Lina Kattan


Department of Civil Engineering

Urban Alliance Professor

Transportation System Optimization


AMA Active Traffic and Demand Management Laboratory


Integrated Infrastructure NSERC-CREATE


University of Toronto


American University of Beirut


American University of Beirut

Contact information


Office: 403.220.3010

Web presence

Personal website


CNRL Engineering Complex: ENF 248


Undergraduate level

Transportation Engineering I (ENCI 473)

Traffic Engineering and Operation (ENCI 575)

Graduate level

Fundamentals of ITS and Transportation System performance (ENCI 703)

Transportation Data Analysis (ENCI 699)


Research activities

Lina’s research program at the University of Calgary focuses on advanced traffic management and information systems, freeway management, traveler information systems, network microsimulation modeling and analysis, application of artificial intelligence to ITS, dynamic demand modeling, Connected Vehicle, traveler behavioral modeling in response to ITS and Applications of ITS to Public Transit.


Dr. Lina Kattan received her BSc and MSc from the American University of Beirut, and her PhD at the University of Toronto. She holds the Urban Alliance Research Professorship in Transportation Systems Optimization and previous to this, was an AMA Chair in Smart Multimodal Transportation Systems. She is also the director of the AMA Active Traffic and Demand Management Laboratory, which was funded with a major CFI grant. She has received many awards including, the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement grant in 2014, the 2014 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award and the Schulich School of Engineering Graduate Educator Award in 2015.


Peer reviewed journal articles in progress and under review:

Mostafa Salari, Lina Kattan,  William H. Lam, H. P. Lo and Mohammad Ansari Esfeh. Optimization of Traffic Sensor Location for Complete Link Flow Observability in Road Network with Sensor Failure. Revise and Resubmit in Transportation Research Part B: Methodology.

Seiran Heshami, Lina Kattan, Zhengyi Gong and Soheila Aalami. Deterministic and Stochastic Freeway Capacity Analysis Based on Weather Conditions. Revise and Resubmit in Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems.

Seiran Heshami and Lina Kattan. Queue Length Estimation and Prediction model for Long Freeway Off-ramps. Revise and Resubmit.  Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations.

Refereed journal articles accepted/published:

S. Aalami and L. Kattan (2018). Fair Dynamic Resource Allocation in Transit-based Evacuation Planning. Transportation Research - Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 23, 2017, pp. 400-419. Paper also presented in 22nd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT22) –10.1016/j.trpro.2017.05.023.

Jason Hawkins, Lina Kattan, Patrick Hettiaratchi and Joshua Taron (2018). Spatial Statistical Analysis of Infrastructure Systems in Calgary, Alberta, Accepted in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1523052.

Mohammad Ansari and L. Kattan (2018). A new design and evaluation approach for managed lanes from a sustainability perspective. Accepted in International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. DOI: 10.1080/15568318.2018.1519087.

M. Demissie, S.  Phithakkitnukoon, Santi and L. Kattan, Lina. Trip Distribution Modeling Using Mobile Phone Data: Emphasis on Intra-Zonal Trips. Accepted in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

John Milne, Mostafa Salari, Lina Kattan (2018). Robust Optimization of Airplane Passenger Seating Assignments. Accepted in Aerospace —Journal of Aeronautics and Astronautics- DOI: 10.3390/aerospace5030080

Md Matiur Rahman, L. Kattan, S.C. Wirasinghe. Trade-offs between headway, fare, and real-time bus information under different weather condition. Journal of Public Transport. Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 217–240. DOI: 10.1007/s12469-018-0176-4.

Nadia Moshahedi, L. Kattan and R. Tay (2018). Factors Associated with Compliance Rate at Pedestrian Crosswalks with Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering; Vol. 45(7), pp.554-558, DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2017-0524

Md. Matiur Rahman, L. Kattan and S. C. Wirasinghe (2018). Bus arrival time estimation in real-time for varying horizons. Accepted in Transportation Research- Part –C: Emerging Technologies.  Volume 86, pp. 453-466. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2017.11.023.

Lin Wang, S. C. Wirasinghe, L. Kattan, S. Saidi. Optimization of demand-responsive transit system using zonal strategy. International Journal of Urban Sciences. Pages 366-381. DOI:10.1080/12265934.2018.1431144.

