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Dr Soma Somasundaraswaran

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

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Transport Planning ( 120506 )
  • Transport Engineering ( 090507 )
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering ( 090501 )

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
CIV3703-Transport Engineering
CIV2701-Road Design and Location
CIV2702-Municipal Services
CIV3906-Civil Material Practice

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
22 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
2 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Strand Leader – Geotechnical, Road and Transportation Engineering, USQ [July 2010 ~ June 2013]
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 recent
Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam and Russell, Lauren (2015) Analysis of road crashes at roundabout in Toowoomba. In: Conference of ASEAN Road Safety (CARS2015), 3-6 Nov 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Research most notable
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.
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 (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

Al-Marafi, Mohammad Nour and Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam and Ayers, Ron (2019) Developing crash modification factors for roundabouts using a cross-sectional method. Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (English Edition). ISSN 2095-7564

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam 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, Kathirgamalingam (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

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam (2016) Experience in the delivery of an engineering capstone design course for Associate Degree program at the University of Southern Queensland. Asia Pacific Journal of Contemporary Education and Communication Technology, 2 (3). pp. 64-73. ISSN 2205-6181

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam and Russell, Lauren (2015) Analysis of road crashes at roundabout in Toowoomba. In: Conference of ASEAN Road Safety (CARS2015), 3-6 Nov 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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