School of Rural and Surveying Engineering

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The School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SR&SE), Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) was founded in 1962 and it is the third oldest School of the Faculty of Engineering, after Civil Engineering and Architecture. The School started its operation in the academic year 1962-63 and in its first years the School was supported by two Chairs only, the “Chair of Geodetic Astronomy” and the “Chair of Photogrammetry”, while most of the geodetic-surveying courses were offered by the Chair of Geodesy (meaning Surveying) of the School of Civil Engineering. Additional Chairs were founded in 1974 (Chair of Surveying), 1976 (Chair of Cadastre and Land Consolidation, Chair of Agricultural Hydraulics), 1977 (Chair of Higher Geodesy and Surveying) and 1981 (Chair of Geodetic Statistical Methods).

The Chairs have been abolished when the New University Act of 1982 took effect and the School took its present organizational form with three Departments (Department of Geodesy & Surveying, Department of Cadastre, Photogrammetry and Cartography, Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering).

The participation of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering in the project “Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.)” is implemented through the Laboratory of Transport Planning, Traffic and Highway Engineering.

The Laboratory of Transport Planning, Traffic and Highway Engineering has been recently established. It is located in the Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki campus. The Laboratory is properly staffed and equipped in order to perform all the necessary activities required in the framework of the project and also activities covering a wide range of different topics. The staff of the Laboratory is well experienced in performing questionnaire based surveys as well as other in situ surveys. Furthermore, the Laboratory is equipped with sufficient number of workstations providing the ability to the researchers to perform efficiently their tasks as well as different kind of field surveys. Finally, the Laboratory is properly equipped in order to support on line surveys addressed to all kind of road infrastructure and transport means users, if necessary, as well as with special software for mode choice modelling and traffic assignment.

Members of the Research Team

Christos Taxiltaris (Professor): He holds a Diploma in Rural & Surveying Engineering (1977) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), CFIAU at the Centre de Recherche d’ Urbanisme, Paris (1979), DEA in Geography at the University Paris X-Nanterre, CES in Town and Land Use Planning (1981), Doctorat d’Ingénieur in Transport at Ecole Nationale de Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, (1984) and graduate from the ENA-France under scholarship of the French government (1990). He is currently a Professor in Transport Planning at AUTh, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering. His main scientific domains are Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Analysis of transport systems, Traffic management, Organization and management of urban public transport systems, Road Safety, Physical design of transportation projects, Transport Policy, Pavement Design. He has participated as a scientific coordinator or as a member pf a research team in many EU and nationally funded research projects (e.g. SEETAC, ACROSSEE, Financing in public, urban and interurban, road and rail transport in Greece, Technical support of the international cooperation for the Pan – European Corridor X, etc.). He was a member of the Steering Management Board of the UITP – Academic Network (2010-16) and Scientific Coordinator of the Technical Secretariat for the Pan-European Corridor X. He also was a member in Thessaloniki’s Urban Transport Authority Council (2001-2010). Member of the Scientific Committee of ATEC-ITS France, since 2016. Author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers in Transport Planning and Engineering.

Georgios Mintsis (Professor): He holds a Diploma in Rural & Surveying Engineering (1977) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), M.Sc. in Transportation Planning & Engineering (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the University of Southampton, U.K. He is currently a Professor at AUTh, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering. His areas of expertise are Highway Engineering, Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Physical design of transportation projects, Pavement design, Analysis of transport systems, Transport Policy, Intelligent Transportation Systems. He has participated in more than 80 national and international transportation projects and in 20 of those as scientific coordinator. Prof. Mintsis was a member of the Technical Secretariat for the support of the Steering Committee for the Pan-European Corridor X. He also was the Vice-President in Thessaloniki’s Urban Transport Authority Council (2001-2003).

Socrates Basbas (Professor): He holds a Diploma in Rural & Surveying Engineering (1985) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), M.Sc. in Transportation Planning and Engineering (1986) from the University of Leeds, U.K., and Ph.D. (1997) in Transportation from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, AUTh. He is currently a Professor at AUTh, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering. His areas of expertise include analysis of transport systems, transportation engineering, transportation planning, traffic management, sustainable mobility, public transport, road safety and transport economics. Prof. Basbas was a member of the Technical Secretariat for the support of the Steering Committee for the Pan-European Corridor X (1999-2010), a national representative in COST Action 358 Pedestrians’ Quality Needs (PQN) (2006-2010), a substitute member in Thessaloniki’s Integrated Transport Authority (2001-2010) and a member of the Sustainable Mobility Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated in more than 125 national and international transportation projects.

