George Yannis

George D. Yannis is Professor in Traffic and Safety Engineering and Director of the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds a Civil Engineering Diploma, Transport Engineering option from the National Technical University of Athens (1987), as well as a Master of Science (DEA – 1988) and a PhD (Doctorat) in Transport, (1993) from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.

He has a thorough and broad understanding of the transportation sector, through his active involvement for more than 30 years as engineer, academic, advisor and decision maker in all areas of transportation planning and engineering at national and international level.  He has contributed extensively in a large number of research and engineering projects and studies and in several scientific committees of the European Commission and other International Organisations (UNECE, OECD, WHO, World Bank, EIB, CEDR, ERF, IRF, PIARC, UITP, ETSC, ECTRI, WCTR, TRB). His specialisation fields concern Road Safety, Planning and Management of Transportation Systems, Urban Mobility, Intelligent Transport Systems and Automation, with emphasis on Data Science.

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Road Safety: Crash analysis, databases, road infrastructure, driver behaviour, driver distraction, pedestrians, telematics, automation, driving simulator, enforcement, young drivers, older drivers, motorcyclists, alcohol, intelligent systems, weather conditions, road safety measures, road safety strategy, international comparisons

Transportation Planning and Management: urban mobility, road infrastructure, traffic management, traffic simulation, parking, smart cities, intelligent systems, metro systems, large events, multi-modal transport, transport networks, transport terminals, logistics

Urban Mobility Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automation with particular focus on Data Management and Analysis


Teaching at NTUA School of Civil Engineering: Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Traffic Management, Public Transport, Transportation and the Environment.

Supervision of 163 Diploma Theses, 21 PhDs and 10 PostDoctoral Researches. Participation at the advisory (49) and the examination (48) committee of PhDs.

Member of 136 Faculty Member Selection Committees at NTUA, in Greece and worldwide and of 40 Academic Committees.

Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, at the University of Loughborough and at University of Hasselt, Belgium.



Participation in 160 research projects in the field of transport planning and engineering, 131 of which were or are carried out in the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the NTUA. 70 of these projects were assigned by the European Commission, 14 projects were assigned by other International Organisations (UN-ECE, WHO, EIB, World Bank, ITF, CEDR) and 76 projects were assigned by Greek Authorities. Scientific Coordinator in 76 research projects (41 from International Organisations) and Principal Researcher in another 36 research projects.




A total of 812 scientific publications in the field of transport planning and engineering: 240 papers in scientific journals with referees, 28 papers in scientific journals of conference proceedings, 521 papers in conference proceedings (455 with paper review, 456 in international conferences and 23 after invitation) and 23 monographs and chapters in books, as well as 6 teaching material, in 500 of which more than 10.000 citations are made (i10-index: googlescholar: 181, h-index: googlescholar: 48, scopus: 36).



Member of 155 scientific organisations and committees worldwide (103) and in Greece (52). Evaluator of projects for the European Commission, the United Nations Road Safety Fund, the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility and several Research Authorities in 26 countries (74 Organisations and Programmes). Associate Editor (3), Guest-Editor (10) and Member of the Editorial Board (10) of scientific journals, Reviewer of papers to be published in scientific journals (211) and conferences (141), Member of the scientific committee (80) and of the organising committee (20) of conferences. Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (2000 – 2003). Received 19 international scientific Awards, including the “Knight of the Order of Academic Palms” by the French Government and the Belgian Universities Francqui Chair Award.


Participation in 593 scientific conferences and seminars, 421 international and 173 national, in Athens (228), in other Greek cities (43), abroad (218) and virtual (105). Session chair in 71 of these conferences and delivery of speech in another 26 conferences. Presentation at these conferences of 521 scientific papers published in the Proceedings and another 617 scientific presentations. 274 papers or presentations were after invitation.


Participation in 143 projects and studies in the field of transport planning and engineering for the European Commission and other International Organisations (38) and Public Authorities and other organisations in Greece (90) and worldwide (15). Advisor on road safety at the General Directorate for Transport of the European Commission (1991 – 2002) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Attiko Metro SA, the Public Authority in charge for the development of metro systems in Athens and Thessaloniki (2004 – 2010).



Member of the Alumni Association of the National Technical University of Athens and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Member of the International and National Alumni Association of the International Olympic Academy

Participated and completed 41 marathon races, 16 triathlon races and more than 150 long distance running races.