Don't wait for accidents to happen

Researcher’s course 2024, Catania

photo: Comune di Catania


24–25 October 2023

Catania, Italy

Local organiser(s): Salvatore Damiano Cafiso, Giuseppina Pappalardo

The course is organized in connection to the 35th ICTCT conference.



24–25 October 2023, 9:00–17:00

Registration deadline 30 September 2023
(the number of seats is limited to 20, ‘first come first served’ applies)


Catania, Italy

Seminar room:
Villa Zingali Tetto (Museo della Rappresentazione)
Via Etnea 742
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Course fee

The course fee is €225.

The fee includes tea/coffee-breaks and simple lunches. The participants will receive access to the presentation materials after the course.

The fee DOES NOT include registration to the ICTCT conference.

Course language

The course is given in English.

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The road accident phenomenon is complex and so are road safety management systems. As a consequence, road safety research is multi-disciplinary and covers such areas as epidemiology, statistics, in-depth accident analyses, biomechanics, behavioural studies, sociology, economics, etc. Researchers new in the field of road safety are usually limited to a specific field of investigation in which they work in-depth without getting the broader picture of what is being done in road safety research and how the different investigation fields complement each other.

The mission with the course is to give the participant a coherent view into traditional and modern traffic safety theory, methods and solutions and to have a clear understanding of the importance of the institutional framework in order to be able to make a difference in the traffic safety work subsequently. It is hoped that at the end of the course, participants will be able to situate their own work within a broader framework, and will find it easier to communicate with researchers from other disciplines.

Course objectives

  • Provide researchers with an overview of theories and concepts in road safety and the associated research approaches and methods, in line with ICTCT goals and fundamentals
  • Discuss key issues in road safety research
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of research approaches and findings on some selected topics and their implications for other fields of road safety
  • Provide an opportunity for exchange of experience between researchers from different disciplines and different parts of the world

Target audience

The course is designed for road safety researchers from all disciplines, in all sectors (transportation, public health, urban planning, education, law, etc.) and from all countries.

Study credits

Formally, ICTCT is not an academic institution to issue study credits (even though most of the course teachers are indeed university lecturers). However, PhD students are encouraged to inquire at their home universities whether they may get credits for the course participation (corresponding 1.5 ECTS credits). For any questions related to the course contents, the supervisors are welcome to contact the course organizers.


The course faculty consists of senior researchers and university professors with an extensive experience in road safety.

Attila Borsos
University of Gyor

Attila Borsos received his master’s degree in Economics from the University of Gyor, Hungary, and in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He gained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Gyor, Hungary, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Transport Infrastructure and Water Resources Engineering since 2012 and vice dean for research in the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Transport Sciences since 2015. He was a Visiting Scholar at Florida Atlantic University in 2013 and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Connecticut in 2010. He was a member of the PIARC World Road Association Technical Committee 3.2 ‘Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure’ from 2012 to 2015. His main research interest is road safety, more specifically accident prediction models, traffic safety trends, surrogate measures of safety, and the effect of Autonomous Vehicles on safe road design.

Stijn Daniels
Transport & Mobility Leuven
KU Leuven

Stijn Daniels, the president of ICTCT, is a researcher and consultant in transport planning, road safety and mobility at Transport & Mobility Leuven (TML), Belgium. He is also a part-time professor in Traffic and Transport Safety at KU Leuven, faculty of Engineering.

His primary research interest is road safety: causes and mechanisms associated with road crashes and near-crash events, effects of road design on crash occurrence, safety issues for vulnerable road users, effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis and economic valuation.

Wafa Elias
Shamoon College of Engineering

Wafa Elias works in the fields of travel behavior and road safety, with particular expertise in factors that impact travel behavior and road safety among the Israeli Arab minority.

Wafa Elias has developed a theoretical framework that connects daily activity patterns and driving behavior, and the risk of being involved in road crashes.  To better understand these complex relationships, Wafa focuses on disaggregate studies of individual characteristics, attitudes, activity and travel behavior, residential location, the build environment, social interaction, and the impact of these on road safety.

Anja Huemer
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Anja Katharina Huemer is a professor for traffic psychology at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany. She received her PhD on the measurement of driver distraction in 2012 from Technische Universität Braunschweig. Her main research interests are the safety and comfort of vulnerable road users and promoting sustainable mobility by system design.

