Professor Avishai Ceder

BSc, MSc, PhD


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  • Professor - Chair in Transportation Engineering
  • Founder and former Director, Transportation Research Centre (TRC)
  • Honorary Professor as of 1st October 2016

Professor Avishai (Avi) Ceder arrived in November 2007 to the University of Auckland to take the position of Professor - Chair in Transportation, within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and then Director of the new established Transportation Research Centre (TRC).

Avi has had a distinguished career at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he was Head of the Transportation Engineering and Geo-Information Department. He was Visiting Professor twice at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Science and Technology and PolyTechnic University in Hong Kong, and in the University of Tokyo. He also delivered courses in Sydney University and Monash University in Australia and in the University of Rome.

Avi was Chief Scientist at the Israel Ministry of Transport from 1994 to 1997, Israel delegate to the Transport Program of the European Community and he is a member of organising committees of various international symposia and workshops (e.g., CASPT- International Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport; ISTTT- International Symposium of Transportation and Traffic Theory; TRB).

Professor Ceder has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in refereed journals, book chapters and proceedings. He is the author of the books: "Network Theory and Selected Topics in Dynamic Programming"(1978), "Systems Analysis"(1988), "Systems Analysis Using Operations Research"(1999) and Editor of the Proceedings "Transportation and Traffic Theory"(1999). He wrote a book ‘Public Transit Planning and Operation: Theory, Modelling and Practice’, Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2007; this book was translated to Chinese by the Tsinghua Publishing Press in 2010; the 2nd Edition of the book by CRC press appeared in 2016 (with 40% additional materials over the 1st edition), was translated to Chinese by the Tsinghua Publishing Press in Beijing in 2017, and is being translated to Korean by the Cheong Moon Gak press. His publications include modeling and analysis in the areas of public transport, road safety, traffic flow and control, human factors and operations research in transportation, intelligent transportation systems, logistics, and intermodalities of passengers and freight.

  • BSc Industrial & Management Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • MSc Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • PhD Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Research | Current

  • Public transport
  • Operations research
  • Road safety
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic control
  • Logistics


Research groups

  • Transportation Research Centre (TRC)
  • Transportation Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

  • Stavri Dimitrov, for PhD


  • Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland
  • Honorary-Emeritus Member for academic, operative and management merits in the transportation field, the la Italian Society of Transportation Scholars (SIDT), 7 October, 2011.

Areas of expertise

  • Public Transportation
  • Transportation Systems Analysis
  • Transportation Networks
  • Optimization
  • Traffic Flow and Control
  • Human Factors

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Advisory Committee of the International Symposium on Transportation & Traffic Theory (ISTTT)
  • Advisory Committee of International Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport (CASPT)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), United States of America

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Cao, Z., Ceder, A. A., Li, D., & Zhang, S. (2019). Optimal synchronization and coordination of actual passenger-rail timetables. JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, 23 (3), 231-249. 10.1080/15472450.2018.1488132
  • Hall, C. H., Ceder, A. A., Ekstrom, J., & Quttineh, N.-H. (2019). Adjustments of public transit operations planning process for the use of electric buses. JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, 23 (3), 216-230. 10.1080/15472450.2018.1488131
  • Cao, Z., & Ceder, A. A. (2019). Autonomous shuttle bus service timetabling and vehicle scheduling, using skip-stop tactic. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, 102, 370-395. 10.1016/j.trc.2019.03.018
  • Bagloee, S. A., Ceder, A. A., Sarvi, M., & Asadi, M. (2019). Is it time to go for no-car zone policies? Braess Paradox Detection. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE, 121, 251-264. 10.1016/j.tra.2019.01.021
  • Javani, B., Babazadeh, A., & Ceder, A. A. (2018). Path-based capacity-restrained dynamic traffic assignment algorithm. Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics, 1-24. 10.1080/21680566.2018.1496861
  • Herbon, A., & Ceder, A. (2018). Monitoring perishable inventory using quality status and predicting automatic devices under various stochastic environmental scenarios. Journal of Food Engineering, 223, 236-247. 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2017.10.013
  • Tang, C., Ceder, A. A., & Zhao, S. (2018). MINIMIZING USER AND OPERATOR COSTS OF SINGLE LINE BUS SERVICE USING OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES. TRANSPORT, 33 (4), 993-1004. 10.3846/transport.2018.6595
  • Tang, C., Ceder, A., Zhao, S., & Ge, Y.-E. (2018). Vehicle Scheduling of Single-Line Bus Service Using Operational Strategies. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 1-11. 10.1109/TITS.2018.2841061

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 612
New Zealand