L. Kattan and Yuan Bai. LRT Passengers’ Responses to Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) in case of Information Inconsistency and Train Crowding. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol 45(7); pp. 583-593. DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2017-0559.

Jason Hawkins and Lina Kattan. Microsimulating heterogeneous traffic: An implementation of the porous flow approach. Transportation in Developing Economies, Elsevier. Vol. 4(1). DOI: 10.1007/s40890-018-0057-1.

S. Saidi, L. Kattan, Poornima Jayasinghe, Joseph Patrick Hettiaratchi and Joshua Taron (2017), Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities - A Review. Journal Sustainable Cities and Society. Volume 36, January 2018, Pages 1-11. DOI:10.1016/j.scs.2017.09.022.

S. Saidi, S.C. Wirasinghe L. Kattan and S. Esmaeilnejad (2017): A Framework for Evaluation of Complex Urban Rail Transit Networks Based on Generalized Passenger Cost. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. 10.1080/23249935.2017.1348401.

R. Omrani and L. Kattan (2017): “Concurrent Calibration of Microscopic Traffic Simulation Parameters and Estimation of Origin/Destination (OD) Flows based on Genetic Algorithms in a High-Performance Computer”. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A: systems. Vol. 144, Issue 1. DOI:  10.1061/JTEPBS.0000093

P. Miller, A. G. de Barros, L. Kattan and S.C. Wirasinghe (2017). Managing Uncertainty in the Application of Composite Sustainability Indicators to Transit Analysis. Transportation Research Procedia. Volume 25, 2017, Pages 4007–4022. DOI:10.1016/j.trpro.2017.05.251.

P. Miller, Alex de Barros, L. Kattan and Chan Wirasinghe (2016). Analyzing Public Transit for Sustainability Performance, Transport Research Part D. Transport and Environment, Vol. 44, pp. 177–198. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2016.02.012

Md. M. Rahman, Wirasinghe and L. Kattan. Effect of time interval of bus location data on real-time bus arrival estimations. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, Vol. 12, pp. 700-720. DOI:10.1080/23249935.2016.1166159.

P. Miller, Alexandre G. de Barros, L. Kattan S.C. Wirasinghe. Public Transportation and Sustainability: a review. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, April 2016, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 1076-1083. DOI: 10.1007/s12205-016-0705-0

S. Saidi, S.C. Wirasinghe and L. Kattan: Long-term Planning for Ring-radial Urban Rail Transit Networks –Transportation Research Part B; Vol. 86, pp.128-146. DOI:10.1016/j.trb.2016.01.017.

S. Saidi, Y. Ji, Ch. Cheng, J. Guan, Sh Jiang, L. Kattan, Y. Du, S.C. Wirasinghe, Planning Urban Ring Rail Transit Lines: A Case Study of Shanghai, China. Transportation Research Record. Vol. 2540, 56-65. DOI:  10.3141/2540-07.

B. Khondaker and L. Kattan (2016). Variable Speed Limit: A Microscopic Analysis in a Connected Vehicle Environment. Transportation Research- Part –C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 58, Part A, Pages 146–159. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2015.07.014.

Sh. Tahmasseby, L. Kattan and Brian Babrour (2016). Propensity to Participate in a Peer-To-Peer Social-Network Based Carpooling System. Journal of Advanced Transportation. Volume 50, Issue 2, pp. 240–254. DOI: 10.1002/atr.1326

S. W. Durage, S.C. Wirasinghe, J.Y. Ruwanpura, L. Kattan, Shawn Marshall (2015). Canadian Prairie Tornadoes - Preplanning for Warning Issuance & Evacuations. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.  Vol. 14, Part 4, pp. 556-563. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.10.008.

B. Khondaker and L. Kattan (2015): Variable Speed Limit: An Overview. Transportation Letters: International Journal of Transportation Research. Vol. 7, issue 5. pp. 264-278. DOI: 10.1179/1942787514Y.0000000053

L. Kattan, Bidoura Khondaker, Olesya Derushkina and Eswar Poosarla (2014). A Probe-Based Variable Speed Limit System - A Sensitivity Analysis. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations.  Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 1- 16. DOI:10.1080/15472450.2014.936294

Sh. Tahmasseby S. and L. Kattan (2015): Comparison of the viability of personal rapid transit (PRT) and urban gondola feeder systems for a university campus and its surroundings. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 42, pp. 67–79.

