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Dr. Apostolos Ziakopoulos is a Civil Engineer, PhD and Research Associate at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. In 2013, he  graduated from the School of Civil Engineering at the NTUA majoring in Transportation Engineering. In 2014, he received a Master of Science (MSc) in Transport from Imperial College London (DIC) and University College London. In 2011, he worked as a researcher for the University of Sheffield in a project through the I.A.E.S.T.E. scheme. In July 2020, he successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation at the National Technical University of Athens, titled: “Spatial analysis of road safety and traffic behaviour using high resolution multi-parametric data”. He has more than 7 years of experience in several aspects of transport engineering and road safety.


Specialisation areas

  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transport Safety
  • Crash Analysis
  • Statistical and Econometric Methods
  • Spatial Analyses
  • Data Science
  • Queuing Theory Applications
  • Petri Networks
  • Meta-Analyses

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2016-2020, in the Department of Transportation, Planning and Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. Topic: “Spatial analysis of road safety and traffic behaviour using high resolution multi-parametric data”.
  • Master of Science (MSc DIC) in Transport, 2013-2014: Interdisciplinary – Interdepartmental Program from Imperial College London and University College London (Graduating grade: Merit – B+).
  • Diploma of Civil Engineering, 2007-2013, at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (Graduating grade: 7.77/10.00, 5-year degree).

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 (2016 – ongoing)
  • Teaching Assistant in the graduate course “Urban Road Networks” of the 8th semester of the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA (2018 – ongoing)
  • Teaching Assistant in the graduate course “Traffic Flow” of the 7th semester of the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA (2017 – ongoing)
  • Supervising Assistant in 7 Diploma Theses in the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (2017 – ongoing)
  • Supervising Assistant of MSc Students from the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze – UniFI) via the Erasmus programme (2017)

List of publications

At the present time (July 2020) thirty-eight (38) scientific papers have been published (or have been accepted for publication):

  • 12 papers in scientific journals with peer review
  • 2 book chapters in scientific books with peer/editorial review
  • 16 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. Petraki, V., Ziakopoulos, A., & Yannis, G. (2020). “Combined impact of road and traffic characteristic on driver behavior using smartphone sensor data.” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 144, 105657.
  2. Ziakopoulos, A., & Yannis, G. (2020). “Meta-regressions of exposure parameters used in spatial road safety analyses.” Advances in Transportation Studies, 51.
  3. 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.
  4. Ziakopoulos, A., & Yannis, G. (2019). “A review of spatial approaches in road safety.” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 105323.
  5. Daniels, S., Martensen, H., Schoeters, A., Van den Berghe, W., Papadimitriou, E., Ziakopoulos, A., Kaiser, S., Aigner-Breuss E., Soteropoulos, A., Wijnen, W., Weijermars, W., Carnis, L., Elvik R., Perez, O.M. (2019). “A systematic cost-benefit analysis of 29 road safety measures.” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 133, 105292.
  6. Ziakopoulos, A., Theofilatos, A., Papadimitriou, E., Yannis, G. (2019). “A meta-analysis of the impacts of operating in-vehicle information systems on road safety.” International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) Research
  7. Papadimitriou, E., Filtness, A., Theofilatos, A., Ziakopoulos, A., Quigley, C., & Yannis, G. (2019). “Review and ranking of crash risk factors related to the road infrastructure.” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 125, 85-97.
  8. Bellos, V., Ziakopoulos, A., Yannis, G. (2019). “Investigation of the effect of tourism on road crashes.” Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 1-18.
  9. Theofilatos, A., & Ziakopoulos, A. (2018). “Examining injury severity of moped and motorcycle occupants with real-time traffic and weather data.” Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 144(11), 04018066.
  10. Theofilatos, A., Ziakopoulos, A., Papadimitriou, E., & Yannis, G. (2018). “How many crashes are caused by driver interaction with passengers? A meta-analysis approach.” Journal of Safety Research, 65, 11-20.
  11. Theofilatos, A., Ziakopoulos, A., Papadimitriou, E., Yannis, G., & Diamandouros, K. (2017). “Meta-analysis of the effect of road work zones on crash occurrence.” Accident Analysis & Prevention, 108, 1-8.
  12. Yannis, G., Theofilatos, A., Ziakopoulos, A., & Chaziris, A. (2014). “Investigation of road accident severity and likelihood in urban areas with real-time traffic data.” Traffic Engineering & Control, 55 (1), 31-35.

