Distinguished lecturers

DISTINGUISHED LECTURERS


Brendan Halleman is a French & Irish national with a background in transportation policy evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and program management gained through work experiences with the OECD's International Transport Forum (Paris), the International Road Federation (Washington DC), and the World Bank. Since 2015, Brendan has been a regional IRF Vice President based in Brussels tasked with coordinating member services and the delivery of IRF programs throughout Europe and Central Asia in coordination with member-led technical and regional committees.

Marko Ševrović works as an Assistant Professor on the position of Head of the Department of Transport Planning at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia), where, besides teaching in the field of traffic flow theory, public transport planning, transport infrastructure design and CAD, he continued to do research on GNSS related applications in transport. In September 2018 he became part-time employee of the European Institute of Road Assessment (EIRA) based in Slovenia, on the position of a road safety expert. In 2011 he became associate of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is a member of Organizational committee of the Baška GNSS Conference International. From 2012 he is a member of the Croatian chamber of Engineers of Transport and Traffic Technology, Chartered engineer (Road Transport). He is expert member of EuroRAP (European Road Assessment Programme) and Certified Road Safety Auditor. In the last fifteen years he conducted and participated in more than 120 national and international professional and scientific projects in the field of road safety (EuroRAP/iRAP projects, road safety audit), traffic planning and sustainable urban mobility planning.

Harald Mosböck is the Head of the RMS department for Europe, SWARCO AG and the vice-president of the European Union for Roads – ERF. He holds a Master of Science degree in Traffic Telematics from Austrian Donau-Universität Krems and graduated in export trade at Vienna’s University of Economics. He has more than 25 years of experience in the road painting and marking system industry with employees in Rembrandtin, Herberts in Austria and Dupont Performance Coatings Austria. In 2000, Harald joined Manfred Swarovski‘s SWARCO Group and later became Managing Director of SWARCO road marking contracting companies in Austria and Germany. In November 2016 Harald Mosböck became SWARCO’s Head of the Road Marking Systems Division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is a member of the Executive board of the European Road Federation and chair of the WG Road Marking.

Arno Eichberger is Associate Professor at University of Technology Graz (Austria) at the Institute of Automotive Engineering. Dr. Eichberger studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology Graz, where he graduated 1995. He received a doctor’s degree in technical sciences in 1998 with distinction. The doctoral thesis dealt with active head restraints for protection of the cervical spine in rear-end collisions. From 1998 to 2007 Arno Eichberger was employed at MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG&Co. Since 2007, Arno Eichberger is employed at the Institute of Automotive Engineering as vice-director of the Institute and head of the research area Vehicle Dynamics. Since 2012 he is Associate Professor holding a venia docendi in Automotive Engineering. His researches are published in several books, journals, conference proceedings and patents.

Åsa Laveno has been working with Active Safety and Autonomous Drive for more than 12 years and in total she has more than 20 years’ experience from the automotive industry. Åsa has broad technical experience in all aspects of development from research to industrialization using traditional or agile process for SW and HW. She has an overall and holistic approach, leading with purpose. She has direct experience from product development in several sectors besides automotive, as telecommunication and space. Currently she is the Senior Director and are heading the department for Autonomous Drive and Active Safety Functions that develop, integrate and launch the features for the end customer.

Verdana has more than 20 years of experience from the automotive industry and has a Six Sigma Black Belt certification. She has extensive experience of leadership, organizational development and product development in the areas of Infotainment, Powertrain and Autonomous Driving. Verdana has successfully led change towards agile way of working and introduction of in-house SW development in several different departments within Volvo Car Corporation.

Today Verdana is the leading Product Manager for Volvo Cars development of virtual and physical verification environments and data analytics for autonomous driving.


