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Prof.Khaled Hamad Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • Transportation Engineering, Highway Engineering; Traffic Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); Sustainable Transportation; Highway Safety; Transportation Planning in Developing Countries; GIS Applications in Transportation (GIS-T)

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Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, USA, 2004. M.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, USA, 2000. B.Sc., Civil Engineering, An-Najah National University, Palestine, 1996.
Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, January 2023- Now. Associate Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, June 2017-January 2023. Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, September 2009-2017. Assistant Professor, University College of Applied Sciences-Gaza, January 2008- September 2009. Assistant Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, University College of Applied Sciences-Gaza, January 2008-September 2009. Assistant Research Scientist, Infrastructure Management Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, June 2004 – July 2007.
-Co-founding Member, Smart Sustainable Cities Research Group, University of Sharjah, August 2022 - Now. -Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, September 2017 -September 2023. Associate Chair for Academics, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, February 2016 - August 2017. Co-chair of the Department ABET Accreditation Committee, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, October 2015 to November 2016. Co-founding Member, Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems Research Group, University of Sharjah, Spring 2015 - Now. Assistant-to-Chairman, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, September 2010 - August 2014. Coordinator, Traffic and Highway Safety Institute, University of Sharjah, September 2012-Present. Coordinator, Diploma in Building Technology and Construction, Community College, University of Sharjah, 2013-Present. Chair of Committee for Modifying Basic Laws for University College of Applied Sciences, Gaza, Palestine, 2009 Chair of Committee for Developing a Master Plan for University College of Applied Sciences New Campus, Gaza, Palestine, 2008
Member, Palestinian Engineers Syndicate. Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Associate Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Traffic Operations and Safety Analysis of Roundabouts; K Hamad (PI); University of Sharjah; October 2022- Now Real-time Traffic Navigation based on Cloud-Fog Computing for Smart Cities; Z. Al-Aghbari (PI); University of Sharjah; October 2022- Now Assessment of COVID-19 Lockdown on Air Pollution in the UAE Using Satellite and Ground Monitoring and Potential Impacts on Human Health; A Shanableh (PI), R Al-Ruzouq, and K Hamad; University of Sharjah; June 2020 –Now Empirical Investigation of Visual Factors Affecting the Legibility of Arabic Highway Signs; Shaima Elbardawil (PI) and Khaled Hamad; January 2021 –Now Developing Travel Demand Forecasting Model for Sustainable Sharjah University City; K Hamad (PI), Muamer Abuzwidah, and Emad Mushtaha; Collaborative Research Grant; Sharjah Research Academy and University of Sharjah; April 2018 – December 2019. Modeling and Mapping of Road Traffic Noise in Sharjah City; K Hamad (PI), A Shanableh, R Al-Ruzouq, and H El-Mehdi; Collaborative Research Grant; University of Sharjah; November 2015 – Now Quality Assurance in Engineering Education and Programs Linkages between University of Sharjah, UAE and Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; A. Shanableh (PI), M. Bettayeb, M. Omar, K. Hamad Competitive International Grant European Union; October 2015- May 2017 Evaluation of Roads and Parking Design to Improve Traffic Safety and Operation at University City of Sharjah Muamer Abuzwidah (PI) and K Hamad; Seed Research Grant University of Sharjah; April 2016 – Now Decision Support System for Condition Assessment of Transportation Infrastructure in the UAE; S Abu Dabous (PI), W Zeiada, K Hamad; Seed Research Grant; University of Sharjah; May 2015 – Now Development of Weather, Soil, Traffic Database for the Implementation of Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design in Sharjah; W Zeiada (PI), T Merabtene, M Omar, K Hamad; Seed Research Grant; University of Sharjah; January 2015 – Now Developing a Decision-Support Tool for Evaluation of Roundabouts in UAE, University of Sharjah, PI: Hamad, K., 2010-2012. Strategies for Managing Transportation Operations Data Texas Department of Transportation. PI: C. Quiroga, 2005-2007. Utilities in the Right-of-Way: Inventory and Data Management, Texas Department of Transportation, PI: C. Quiroga, 2003-2007. Using Archived ITS Data to Optimize Incident Detection and Management, Texas Department of Transportation, PI: C. Quiroga, 2004-2006.
