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A/Prof. Ashim Debnath

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor, Transportation Engineering

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

ashim.debnath@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73528

Biography

Ashim Debnath is an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Discipline. He is the Director of the 'Safe Future Mobility' research lab and leads a multidisciplinary research team in transportation and road safety research. 

A/Prof Debnath is an expert in road safety, traffic management, roadworks, vulnerable road users research (cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians), and smart, sustainable, and efficient transport systems. Throughout his academic career, Ashim has maintained active engagement with the transportation industry and local government. He has attracted about $3 M research income and led commissioned research projects for Austroads, iMOVE CRC, Vic Department of Transport, Transport for NSW, Transport Accident Commission, and QLD Transport and Main Roads. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on road safety, traffic management, advanced statistical methods, and smart and sustainable transportation.

Ashim sits on several Australian and international committees, including the US Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Traffic Control Devices. He is an Associate Editor of the journals: Transportation Research Record and Cambridge Journal of Navigation, and an active reviewer of many leading journals focused on Transportation Engineering and Traffic Safety.

He is accepting applications from quality PhD applicants, Post-Docs, and Research Assistants interested in road safety and Transportation Engineering.

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Biography summary

A/Prof Ashim Debnath is an expert in road safety, traffic management, roadworks, vulnerable road users research (cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians), and smart, sustainable, and efficient transport systems. He is an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering and Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Discipline. He directs the 'Safe Future Mobility' research lab at Deakin University and leads a strong multidisciplinary research team transportation and road safety research. With strong engagement with the industry and government bodies, he has delivered research projects worth $3 M funded by major transport departments and agencies in Australia, including Austroads, Vic DoT, TfNSW, QLD TMR, Vic TAC, QLD MAIC, and iMOVE CRC. He sits on several transportation committees in Australia and internationally, and provides editorial services to key transport journals. 

Research interests

Transport technology and program evaluation

Road Safety

Vulnerable road users (cyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian)

Roadworks, work zone traffic management

Smart, sustainable, and efficient transportation

Statistical methods, Big data

Simulation of transport systems

Affiliations

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology.

Teaching interests

Traffic Engineering

Transportation Engineering

Highway Design

Urban Development

Units taught

SEV402 Traffic and Transportation Engineering

SEN728 Transportation Infrastructure Systems

Knowledge areas

Transportation Engineering

Road safety

Work zone traffic management

Smart Cities and Sustainable Transportation

Statistical modelling and Big data analytics 

Water transportation

Surrogate measures of road safety

Professional activities

Associate Editor, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transporation Research Board

Associate Editor, Journal of Navigation

Member, Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (ACP55), Transportation Research Board, USA

Execuitive Board Member, Institute of Transporation Engineers - Australia and New Zealand Chapter

Member, Australasian College of Road Safety - Victoria Chapter

Former Member, Honarary Committee (X0050), Transportation Research Board, USA

Former Member, Committee on Work Zone Traffic Control (AHB55) and Standing Committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds (ANF30), Transportation Research Board, USA

Accredited road safety auditor

Conference Organising Committee, Australasian Road Safety Conference 2021, Melbourne

Scientific Committee Member

 

Provided research and consultation service in projects and forums to the following industry bodies:

  • Austroads, Australia
  • Victoria Department of Transport (DoT)
  • Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), New South Wales
  • Queensland Government, Open Innovation Project 2015
  • RoadTek, Queensland
  • Transport for NSW (TfNSW), New South Wales
  • Brisbane City Council (BCC), Queensland

Media appearances

Research groups

Director  |  Safe Future Mobility Research Lab  |  School of Engineering |  Deakin University

 

Current HDR student supervision (Principal):

Sadia Afroza  |  PhD student  |  Examination of commonly omitted factors in pedestrian safety analysis

Sarah Brill  |  PhD student  |  External interfaces for automated vehicles in shared spaces

Amrit Ghimire |  PhD student  |  Modelling shared road space: Quantitative examination of the operational and safety characteristics of shared road space types in the UK and Australia

Sajani Siriwardene  |  PhD student  |  Examination of associations between roadwork design and safety outcomes

Tharindu Ranawake  |  PhD student  |  Integrated control on freeway and CAV fleet to improve safety

 

Post-Doctoral Researchers in the 'Safe Future Mobility Research Lab':

Dr Wonmongo Soro  |  Road safety, Statistical modelling, Heavy vehicle safety, Transport economics

Dr Kaniz Fatima  |  Incidement management, Transport accessibility, Stakeholder consultations

Dr Ross Blackman |  Qualitative research, Surveys, Motorcycles and Mopeds, Traffic management

Projects

Selected Research Projects:

