Associate Professor Meead Saberi Kalaee
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Meead Saberi Kalaee

  • PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Transportation), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (2010-2013)
  • MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Transportation), Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA (2008-2010)
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran (2003-2007)
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Saberi is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining UNSW, he was an academic at Monash University, Melbourne from 2014 to 2018. He holds a PhD degree in transportation systems analysis and planning from Northwestern University, USA. He also has a Master's and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. He is leading the CityX research lab as part of the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) which focuses on scientific understanding of cities through modelling, simulation, data analytics, and visualisation. His research interests and experience cover a range of transportation areas including traffic flow theory & characteristics, large-scale transportation network modelling, complex networks, pedestrian crowd dynamics and simulation, and urban data analytics & visualisation.

(+61 2) 9385 5513
Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 1, Room CE104 Kensington Campus
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Alhariqi A; Gu Z; Saberi M, 2022, 'Calibration of the intelligent driver model (IDM) with adaptive parameters for mixed autonomy traffic using experimental trajectory data', Transportmetrica B, vol. 10, pp. 421 - 440,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Gu Z; Wang Z; Liu Z; Saberi M, 2022, 'Network traffic instability with automated driving and cooperative merging', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 138,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wei B; Zhang X; Liu W; Saberi M; Waller ST, 2022, 'Capacity allocation and tolling-rewarding schemes for the morning commute with carpooling', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 142, pp. 103789 - 103789,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Xu K; Saberi M; Liu W, 2022, 'Dynamic pricing and penalty strategies in a coupled market with ridesourcing service and taxi considering time-dependent order cancellation behaviour', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 138,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ashfaq M; Gu Z; Waller ST; Saberi M, 2021, 'Comparing Dynamic User Equilibrium and Noniterative Stochastic Route Choice in a Simulation-Based Dynamic Traffic Assignment Model: Practical Considerations for Large-Scale Networks', Journal of Advanced Transportation, vol. 2021, pp. 1 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gu Z; Saberi M, 2021, 'Simulation-based optimization of toll pricing in large-scale urban networks using the network fundamental diagram: A cross-comparison of methods', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 122,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gu Z; Safarighouzhdi F; Saberi M; Rashidi TH, 2021, 'A macro-micro approach to modeling parking', Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, vol. 147, pp. 220 - 244,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hamedmoghadam H; Vu HL; Jalili M; Saberi M; Stone L; Hoogendoorn S, 2021, 'Automated extraction of origin-destination demand for public transportation from smartcard data with pattern recognition', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 129,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mansourianfar MH; Gu Z; Waller ST; Saberi M, 2021, 'Joint routing and pricing control in congested mixed autonomy networks', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 131,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nourmohammadi F; Mansourianfar M; Shafiei S; Gu Z; Saberi M, 2021, 'An open gmns dataset of a dynamic multi-modal transportation network model of Melbourne, Australia', Data, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 9,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nourmohammadi Z; Lilasathapornkit T; Ashfaq M; Gu Z; Saberi M, 2021, 'Mapping urban environmental performance with emerging data sources: A case of urban greenery and traffic noise in Sydney, Australia', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 13, pp. 1 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ranaweera M; Seneviratne A; Rey D; Saberi M; Dixit VV, 2021, 'Detection of anomalous vehicles using physics of traffic', Vehicular Communications, vol. 27, pp. 100304 - 100304,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith J; Waite C; Lohm D; Saberi M; Arunachalam D, 2021, 'Understanding the Lived Experiences of Housing and Transport Stress in the “Affordable” Outer Ring: A Case Study of Melbourne, Australia', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 39, pp. 191 - 207,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gu Z; Najmi A; Saberi M; Liu W; Rashidi TH, 2020, 'Macroscopic parking dynamics modeling and optimal real-time pricing considering cruising-for-parking', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 118, pp. 102714 - 102714,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Saedi R; Saeedmanesh M; Zockaie A; Saberi M; Geroliminis N; Mahmassani HS, 2020, 'Estimating network travel time reliability with network partitioning', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 112, pp. 46 - 61,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wei B; Saberi M; Zhang F; Liu W; Waller ST, 2020, 'Modeling and managing ridesharing in a multi-modal network with an aggregate traffic representation: A doubly dynamical