 Book chapter publications with peer/editorial review

  1. Theofilatos, A., Ziakopoulos, A. (2020 – in press). “Traffic flow volume and safety”. International Encyclopedia of Transportation, Elsevier, Section 10198.
  2. Anvari, B., Ziakopoulos, A., Morley, J., Pachakis, D., & Angeloudis, P. (2020 – in press). “Comparison of fleet size determination models for horizontal transportation of shipping containers using automated straddle carriers.” In Handbook of Terminal Planning. Springer, 2019.

Publications in scientific conference proceedings (full papers with review)

  1. Ziakopoulos A., Kontaxi A., Yannis G., Fortsakis P., Kontonasios K.N., Kostoulas G. (2020). “Advanced driver monitoring using smartphone applications: The BeSmart project”. Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, April 27-30, 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  2. Kaiser S., Katrakazas C., Aigner-Breuss E., Pilkington-Cheney F., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G., Brijs T. (2020). “State of the art on measuring driver state and technology-based risk prevention and mitigation: Findings from the i-DREAMS project”. Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, April 27-30, 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  3. Kourtis E.M., Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Yannis G. (2020). “Modelling the economic impacts of road crashes in Greece.” Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, April 27-30, 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  4. Nikolaou D., Goldenbeld C., Ziakopoulos A., Laiou A., Yannis G. (2020). “Road user attitudes towards driver fatigue.” Proceedings of the 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, April 27-30, 2020, Helsinki, Finland.
  5. Stefatou A., Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A.,  Nævestad T.O., Bjornskau T., Laiou A., Yannis G. (2019). “Greek driver attitudes towards aggressive driving.” 9th International Congress on Transportation Research (ICTR) 2019, Athens, 24-25 October 2019.
  6. Kontaxi A, Ziakopoulos A., Tselentis D., Yannis G. (2019). “A review of the impact of driver distraction on driving behavior and road safety.” 9th International Congress on Transportation Research (ICTR) 2019, Athens, 24-25 October 2019.
  7. Ziakopoulos A., Rosenbloom T., Yannis G. (2019). “A review of the interaction between Autonomous Vehicles and Vulnerable Road Users.” Road Safety and Simulation International Conference (RSS), 14-17 October 2019 – Iowa City, Iowa, USA.
  8. Yannis G., Theofilatos A., Ziakopoulos A., Papadimitriou E., Thomas P., Filtness A. (2018). “Overview of the SafetyCube project: Towards a European Road Safety Decision Support System.” Proceedings of the 7th Panhellenic Road Safety Conference, Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, 11-12 October 2018, Larissa, Greece.
  9. Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Yannis G., Margaritis D., Thomas P., Morris A., Brown L., Robibaro M., Usami, D. S., Phan, V., Davidse R., Buttler, I. (2018). “A preliminary analysis of in-depth accident data for powered two-wheelers and bicycles in Europe.” International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury – IRCOBI, International Conference Proceedings, 12-14 September 2018, Athens, Greece.
  10. Theofilatos A., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G. (2018). “Combining data mining techniques to investigate crash severity in urban motorways.” Expert Symposium of Accident Research (ESAR) conference, April 19-20, 2018, Hannover, Germany.
  11. Ziakopoulos A., Botteghi G., Macaluso G., Theofilatos A., Papadimitriou E., Yannis G., Diamandouros K., Arampidou K. (2018). “Can light engineering measures make a difference? An overview of the effect of delineation and signage on road safety.” Proceedings of the 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria.  http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1486650
  12. Papadimitriou E., Machata K., Bauer R., Stadlbauer S., Soteropoulos A., Daniels S., Elvik R., Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Yannis G. (2018). “Safety effects of infrastructure road safety measures.” Proceedings of the 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria.  http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1486530
  13. Theofilatos A., Nieuwkamp R., Ziakopoulos A., Papadimitriou E., Yannis G. (2017). “Effectiveness of intelligent speed adaptation, collision warning and alcolock systems on driving behaviour and safety.” Smart Cities and Mobility as a Service, International Conference, Patras, Greece, 7-8 December, 2017.
  14. Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Papadimitriou E., Yannis G. (2017). “Driver distraction without presence of secondary tasks: Inattention, cognitive overload and factors outside the vehicle – an overview.” Road Safety and Simulation International Conference (RSS), The Hague, Netherlands, 17-19 October 2017.
  15. Papadimitriou E., Filtness A., Theofilatos A., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G. (2017). “Comparative assessment and ranking of infrastructure related crash risk factors.” Road Safety and Simulation International Conference (RSS), The Hague, 17-19 October 2017.
  16. Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Papadimitriou E., Yannis G., Aigner-Breuss E., Kaiser S. (2017). “An overview of risk factors related to driver distraction: Reviews and meta-analyses.” The 8th International Congress on Transportation Research (ICTR) 2017, Thessaloniki, 27-29 September 2017.