  • Working Near Traffic - Work Zone End of Queue Study. iMOVE CRC, TfNSW. 2022-2023.
  • Improving cycling safety at intersections using real-time personalised safety alerts. Road Safety Innovation Fund, Office of Road Safety. 2021-2023.
  • Improving road worker safety on the M1. iMOVE CRC, TfNSW. 2022-2023.
  • Probe Data Trial. Vic DoT. 2022-2023.
  • Guidelines for Incident Response Vehicles and Truck-mounted Attenuators. iMOVE CRC, Austroads. 2021-2022.
  • Light Insight Trial (LiT) - Smart bike lights data and road safety. iMOVE CRC, TAC, See.Sense. 2021-2022.
  • Side Road Activated Speeds (SRAS) - Development of Framework Survey Design and Analysis for short-term evaluation. Vic DOT, 2021-2022.
  • Safety evaluation at high speed rural intersections. Vic DOT, 2019-2021.
  • Evaluation of Speed Feedback Projector in reducing driver speeds at roadworks. VicRoads, 2018-19.
  • Truck Mounted Attenuator, Traffic Management and Driver Behaviour Research Project. QLD Transport and Main Roads, 2018-19.
  • Independent Evaluation of the Left Turn on Red Trial. 2016-17.
  • Automated video analysis of three complex intersections: A safety evaluation using advanced video recognition technology. 2016-17.
  • Safety at road worksites,  Austroads, 2015-17.
  • Road User Interactions at Worksites. NSW, 2015.
  • Public demand for safer speeds,  Austroads, 2014-15.
  • Evaluation of the Minimum Passing Distance rule, QLD Transport and Main Roads, 2014-16.

Publications

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2022

Pedestrian distraction: Mobile phone use and its associations with other risky crossing behaviours and conflict situations

Long Truong, Nam Thai, Tho Le, Ashim Debnath

(2022), Vol. 153, pp. 1-8, Safety Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2021

Women cycling in Queensland: Results from an observational study

Ashim Debnath, Narelle Haworth, Kristiann Heesch

(2021), Vol. 151, pp. 1-6, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Risk to workers or vehicle damage: What makes drivers slow down in work zones?

Ashim Debnath, Narelle Haworth, Ross Blackman

(2021), Vol. 22, Traffic Injury Prevention, New York. N.Y., C1

journal article
2020

Understanding vehicle crashes in work zones: Analysis of workplace health and safety data as an alternative to police-reported crash data in Queensland, Australia

R Blackman, A Debnath, N Haworth

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 222-227, Traffic Injury Prevention, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Associations of heavy vehicle driver employment type and payment methods with crash involvement in Australia

W Soro, N Haworth, J Edwards, A Debnath, D Wishart, M Stevenson

(2020), Vol. 127, Safety Science, C1

journal article

Comparison of three traffic management plans showing shadow and police vehicle effects on driver behavior at highway ingle lane closures

R Blackman, M Legge, A Kumar Debnath

(2020), Vol. 2674, pp. 15-25, Transportation Research Record, C1

journal article

The effects of travel containment measures within COVID-19

Ruwangi Fernando, Hua Wang, Yanchun Zhang, Mahesh Prakash, Ashim Debnath

(2020), pp. 403-408, IV 2020 : Proceedings of the 2020 24th International Conference Information Visualisation, Online from Melbourne, Australia, E1

conference
2019

An exploratory study on the safety effects of speed limit reduction policy in Brisbane and Melbourne CBDs

Md Kamruzzaman, Ashim Debnath, Vasili Bourdaniotis

(2019), pp. 1-12, Proceedings of the 2019 Australasian Transport Research Forum, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, E1

conference
2018

Factors influencing noncompliance with bicycle passing distance laws

Ashim Debnath, Narelle Haworth, Amy Schramm, Kristiann Heesch, Klaire Somoray

(2018), Vol. 115, pp. 137-142, Accident analysis & prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Influence of type of traffic control on injury severity in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes at intersections

R Rash-ha Wahi, N Haworth, A Debnath, M King

(2018), Vol. 2672, pp. 199-209, Transportation research record, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Do Australian drivers give female cyclists more room when passing?

N Haworth, K Heesch, A Schramm, A Debnath

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 203-211, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2017

Driver beliefs regarding the benefits of reduced speeds

A Debnath, N Haworth, A Rakotonirainy

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 470-488, Journal of transportation safety and security, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Cyclist' safety perceptions of cycling infrastructure at un-signalised intersections: cross-sectional survey of Queensland cyclists

A Ng, A Debnath, K Heesch

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 13-22, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Cyclists' perceptions of motorist harassment pre- to post-trial of the minimum passing distance road rule amendment in Queensland, Australia

Kristiann Heesch, Amy Schramm, Ashim Debnath, Narelle Haworth

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 247-250, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Influence of remotely operated stop-slow controls on driver behavior in work zones

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth, Y Adinegoro

(2017), Vol. 2615, pp. 19-25, Transportation research record, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Safety at road worksites: stage 1 working papers

