Professor Konrad Schliephake, PhD, University of Würzburg, Germany


Dr. Konrad Schliephake, born in 1944 in Würzburg, Germany, spent his youth in Germany and Egypt. He took a diploma in geography from Giessen University in 1969 (additional subjects: economic sciences, oriental languages and geology) and received his doctorate in natural sciences in 1972 from the same university with a thesis on transportation geography. Starting his career at the Syrian Ministry of Transport and a planning institution in Giessen, he became, in 1971, research official in charge of the Arab Maghreb at the Institute for African Research, Hamburg (now GIGA). At the end of 1975 he joined the Institute of Geography, Würzburg University, where he was Academic Director up to October, 2009. This was interrupted by a one-year stay in 1980/1981 at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) where Dr. Schliephake monitored the Saudi Arabian national transportation plan. Within his main field of regional planning and transportation research Dr. Schliephake has specialised in demand evaluation for individual and public transport investments. He acts as consultant to various transportation institutions (road and rail transportation companies) and regional entities (Central places and settlement planning, offer and demand in infrastructure, supply and transport). His international activities include field studies and research in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and several Arab Gulf states focussing on elements of natural resources, regional development and planning. Various monographs, lectures and more than 500 publications in German, English, French and Arabic reflect these research activities.

Today, he continues teaching as invited lecturer at the Würzburg State University and acts as consultants to public and private institutions.

Professor Baohua Mao, PhD, Beijing Jiaotong University, China

Baohua Mao is Professor of Transport Engineering and Planning, Department of Urban Rail Transit, Beijing Jiaotong University and Head of the Department, Director of the Integrated Transport Research Center, Beijing Jiaotong University, Executive Council Member of the System Engineering Society of China, Council Member of the Chinese Society For Urban Studies, Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology.

Baohua Mao was born in 1963 in Hunan Province of China. He received his Bachelor degree from Central South University of China in 1983, Master degree in 1986 and also doctoral degree in engineering science in 1993 from Beijing Jiaotong Universitywith a work on the coordination planning modeling of transport system. He investigated many important research projects in urban transport, railway engineering and integrated transport planning. He won the Second Place of National Natural Sciences of China in 2011. His research areas are transport policies, operational optimization, transport simulation, and transport organizations.

Professor Tariq Muneer, PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Professor Tariq Muneer, Professor of Energy Engineering at Napier University, Edinburgh currently chairs an active group engaged in research on ‘Sustainable Energy and Transport’.  Professor Muneer is an international authority on the subject of solar energy and its applications including the transportation sector. At Edinburgh Napier University / Transport Research Institute Professor Muneer initiated a research program on electric-vehicles and their sustainable charging. Professor Muneer is the Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ Solar Data Task Group and in this capacity he has been involved in the production of the CIBSE Guides A & J for Weather and Solar Data. Professor Muneer has also been employed both by the government and industry as a consultant on a large number of engineering projects. Professor Muneer has been awarded several prestigious awards including the Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship (2000-02), the Royal Academy of Engineering Engineers Secondment Overseas (1995), the Leverhulme Trust (1989) and the University College, Oxford/General Electric Company (1989) Research Fellowships.  He is also the recipient of the Osmania University’s Karamat Jung Gold Medal (1974), CIBSE Carter Bronze Medal (1990), CIBSE Napier Shaw Bronze Medal (1999), Millennium Commission’s Fellowship Award (1999), Walsh-Weston (Society of Light & Lighting, London) Award (2002), Services to Industry Group’s Proof of Concept award (2003) and the Scottish Green Energy, Highly Recommended Best Renewable Award (2006), Carnegie Trust research grant related to electric vehicles (2014)..


Professor Dr. – Ing. Herwig Unger, FernUni, Hagen, Germany

Herwig Unger is a full professor at the FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany) and the head of the Chair of Communication Networks in the Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Science.

Herwig Unger was born in 1966 in Halle/S. in the former GDR. He took a diploma in automation from the Technical University in Ilmenau in 1991 and received his doctoral degree  (Dr.-Ing.) in engineering science in 1994 with a work about the implementation of Petri Net models on multiprocessor computers from the same university. In 2000 he finished his habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) with a work on large distributed and decentralized systems at the University of Rostock and got an extraordinary professorship there in 2004. In 2006 he followed a call and changed on his current position at the FernUniversität in Hagen.  Several projects, research stays and guest professorships e.g. in the USA, Canada and Thailand allowed him to extend his horizons.

His current research interests are in self-organization, adaptive and learning systems, Internet algorithms and simulation. Herwig Unger is a Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) and a member of the German Society of Informatics.

Associated Professor Anthony T H Chin, PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Anthony T H Chin is Associate Professor of Transport Economics, Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore and a Deputy Head of the Department of Economics National University of Singapore, Director of the Economics Executive Programme National University of Singapore from June 1 2005 to date, Deputy Director of the Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics from June 1 2005 to date, Principal Researcher of the Centre for Transportation Research at the Faculty of Engineering, NUS, from 1993 to date, Council Member of the Public Transport Council Ministry of Transport, Singapore from September 2005 to date and Fellow AIRNETH, The Netherlands, 2005 to date. His research areas are mobility, land use and location economics; Consumer choice and pricing analysis: housing, new used cars, cell phones, industrial and commercial property; Financing and privatization of infrastructure; Demand management and strategic planning of transportation and hub analysis, travel behavior modeling; Economics of crime, behavioral methods and fMRI.

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