Team Leader / Ph.D Candidate
Ahmed Aqra is a Team leader of “Big” data and Software Engineering team in ITS lab at University of Toronto. ِAhmed is a Ph.D. Candidate and working towards his Ph.D. in Intelligent Transportation Systems at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Baher Abdulhai and Prof. Mohamed El-Darieby. His research focuses on congestion pricing and trip reservations systems in the context of pervasive connectivity, driving automation and MaaS. Ahmed received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Ajman University in 2006 and he obtained his Master of Engineering Management from University of Wollongong. In 2016, he received his MASc in Software Systems Engineering from University of Regina. From 2006 to 2015, Ahmed have worked in the industry as a software Engineer, Web Developer, Chief Analyst and ITS Subject matter expert. Ahmed is passionate for incubating new ideas and solving real life problems using information and communication technologies.
Team Co-Lead / Trainer / PhD candidate
Anastassios Dardas is currently a PhD student at McMaster University, specializing in the spatio-temporal dimensions of health and transportation geography on informal caregivers. His other specialties are GIS, spatial statistics and network analyses, and has a strong background in computer programming. After completing his PhD, Anastassios has a strong desire to learn deep learning and applied artificial intelligence. He received both his in BA in Geography (2014) and M.S. in GIScience (2015) at Clark University. Anastassios has led and conducted R&D projects from academic to 3rd party to government agencies. Aside from R&D, he coached and trained high school crew (2011 – 2015). In the current midst of his PhD studies, he and his team placed 3rd two consecutive times at ESRI Canada’s ECCE App Challenge – Sustainable Transportation (2017) and Sustainable Cities (2016). ESRI Canada nominated him Student of the Year award (2017) at McMaster. In 2017, he led a team working on a decentralized off-grid energy design for the City of Hamilton instrumenting Blockchain technologies – placing 1st. Currently, Anastassios is a research assistant at University of Toronto and he is working on Project #1 (OD Travel Time Visualization) and is training the team on GIS and computer programming.
Elkan Wan is a current graduate student of the Masters of Civil Engineering and Cities Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to his current position, he graduated from the University of Waterloo as an urban planning student, with an honour degree in geographic information system in 2015. He has also taken up several internships across different levels of the government, amassing experience in GIS, database management, transportation engineering and data analytics. Because of his different backgrounds, he felt he can apply his GIS and database management knowledge to transportation planning. He explored the possibility of integrating GIS, data management and transportation planning together to bring about better spatial analytics of city transformations. He had several project relationships with the transportation services in City of Toronto related to performing spatial analysis to street design performance indicators. He also conducted a HEAT analysis of pedestrian traffic peak volume for every intersection in Toronto. As a GIS analyst with Niagara Region, he provided data analytics from a database perspective and developed data catalogs for better data management.
Postdoctoral Fellow / Team Lead
Hasan Bayanouni is a Team leader of ITSoS (iCity-ITSoS) Team at University of Toronto and reporting to Prof. Baher Abdulhai. Hasan received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Ajman University in 2003 and in 2006 he obtained his Master of Science in Strategic Project Planning from Heriot-Watt University. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. form Salford University. From 2006 to 2018, Hasan have worked in the industry as a IT Infrastructure Engineer, Solution Architect, Systems Engineer. Hasan is focusing on the IoT and Smart Cities Solutions to come with innovative ideas to solve real issues and enhance citizen life style.
Qian (Philip) Chen
Undergraduate Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto
Philip is a second-year Engineering Science student who is enthusiastic about exploring the world, both physical and virtual. He enjoys discovering the connections between different events happening around him and has a particular interest in data mining and machine learning. Having a passion in the field of transportation since childhood and a multidisciplinary engineering background, he is looking forward to exploring and applying machine learning techniques into transportation network optimization. He also enjoys travelling and outdoor activities as he loves finding peace in nature and getting his mental power recharged.
Ta Jiun Ting
Undergraduate Civil Engineering Student at University of Toronto
Ta Jiun Ting is an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at the University of Toronto with great interest in software development. He first started developing software for the computer vision team in the UAV group at the University of Toronto Aerospace Team. He joined ITSoS for the exciting opportunity to apply his knowledge in transportation while continue to hone his skills in software development.
Undergraduate Engineering Science student
Undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Toronto
Ziang Feng is an international student from China currently enrolled in the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering program at the University of Toronto. He transferred from undergraduate civil engineering to his current program during his second year in the university and was accepted into UTTRI research institute as a volunteer for the 'big data' team. He was first assigned the task of constructing itsos.ca, the landing page for all ITSoS service and applications. He was able to complete the working website within two months, along with a custom content management system, database integration, and user restricted access system. Since he demonstrated efficient learning ability and interest in ITSoS's work, he was officially accepted into the team as a contracted researcher for the software development team.
Undergraduate Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto
Zili is a second year Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto. He is a strong proponent for applying intelligence to better understand and interact with complex systems. He has a multidisciplinary background in machine learning, data processing, hardware and circuit design throughout his coursework and personal projects, as well as a background in biomedical data analysis and signal processing. He is looking to apply his knowledge in sensor design and data processing to better understand traffic patterns to optimize traffic flow and improve the travel experience in the GTA. Zili enjoys urban exploration and music in his free time.
Alvin Fan studied urban planning at the University of Waterloo while achieving a Diploma of Excellence in GIS. He proceeded to pursue a career in transportation systems by studying at the University of Toronto. Passionate about the transportation, Alvin has worked in various transportation industry proven to work in a fast pace and upscale environment. In his free time, Alvin loves to catch up on news and photography
Undergraduate student in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto
Born in Oshawa, raised in Toronto, generally a good student. Was always fascinated with science, math, and technology. First learned programming in first year of Engineering Science and was taken by its potential for processing vast amounts of disparate information and helping people understand how complex systems work. In final year of undergraduate studies excited to contribute to the team and looking forward to the work the ITSOS team will be putting together. In my spare time I read a lot about urban development and economics, and I love doing stuff outdoors all year round.
Zinan (Anton) Lin
Undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the University of Toronto