Viktor Tihanyi graduated in 2005 from Budapest University of Technology and Economics as an electric engineer, at the Faculty of Electric Machines and Drives. He made his PhD in 2012. He has got a BSc degree in 2014 of mechanical engineering from the University of Obuda in vehicle technology faculty. He was working at Hyundai Technology Center Hungary for 5 years from 2008. In 2013 he changed to the automotive sector at Knorr-Bremse Fekrendszerek Kft. as project leader and team leader of electromobility and autonomous vehicle-related projects until 2019, representing the company in multiple associations (ADASIS, SENSORIS, CLEPA). From 2020 he is working at the ZalaZONE proving ground as team leader of research and innovation activities. Besides his industrial employment, he has been also working at Budapest University of Technology and Economics at the Department of Automotive Technologies as well research leader of autonomous vehicle-related research projects since 2016 as an associate professor.

Mgr. et Mgr. Petr Zámečník, Ph.D. is senior researcher at UPOL. His background is traffic psychology and sociology. Petr worked at the transport research center 2008 – 2021 in the field of human factor in transportation, with specialization in traffic psychology and human mobility behavior particularly and since 2022 he moved to Palacký university. His current research activities cover applied traffic psychology, traffic safety and he has broad experience in road user behavior research, behavior change measures and automated driving. He is an accredited traffic psychologist, psychotherapist, and first aid mentor with specialization on traffic accidents. He is currently working within Traffic psychology working group lead by Professor Ralf Risser. He is a member of international organizations focusing on human factor in transportation, for example ICADTS and TPI.

Luca Tefa is assistant professor at the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Italy) with experience in the field of recycled road materials, pavement engineering, highways design, and road safety. He currently teaches “Construction of Road, Railways and Airports” at the University of Pavia and is collaborator of the course “Construction of Transportation Infrastructures” at Politecnico di Torino. In 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and was awarded for excellence of his Ph.D. research by the Doctoral School of Politecnico di Torino. In 2014, he was visiting student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Maryland in College Park (MD, US). He is member of the Laboratory of Road Safety and Driving Simulation of Politecnico di Torino. He is the author of scientific papers related to innovative road materials and road safety.

Mirjana Sekicki is a Global Product Manager at Tobii AB. Tobii is the global leader in providing eye tracking solutions for various fields of application, from gaming and e-sports, XR, automotive, diagnostic devices, to commercial and scientific behavioral research. Mirjana obtained her PhD in 2019 in the field of psycholinguistics, combining eye tracking and pupillometry to quantify the impact of information density on visual attention and cognitive load during situated language comprehension. Over the past years at Tobii, Mirjana has broadened her personal research experience, by collaborating with scientists from a wide range of research fields who use the eye tracking technology in their work. Her mission at Tobii is to keep (re)identifying the needs of scientific researchers and informing the further development of Tobii´s technical solutions and supporting services to adequately address those needs.

Dario Babic is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) with extensive experience in the field of road safety, road infrastructure management as well as road markings and signs. In 2018 he obtained his Ph.D. with the thesis entitled: “Road markings service life prediction model”. Currently he is the Head of the accredited Testing Laboratory at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences focused on the quality control of road markings and signs. In 2019, he completed postdoctoral research at the Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University (Belgium). He was a member of the team that won the IRF GRAA 2018 (International Road Federation) award in the category "Quality Management" for the project: "Implementation of RFID Technology in Traffic Signs Database Inventory". He is a member of Croatian Chamber of Transport Engineers and several EU standardization working groups: Croatian Committee for Standardization - Technical Committee DZNM/TO 509: Road equipment and CEN/TC226 WG2 (Road Markings), CEN/TC226 WG3 (Traffic Signs), CEN/T226 WG12 (Road Interaction - ADAS). He is the author of several scientific and professional papers.

