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Karim Ismail

Associate Professor in Transportation Engineering and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc. (Ain Shams University, Cairo), M.A.Sc., Ph.D. (British Columbia), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1709
Office:3362 ME

Prof. Ismail’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignment 2020-2021

  • ECOR 3800 Engineering Economics
  • CIVE 4918 Design Project
  • CIVE 5310 Road Safety Analysis

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • CIVE 3304 Transportation Engineering and Planning
  • CIVE 5806 Advanced Techniques for Road Safety Analysis

Research Interests

  1. Modelling of sustainable modes of transportation with special focus on non-motorized modes of transportation: crowd dynamics, application of computer vision technologies for data collection, and behavioural analysis.
  2. Road safety analysis: surrogate safety measures, vision-based road safety analysis, and holistic safety analysis with special focus on sustainable modes of transportation.
  3. Highway design: development of probabilistic standards for highway geometric design, reliability and risk analysis.
  4. Modelling and evaluation of intelligent transportation systems with special focus on freight: simulation of cargo and carrier movements at border and inland inspection stations.

Representative Publications

  1. Zheng, L., Ismail, K., Meng, X. (2014) Freeway Safety Estimation using Extreme Value Theory Approaches: a comparative study. Accident Analysis and Prevention (62:32–41).
  2. Hediyeh, H., Sayed, T., Zaki, M., and Ismail, K. (2014). Automated Analysis of Pedestrian Crossing Speed Behavior at Scramble-Phase Signalized Intersections Using Computer Vision Techniques. (2014) International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. (8(5): 382–397).
  3. Burns, S., Miranda-Moreno, L., Stipancic, J., Saunier, N., and Ismail, K. (2014) An Accessible and Practical Geocoding Method for Traffic Collision Record Mapping: A Quebec Case Study. Final Acceptance: Transportation Research Record.
  4. Zheng, L., Ismail, K., Meng, X. (2014). Shifted Gamma-GPD Model to Map the Safety Continuum and Estimate Crashes. Safety Science (64:155–162).
  5. Fatema, T., Ismail, K., Hassan, Y. (2014). Validation of a Probabilistic Model for the Design of Freeway Entrance Speed Change Lane. Final Acceptance: Transportation Research Record.
  6. Hussein, M., Sayed, T., Ismail, K., and Van Espen, A. (2014). Calibrating Road Design Guides using Risk-Based Reliability Analysis: A Case Study. Final Acceptance: American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of Transportation Engineering.
  7. Zheng, L., Ismail, K., Meng, X. (2014). Evaluation of Peak over Threshold Approach for Road Safety Estimation. Journal of Transportation Safety & Security. In-print. (10.1080/19439962.2014.904029).
  8. Kassim, A., Ismail, K., Hassan, Y. (2014). Automated Measuring of Cyclist-Motor Vehicle Post Encroachment Time At Signalized Intersections. Final acceptance: Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.
  9. Zheng, L., Ismail, K., Meng, X. (2014). Traffic Conflict Techniques for Road Safety Analysis: Open Questions and Some Insights. Final acceptance: Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.


  • 2010 Young Researcher Paper Award (ANB20), Transportation Research Board
  • 2010 Canadian Transportation Research Forum Scholarship, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • 2010 First-prize Paper Award, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • 2010 Michel Van Aerde Award,  Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada
  • 2010 Outstanding Paper Award, Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting (ANF10)
  • 2009 Transportation Association of Canada Foundation Scholarship, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.
  • 2009 Mavis Johnson Scholarship, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
  • 2006-2007 University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia
  • 2005-2006 Walter C. Koerner Scholarship University of British Columbia
  • 2005 First-prize UBC-Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Presentation Competition
  • 2004 Graduate Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia
  • 1999-2002 First-class Student Award, Ain Shams University

Graduate Students

Tazeen Fatema
Ph.D. (In Prog.) co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan
Ph.D. (In Prog.) co-supervised with Dr. A.O. Abd El Halim
Dionne Amsterdam
M.Eng. (Project) (2016)
Peter Apasnore
M.A.Sc. (2016) Bicycle-Vehicle Interactions at Mid-Sections of Mixed Traffic Streets: Examining Passing Distance and Bicycle Comfort Perception
Haitham Al Rajei
M.A.Sc. (2015)
Haider Talib
M.A.Sc. (2015)
Ali Ihssian
M.A.Sc. (2014) co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan
Ali Kassim
Ph.D. (2014) Innovative Techniques for Analyzing Cyclist Behaviour and Predicting Cyclist Safety (co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan)
Abdullah El-Shabani
M.Eng. (Project) (2013)
Zohreh Rashedi Ashrafi
M.A.Sc. (2013) Investigation of Pedestrian Movement in Groups and in High-density Bottlenecks using Discrete Choice Modelling Framework

Visiting Student

Lai Zheng
Visiting Student, October 2012 – April 2014