Christos Katrakazas is a Civil Engineer, PhD, and a Research Associate at the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds a Civil Engineering Diploma from NTUA majoring in Transportation Engineering (2013) and a Ph.D. in safety of autonomous vehicles from Loughborough University (2017). After finishing his doctoral studies, he worked for 8 months as a Research Associate at Loughborough University, and for two years at the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.  He has more than 7 years of experience in several aspects of transport safety and engineering.

 

Specialisation areas

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Transportation Safety
  • Crash prediction
  • Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Statistical and Econometric Methods

 

Education

  • PhD. in Civil and Building Engineering (Oct 2013 – Jul 2017)

Transport Studies group, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Thesis: Developing an advanced collision risk model for autonomous vehicles,

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering (Sep 2006 – Mar 2013)

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Specialization: Transportation engineering,

Thesis: “Investigating factors affecting helmet use among European motorcyclists

 

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching assistant in the M.Sc. courses “Advanced Road Safety Concepts”, “Applied Statistics in Transport”, “Statistical Learning and Data Analytics for Transportation Systems”, “Multimodal and intermodal freight transport”, “Transport Economics” at the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (Feb 2018 – Sep 2019)
  • Teaching assistant in the M.Sc. course “Quantitative Analysis in Transport” at the School of Architecture, Civil and Building Engineering Loughborough University, UK (Oct 2015 – Jul 2017)
  • Supervising assistant in 3 M.Sc. Theses at the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (2018-2019)
  • Supervising assistant in 6 Diploma Theses in the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (2019- ongoing)

 

Publications

At the present time (May 2021) twenty (20) scientific papers have been published: 13 papers in scientific journals and 6 papers in scientific conference proceedings.

Publications in scientific journals with referees

  1. Christos Katrakazas, Eva Michelaraki, Marios Sekadakis, Apostolos Ziakopoulos, Armira Kontaxi, George Yannis (2021) Identifying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Driving Behavior using naturalistic driving data and time series forecasting, Journal of Safety Research
  2. Roja Ezzati Amini, Christos Katrakazas, Andreas Riener & Constantinos Antoniou (2021) Interaction of automated driving systems with pedestrians: challenges, current solutions, and recommendations for eHMIs, Transport Reviews (in press)
  3. Eva Michelaraki, Christos Katrakazas, George Yannis, Ashleigh Filtness, Rachel Talbot, Graham Hancox, Fran Pilkington-Cheney, Kris Brijs, Veerle Ross, Hélène Dirix, An Neven, Roeland Paul, Tom Brijs, Petros Fortsakis, Eleni Konstantina Frantzola, Rodrigo Taveira (2021), Post-trip safety interventions: State-of-the-art, challenges, and practical implications, Journal of Safety Research (in press)
  4. Christos Katrakazas, Athanasios Theofilatos, Md Ashraful Islam, Eleonora Papadimitriou, Loukas Dimitriou, Constantinos Antoniou (2021), Prediction of rear-end conflict frequency using multiple-location traffic parameters, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 152
  5. V. Mahajan, C. Katrakazas and C. Antoniou (2020), Crash Risk Estimation Due to Lane Changing: A Data-Driven Approach Using Naturalistic Data, in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  6. Antoniou, C., Chaniotakis, E., Katrakazas, C., & Tirachini, A. (2020). Editorial: A better tomorrow: towards human-oriented, sustainable transportation systems. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 20(4), 354-361
  7. Christos Katrakazas, Constantinos Antoniou, George Yannis (2020). Identification of driving simulator sessions of depressed drivers: A comparison between aggregated and time-series classification. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 75, 16–25
  8. Christos Katrakazas, Eva Michelaraki, Marios Sekadakis, George Yannis (2020), A descriptive analysis of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on driving behavior and road safety, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives,Volume 7
  9. Vishal Mahajan, Christos Katrakazas, Constantinos Antoniou (2020). Prediction of Lane-Changing Maneuvers with Automatic Labeling and Deep Learning. Transportation Research Record.;2674(7):336-347
  10. Paweł Gora, Christos Katrakazas, Arkadiusz Drabicki, Faqhrul Islam, Piotr Ostaszewski (2020), Microscopic traffic simulation models for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) – state-of-the-art, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 170, Pages 474-481
  11. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen (2019), A new integrated collision risk assessment methodology for autonomous vehicles, In Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 127, Pages 61-79
  12. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen (2018), A Simulation Study of Predicting Real-Time Conflict-Prone Traffic Conditions, In IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Volume 19 (10), Pages 3196-3207
  13. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen, Lipika Deka (2015), Real-time motion planning methods for autonomous on-road driving: State-of-the-art and future research directions, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 60, November 2015, Pages 416-442