A Debnath, R Blackman, M Sheldrake, N Haworth, M King, H Biggs

(2017), Sydney, N.S.W., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

Regulatory, organizational, and operational issues in road construction safety

A Debnath, T Banks, R Blackman, N Dovan, N Haworth, H Biggs

(2016), pp. 31-47, Ergonomics and human factors in safety management, Boca Raton, Fla., B1-1

book chapter

Gap acceptance behavior of mobile phone-distracted drivers at roundabouts

M Haque, O Oviedo-Trespalacios, A Debnath, S Washington

(2016), Vol. 2602, pp. 43-51, Transportation Research Record, C1-1

journal article

Observational study of compliance with Queensland bicycle helmet laws

Ashim Debnath, Narelle Haworth, Amy Schramm, Amy Williamson

(2016), Vol. 97, pp. 146-152, Accident analysis and prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Learning from insurance data: Injuries to other road users in motorcyclist at-fault crashes

A Debnath, N Haworth

(2016), Vol. 2587, pp. 1-7, Transportation Research Record, C1-1

journal article

Modelling collision potentials in Port Anchorages: application of the Navigational Traffic Conflict Technique (NTCT)

A Debnath, H Chin

(2016), Vol. 69, pp. 183-196, Journal of navigation, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

On the speed reduction potential of pilot vehicle use in work zones

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 18-30, Road and transport research: a journal of Australian and New Zealand research and practice, Nunawading, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Influence of work zone traffic control devices on driver behaviour: A synthesis of the literature

Ashim Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2016), pp. 1-1, AHFE 2016 : Applied human factors and ergonomics : proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2016) and the Affiliated Conferences, July 27-31, Walt Disney World, Florida, USA, Orlando, Florida, E1-1

conference
2015

A comparison of self-nominated and actual speeds in work zones

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 213-222, Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Common hazards and their mitigating measures in work zones: a qualitative study of worker perceptions

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2015), Vol. 72, pp. 293-301, Safety science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Characteristics of road factors in multi and single vehicle motorcycle crashes in Queensland

Y Adinegoro, N Haworth, Ashim Debnath

(2015), pp. 1-11, Proceedings of the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, E1-1

conference
2014

Towards making informed decisions on selecting promising work zone safety treatments

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 41-53, Road and transport research, Port Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

A Tobit model for analyzing speed limit compliance in work zones

A Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2014), Vol. 70, pp. 367-377, Safety science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

An observational study of conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians in the city centre

N Haworth, A Schramm, A Debnath

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 31-40, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, Mawson, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

Proactive safety assessment in roadwork zones: a synthesis of surrogate measures of safety

Ashim Debnath, A Wilson, N Haworth

(2014), pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the 2014 Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, E1-1

conference

Making informed decisions on selecting promising work zone safety treatments

Ashim Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2014), pp. 1-13, ARRB 2014 : Proceedings of the 26th ARRB Conference, 19-22 October, Sydney, Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

Influences of visible work activity on drivers' speed choice at roadworks

R Blackman, Ashim Debnath, N Haworth

(2014), pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the 2nd Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, Gold Coast, Qld., E1-1

conference

Work zone items influencing driver speeds at roadworks: worker, driver and expert views

R Blackman, Ashim Debnath, N Haworth

(2014), pp. 1-11, RSRPE 2014 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Beyond the barriers: road construction safety issues from the office and the roadside

Ashim Debnath, T Banks, R Blackman, N Dovan, N Haworth, H Biggs

(2014), pp. 1-8, AHFE 2014 : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Kraków, Poland, E1-1

conference

Effectiveness of pilot car operations in reducing speeds in a long-term rural highway work zone

Ashim Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2014), Vol. 93, pp. 1-17, Transportation Research Board annual meeting : 93rd : 2014 : Washington, DC : compendium of papers, Washington, D.C., E1-1

conference
2013

How similar are two-unit bicycle and motorcycle crashes?

Narelle Haworth, Ashim Debnath

(2013), Vol. 58, pp. 15-25, Accident analysis & prevention, Amstedam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Sustainable, safe, smart-three key elements of Singapore's evolving transport policies

M Haque, H Chin, A Debnath

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 20-31, Transport policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Driver perceptions of the benefits of reducing their driving speed on safety, emissions and stress and road rage

Ashim Debnath, N Haworth, A Rakotonirainy, G Graves, I Jeffreys

(2013), pp. 1-11, Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

Understanding worker perceptions of common incidents at roadworks in Queensland

Ashim Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2013), pp. 1-11, Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2012

Navigational safety in port waters: Techniques for modeling collision risk

A Debnath, H Chin

(2012), New York, B1-1

book chapter

An investigation on multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes using log-linear models

M Haque, H Chin, A Debnath

(2012), Vol. 50, pp. 352-362, Safety science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

