Armira Kontaxi is a Civil Engineer, PhD Candidate and Researcher at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She holds a Civil Engineering Diploma from NTUA majoring in Transportation Engineering (2017). Her research primarily involves data analysis and statistical modelling and she has attended several conferences.


Specialisation areas

  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Safety
  • Crash Analysis
  • Statistical and Econometric Methods
  • Data Science

Education

  • Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2019 – ongoing, in the Department of Transportation, Planning and Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. Topic: “Integrated support of driver traffic behaviour and safety by smartphone data” 
  • Diploma of Civil Engineering, 2009-2017, at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), (Graduating grade: 7.10/10.00).

Teaching Experience 

  • Teaching Assistant in the graduate course “Traffic Management and Road Safety” of the 9th semester of the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA (2018 – ongoing)
  • Teaching Assistant in the graduate course “Urban Road Networks” of the 8th semester of the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA (2019 – ongoing)

Publications 

At the present time (May 2021) twenty-one (21) scientific papers  have been published (or have been accepted for publication):

  • 5 papers in scientific journals with peer review
  • 8 papers in conferences with full paper review
  • 8 papers in conferences with abstract review and poster/presentation.

Publications in scientific journals with peer review

  1. Papantoniou P., Kontaxi A., Yannis G., Fortsakis P., “Investigating the Correlation of Mobile Phone Use with Trip Characteristics Recorded Through Smartphone Sensors”, Advances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems.
  2. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G. (2021 – accepted). “Investigation of the speeding behavior of motorcyclists through an innovative smartphone application” Traffic Injury Prevention
  3. Katrakazas C., Michelaraki E., Sekadakis M., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A., Yannis G. (2021 – accepted). “Identifying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Driving Behavior using naturalistic driving data and time series forecasting” Journal of Safety Research
  4. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G., (2020) “Trip characteristics impact on the frequency of harsh events recorded via smartphone sensors” IATSS Research (Under Review)
  5. Ziakopoulos A., Tselentis D.I., Kontaxi A., Yannis G. (2020) “A critical overview of driver recording tools.” Journal of Safety Research – Special Issue: Human Factors.

Publications in scientific conference proceedings (full papers with review)

  1. Frantzola E.-K., Kontaxi A., Yannis G. (2021). “Impact of Road and Traffic Characteristics on Driver Behaviour and Safety Using Data from Smartphones”, Proceedings of 6th International Symposium for Highway Geometric Design, 23-26 June 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  2. Papantoniou P., Kontaxi A., Yannis G., Fortsakis P. (2020). “Investigating the correlation of mobile phone use with trip characteristics recorded through smartphone sensors”, Proceedings of 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility – CSUM2020, June 17-19, 2020, Virtual Conference.
  3. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Papantoniou P., Yannis G., Kostoulas G. (2020). “Monitoring and Improving Driving Behaviour of Motorcyclists Through an Innovative Smartphone Application”, Proceedings of 7th Humanist Conference, Rhodes Island, Greece, 24-25 September 2020.
  4. Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A., Yannis G., Tselentis D., Fortsakis P. “Advanced driver monitoring using smartphone applications: The BeSmart project”, Proceedings of 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020 Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 27-30 April 2020).
  5. Chaireti M., Kontaxi A., Pavlou D., Yannis G., “Investigation of the impact of weather conditions to young drivers’ behaviour and safety in cities”, Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020 Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 27-30 April 2020).
  6. Michelaraki E., Kontaxi A., Papantoniou P., Yannis G., “Correlation of driver behaviour and fuel consumption using data from smartphones”, Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020 Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 27-30 April 2020).
  7. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Tselentis D., Yannis G., “A Review of the Impact of Driver Distraction on Driving Behavior and Road Safety”, Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Transportation Research, organised by The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) (Athens, Greece, 24-25 October 2019).
  8. Kokkinakis A., Kontaxi A., Tselentis D., Yannis G., “Identification of Critical Driving Parameters Affecting Speeding Using Data from Smartphones”, Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Transportation Research, organised by The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) (Athens, Greece, 24-25 October 2019).