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

  1. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos, A., Papantoniou, P., Yannis, G. (2020). “Monitoring and Improving Driving Behaviour Through a Smartphone Application” at the 1st International Interdisciplinary Online Conference “The Traffic Society – Considering parameters for tomorrow’s mobility”, May 29-30, 2020, WebConference.
  2. Kontaxi A., Ziakopoulos, A., Papantoniou, P., Yannis, G. (2020). “Impact of driver feedback on behavior and safety through a smartphone application.” VIP4RIDE – 2nd International Conference: Intermodal Transports: Innovations in Planning, Management, Business Development & Decision Making, 11-14 March 2020, Alexandroupoli, Greece.
  3. Yannis, G., Katrakazas, C., Ziakopoulos, A., Kontaxi, A., Michelaraki, E., Fortsakis, P., Maples, A. (2019). “i-Dreams – Driver safety enhancement through behaviour monitoring via smartphones.” 5th ITS Hellas Workshop, 17-18 December 2019, Athens, Greece.
  4. 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.
  5. Papantoniou, P., Ziakopoulos, A., Yannis, G. (2018). “Road Safety and Automation.” 31st ICTCT Conference – International Co-operation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety, Porto, 25 October 2018.
  6. Ziakopoulos, A., Papadimitriou, E., Theofilatos, A., Yannis, G. (2018). “Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Selected Road Safety Measures.” 7th Symposium of the European Association for Research in Transportation – hEART2018 Athens, 5-7 September 2018.
  7. Usami, D.S., Papadimitriou, E., Ziakopoulos, A., Quigley, C., Katrakazas, C., Durso C., et al. (2018). “The SafetyCube DSS inventory of assessed infrastructure risk factors and measures.” Better Decision Making for Road Safety, SafetyCube Final Conference, Vienna, 22-23 March 2018.
  8. Theofilatos A., Ziakopoulos A., Yannis G. (2018). “Modelling the impact of traffic states on crash injury severity in urban motorways.”. MCDA 2018 Conference, Piraeus, 15-17 February 2018.
  9. Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Papadimitriou E., Yannis G. (2017). “An assessment of the effectiveness of formal tools to address road network deficiencies.” The 6th IRTAD Conference, Marrakech, 10-12 October 2017.

Other presentations

  1. Ziakopoulos, A., Yannis, G. (2019). “Smartphone exploitation for event spatial analysis & mapping”, Digitalization and Road Safety Research Workshop, NTUA, Athens, 17 May 2019.
  2. Kontaxi, A., Ziakopoulos, A., Papantoniou, P., Yannis, G. (2019). “Smartphone applications for driver safety behaviour support.” Digitalization and Road Safety Research Workshop, NTUA, Athens, 17 May 2019.
  3. Teressonok, J., Folla, K., Ziakopoulos, A., Nikolaou, D., Yannis, G. (2019). “Big Data for road safety”, Digitalization and Road Safety Research Workshop, NTUA, Athens, 17 May 2019.
  4. Folla, K., Yannis, G., Papadimitriou E., Ziakopoulos, A., Thomas P., Filtness A. (2018). “SafetyCube the European Road Safety Decision Support System.” National Road Safety Policy development – trends and challenges. Tbilisi, 14 November 2018.
  5. Papantoniou, P., Ziakopoulos, A., Yannis, G. (2018). “The Road Towards Automated Traffic.” 2nd Auto Forum “Change your car!”. Athens, 7 November 2018.
  6. Ziakopoulos A., Theofilatos A., Papadimitriou E., Laiou A., Folla K., Pavlou D., Marinos C., Yannis G. (2017). “Monitoring road safety risk factors and measures – SafetyCube”, The Future of Road Safety Research Workshop, NTUA, Athens, 15 May 2017.

Theses

  1. Ziakopoulos A., “Spatial analysis of road safety and traffic behaviour using high resolution multi-parametric data”. Doctoral Dissertation (PhD Thesis), Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, July 2020.
  2. Ziakopoulos A.,Venice container terminal straddle carrier number investigation using Queuing Theory and Petri Networks”, Master of Science (MSc) dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London and University College London, September 2014.
  3. Ziakopoulos A., “Correlating traffic variables with accident injury severity and probability”, Diploma Thesis, Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, NTUA, March 2013.
  4. Ziakopoulos  A.,The impacts and solutions of urban road runoff on water and environmental quality”, Internship Thesis, Catchment Science Centre, Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group, University of Sheffield, August 2011.