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University

Aliaksei Laureshyn is Reader in traffic safety and a senior lecturer at Lund University, Sweden. His primary research interests deal with theory and practical use of pro-active methods in road safety analysis. He is an active member in several international committees and working groups related to the subject of Surrogate Measures of Safety (SMoS). Other research interests include emerging technologies for data collection in traffic, policy and practice in road safety work, particularly in the view of Vision Zero/Safe System paradigm.

Salvatore Damiano Cafiso
University of Catania

Salvatore Damiano Cafiso is full professor of ‘Road, Railways and Airport’ at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of University of Catania. He has been involved in teaching and research in the field of transportation engineering since 1987. His expertise includes highway geometric design, traffic safety, pavement engineering and road asset management. Road safety research in these years involved highways design and maintenance while addressing the needs and behavior of different users (heavy vehicles, passenger cars, motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters) and recently also Connected and Automated vehicles in a mix traffic environment. He has been successful in securing several research funds in these areas from national and international agencies. He is handling editor of Transportation Research Record and member of the editorial board of international journals, member of committees at TRB and PIARC. The research dissemination includes 95 papers in international journals with more than 1300 citations in Scopus.

Matúš Šucha
Palacky University in Olomouc
Czech Republic

Matúš Šucha is a Czech traffic psychologist. His main areas of professional interest are psychological aspects of mobility, sustainability and active traffic modes. Associate Professor Šucha is an active member of numerous prestigious international organisations, including ICTCT—International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety, TPI—Traffic Psychology International or DGVP—Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verkehrspsychologie.

Rune Elvik
Institute of Transport Economics

Rune Elvik has been a road safety researcher at the Institute of Transport Economics since 1980. His main areas of research have been evaluation studies, meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis.

Rune Elvik served as editor-in-chief (together with Karl Kim) of Accident Analysis and Prevention from 2005 to 2013. He has participated in many European projects and contributed to the Highway Safety Manual. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals.

Haneen Farah
Delft University of Technology
the Netherland

Dr. ir. Haneen Farah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Transport and Planning and a co-director of the Traffic and Transportation Safety Lab at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her research interests lie in the fields of road infrastructure design, road user behaviour, and traffic safety. She is currently investigating the implications of the advances in vehicle technology and automation on these fields. In her research she combines her expertise in transportation engineering, with her curiosity in the fields of human factors and econometrics.

Before joining TU Delft Haneen Farah was a postdoctoral researcher at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.

James Damsere-Derry
CSIR-Building & Road Research Institute

James Damsere-Derry is Senior Research Officer at CSIR-Building & Road Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana. He holds a B.A. in Geography and Sociology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, USA, and Ph.D. in Road Safety Research from the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety-Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Dr. Damsere-Derry’s main research fields in road safety are speeding, drink/drug-driving and social and psychosocial determinants of road traffic injuries. He has published over 20 scientific articles and has contributed to scientific conferences. He is a member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, the International Epidemiological Association as well as the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network.

Sonja Forward
Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)

Dr Sonja Forward is a psychologist and a research leader at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) focusing on traffic safety and sustainable transport. Her research covers many areas but mainly psychological factors predicting behaviour and how unwanted behaviour can be changed, using education or campaigns. The methods used are both quantitative and qualitative.

Sonja Forward has been in charge of numerous projects both nationally and internationally. She has produced written materials including an extensive manual for working with campaigns. She is also lecturing on a regular basis and have presented papers at numerous conferences, mostly as an invited speaker.

Enoch F. Sam
University of Education, Winneba

Enoch F. Sam is an Associate Professor of Transport Geography at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. He has over ten years of experience in teaching and research in public transport safety management, traffic safety, traffic behaviour of vulnerable road users, and sustainable urban mobility. He has published over 20 scientific articles, five book chapters, and a book and has contributed to scientific conferences. Prof Sam has won many research and academic awards and grants. He is currently an Executive Board member and Lead country researcher of the European Commission funded-project AfroSAFE. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Communications; Editorial Board member of the Transactions on Transport Sciences (TOTS) and the African Journal of Social Sciences Education.

