other Objectives
    • To use educational planning to train specialists to meet community needs
    • To attract qualified faculty members in different related specialties
    • To encourage and collaborate with students to carry out theoretical and applied research projects in order to solve transportation and traffic problems of the country
    • To create suitable opportunities for the employment of graduates by maintaining contact with ex-alumni

bullet The main plans scheduled for the next five years

  • To recruit new faculty members to reach the approved standards
  • To launch Transportation Software Laboratory
  • To equip and develop the software required by the department
  • To implement applied research projects
  • To define and direct the student's applied projects with the cooperation of other organizations in order to solve transportation and traffic problems

bullet Educational and Research Activities

  • To hold / teach courses in various fields
  • To direct more than 25 thesis / dissertations

The department has actively contributed to the holding of following transport and traffic conferences:

  • The International Conference on Transport and Traffic Engineering
  • The Regional Conference on Traffic Management
  • The International Urban Bicycle Conference
  • The National Conference on Traffic, Safety, and Implementation Strategies for its upgrading

The periodicals / journals that the department has contributed to their publication include:

  • The Transportation Research Journal (Peer-Reviewed Periodical)
  • The Transportation Engineering Journal (Peer-Reviewed Periodical)
  • The Traffic Engineering Journal (Promotional Journal)
  • The Traffic Management Journal (Promotional Journal)
  • Rahvar Journal (Promotional Journal)