[1] Hamad, Khaled; Obaid, Lubna; Bou Nassif, Ali; Abu Dabous, Saleh; Al-Ruzouq, Rami; Zeiada, Waleed, “Comprehensive evaluation of multiple machine learning classifiers for predicting freeway incident duration.” Innov. Infrastruct. Solut. 8, 177 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41062-023-01138-1 [2] Khaled Hamad, Lubna Obaid, Salah Haridy, Waleed Zeiada, and Ghazi Al-Khateeb. Factorial Design-Machine Learning Framework for Predicting Incident Durations. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, March 2023; 38(5): 660-680, DOI:10.1111/mice.12883. [3] K. Hamad and A. R. Alozi, “Shared vs. Dedicated Lanes for Automated Vehicle Deployment: A Simulation-based Assessment,” International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, March 2022; 11(2): 205-215, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijtst.2022.03.001. [4] Hamad, K. and Ismail, A., “Safety Evaluation of Directional Interchange with Semi-direct Ramp Connections and Loops,” SAE Int. J. Trans. Safety,10(1):2022. DOI:10.4271/09-10-01-0005. [5] K. Hamad and L. Obaid, “Tour-based travel demand forecasting model for a university campus,” Transport Policy, Volume 117, 2022, Pages 118-137, DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2022.01.001. [6] K. Hamad, P. T. T. Htun, and L. Obaid, “Characterization of Travel Behavior at a University Campus: A Case Study of Sharjah University City, UAE,” Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 12, p. 100488, Dec. 2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.trip.2021.100488. [7] K. Hamad, “Using Traffic Simulation to Quantify Performance Improvement Due to Vehicular Traffic Reduction at A University Campus,” International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 295–307, 2020, DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2020.107331. [8] K. Hamad, M. A. Khalil, and A. R. Alozi, “Predicting Freeway Incident Duration Using Machine Learning,” International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 367–380, May 2020, DOI: 10.1007/S13177-019-00205-1. [9] K. Hamad, R. Al-Ruzouq, W. Zeiada, S. Abu Dabous, and M. A. Khalil, “Predicting Incident Duration Using Random Forests,” Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 1269–1293, Jan. 2020, DOI: 10.1080/23249935.2020.1733132. [10] K. Hamad and A. Ismail, “Evaluating Traffic Operations Performance of Directional Interchange with Semi-Direct Ramp Connections with Loops,” Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 450–460, 2020, DOI: 10.1139/CJCE-2019-0180. [11] R. Al-Ruzouq, K. Hamad, S. Abu Dabous, W. Zeiada, M. A. Khalil, and T. Voigt, “Weighted Multi-attribute Framework to Identify Freeway Incident Hot Spots in a Spatiotemporal Context,” Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 8205–8223, Oct. 2019, DOI: 10.1007/S13369-019-03881-z. [12] M. Ali Khalil, K. Hamad, and A. Shanableh, “Developing Machine Learning Models to Predict Roadway Traffic Noise: An Opportunity to Escape Conventional Techniques,” Transportation Research Record, vol. 2673, no. 4, pp. 158–172, Apr. 2019, DOI: 10.1177/0361198119838514. [13] W. Zeiada, K. Hamad, M. Omar, B. S. Underwood, M. A. Khalil, and A. S. Karzad, “Investigation and Modelling of Asphalt Pavement Performance in Cold Regions,” International Journal of Pavement Engineering, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 986–997, Aug. 2019, DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2017.1373391. [14] K. Hamad, A. Shanableh, and I. Sahnoon, “Multi-Objective, Risk-Based Approach for Safe and Sustainable Vehicle Routing,” Advances in Transportation Studies, vol. 45, pp. 5–20, Jul. 2018, DOI: 10.4399/978255166091. [15] K. Hamad, M. Ali Khalil, and A. Shanableh, “Modeling Roadway Traffic Noise in A Hot Climate Using Artificial Neural Networks,” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, vol. 53, pp. 161–177, Jun. 2017, DOI: 10.1016/J.TRD.2017.04.014.
1. Yahya El Traboulsi The Impact of COVID-19 on UAE’s Mobility: Short- and Long-Term Assessment, May 2023. 2. Ahmed Al Yassi, Modeling Sharjah’s Travel Mode Choice Using Machine Learning, June 2022 3. AlAnoud Al-Maazmi, Severity Analysis of Sharjah Crashes Using Machine Learning Techniques, December 2021 4. Fahmieh Lotfi, Developing an Artificial Neural Network Mode-Choice Model for Sharjah University City, United Arab Emirates, May 2021 5. Ala G. Ibrahim, Characterization of Truck Traffic toward the Implementation of Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide in Sharjah, May 2020 (co-supervised with Dr. Waleed Zeiada) 6. Lubna Obaid, Forecasting Travel Demand at Sharjah University City, December 2019 7. Abdul Razak Alozi, Quantifying the Impacts of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on Traffic Operation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using Micro-Simulation, May 2019 8. Abdulsalam Birawi, Analysis and Prediction of Traffic Fatalities in Dubai, May 2019 (co-supervised with Dr. Muamer AbuZwidah) 9. Lina Shakfa, Development of a Green Pavement Rating System for UAE Roads, March 2018 (co-supervised with Dr. Waleed Zeiada) 10. Eslam Al-Ali, Comparing the Performance of Artificial Neural Networks and Random Forests Models for Predicting Incident Duration, December 2017 11. Abdou Lkarim Ismail, Evaluating Operational and Safety Performance of Directional Interchange with Semi-Direct Ramp Connections and Loops, July 2017 12. Mariam Al-Hmoudi, Evaluation and Modeling of Pedestrian Safety in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, January 2017(co-supervised with Dr. Muamer AbuZwidah) 13. Mohamad Ali Khalil, Predictive Models for Free Field Road Traffic Noise in Sharjah City United Arab Emirates, January 2016 14. Noor Al Majdalawi, Calibration of Gap Acceptance Based Roundabout Capacity Models Using Locally Measured Parameters in Sharjah, January 2015 15. Hassan Abu Hamda, Estimating Base Saturation Flow Rate and U-Turn and Left-Turn Adjustment Factors for Selected Signalized Intersections in Doha, Qatar, January 2015 16. Rulla Raad, Fuzzy logic Risk-based Framework for HAZMAT Routing, January 2015 17. Iyad Sahaboon, Multi-Objective Comprehensive Risk-Based Vehicle Routing Analysis Framework Sharjah City as a Case Study, May 2014
