George Yannis

George Yannis is Professor in Traffic Safety and Management and currently 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, as well as a Master of Science (Diplôme d’ Etudes Approfondies, DEA) in Transport Engineering, and a PhD (Doctorat) in Transport, from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.

He has a thorough and broad understanding of the transport 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. His specialisation areas are Road Safety, Planning and Μanagement of Transportation Systems, Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Systems, with particular focus on Data Management and Analysis.

Ηe has participated in more than 245 research and engineering projects and studies in Greece, in Europe and worldwide and he has published more than 560 scientific papers (169 in scientific journals) widely cited worldwide. He has contributed extensively in several research projects and scientific committees of the European Commission and other International Organisations (UNECE, OECD, WHO, World Bank, EIB, CEDR, ERF, IRF, UITP, ETSC, ECTRI, WCTR, TRB).

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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

Planning and Management of Transportation Systems: 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


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

Supervision of 109 Diploma Theses, 17 PhDs and 7 PostDoctoral Researches. Participation at the supervision (32) and the examination (26) committee of PhDs.

Member of 82 Faculty Member Selection Committees at NTUA and worldwide and of 35 NTUA Academic Bodies and Committees.

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



Participation in 123 research projects in the field of transport planning and engineering, 93 of which were or are carried out in the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the NTUA. 62 of these projects were assigned by the European Commission, 9 projects were assigned by other International Organisations (UN-ECE, WHO, EIB, World Bank, ITF, CEDR) and 52 projects were assigned by Greek Authorities. Scientific Coordinator in 48 research projects (30 from International Organisations) and Principal Researcher in another 35 research projects.




A total of 561 scientific publications in the field of transport planning and engineering: 169 papers in scientific journals with referees, 17 papers in scientific journals of conference proceedings, 361 papers in conference proceedings (296 with paper review, 297 in international conferences and 21 after invitation) and 14 monographs and chapters in books, as well as 6 teaching material, in 300 of which more than 2.500 citations are made (i10-index: googlescholar: 95, h-index: googlescholar: 31, scopus: 22).



Member of 114 scientific organisations and committees worldwide (66) and in Greece (48). Evaluator of proposals and progress of research projects of the framework research programmes of the European Commission (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Horizon 2020) and for the Research Authorities of Greece, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (53). Evaluator of infrastructure project proposals of the Trans-European Transport Networks and the World Bank. Associate Editor (2) Guest-Editor (3) and Member of the Editorial Board of scientific journals (5), Reviewer of papers to be published in scientific journals (133) and conferences (104), Member of the scientific committee (52) and of the organising committee (12) of conferences. Chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (2000 – 2003). Received 13 international scientific awards, including the “Knight of the Order of Academic Palms” by the French Government and the Belgian Universities Franqui Chair Award.


Participation in 444 scientific conferences and seminars, 292 international and 152 national, in Athens (205), in other Greek cities (40) and abroad (199). Session chairmanship in 52 of these conferences and delivery of speech in another 20 conferences. Presentation at these conferences of 307 scientific papers published in the Proceedings and another 402 scientific presentations. 186 papers or presentations were after invitation.


Participation in 119 projects and studies in the field of transport planning and engineering for the European Commission and other International Organisations (26), Ministries (26), Public Authorities (48), and other organisations (19), in Greece (83) and worldwide (35). 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 31 marathon races, 16 triathlon races and more than 150 long distance running races.