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Dr Soma Somasundaraswaran

Dr Soma Somasundaraswaran
Name Soma Somasundaraswaran
Position Senior Lecturer (Transport Engineering)
Section School of Engineering
Office Z432
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2511
Extension 2511
Qualifications BScEng Peradeniya , MEng Asian IT , DEng Yokohama
Languages Tamil (accredited translator)

Dr Kathirgamalingam (Soma) Somasundaraswaran obtained his Doctorate from the Yokohama National University, Japan; Master degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; and Bachelor Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is currently a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in Australia and International Professional Engineers Australia (IntPE(Aus)). Soma is currently working as Senior Lecturer in Transport Engineering, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Prior to migrating to Australia in 2009, his eighteen years of academic involvement include Senior Lecturer at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka; Senior Research Fellow at University College of London, UK; Visiting Scholar at University of Calgary, Canada; and Research Associate, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently teaching Transportation Engineering courses and conducting researches in Road safety, Highway Design and Traffic Engineering.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Transport Planning ( 120506 )
  • Transport Engineering ( 090507 )
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering ( 090501 )
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering ( 400502 )
  • Transport Engineering ( 400512 )
  • Transport Planning ( 330409 )
  • Urban And Regional Planning ( 330400 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )

Research interests
Road safety: includes the application of statistical methods in Road safety analysis; in particular the interpretation of crash data, modelling the relationship between safety and roadway characteristics, the evaluation of safety effects of design decisions and implemented countermeasures, and the identification of a site’s potential for road safety improvement.

Traffic Engineering: includes development in modelling traffic flow behaviour, signal design and coordination, application of analytical and simulation techniques, formulation and testing of advanced operational strategies, the state-of-the-art traffic management, real-time information and control systems.

Transport planning: includes research on new concepts in planning, methods and technologies for innovating, enhancing and improving capacity and level of service of the highway, airport and public transportation facilities, thereby helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve the quality of services.

Professional memberships
Registered Professional Engineer Queensland, (RPEQ)
Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Australia
National Engineers Register(NER), Australia

Industry affiliations
Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (IAESS)

Currently teaching courses/programs
CIV5704-Road and Street Engineering
CIV5705-Pavement Design and Analysis
CIV3703-Transport Engineering
CIV2701-Road Design and Location
CIV2702-Municipal Services
CIV2701-Road Design and Location
CIV3906-Civil Material Practice

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
2 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Strand Leader – Geotechnical, Road and Transportation Engineering, USQ [July 2010 ~ June 2013 & 2015 ~ todate]
Program Coordinator, Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering, USQ [July 2010 ~June 2011&March 15 ~ Sep 2015]
Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Ruhuna [2001-2004 & 2008]
Program Coordinator, Surveying Training Program, ADB Project, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka [2003]
Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), University College London, United Kingdom [2005]
Visiting Scholar, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada [2005]
Faculty Coordinator, Conflict Study Center, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka [2005~2006]
Unit Coordinator, Staff Development Centre, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka [2003 - 2004]
Country Coordinator, Low cost housing research project, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden [2003]

Research most notable
Alex de Barros, Somasundaraswaran K and S.C. Wirasinghe, (2007) Evaluation of level of services for transfer passengers at Airports, Journal of Air Transport Management, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 293-298.
Somasundaraswaran, K & Okura, I (1997), ‘Lane Utilization Behaviour in a Three-lane Uni-directional Freeway Under Uncongested Flow Condition’, JSCE, Journal of Infrastructure Planning and Management, Japan, No. 14, pp. 883-888.
Somasundaraswaran K (2008) Results of surveys among drivers and customers of for-hire three-wheelers in five small towns in Sri Lanka, Asia-Pacific Development Journal, UNESCAP, Vol. 15, No. 1, June, pp. 119-135
Somasundaraswaran. K (2010), ‘The Road Safety: A Special Sign for Unfamiliar Drivers’, Southern Region Engineering Conference, Toowoomba, Australia, Nov 11-12, 2010.
Somasundaraswaran. K (2011), ‘The impact of the application of international quality processes on engineering education at universities in Sri Lanka’, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Publications in ePrints

Khotbehsara, Elham Mehrinejad and Safari, Hossein and Askarizad, Reza and Somasundaraswaran, KathirgamalingamORCID: (2022) Investigating the role of spatial configuration on visitors’ spatial cognition in health-care spaces: case studies in Gilan, Iran. Facilities. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0263-2772

Al-Marafi, Mohammad Nour and Somasundaraswaran, KathirgamalingamORCID: and Bullen, Frank (2021) Development of crash modification factors for Intersections in Toowoomba city. International Journal of Urban Sciences, 25 (1). pp. 104-123. ISSN 1226-5934

Al-Marafi, Mohammad Nour and Somasundaraswaran, KathirgamalingamORCID: and Ayers, Ron (2020) Developing crash modification factors for roundabouts using a cross-sectional method. Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition), 7 (3). pp. 362-374. ISSN 2095-7564

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam ORCID: and Terramsetti, Anoosha (2019) Optimisation of signal timing for improving traffic flow on a highway segment using TRANSYT7F. Advances in Transportation Studies: an International Journal, Section B (47). pp. 101-110. ISSN 1824-5463

Al-Marafi, Mohammad and Somasundaraswaran, KathirgamalingamORCID: (2018) Review of crash prediction models and their applicability in black spot identification to improve road safety. Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 11 (5). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0974-6846

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Transport Planning ( 120506 )
  • Transport Engineering ( 090507 )
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering ( 090501 )
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering ( 400502 )
  • Transport Engineering ( 400512 )
  • Transport Planning ( 330409 )
  • Urban And Regional Planning ( 330400 )
  • Civil Engineering ( 400500 )

Research topics