Research projects

Participation in five (5) research projects in the field of Transport, Planning and Engineering.

  1. i-DREAMS: Safety tolerance zone calculation and interventions for driver-vehicle-environment interactions under challenging conditions” of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission (2019-ongoing). Activities: Investigating of the State-of-the-Art on measuring driver state and technology based prevention.
  2. 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.
  3. SAFETYCUBE: Safety Causation, Benefits and Efficiency” of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission (2016-2018). Activities: Scientific road safety study codification, Authoring of road safety risk factor and measure synopses, Cost-benefit assessments, Quality assurance, Collaboration for the creation of the SafetyCube Decision Support System.
  4. SAFERWHEELS: Investigating the causes of crashes in Europe involving powered two wheeler vehicles and bicycles” (2017-2018). Activities: Power two wheeler database synthesis and coding for file linking, crash analysis and modelling.
  5. ERSO+: Update of the European Road Safety Observatory” carried out for the Directorate General for Transport and Mobility of the European Commission (2018-ongoing). Activities: Webtext development, critically outlining the current and future traffic safety challenges of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles after thorough literature review.

Additional Professional Experience  

  • 10/2015 – ongoing: Freelance Civil Engineer.
  • 11/2014 – 08/2015: Military Service – Engineering Corps Administration, Zografou, Athens. Engineering Activities: Authorship of technical and techno-economic reports on various construction projects including road pavements, steel constructions, sewage and drainage systems, building reformations and others.
  • 04/2013 – 07/2013: Participation in NTUA practical research schemes, under Professor George Yannis. Activities: Traffic flow and accident data collection and assessment for road safety analyses. In cooperation with the Centre of Transport Management, Victoria, Athens.
  • 04/2012 – 06/2012: Technical training through the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, Sector of Technical Services. Objective: Design of airport transportation infrastructure and facilities.
  • 05/2011 – 08/2011: Technical training through the I.A.E.S.T.E scheme: University of Sheffield, Catchment Science Centre. Project title: The impacts and solutions of urban road runoff on water and environmental quality.

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, coding and data visualization:  R, R-studio, SPSS
  • Programming skills in GNU Octave, MATLAB, basic knowledge of Python, Fortran
  • Petri Network simulation and modelling
  • Transport modelling programs: Aimsun, SimTraffic7, Synchro7, Arena
  • Drawing and designing in AutoCad
  • Road and airport pavement design programs (ComFAA, PCASE209)
  • Highway engineering in Anadelta Tessera
  • Static analysis programs for simple structures (ΒΕΑΜ!2D, StaR) and earthworks (OASYS Frew, XDisp)

 Languages 

  • Greek: Native Language
  • English: Proficient user – Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge University). Sufficiency of Teaching English.
  • German: Independent user – Zentrale Mittelstufe (Goethe Institute) & Mittelstufe Deutsch (des Osterreichischen Sprachdiploms)

Affiliations   

  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Member of the Greek Society of Civil Engineers

Distinctions and Awards    

  • 12/2019: Part of the SafetyCube consortium awarded the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award of 2019 for the SafetyCube Decision Support System (DSS).
  • 04/2018 – 09/2020: Fellowship by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for the PhD dissertation titled “Spatial analysis of road safety and traffic behaviour using high resolution multi-parametric data.” The PhD dissertation research is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund-ESF) through the Operational Programme «Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning» in the context of the project “Strengthening Human Resources Research Potential via Doctorate Research” (MIS-5000432), implemented by the State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ).
  • 5/2019 Thomaideio Award (NTUA) for the paper “Meta-analysis of the effect of road work  zones  on  crash  occurrence.”  published  in  2017 in the journal of Accident Analysis & Prevention.
  • 11/2007: Erifilio Prize (Konitsa province award) for excellence during the Panhellenic Examinations for University Admissions.
  • 2001-2007: Six honors for excellence during secondary education.

 

Invited reviewer of papers for scientific journals and conferences

  • Accident Analysis & Prevention
  • Journal of Safety Research
  • Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems (ASCE)
  • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) – Transport
  • Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting & Transportation Research Record
  • Advances in Transportation Studies
  • Springer Nature (SN) Applied Sciences
  • Expert Systems With Applications
  • Engineering Reports
  • Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS)
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Journal of Taibah University for Science
  • Journal of Tourism Futures
  • European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research – MobilTUM conference
  • Road Safety and Simulation Conference

Other Interests    

  • Tennis
  • Chess/Strategy games
  • Creative writing

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: +30 210.772.1575

E-mail: apziak@central.ntua.gr