Rob Methorst
Rijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic an Environment [retired] / Streets for People
the Netherlands

Rob Methorst has more than 40 years of professional experience in tackling road safety and promoting pedestrian interests. He graduated as a Social Geographer—Land Use Planner. Since his retirement in 2015, he has been a guest researcher for pedestrian safety at Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV, where he worked on his thesis on pedestrian policy (promotion February 2021). He is the secretary of MENSenSTRAAT, and was chairman and initiator of the European project COST358 Pedestrians’ Quality Needs (2005–2010), chairman of the CROW Design Guides for Pedestrians. Rob has previously done research and policy advice on vulnerable road users, and pedestrians in particular, for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (1999–2015), the former Pedestrian Association (1990–1999) and the Regional Road Safety Board in Drenthe (1981–1990). In doing so, he mainly focused on the possibilities of aligning (strategic) policy with human needs, and skills and possibilities of human behaviour.

Ralf Risser
Palacky University in Olomouc
Czech Republic


24 October 2023, 9:00–17:00

Road safety problems and collection of data

‘Shaping traffic safety policies: a role game’

Anja Huemer
Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

The purpose of the role game is to provide practical insights into the complexity of the decision-making process within traffic safety domain. The game serves also as an icebreaker to facilitate more informal communication among the course participants and with the teachers.

‘Safe System in traffic safety’

Stijn Daniels
Transport & Mobility Leuven | KU Leuven, Belgium

In this session we will introduce the principles of a Safe System approach to road safety. Such an approach looks at safety as an integral part of the wider road traffic system. We will discuss in the group to what extent this approach differs from other approaches and what consequences this could have on current road safety policies.

‘How to measure Road Traffic Safety?’

Attila Borsos
University of Gyor, Hungary

This lecture will be about what exposure data to be used for risk assessment; road fatality trends historically; the correlation between human live values and fatality rates; 3-dimensional analysis of accidents; problems with using accidents; non-accident based road safety indicators to analyse the traffic safety situation.

’Surrogate measures of safety and behavioral observation studies’

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University, Sweden

Quite often, researchers cannot rely on historical accident counts due to their scarcity, poor quality (due to under-reporting or errors in coding) or simply due to  absence of any history (in case of newly built sites). In such situations, alternative methods for measuring safety performance are called for. In this lecture we will discuss how traffic conflict and behavioural observations can be used as a complement—or a supplement—for accident data. A significant part of the lecture will be devoted to watching and discussing the actual traffic videos, what safety relevant information could be extracted from them and how it should be interpreted and generalized.

’New technologies to improve traffic safety ’

Salvatore Damiano Cafiso
University of Catania, Italy

This lesson will present the expected impact of new technologies on road safety including both connected-automated vehicles and smart roads. Technology development and future trend will be presented, but the problem analysis will be from the point of view of the road design and maintenance.

New technologies in automated vehicles are also providing new sources of data that were before limited to expensive naturalistic studies. A practical part of the lecture will be devoted to present, with real case studies, example of data collection, dataset preparation and modeling for safety studies.

25 October 2023, 9:00–17:00

Traffic safety measures and policies

‘Traffic Psychology: a holistic perspective’

Matúš Šucha
Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic

This lecture is an introduction to the human factors part of the course. We will discuss the role of road users in the traffic system in a holistic way and try to find the answer to the question ‘Why do people act in traffic the way they do?‘. Not least, questions dealing with human behavior, sustainability, and mobility will be tackled.

‘Motivation and behavior of road users’

Anja Huemer
Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

In this lecture, Anja will talk about the fundamentals of behavior in road traffic. Perception, motivation, and activation regulation models will be presented to explain choices, performance, and unsafe behaviors in traffic.

‘Accounting for human factors in road system design’

Attila Borsos
University of Gyor, Hungary

An interactive lecture on the relationship between human factors and road design. The lecture will touch upon various human factors (e.g. workload, perception, recognition), safe system approaches (Swedish Vision Zero, Swiss Cheese model), as well as theories on driving task, task performance and information processing.

‘Presentation skills to make an impact’

Aliaksei Laureshyn
Lund University, Sweden

Majority of scientific presentations are utterly dull, sending the audience directly to sleep. The results that took months to produce go unnoticed, the important messages never reach to the right people. Sounds wrong, right?

In this talk we will cover the absolute fundamentals of making an engaging presentation. Who is your audience and how your research is relevant for them? What is the key message you want them to remember? How to deliver it so that people want to ask you for more details and read your full paper?

And, no, it is not about PowerPoint fancy functions.


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