Postdoc Researchers

Efstathios Bouhouras. Born in Thessaloniki in 1979. He holds a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineer from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh in 2004), MSc in Planning, Organization and Management of Transport Systems (AUTh, 2006) and PhD in City Logistics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh, 2011). His areas of research include transportation systems, traffic studies, city logistics, urban road freight and road safety. He has several scientific publications regarding city logistics and urban road freight transport published in international and national journals as well as conference proceedings. He has participated and participates as a researcher in EU-funded projects (ACROSSEE, ADRIPASS, SUMPORT, OptiTrans) as well as in several national funded research projects (Model plans of physical and regulatory measures for the rationalization of road infrastructure use and the improvement of the urban environment in several Greek cities: Katerini, Giannitsa, Aridaia, Skydra, Larissa, ENIRISST – Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics, etc.). As a consultant he has participated and worked for several different projects providing transport engineering/ consulting services for private companies and public agencies. He is member of the Greek Technical Chamber and of the Greek Institute of Transportations Engineers.

Marios D. Miltiadou. Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1975. He has a Diploma in Rural and Surveying Engineer from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.TH., 1999), MSc in Planning and Management of Local and Regional Development (A.U.TH., 2001) and PhD in Transportation Engineering (A.U.TH., 2012). He works since year 2000 as a freelancer engineer/ consultant and researcher – teaching assistant at the Department of Transportation and Hydraulics Engineering of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of A.U.Th. Currently, he is Project Manager of ADRIPASS (Interreg ADRION) project on behalf of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has participated in more than 65 local, regional, national and international (including EU-funded) projects and as a freelancer he provides independent engineering/ consulting services to national and international state-owned or private companies, bodies and organizations in several countries, regarding: transportation systems (including ITS), road safety, transportation planning, feasibility and cost – benefit analysis for major transport projects, traffic studies, sustainable mobility plans, etc.
He is member of the Greek and Cypriot Technical Chambers and of the Greek Institute of Transportation Engineers and other professional associations and he has more than 35 scientific papers published in international journals, books and conference proceedings and 15 invited key-lectures and speeches.

PhD Candidates

Andreas Nikiforiadis. Born in Thessaloniki in 1991. In 2015, he graduated from the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and in2017 he acquired the MSc on Design, Organization and Management of Transportation Systems from the same University. He has been working at the Hellenic Institute of Transport since March 2018, having participated in European and National research projects and studies in the field of transportation. At the same time, he is a PhD candidate in the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), in the field of the interaction between pedestrians and cyclists in shared spaces. He is the author of more than 20 scientific papers, which have been published/presented in reputable scientific journals (e.g. Sustainable Cities and Society, Journal of Cleaner Production), conferences and book chapters. He also holds a diploma on Statistics with R Specialization, offered online by Duke University. His research interests include sustainable urban mobility, travel behavior analysis, and the development of statistical and econometric models. He speaks fluently English.

Maria Natalia Konstantinidou. Born in Drama in 1988 and graduated from the Department of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in 2013. In 2015, acquired her MSc diploma on “Design, Organization and Management of Transportation Systems” from AUTh. Since 2016, she is elaborating my Doctoral Research at SRSE of AUTh, on the thematic area “Urban Mobility, Urban Transport and their Relationship with Urban Structures”, investigating the value of passenger’s time (VOT), the optimal travel speed per transport mode, and the relationship between the living and travelling cost. She has worked as a freelancer Rural and Surveying engineer – Transport engineer, developing parking studies, construction site studies and analysis of geospatial data, while she has provided teaching assistance in Postgraduate Programs of AUTh, on courses regarding Modelling Transport Demand and Assessing the Feasibility and Sustainability of Transport Projects. Since March 2018, she is a research associate with the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) at the Laboratory B1: Sustainable Mobility. Her research area includes, among others, the development of Sustainable Mobility Plans (SUMPs), Transport Models, the elaboration of Sustainable Mobility policies for urban and inter – urban areas, the conduct of road safety/ education seminars, as well as the promotion of Sustainable Urban Mobility through Game-Based learning. In parallel, she is the author of scientific papers and she speaks fluently, English and Castellano.

Eleni Mavropoulou. Born in Thessaloniki in 1992 and graduated from the School of Civil Engineering at the Democritus University of Xanthi (DUTh) in 2016. In 2017, she acquired the MSc on Design, Organization and Management of Transportation Systems from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She is a PhD candidate in the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), on the research field of Financing and pricing of Urban Public Transport Systems and study of their interactions with urban forms and the city’s function. Her research interests are focused on the operation of Public Transport Systems, the behavioral analysis of individuals’ choices on alternative transport modes and the development of statistical models to capture their preferences and sensitivities and the development of statistical models. She speaks English and German.