Karim El-Basyouny, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Transportation Engineering, City of Edmonton’s Urban Traffic Safety Research Chair, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Transportation Engineering, City of Edmonton’s Urban Traffic Safety Research Chair, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-9564
6-265 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Transportation Engineering Road Safety Bayesian Statistics in Transport Remote Sensing Infrastructure Digitization


Dr. Karim El-Basyouny is an Associate Professor and inaugural City of Edmonton’s Research Chair in Urban Traffic Safety at the University of Alberta (UofA). In this role, he works alongside members of both the City of Edmonton and other transportation agencies to ensure sound scientific practices are maintained in the considerations of Alberta and Canada’s roadway infrastructure. He joined the UofA in July 2011 after completing his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is a co-founder and steering committee member for the Centre of Smart Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is an active member of several national and international safety committees and serves on the editorial board of a number of prominent journals. He chaired the 2012 International Urban Traffic Safety Conference and 2016 Transportation Innovation Conference. Dr. El-Basyouny has won several research awards throughout his career, with his most recent being the UofA’s Faculty of Engineering Mid-career Research Award and the 2020 Canadian ITS R&D/Innovation Award.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2011.
  • Engineering Management Sub-specialization, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2010.
  • Master of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2006.
  • Bachelor’s degree (ABET Equivalent), Civil & Environmental Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, 2003.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, July 2017 to present.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, July 2011 to June 2017.
  • Method Analyst II, City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety, Edmonton, Alberta, August 2010 to June 2011.
  • Research & Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, September 2004 to June 2010.
  • Research Assistant, Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems & Freight Security, Vancouver, BC, July 2007 to December 2008.
  • Research Assistant, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 2003 to July 2004.

Editorial Boards

  • Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Urbanization and Road Safety Management for Sustainability published by MDPI
  • Associate Editor for the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering published by Springer
  • Handling Editor for the Transportation Research Record published by SAGE
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Analytic Methods in Accident Research published by Elsevier

Committee Membership

  • Member of the Road Safety Committee at TAC
  • Member of the Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook Subcommittee at TAC
  • Member of the Safety Analysis, Data, and Evaluation Committee (ANB20) at the TRB
  • Member and Paper Review Coordinator for the Pedestrian Committee (ANF10) at the TRB


Dr. El-Basyouny’s research focuses on developing models, techniques, and algorithms that can contribute to and improve the safety of human drivers and self-driving vehicles. Dr. El-Basyouny’s research on collision modeling and evaluation focused on applying Bayesian statistics to improve the predictive power and fit of existing safety models as well as to address several key data and methodological issues. His work on speed management focused on understanding the risk and factors that influence speeding in urban environments and developing programs to increase compliance to speed limits and improve safety. This included a comprehensive body of work on the impacts of speed limit reductions, the use of automated enforcement, and ITS technologies. Dr. El-Basyouny’s recent research has been directed at developing a framework combining advanced sensor technologies with data-processing tools to automatically detect and extract road and roadside features. Through an interdisciplinary approach, Dr. El-Basyouny combines statistical pattern recognition techniques and machine learning tools for the semantic segmentation of 3D point cloud data. His work in this area investigates the safety and mobility benefits of digitizing roadway infrastructure.


For a list of publications, please visit Dr. El-Basyouny’s Google Scholar or Scopus page. For any additional information, please visit Dr. El-Basyouny’s website

  • CIV E 616: Road Traffic Safety – This is a graduate-level course on road safety management, a field that focuses on using statistical analysis techniques for tasks like network screening, diagnosis, and evaluation of road safety improvements
  • CIV E 719: Highway Geometric Design – This is a graduate-level course on highway geometric design, which focuses on the application of criteria and standards to the design of various alignment elements of a rural or urban highway facility
  • CIV E 315: Transportation Engineering – This is an undergraduate-level course intended to introduce students to the fields of traffic engineering, planning, and highway design


CIV E 616 - Traffic Safety

Introduction to traffic safety. Focus on collisions and exposure. Safety management process. Collision modeling, theory and applications. Safety evaluation techniques, challenges, opportunities, influence of confounding factors and regression to the mean bias.

Fall Term 2020
CIV E 719 - Advanced Topics in Transportation and Engineering

Prerequisites: permission of Department or Instructor. In this course various advanced topics on transportation engineering and planning will be taught. Some possible advanced topics are: advanced probability theory, traffic safety, travel survey method, ITS technology, advanced network analysis, travel behaviour analysis, integrated land use and transportation modelling, public transportation planning and designing, freight transportation, transportation logistics and operation research. New topics may be added later by the Instructors.

Winter Term 2021

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