George Yannis

George Yannis is Professor and Director of the Department of Transportation Planning Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He leads the NTUA Road Safety Observatory, a Center of Research and Innovation Excellence with global recognition for its highly valuable contribution to safer mobility for all, in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.

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, with emphasis on data science. He has contributed extensively in more than 315 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). He has published 870 scientific papers (246 in scientific journals) widely cited worldwide.

He is currently running 30 Marathons in 30 months in order to actively promote the adoption of 30km/h speed limit in as many cities as possible worldwide, as a key policy for safer, healthier and greener cities.

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Road Safety: Accident 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 166 Diploma Theses, 23 PhDs and 10 PostDoctoral Researches. Participation at the advisory (53) and the examination (48) committee of PhDs.

Member of 139 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 170 research projects in the field of transport planning and engineering, 140 of which were or are carried out in the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the NTUA. 73 of these projects were assigned by the European Commission, 16 projects were assigned by other International Organisations (UN-ECE, WHO, EIB, World Bank, ITF, CEDR) and 81 projects were assigned by Greek Authorities. Scientific Coordinator in 84 research projects (44 from International Organisations) and Principal Researcher in another 36 research projects.



A total of 842 scientific publications in the field of transport planning and engineering: 244 papers in scientific journals with referees, 28 papers in scientific journals of conference proceedings, 547 papers in conference proceedings (481 with paper review, 482 in international conferences and 23 after invitation) and 23 monographs and chapters in books, as well as 6 teaching material, in 550 of which more than 10.000 citations are made (i10-index: googlescholar: 185, h-index: googlescholar: 50, scopus: 37).


Member of 159 scientific organisations and committees worldwide (106) and in Greece (53). 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 (75 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 (219) and conferences (141), Member of the scientific committee (80) and of the organising committee (21) of conferences. Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (2000 – 2003). Received 19 international scientific Awards, including the EU TRAVisions Senior Researcher Award, the “Knight of the Order of Academic Palms” by the French Government and the Belgian Universities Francqui Chair Award.


Participation in 614 scientific conferences and seminars, 440 international and 174 national, in Athens (232), in other Greek cities (43), abroad (228) and virtual (111). Session chair in 74 of these conferences and delivery of speech in another 26 conferences. Presentation at these conferences of 572 scientific papers published in the Proceedings and another 639 scientific presentations. 282 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 62 marathon races, 17 triathlon races and more than 150 long distance running races.