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.

Matúš Šucha is Assistant Professor at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) at the Department of Psychology. In January 2004, he completed a master's degree in psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Palacky, and in 2008 a doctoral study in educational psychology and obtained the title of dr. sc. at the same faculty. In 2012, he became a traffic psychologist accredited by the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic. He is the head of the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Palacky, and at the same faculty he is also a member of the Council of Deans. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of International Traffic Psychology (TPI), and since 2016, the Czech representative in traffic psychology, EFPA SC. He has participated in the development of several professional and scientific projects.

Philip J. Wijers holds a cum laude master’s degree in economic geography from the University of Amsterdam. After business development & strategy related positions in the airline industry, he joined the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2000 and held positions at Netherlands’ embassies in the Far East. In 2010 he joined Gatso, since 2016 the Swedish-Dutch Sensys Gatso Group (SGG), as Director Government Affairs. In close cooperation with governments and road safety organisations, SGG traffic enforcement systems and services improve road safety and a higher quality of life by lowering traffic speed, noise pollution, emissions and optimising and managing traffic flows.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 a 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.

Rik Nuyttens graduated in 1980 with an MSc in Polymer Engineering and Processing at the Belgian Institute for Textiles, Chemistry and Agriculture (Ghent – Belgium). He then further obtained MBA in 1993 at the Brussels’ VLEKHO economical institute: “Management of International Operations”. In 1984 he started his career at 3M and recovered various positions in Europe and USA along the years: R&D, technical, marketing, and business. Currently based in Brussels, he holds the position of Regulatory Affairs & Connected Roads Manager for the 3M Transportation Safety Division for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He is also the president of the European Union for Roads – ERF.

Having graduated from Federal Higher Technical Institute for Educating and Experimenting in Electrical Engineering in Wiener Neustadt, David Kollenhofer studied Power Electronics at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna from 2001 to 2004. Since 2004 he works with ASFINAG in different positions while he simultaneously completed his MBA in General Management at the Californian Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks from 2014 to 2015. ASFINAG is the Austrian highway operator compromising a 2.200 km long highway and expressway network and is responsible for the planning, construction, financing, operation, maintenance and tolling of motorways and expressways in Austria. Since the beginning of his activities, David Kollenhofer works in the field of electronic tolling, focusing on bi- and multilateral interoperability projects. Until the end of 2016, he successfully supported the progress of the European Electronic Toll Service due to his activities in the European funded REETS Project. Since 2017, David Kollenhofer assists the head of the department of operation and maintenance at ASFINAG Service GmbH, responsible for handling the operation of the motorways and expressways with more than 1000 employees. One part of his responsibility is the implementation of organisational change as well as the new management concept of rest areas at ASFINAGs network.

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.

Andrej Čop is Group Leader in department of Driving Functions & ADAS at Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz. He studied on University of Zagreb on Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, where he obtained his master’s degree in 2010. He started his career at the Department of Traffic Accident Expertise where he was extramural associate participating in the teaching process and work on other projects. After that he continued his work in Linz in company Dr. Steffan Datentechnik where he become the project manager for UFO (Ultra Flat Overrunable Carrier), a platform used for free moving of target objects in crash testing. He, gained extensive knowledge about Active Safety especially in field of ADAS Validation. In his current role as Group leader at MAGNA Steyr his group is responsible for integration and validation of ADAS systems on complete vehicle level.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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