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Dr Ashim Debnath

PhD (Transportation Eng.) NUS, BEng (Civil) BUET

Lecturer in Transportation Engineering, Research & Consultancy Coordinator

Dr Ashim Debnath is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering (Transport) with the College of Engineering & Science. Prior to joining Victoria University in 2017, he worked at Queensland University of Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, and National University of Singapore.

Dr Debnath is an expert in road safety and traffic management research. His research interests include:

  • work zones (roadworks traffic management, roadworks safety)
  • advanced statistical methods
  • bicyclist and motorcyclist safety
  • surrogate measures of safety.

He has led many research projects funded by Australian transport authorities, including:

  • Austroads
  • QLD Transport and Main Roads
  • NSW Roads and Maritime Services
  • Brisbane City Council.

He utilises his extensive experience from Australian industry research in teaching Transportation Engineering subjects (Highway Engineering, Urban Development and Transportation, and Civil Engineering Design).

Dr Debnath holds memberships in the Committee on Work Zone Traffic Control (AHB55) and Committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds (ANF30) of the United States Transportation Research Board. He is an accredited Road Safety Auditor in Australia. He has published over 60 books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Navigation and an active reviewer of many international journals focused on transportation engineering and safety.

Selected publications

Debnath, A.K., Haworth, N., Schramm, A., Heesch, K.C., Somoray, K. (2018) Factors influencing noncompliance with bicycle passing distance laws. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 115, pp. 137-142.

Debnath, A.K., Blackman, R., Haworth, N, and Adinegoro, Y. (2017) Influence of remotely controlled stop-slow controls on driver behaviour at work zones. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2615, pp. 19-25.

Debnath, A.K., Haworth, N., Schramm, A., and Williamson, A. (2016) Observational study of compliance with Queensland bicycle helmet laws. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 97, pp. 146-152.

Debnath, A.K., Blackman, R., and Haworth, N. (2015) A comparison of self-nominated and actual speeds in work zones. Transportation Research Part F, 35, pp. 213-222.

Debnath, A.K., Chin, H.C., Haque, M.M., and Yuen, B. (2014) A Methodological Framework for Benchmarking Smart Transportation Cities. Cities, 37. pp. 47-56.

View Dr Debnath's publications in VU Research Repository

View Dr Debnath's Google Scholar Profile

Teaching responsibilities


Dr Debnath teaches and coordinates the following units:

Postgraduate research students & fellows


About 20 Honours students and intern students

Current supervision

4 PhD students and 1 Masters student

Research grants

Commercial research projects funded by Australian transport agencies (e.g., Austroads, Transport and Main Roads, Roads and Maritime Services, Brisbane City Council) worth over $1 million during 2014-2018.

Internal Mid Career Research Grant from Queensland University of Technology in 2016 for the project titled “Self-explaining roadworks: A pilot study to prevent injuries to drivers and roadworkers”, $10,000

Internal Research Grant from Queensland University of Technology in 2013 for the project titled “Phase 1 of pilot research in Cambodia and Lao into combined road safety audit and disability access tools for low and middle income countries”, $8000

Internal Early Career Research Grant from Queensland University of Technology in 2013 for the project titled “Evaluating suitability of Traffic Conflict Technique’s application in understanding hazards at work zones”, $8000

Professional memberships


  • Member, Committee on Work Zone Traffic Control (AHB55), Transportation Research Board, USA.
  • Member, Standing Committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds (ANF30), Transportation Research Board, USA.

Academic services:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Navigation, Royal Institute of Navigation, UK.
  • Reviewer of Accident Analysis & Prevention, Safety Science, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Part F, and many other journals.

Industry experience

Provided consultation service in projects and forums to the following industry bodies:

  • Austroads, Australia
  • Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), New South Wales
  • Queensland Government, Open Innovation Project 2015
  • RoadTek, Queensland
  • Transport for NSW (TfNSW), New South Wales
  • Brisbane City Council (BCC), Queensland.

Appearances in the media

Areas of expertise

  • Transportation engineering
  • Traffic safety
  • Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities
  • Work zone traffic management
  • Statistical modelling of transport data
  • Vulnerable road users (cyclists and motorcyclists)
  • Surrogate measures of safety

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5872