approach', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 117, pp. 102670 - 102670,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Giummarra MJ; Amoh-Gyimah R; Saberi M; Gabbe BJ, 2019, 'Geographic variations in reported and treated pain and mental health problems in the first two years after transport-related major trauma', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 14,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Gu Z; Saberi M, 2019, 'A bi-partitioning approach to congestion pattern recognition in a congested monocentric city', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 109, pp. 305 - 320,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hamedmoghadam H; Ramezani M; Saberi M, 2019, 'Revealing latent characteristics of mobility networks with coarse-graining', Scientific Reports, vol. 9,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Kavianipour M; Saedi R; Zockaie A; Saberi M, 2019, 'Traffic State Estimation in Heterogeneous Networks with Stochastic Demand and Supply: Mixed Lagrangian–Eulerian Approach', Transportation Research Record,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mohajerpoor R; Saberi M; Ramezani M, 2019, 'Analytical derivation of the optimal traffic signal timing: Minimizing delay variability and spillback probability for undersaturated intersections', Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, vol. 119, pp. 45 - 68,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mohajerpoor R; Saberi M; Vu HL; Garoni TM; Ramezani M, 2019, 'H ∞ robust perimeter flow control in urban networks with partial information feedback', Transportation Research Part B: Methodological,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Taherifar N; Hamedmoghadam H; Sree S; Saberi M, 2019, 'A macroscopic approach for calibration and validation of a modified social force model for bidirectional pedestrian streams', Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, vol. 15, pp. 1637 - 1661,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Gu Z; Shafiei S; Liu Z; Saberi M, 2018, 'Optimal distance- and time-dependent area-based pricing with the Network Fundamental Diagram', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 95, pp. 1 - 28,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Olmos LE; Çolak S; Shafiei S; Saberi M; González MC, 2018, 'Macroscopic dynamics and the collapse of urban traffic', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, pp. 12654 - 12661,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shahhoseini Z; Sarvi M; Saberi M, 2016, 'Insights toward characteristics of merging streams of pedestrian crowds based on experiments with panicked ants', Transportation Research Record, vol. 2561, pp. 81 - 88,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Saberi M; Aghabayk K; Sobhani A, 2015, 'Spatial fluctuations of pedestrian velocities in bidirectional streams: Exploring the effects of self-organization', Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, vol. 434, pp. 120 - 128,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Zockaie A; Saberi M; Mahmassani HS; Jiang L; Frei A; Hou T, 2015, 'Activity-based model with dynamic traffic assignment and consideration of heterogeneous user preferences and reliability valuation: Application to toll revenue forecasting in Chicago, Illinois', Transportation Research Record, vol. 2493, pp. 78 - 87,
    Journal articles | 2014
    2014, 'Exploring area-wide dynamics of pedestrian crowds using a three-dimensional approach', Transportation Research Record, vol. 2421
    Journal articles | 2013
    Kim J; Mahmassani H; Alfelor R; Chen Y; Hou T; Jiang L; Saberi M; Verbas O; Zockaie A, 2013, 'Implementation and evaluation of weather-responsive traffic management strategies', Transportation Research Record, pp. 93 - 106,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Mahmassani H; Hou T; Saberi M, 2013, 'Connecting networkwide travel time reliability and the network fundamental diagram of traffic flow', Transportation Research Record, pp. 80 - 91,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Saberi M; Ali Zockaie K; Feng W; El-Geneidy A, 2013, 'Definition and properties of alternative bus service reliability measures at the stop level', Journal of Public Transportation, vol. 16, pp. 97 - 122,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Saberi M; Mahmassani H, 2012, 'Exploring properties of networkwide flow-density relations in a freeway network', Transportation Research Record, pp. 153 - 163,
  • Preprints | 2021
    Beck B; Pettit C; Winters M; Nelson T; Vu H; Nice KA; Seneviratne S; Saberi M, 2021, Association between network characteristics and bicycle ridership across a large metropolitan region,
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Gu Z; Saberi M, 2019, 'A Simulation-Based Optimization Framework for Urban Congestion Pricing Considering Travelers' Departure Time Rescheduling', in 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, ITSC 2019, pp. 2557 - 2562,
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Shafiei S; Saberi M; Vu HL, 2019, 'Nonlinearity in Time-Dependent Origin-Destination Demand Estimation in Congested Networks', in 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, ITSC 2019, pp. 3892 - 3897,
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Ghasrikhouzani M; Hossein Rashidi THR; Saberi MS, 2018, 'Comparing Survival Analysis and Discrete Choice Modeling in Simulating Dynamics of Vehicle Ownership', in Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, United States, presented at Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, United States, 08 January 2018 - 12 January 2018,
    Preprints |
    Wei B; Zhang X; Liu W; Saberi M; Waller ST, Capacity Allocation and Tolling-Rewarding Schemes for the Morning Commute with Carpooling,

