Research & Academic Liaison
Ahmad is an Adjunct
Professor at the University of Calgary and a former Director of ITS
Canada. His main research
areas are autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and supporting
of his professional career has been in industry and municipal
government. He helped
develop the City of Calgary’s ITS Strategic Plan and was the key
person for creating the City of Calgary’s Traffic Management
Centre and implementing many ITS projects for the City. He
has also worked as a consultant for public and private
transportation agencies in Canada and the U.S.
has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Leeds (UK) as well as a Master’s and a Ph.D. in
Control Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield (UK).
Najjaran, PhD, P.Eng., Research & Academic Liaison
is an Associate Professor at the Okanagan School of Engineering,
at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a senior
research and development advisor and is an academic liaison
officer to promote collaboration between CAVCOE and Canadian
From 2003 to 2006, he worked
as a Research Officer at the National Research Council (NRC)
Canada where his research focused on the development of robotic
systems and sensor technologies.
In 2006, he joined UBC and founded
the Advanced Control and Intelligent Systems (ACIS) Laboratory.
His research focuses on automation and control systems in a
variety of applications ranging from unmanned systems and
autonomous robots to micro-electromechanical systems.
Dr. Najjaran received his Ph.D.
from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the
University of Toronto in 2002.
He is a Professional Engineer
licensed by Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC).
Saunier, Ph.D., ing.
is an Assistant Professor, in the Civil, Geological and Mining
Engineering Departement (CGM) at Polytechnique Montréal.
Dr. Saunier is a member of the
Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics
and Transportation (CIRRELT), of the Québec network for research
in road safety and of Prof. Catherine Morency's research Chair on
the evaluation and implementation of sustainability in
transportation (MOBILITÉ Chair). He is co-head of the ITS lab of
Dr. Saunier is a member of the
following TRB committees:
- Artificial Intelligence and
Advanced Computing Applications Committee (ABJ70)
- Safety Data, Analysis, and
Evaluation Committee (ANB20)
- Pedestrian Committee (ANF10).
Denis Gingras, Dr Eng.
his electrical engineering degree from Université Laval, Quebéc
in 1980. He received
his Doctor of Engineering Degree in 1989.
was awarded a Japan Science and Technology Agency fellowship and
worked as a guest researcher at the Communication Research
Laboratory in Tokyo. He
was Guest Professor at INRIA laboratory in Sophia-Antipolis,
France. Dr Gingras is
professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department at Sherbrooke. He
has also been an invited professor and guest researcher in various
Mexican, US and French universities.
Gingras is also founder and head of the Canadian research program
“Intelligent systems and sensors” in the Federal AUTO21
Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE).
He was the Group Leader of the Intelligent Vehicles Group
in the ATLANTIC International Network (Canada-US-Europe).
He is currently a member of the APMA Connected Vehicle Working Group and the
ITS Canada Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.
Gingras has published 2 books and has authored and co-authored
more than 100 publications.
Jairo is a Research Associate at the
Transport Institute, and a sessional lecturer at the Supply Chain
Department at the Asper School of Business, University of
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Sociology, and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the
University of Manitoba.
He is currently a Board member of
Villa Rosa, and has worked in the past for several community
organizations in Winnipeg including Greenpeace, The Coalition to
Save the Elms, Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba, and the
Colombian Association of Manitoba.
Spencer, BA (Hon), MA
Susan joins the
CAVCOE team from her company, Susan Spencer & Associates Inc.,
an independent transportation consultancy practice.
focus is in the area of policy issues arising in the fast-paced
world of emerging technologies, particularly in the fields of
Automated and Connected Vehicles, intelligent transportation
systems, and freight planning & operations.
professional experience, including 31 years in Canada’s Public
Service, Susan is recognized as a thought leader in Canada on these
issues and appears regularly as an expert panelist at ITS World
Congresses, the Transportation Research Board and other
written many analytical reports, strategy & policy documents and
has contributed articles to a number of international publications.
Susan has a
B.A.(Honours) from Queen’s University, Kingston and an M.A. in
Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Wise, B.Comm., M.Sc.
(Pl.), MCIP, RPP (ret.)
Arny is an urban
planner who has focused on urban development, communications and
transportation networks for over 40 years.
He was a senior
property development industry executive responsible for the planning
and development of over 100 major building projects in Greater
Toronto. As a 3-term
Director of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO),
Arny was awarded a Civic Award of Merit for service to the city.
He founded PodCar
Vehicle Systems Inc. in 2009, an autonomous vehicle research firm,
and industry partner at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for
Automotive Research project, “Green Intelligent Transportation
He has published
numerous journal articles on urban planning, transportation, finance
and legal matters, including “Developing an Intelligent Electric
Highway”, Ekistics Magazine, 2009 and "The Impact of
Electronic Communications on Metropolitan Form.
Arny received a B.
Comm. (Finance) and an M. Sc. (Planning) from the University of
Toronto and was a student and protégé of communications expert
Marshall McLuhan. He
was a research fellow in urban futures at the Doxiadis Athens Centre
of Ekistics (Human Settlements) and a Ph.D. scholar in Urban
Geography at the University of Hong Kong.
He is a
retired Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member of the
Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).
He is also a Chartered Mediator and an Adjudicator of
municipal disputes in British Columbia.