Book Chapter publications (with peer/editorial review)

  1. Christos Katrakazas, Athanasios Theofilatos, George Papastefanatos, Jérôme Härri, Constantinos Antoniou (2020), Chapter Three – Cyber security and its impact on CAV safety: Overview, policy needs and challenges, Editor(s): Dimitris Milakis, Nikolas Thomopoulos, Bert van Wee, Advances in Transport Policy and Planning, Academic Press, Volume 5, Pages 73-94

Publications in scientific conference proceedings (full papers with review)

  1. Katrakazas, C., Antoniou, C., Sobrino Vazquez, N., Trochidis, I., Arampatzis, S. (2019) Big Data and Emerging Transportation Challenges: Findings from the NOESIS project, IEEE 6th International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Krakow, Poland.
  2. Christos Katrakazas, Constantinos Antoniou, George Yannis (2019) Time Series Classification Using Imbalanced Learning for Real-Time Safety Assessment, in: Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, January 2019
  3. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen (2017) A Simulation Study of Predicting Conflict-prone Traffic Conditions in Real-time, in: Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, January 2017
  4. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen (2017) A new methodology for collision risk assessment of autonomous vehicles, in: Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, January 2017
  5. Christos Katrakazas, Mohammed Quddus, Wen-Hua Chen (2016) Real-time Classification of Aggregated Traffic Conditions using Relevance Vector Machines, in: Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, January 2016
  6. Christos Katrakazas, George Yannis, Matthew Karlaftis (2013) Investigation of factors affecting helmet use among European motorcyclists, Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Transport Research in Greece, Thessaloniki, October 2013

Theses

  1. Christos Katrakazas (2017) Developing an advanced collision risk model for autonomous vehicles, PhD Thesis, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  2. Christos Katrakazas (2013) Investigation of factors affecting helmet use among European Motorcyclists, Diploma Thesis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

 

Research projects

Participation in three (5) European H2020 research projects in the field of Transportation Planning and Engineering

SAFETYCUBE: Safety Causation, Benefits and Efficiency” of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission.

NOESIS: Novel Decision Support tool for Evaluating Strategic Big Data investments in Transport and Intelligent Mobility Services” of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission.

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.

“HADRIAN”: Holistic Approach for Driver Role Integration and Automation Allocation for European Mobility Need of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission.

“SHOW”: SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption of the Horizons 2020 framework programme on transport research of the European Commission.

 

Computer Skills and Software Knowledge

  • Operation Systems: MS Windows, Linux
  • Programming: Python, R-Studio, C++, Java, Matlab
  • General: MS Office, Total Commander
  • Design: Autocad 2D, Autocad Map 3D
  • Statistical Analysis & Data Mining: SPSS, R, STATA, WEKA
  • Transport modelling programs: PTV VISSIM, TransCad
  • Automotive: PCAN explorer (radar), u-center (GNSS), PointGrey FlyCap (Camera), MapInfo

 

Languages

  • Greek: Native Language
  • English: Proficient user – Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge University). Sufficiency of Teaching English.
  • German Good – B2 level, Goethe – Zertifikat B2 Deutsch.

 

Affiliations

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

 

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: +30 210.7721265

E-mail: ckatrakazas@mail.ntua.gr