Professor Majid Sarvi

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: B205
  • Building: Engineering Block B
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Transportation Engineering


Majid Sarvi is the chair in Transport Engineering and the professor in Transport for Smart Cities at the University of Melbourne. He is the founder and the director of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem). AIMES is the world’s first urban testing ecosystem for implementing and testing of emerging connected transport technologies at large scale and in complex urban environment which involves 37 partners from government and leading Australian and global industry partners.

He has over 22 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His researches are multidisciplinary with international outlook and both theoretically oriented and applied in nature. His fields of research cover a range of topics, including: connected multimodal transport network modelling and analysis, crowd dynamic modelling and simulation and network vulnerability assessment and optimization. He has been the author/co-author of over 250 refereed publications in top transportation journals and various conference and symposia proceedings. This includes over 140 ISI publications listed in Scopus and 7 papers in the International symposium of Traffic and Transportation Theory (ISTTT). He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals including Transportation Research Part C, Transportmetrica, and Journal of Transportation Letters.

He has served on several international research committees, the Network Modelling Committee (ADB30), Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45), and the Emergency Evacuation Task Force of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Research Council. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Crowd Dynamic Modelling Subcommittee AHB45(2) of TRB.

Recent publications

  1. Li, Y.; Khoshelham, K.; Sarvi, M.; Haghani, M. Direct generation of level of service maps from images using convolutional and long short-term memory networks. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Informa UK Limited. 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 300-308. DOI: 10.1080/15472450.2018.1563865
  2. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. Heterogeneity of decision strategy in collective escape of human crowds: On identifying the optimum composition. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 35, pp. 101064-101064. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101064
  3. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. Imitative (herd) behaviour in direction decision-making hinders efficiency of crowd evacuation processes. Safety Science. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 114, pp. 49-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.12.026
  4. Bagloee, SA.; Ceder, AA.; Sarvi, M.; Asadi, M. Is it time to go for no-car zone policies? Braess Paradox Detection. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2019, Vol. 121, pp. 251-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2019.01.021
  5. Shahhoseini, Z.; Sarvi, M. Pedestrian crowd flows in shared spaces: Investigating the impact of geometry based on micro and macro scale measures. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 122, pp. 57-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2019.01.019
  6. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. Simulating pedestrian flow through narrow exits. Physics Letters A. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2019, Vol. 383, Issue 2-3, pp. 110-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2018.10.029
  7. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M.; Shahhoseini, Z. When ‘push’ does not come to ‘shove’: Revisiting ‘faster is slower’ in collective egress of human crowds. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 122, pp. 51-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2019.02.007
  8. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. ‘Herding’ in direction choice-making during collective escape of crowds: How likely is it and what moderates it?. Safety Science. Elsevier BV. 2019, Vol. 115, pp. 362-375. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.02.034
  9. Gu, Z.; Saberi, M.; Sarvi, M.; Liu, Z. A big data approach for clustering and calibration of link fundamental diagrams for large-scale network simulation applications. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 94, pp. 151-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2017.08.012
  10. Bagloee, SA.; Asadi, M.; Sarvi, M.; Patriksson, M. A hybrid machine-learning and optimization method to solve bi-level problems. Expert Systems with Applications. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 95, pp. 142-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2017.11.039
  11. Kaviani, A.; Thompson, RG.; Rajabifard, A.; Sarvi, M. A model for multi-class road network recovery scheduling of regional road networks. Transportation. Springer Nature. 2018, pp. 1-35. DOI: 10.1007/s11116-017-9852-5
  12. Bagloee, SA.; Sarvi, M. An outer approximation method for the road network design problem. PLOS ONE. PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE. 2018, Vol. 13, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192454
  13. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. Crowd behaviour and motion: Empirical methods. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 107, pp. 253-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2017.06.017
  14. Kaviani, A.; Thompson, RG.; Rajabifard, A.; Sarvi, M. Hybrid machine learning and optimisation method to solve a tri-level road network protection problem. IET Intelligent Transport Systems. INST ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY-IET. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 9, pp. 1011-1019. DOI: 10.1049/iet-its.2018.5168
  15. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M. Hypothetical bias and decision-rule effect in modelling discrete directional choices. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 116, pp. 361-388. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2018.06.012
  16. Hoogendoorn, SP.; Daamen, W.; Knoop, VL.; Steenbakkers, J.; Sarvi, M. Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram for pedestrian networks: Theory and applications. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 94, pp. 172-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2017.09.003
  17. Bagloee, SA.; Sarvi, M.; Patriksson, M.; Asadi, M. Optimization for Roads' Construction: Selection, Prioritization, and Scheduling. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 33, Issue 10, pp. 833-848. DOI: 10.1111/mice.12370
  18. Shahhoseini, Z.; Sarvi, M.; Saberi, M. Pedestrian crowd dynamics in merging sections: Revisiting the "faster-is-slower" phenomenon. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2018, Vol. 491, pp. 101-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2017.09.003
  19. Haghani, M.; Sarvi, M.; Rajabifard, A. Simulating indoor evacuation of pedestrians: The sensitivity of predictions to directional-choice calibration parameters. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. SAGE Publications. 2018, Vol. 2672, Issue 1, pp. 171-182. DOI: 10.1177/0361198118796351
  20. Shahhoseini, Z.; Sarvi, M. Traffic flow of merging pedestrian crowds: How architectural design affects collective movement efficiency. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Sage Publications. 2018, Vol. 2672, Issue 20, pp. 121-132. DOI: 10.1177/0361198118796714

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