Chiara Gruden is a research assistant at the Faculty of Civil Eng., Transportation Eng. and Architecture, University of Maribor (Slovenia). She has experience in the field of road safety and vulnerable road users, specifically pedestrians. She is completing her Ph.D., which focuses on the real and simulated behavior of pedestrians and is entitled: “Development of a methodology to calibrate a pedestrian microsimulation model”. She gained her competencies from several international realities: after completing her studies at the University of Trieste (Italy), she enrolled for her Ph.D. in Maribor (Slovenia), during which she was guest researcher at the Transportation Research Institute IMOB in Hasselt (Belgium), at the University KORE in Enna (Italy) and at the University of Osijek (Croatia). Currently she is member of the Chair of Traffic Engineering and Safety at the Faculty of Civil Eng., Transportation Eng. and Architecture in Maribor. Together with the other members of the Chair, she is actively involved in research, being (co-)author of many scientific publications, and in several national projects for the Slovenian Ministry and for the Slovenian Motorway Company, as well as in international, H2020 and bilateral projects.

Darko Babić is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) at the Department for Traffic Signalling where he actively participates in the teaching process and work on scientific and professional projects. From 2012 to 2015, he was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), where he participated in a scientific project called "Enhancement of R&D Pools of Excellence at the University of Pardubice". As a member of the team from Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, he won the IRF GRAA 2018 (International Road Federation) annual award in the category "Quality Management" for the project: "Implementation of RFID Technology in Traffic Signs Database Inventory". He is the president of the Croatian Committee for Standardization - Technical Committee DZNM / TO 509: Road Equipment. Also, he is a member of several EU standardization working groups: Road equipment and CEN/TC226 WG2 (Road Markings), CEN/TC226 WG3 (Traffic Signs), CEN/T226 WG12 (Road Interaction - ADAS) and the leader of the EC Sub-Group Road Markings and Road Signs. Also, he is a member of the Croatian Chamber of Engineers of Transport and Transportation Technology and president of the Croatian Association of Engineers (Alumni) from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb. He has worked on a number od projects related to quality control of traffic signalling, road safety and currently he is the leader of project „Road marking and signs for the future –Study on common specifications for road markings and signs“. He is the author of several scientific and professional papers.

Based in Brussels, as 3M Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Graduated in 1980 with a MSc in Polymer Engineering and Processing at Ghent University Belgium. Obtained a master of business administration and international operations at the Brussels’ VLEKHO Economical Institute in 1993. Joined 3M in 1984 and held several technical and business positions here in Europe and USA. Following road safety and transport issues since 2004. With special focus on road infrastructure and its impact on future safe, clean and automated mobility. ERF Executive Board Member since 2005 Elected President European Union Road Federation in 2016

He graduated in the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb in 2004 and obtained the professional title eng. Traffic. He graduated in the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb in 2016 with the thesis entitled "Perspectives of the application of the toll collection system through vignettes in the Republic of Croatia" and acquired the professional title of Professional Applicant for Economics. From 2005 to 2012 he was an employee of Peek Traffic, where he worked on the design, programming and implementation of ITS systems in the Republic of Croatia and Europe. He was also a "key account manager" for the cities of Zagreb and Split. From 2012 to 2016 he worked in the company Autocesta Rijeka - Zagreb d.d. where he was engaged in the maintenance of ITS systems (regular and extraordinary), preparation of traffic studies and implementation of projects co-financed through EU funds. Out of many working groups where he is a member, he is engaged the most in the one related on traffic safety. Since 2016, he has been an employee of the company Hrvatske ceste d.o.o. where he is the head of the Department of Transportation. He is a member of the Assembly of the Croatian Chamber of Transport and Transport Technology Engineers, and he has been a certified road traffic engineer since 2011. Also, in 2017, he successfully completed the training for a road infrastructure auditor and passed the exam for a certified auditor. He is the author of several professional papers and studies and has participated in numerous conferences, expert meetings, and round tables on the topic of traffic safety and intelligent transport systems.

Timothy Gates is Associate Professor at Michigan State University (USA) at Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Gates’ interests include the following subject areas: traffic engineering, traffic operations, traffic safety, driver behavior, and transportation economics. His recent research includes projects related to safety and operational impacts associated with raising speed limits, driver behavior at signalized intersections, safety impacts of intersection sight distance, etc. In 2013, he received the AASHTO Research Advisory Board Award for High Value Research. He is an author of several scientific and professional publications.