A review of the effectiveness of speed control measures in roadwork zones

Ashim Debnath, R Blackman, N Haworth

(2012), pp. 1-11, OSIT : Proceedings of the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference 2012, Gold Coast, Qld., E1-1

conference
2011

Sustainable urban transport: smart technology initiatives in Singapore

A Debnath, M Mazharul Haque, H Chin, B Yuen

(2011), Vol. 2243, pp. 38-45, Transportation research record: journal of the transportation research board, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Modelling port water collision risk using traffic conflicts

A Debnath, H Chin, M Haque

(2011), Vol. 64, pp. 645-655, Journal of navigation, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Sustainable urban transport: smart technology initiatives in Singapore

Ashim Debnath, M Haque, H Chin, B Yuen

(2011), Vol. 2243, pp. 38-45, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., E1-1

conference
2010

Navigational traffic conflict technique: a proactive approach to quantitative measurement of collision risks in port waters

A Debnath, H Chin

(2010), Vol. 63, pp. 137-152, Journal of navigation, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The concept of smart cities

H Chin, Ashim Debnath, B Yuen

(2010), pp. 1-7, ICSU 2010 : Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization, Hong Kong, China, E1-1

conference

Modeling collision avoidance decisions in navigation

Y Wang, Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2010), pp. 1-8, Proceedings of 10th Asian Conference on Marine Simulation and Simulator Research, Taiwan, E1-1

conference

Proactive management of collision risks in port waters using navigational traffic conflicts

H Chin, Ashim Debnath, Y Wang

(2010), pp. 1-9, MARTECH 2010 : Proceedings of the MARTECH 2010, Singapore, E1-1

conference
2009

Hierarchical modeling of perceived collision risks in port fairways

A Debnath, H Chin

(2009), Vol. 2100, pp. 68-75, Transportation research record, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Modeling perceived collision risk in port water navigation

H Chin, A Debnath

(2009), Vol. 47, pp. 1410-1416, Safety Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Perceived collision risks in anchorages: a hierarchical ordered probit analysis

Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2009), pp. 1-12, EASTS 2009 : Proceedings of the 8th Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies Conference, Surabaya, Indonesia, E1-1

conference

Hierarchical modeling of perceived collision risks in port fairways

Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2009), Vol. 2100, pp. 68-75, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., E1-1

conference
2008

Statistical analysis of conflict involvements in port water navigation

Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2008), MARTECH 2008 : Proceedings of the MARTECH 2008, Singapore, E1-1

conference
2007

Analysis of involved parties in port water conflicts

Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2007), pp. 1-4, KKCNN 2007 : Proceedings of the 20th Symposium on Civil Engineering, Jeju, South Korea, E1-1

conference
2006

Analysis of marine conflicts

Ashim Debnath, H Chin

(2006), KKCNN 2006 : Proceedings of the 19th KKCNN Symposium on Civil Engineering, Kyoto, Japan, E1-1

conference

Impact of garment industries on road safety in metropolitan Dhaka

M Hoque, Ashim Debnath, S Mahmud

(2006), pp. 489-498, Proceedings of the International Conference on Traffic Safety in Developing Countries 2006, Dhaka, Bangladesh, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving cycling safety at intersections using real-time personalised safety alerts

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Mr Alexey Medvedev, Prof Chee Peng Lim, Prof Arkady Zaslavsky, Dr Ali Hassani, Prof Douglas Creighton

Road Safety Innovation Fund

  • 2022: $100,000
  • 2021: $139,733

Other Public Sector Funding

Strategic Transport Modelling Development.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath

Department of Transport

  • 2019: $5,500

High Speed Rural Intersections Evaluation Project

A/Prof Ashim Debnath

Department of Transport

  • 2020: $4,200

Side Road Activated Speeds (SRAS) - Development of Framework Survey Design and Analysis for short-term evaluation.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath

Department of Transport

  • 2022: $10,960
  • 2021: $9,700

Agriculture Plant Safer Equipment Research

A/Prof Zoran Najdovski, Dr Jacquie Cotton, A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Prof Douglas Creighton, Prof Arkady Zaslavsky

WorkSafe Victoria

  • 2022: $15,108
  • 2021: $15,108

Other Funding Sources

Light Insight Trial (LiT)

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Prof Chee Peng Lim, Mr Alexey Medvedev, Prof Douglas Creighton, Prof Arkady Zaslavsky, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski, Dr Jan Garrard

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $82,500
  • 2021: $153,250

Guidelines for Incident Response Vehicles and Truck-mounted Attenuators.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Dr Ronny Kutadinata

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $12,250
  • 2021: $26,950

Improving Road Worker Safety on the M1.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $34,000

Working Near Traffic - Work Zone End of Queue Study.

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Dr Nhu Nguyen, Prof Mahmud Ashraf

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $75,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report