 Publications in scientific conferences (abstract with review and poster/presentation)

  1. Yannis G., Katrakazas C., Michelaraki E., Sekadakis M., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A. (2021) “Impact of COVID-19 on driver behaviour in Greece and selected countries”, at the 6th at the RSGB Joining the Dots Virtual Conference (2-3 March 2021).
  2. Yannis G., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A., Fortsakis P. (2020) “Assessing the impact of personalized feedback on driving and riding behaviour through a smartphone application” ECTRI TG Safety Meeting, 30 November 2020.
  3. Yannis G, Katrakazas C., Michelaraki E., Sekadakis M., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A. (2020). “Impact of COVID-19 on traffic safety behavior in Greece and worldwide”, ECTRI Annual Meeting of Thematic Groups Safety and Security & Risk Analysis, Virtual meeting, 30 November 2020.
  4. Yannis G., Katrakazas C., Michelaraki E., Sekadakis M., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A. (2020) “Impact of COVID-19 on traffic safety behavior in Greece and worldwide” at the 31st Virtual Meeting of the International Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD), (22 October 2020).
  5. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Papantoniou P., Yannis G. (2020). “Impact of driver feedback on behavior and safety through a smartphone application” 2nd International Conference “Intermodal Transports: Innovations in Planning, Management, Business Development & Decision Making” (postponed)
  6. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos A., Papantoniou P., Yannis G. (2020). “Monitoring and Improving Driving Behaviour Through a Smartphone Application” 1st International Interdisciplinary Online Conference “The Traffic Society”, May 29 and 30, 2020
  7. Yannis G., Katrakazas C., Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A., Michelaraki E., Fortsakis P., Maples (2019). “i-Dreams – Driver safety enhancement through behaviour monitoring via smartphones.” 5th ITS Hellas Workshop, 17-18 December 2019, Athens, Greece.
  8. Yannis, G., Papantoniou, P., Ziakopoulos, A., Kontaxi A., Fortsakis, P., Tselentis, D. (2018). “Driver behavior telematics for safer, greener and smarter driving – The BeSmart project.” 4th ITS Hellas Workshop, 18-19 December 2018, Athens, Greece

Thesis

  • Kontaxi A.“The impact of nighttime driving to driver behaviour and safety in cities with the use of driving simulator”, Diploma Thesis, Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, NTUA, November 2017.

Research projects

Participation in three  (3) research project in the field of Transportation Planning and Engineering

  • “A-traffic: Innovative traffic and parking policies in the center of Athens” a cooperation between the Municipality of Athens and National Technical University of Athens (2020-ongoing)
  • “i-safemodels: International Comparative Analyses of Road Traffic Safety Statistics and Safety Modeling” of the National Strategic Reference Framework: Greece – China Joint R&D Projects, funded by the “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” framework (2019-ongoing)
  • “BeSmart: Multi-modal driver behaviour and safety support system on the basis of smartphone applications” of the framework of the research programme “Explore-Create-Innovate” of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (2018-ongoing). Activities: Consultant on various scientific procedures of the project, such as a three-stage literature review and evaluation: (i) driving behaviour, (ii) driver recording tools, (iii) driver feedback tools, and the design and execution of a 200-driver naturalistic driving experiment.

Additional Professional Experience  

  • 11/2017 – ongoing: Freelance Civil Engineer.
  • 03/2018 – 09/2018: Employee in the insurance sector

Computer Skills and Software Knowledge

  • Experience in computer software and applications in Windows environments, experience in exploiting internet sources and various database forms for research and other scientific purposes
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
  • Statistical analysis software and coding: R, R-studio, SPSS
  • Transport modelling programs: Aimsun, SimTraffic7, Synchro7, Arena
  • Drawing and designing in AutoCad

 Languages

  • Greek: Native Language
  • Albanian: Native Language
  • English: Proficient user – Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge University). Sufficiency of Teaching English.
  • French: Proficient user – Sorbonne C2: diplôme de langue et littérature françaises. Sufficiency of Teaching French.

Affiliations

  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Member of the Greek Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers

Invited reviewer of papers for scientific journals and conferences

  • Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • Journal of Safety Research
  • Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting & Transportation Research Record
  • Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour
  • Road Safety and Simulation Conference
  • International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design

Other Interests

  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Cinema and Theatre
  • Travelling
  • Volunteering 

Contact

National Technical University of Athens,

School of Civil Engineering,

Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering

5, Iroon Polytechneiou str., GR-15773, Zografou, Athens

Phone: +30 210.7721575

E-mail: akontaxi@mail.ntua.gr