Full professor at the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Italy). In 1998 he obtained his Ph.D. in Road, Railway and Airport Construction. He teaches Design of Transportation Infrastructures and Road Safety at the MS and PhD programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering programs. Since 2012, he is a member of the AKD10 Standing Committee on Performance Effects of Geometric Design. In 2013, he was visiting professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Maryland in College Park (MD, US). Currently he is the Head of the Laboratory of Road Safety and Driving Simulation. He is the author of scientific articles related to alternative and innovative road materials and operational and behavioral effects of road geometrics (Scopus H-index = 16). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Transportation Letters - The International Journal of Transportation Research since 2016, and Academic Editor of the journal PloSONE since 2018.

Ali Pirdavani works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Hasselt (Belgium). Ali became a Civil Engineer in 2004 and in 2007 he obtained his Master’s degree in Road & Transportation Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in Transportation Sciences in 2012. He became a post doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) in 2013 and is appointed as a professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of Hasselt University since 2016. He managed and participated in various projects (both applied and fundamental scientific research) in the field of road safety. During his career, conducted various reviews for leading international scientific journals and conferences.

Traffic Engineer with 15 years of experience in the field of road traffic planning and design of road traffic infrastructure. He was involved in more than 15 projects and some of them were financed by EU funds. His PhD thesis were focused on estimation of OD matrices in the cities. He is Head of Department for Road Transport and Head of Laboratory for planning and modelling in road and urban traffic at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Tomaž Tollazi is a Full Professor in Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. He has a thorough and broad understanding of the sustainable safe road infrastructure design, through his active involvement for more than 25 years as engineer, academic and advisor in all areas of road infrastructure design, road safety and engineering at national and international level. His specialisation area is sustainable safe road infrastructure design, with particular focus on intersections, interchanges, roundabouts and vulnerable road users. He has participated in more than 190 research and engineering projects and studies, published 49 scientific papers widely cited worldwide, five patents and patent applications, two scientific monograph, two professional monograph, as well as four text books. Recently, he published a book specially focused on motorcyclist safety entitled „Key Components of Motorcyclists' Safety. Motorcycle - Rider – Environment“. He was a mentor to six PhD students on different European universities.


Darko Žvan graduated in 1997 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, in the field of radiocommunications. Since February 2010, he has been working as a sales director where he is managing all company sales activities, participates in the development of the company's strategic plan, and supervises and controls the professional staff and complete costs of the sales sector. Some of the most prominent projects in which he participated: Hot Spot Croatia 2014, a project to implement Wi-Fi coverage of select cities in Croatia for the Ministry of Tourism, Wireless Implementation Project for Croatian Parliament, the project of building a UHF radio communication network based on digital radio modems designed to monitor NAV devices in the Pula region, Upgrade of transmission and VHF network, VHF radio planning and prediction. Currently he is a Sales Director at MICRO-LINK Ltd., company which designs and integrates complex ICT solutions.

Fernando is the Sales Director at Lindsay Corporation, where Fernando leads the commercial activities in the EMEA region, including Lindsay Infrastructure's main product lines, Road Zipper, Barrier System, and Snoline. With over 12 years of experience in the highway industry, Fernando managed the South American market, helping different countries create, implement, and enforce Road Safety Standards (NCHRP350, Mash, and EN1317). After an experience in the United States at Lindsay headquarters in 2020, Fernando moved to The Netherlands to manage Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Željko Šarić is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) at the Department of Traffic Accident Expertise where he actively participates in the teaching process and work on scientific and professional projects. He defended his doctoral dissertation on in 2014 at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, entitled: "Model of identification of dangerous places in the road traffic network". Since 2012, he has been the Head of the Laboratory for Traffic Technical Expertise at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. He has published several scientific and professional papers and is one of the organizers of the PC Crash workshop at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, which conducts scientific research and simulations of all types of traffic accidents (Crash tests). He is a permanent forensic expert for traffic and vehicles and an active member of the international association of forensic experts European Association for Accident Research and Analysis.