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant DP220102382 (2022-2025) Rethinking walking infrastructure: AI-assisted footpath network modelling

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant DP210102089 (2021-2024) on sustainable mobility: city-wide exposure modelling to advance bicycling

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP190100650 (2020-2023) with Adiona on stable on-demand optimization for workforce and fleet logistics management.

My main research activities are mostly in the field of traffic flow theory and transport network modelling. I am a member of the Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics and Committee on Network Modelling of the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academies. During the past several years, I have extensively worked on understanding dynamics and modelling of large-scale transport networks in the contexts of Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram (MFD) or Network Fundamental Diagram (NFD), Simulation-based Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA), and pedestrian networks. Following is a list of some of the ongoing research projects in my group:

  • Modelling traffic congestion propagation and dissipation as a spreading phenomenon
  • Pedestrian traffic assignment problem (pTAP)
  • Routing and pricing control in mixed autonomy congested networks
  • Modelling shared service transport systems (ridesourcing, ridesharing, MaaS, etc.)
  • Autonomous eco-driving



During the past ten years, I have engaged with a number of industry and government organisations including

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Cisco
  • Cardno
  • KPMG
  • Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
  • Transport for NSW
  • Victoria Department of Transport (VicRoads)
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Sydney
  • Willoughby Council
  • Randwick Council
  • Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation

My Research Supervision

  • Mudabber Ashfaq
  • Tanapon Lee
  • Mohammad Hadi Mansourianfar
  • Abdulrahman Alhariqi
  • Kai Xu
  • Bangyang Wei

My Teaching

CVEN9422 Traffic Management and Control

Traffic engineering professionals are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the provision and maintenance of transportation systems. The effectiveness of the transport system defines the economic development and quality of life for the entire community.  This course offers students an advanced understanding of the field of traffic management and control, with a focus on traffic flow theory and characteristics of both motorised and non-motorised traffic. The course covers topics including fundamentals of traffic flow theory and analysis, queuing theory, shockwave theory and analysis, microscopic simulation, design and operations of unsignalised and signalised intersections, and network traffic flow.

CVEN4402 Transport Systems - Part 1: Network Analysis

This subject covers strategic planning aspects related to transport systems, including transport network-based analysis, modelling and optimisation techniques. Network representation of transport systems and traffic route choice modelling including user equilibrium and system optimal are the two main broad topics that will be discussed in this subject. Knowledge about different types of transport network solutions and when and where to apply them are important for transport professionals. The subject material focuses on network theory in some depth, and a reasonable mathematical competency, as well as the ability to perform computational work, will be required to follow this subject. Computer literacy will be helpful but is not essential.