• 12th Dubai's Road Transport Authority Award for Sustainable Transport - Best Academic Research Category, 1st Place shared with Lubna Obaid, May 2022 • Best student paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC 2021) with master's student Fahmieh Lotfi, August 2021. • University of Sharjah Annual Incentive Award for Teaching 2018-19 • 11th Dubai's Road Transport Authority Award for Sustainable Transport - Best Academic Research Category, 2nd Place shared with W. Zeiada, L. Shakfa, and M. A. Khalil, February 2019 • 11th Dubai's Road Transport Authority Award for Sustainable Transport - Best Academic Research Category, 3rd Place shared with M. Abuzwidah and M. Al-Hmoudi, February 2019 • Best student research submitted for the Emirates International Future Vehicle Award (with master's students Abdul Razak, Sama, and Lubna), November 2018 • 10th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport - Best Academic Research Category, 2nd Place, Road Transport Authority, Dubai Government, March 2018 • University of Sharjah Annual Incentive Award for Teaching 2015-2016 • 8th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport - Best Academic Research Category, 1st Place, Road Transport Authority, Dubai Government, February 2016 • University of Sharjah Annual Incentive Award for Teaching 2012-2013 • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2005. • Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Delaware, 2004. • National Science Foundation Presentation Award, IGERT, 2000. • Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, 1998-2000.
• Conducted a traffic study of Sharjah University City, led a joint committee with Sharjah Road & Transport Authority, Sharjah University City, and Sharjah Police, September 2022-January 2023 • The 2021 9th International Conference on Traffic and Logistic Engineering (ICTLE 2021), Macau Member of the Technical Committee, August 2021 • 26th World Road Congress, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Member of UAE Universities Organizing Committee, October 2019 • The 38th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2021, Dubai, UAE, Local Chair, 2020-November 2021 • Training Program on Transportation Planning for the Sharjah Department of Planning and Land, Conducted via Center for Continuing Education and Community Service, University of Sharjah, February 2018 • Emirates Foundation’s Think Science Competition; Co-chair of Judging Committee; 2012 - 2019 • Dubai Road and Transport Authority’s Research Award, Member of Judging Committee; 2012 - Now • 8th International Forum on Engineering Education (IFEE-17) Conference, 18-20 April 2017; Co-chair of Organizing and Scientific Committees; February 2016 – April 2017 • International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials & Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17) 18-20 April 2017; Member of Joint Organizing Committee and Co-chair of Joint Scientific Committee; February 2016 - April 2017 • Dubai Road and Transport Authority’s Innovation Lab on “Futuristic Shared Mobility in Dubai”; Presented and Panel Discussant on Carpooling; 26 November 2016 • 2016 Gulf Traffic Exhibition and Conference, Dubai, UAE; Presenter & Awards Judge; 13-15 November 2016 • 5th International Conference on Traffic and Logistic Engineering (ICTLE 2016), Dubai, UAE; Member of International Technical Committee, Co-Presenter; 25-26 April 2016 • 7th International Forum on Engineering Education (IFEE2015) Jointly with 3rd Towards Sustainable Development International Conference (3PrdP TSDIC2015), University of Sharjah, UAE, 17-19 March 2015; Co-chair of Organizing and Scientific Committees; 2014-15 • Intel Science Competition- Arab World 2013 – Amman, Jordan; Co-chair of Judging Committee; Fall 2013 • Intel Science Competition- Arab World 2012 – Dubai, UAE; Co-chair of Judging Committee; Fall 2012 • 6th International Forum on Engineering Education (IFEE) Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Member of International Technical Committee; 2012-2013 • Intel Science Competition- Arab World 2011; Member of Organizing Committee; Fall 2011 • 5th International Forum on Engineering Education (IFEE); Conference Co-chair of Organizing Committee; 2010
Civil engineers need to have a solid foundation of basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering concepts that they will apply to solve real-world problems. I treat every student as a potential engineer and encourage him/her to build up solid fundamental knowledge, improve problem-solving and analytical thinking capabilities, and develop decision-making skills. For this purpose and to assist students put in context what they learn, I reinforce the class material with classical and novel transportation engineering applications.
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