Goran Zovak is Full professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) on the position of Head of the Department of Traffic Accident Expertise. He is also the Head of Vehicle testing department in Center for vehicles of Croatia. He obtained his Ph. D. in Transport Sciences in scientific field Traffic and Transportation technology in 2007. He participated in different projects in the field of road safety and conducted various reviews for international scientific journals and conferences. He is a member of European Association for Accident Research and Analysis; President of EVU Croatia; permanent Court expert of Mechanical Engineering, Transportation and vehicles, Zagreb Country Court; member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Scientific Council for Traffic.

Professor and a Vice Dean for Scientific research at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering (Republic of Serbia). His specialization areas are: road safety, methods and analyses, road accident expertises, damage assessment, preventive, quantitative methods and analyses in road safety, road safety measurement, benchmarking, behavioural analyses, etc. He has participated in more than 100 national and international studies and projects and published more than 200 papers at national and international conferences and in national and published more than 30 papers in SCI journals.

Tomislav Kučinić is Assistant at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the Department of Traffic Accident Expertise where he is in the preparation and performance of laboratory exercises in the Laboratory for Traffic Accidents Expertise and the preparation of traffic expertise. He has participated in several project relative to road safety and he is the one of the PC Crash workshop at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, which conducts scientific research and simulations of all types of traffic accidents (Crash tests). He is a permanent forensic expert for traffic and vehicles and an active member of the international association of forensic experts European Association for Accident Research and Analysis.

Marko Šoštarić is charted road transport engineer and certified road safety auditor with PhD in traffic and transport technology and 17 years of experience in transport planning and engineering. As a transport expert or project team leader, he has participated in more than 100 traffic studies, transport plans, transport related projects, and models. During the last ten years, he was team leader of many Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans for Croatian cities, co-financed by EU funds. He also worked on cost-benefit analyses, feasibility studies, and strategic environmental assessment projects for transport system and road safety projects. He participated in the implementation of Directive 2008/96/EC and road safety audit in the transport system of the Republic of Croatia. He is an associate professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. He is a Vice dean for Science and External Cooperation and professor on the Faculty courses - Traffic Technology Designing, Transport Infrastructure, Parking and Garages, Traffic Engineering, and Urban Traffic Management.

Lubos Misak is 10 years with the company Proceq SA in the position as technical sales manager for territory of Eastern Europe. Over 25 years of experience in construction industry, and more than 15 in NDT and inspection of structural objects. Specialized in the application of different testing method for safety and quality testing in construction industry, road and infrastructure, metal and paper industry. Working with the latest technology, best applicable methods for testing on different material, objects all together with great software making the surveyor work easier and faster.

Mario Fiolić is Assistant at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the Department for Traffic Signalling. He is expert in the quality control of road markings and signs, road asset management and overall road safety. He actively participates in the teaching process and work on scientific and professional projects with emphasis on road safety, road markings and signs, driving simulator research, eye tracking, etc. Currently he is writing his doctoral thesis “Determining the correlation between the driver’s psychophysical load and the quality of the traffic signalling during night-time conditions”. He was the member of the team that won the IRF GRAA 2018 (International Road Federation) award in the category "Quality Management" for the project: "Implementation of RFID Technology in Traffic Signs Database Inventory". His research interests include influence of road markings and signs on driver’s behavior, driving simulator research, eye tracking, road safety etc. Also, he is the author of several scientific and professional papers as well as member of Croatian Chamber of Transport Engineers.

Marijan Jakovljević was born in 1988 in Požega. He graduated from Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences of University of Zagreb in 2013 where he also successfully defended his doctoral thesis in 2020. From 2014 to 2015, he worked as a researcher on project on Faculty and was engaged in scientific research and expert work in the field of transport planning and design and road safety. Since 2015, he works as an assistant at Department of Transport Planning of Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences where he is involved in undergraduate and graduate programmes. Results of his scientific and research work were published in 16 scientific and professional papers and he participated in numerous national and international conferences. As a team leader, researcher, author or associate, he partook in over 120 scientific, development and expert projects.
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