R. Tay, L. Kattan, and Yuan Bai (2014): Factors Contributing to Police Attendance at Motor Vehicle Crash Scenes. Journal of Transportation Research Forum Vol.53, No. 3, pp. 101 - 115. DOI:10.5399/osu/jtrf.53.3.4243

M. Tabeshian and L. Kattan (2014). Modeling Nonmotorized Travel Demand at Intersections Based on Traffic Counts and GIS Data in Calgary, Canada. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2430, pp. 38–46. DOI:10.5072/PRISM/26944

S. Saidi, S.C. Wirashinghe and L. Kattan (2014). Rail Transit: Exploration with Emphasis on Networks with Ring Lines. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2419, pp. 23-32. DOI:10.3141/2419-03

Y. Bai and L. Kattan (2014). Modeling Riders’ Behavioral Response to Real-time information on LRT Stations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Volume 2412 / Travel Behavior 2014, Vol. 1. pp. 82-92. DOI:10.3141/2412-10

S. Durage, L. Kattan, S. Chan, Wirashinge and J. Ruwanpura (2014). Evacuation Behaviour of Households and Drivers during a Tornado - Analysis Based on a Stated Preference Survey in Calgary, Canada. Natural Hazards, vol. 71, issue 3, pp. 1495-1517. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-013-0958-6

 L. Kattan, A. G. de Barros, and H. Saleemi (2013). Travel Behavior Changes and Responses to Advanced Traveler Information in Prolonged and Large-Scale Network Disruptions: A Case Study of West LRT Line Construction in the City of Calgary. Transportation Research: Part F: Traffic and Psychology, Vol. 21, pp. 90 - 102. DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2013.08.005

J. Majumder, L. Kattan, Kh. N. Habib and T. Sh. Fung (2013): Modeling Traveler Response to Variable Message Sign. International Journal of Urban Sciences, Vol. 16, pp. 259 - 280. DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2013.776288

Md. M. Rahman, S.C. Wirasinghe and L. Kattan (2013): Users’ Views on Current and Future Real Time Bus Information Systems. Journal of Advanced Transportation. Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 336–354.DOI: 10.1002/atr.1206

S.C. Wirasinghe, L. Kattan, M. M. Rahman, J. Hubbell, R. Thilakaratne, S. Anowar, (2013): Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – a review. International Journal of Urban Sciences. Vol 17, N.1 pp. 1- 31. DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2013.777514

L. Kattan and S. Saidi (2013). Comparative Analysis of Probe-Based Ramp Metering with Detector-Based and Pre-Timed Ramp Metering. Journal of Advanced Transportation. Vol. 47, Iss 1, pp. 61 - 78. DOI:10.1002/atr.1187.

L. Kattan, M. Moussavi, B. Far, C. Harschnitz, A. Radmanesh and S. Saeid (2012). Microsimulation Evaluation of the Potential Impacts of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V) in Disseminating Warning Information under High Incident Occurrence Conditions. International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research (IJIR) in Volume 10, Number 3, pp. 137-147. DOI: 10.1007/s13177-012-0050-8

Hunter, A.J.S., S. Steiniger, B.A. Sandalack, S.H.L. Liang, L. Kattan, A. Shalaby, F. Alaniz Uribe, C.A.M. Bliss Taylor and R. Martinson (2012), PlanYourPlace: a geospatial infrastructure for sustainable community planning, Revue Internationale de Geomatique 22(2), pp. 223-253.

R. Omrani and L. Kattan (2012): Demand and Supply Calibration of Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) Models: Past Efforts and Future Challenges Transportation Research Record. Vol. 2283, pp.100-112. DOI:10.3141/2283-11

M. A. Arslan, L. Kattan and S. Chan Wirasinghe (2012). Adaptive Signal Control with LRT Preemption: Network Calibration, Theoretical Development, and a Case Study on a Single Intersection in VISSIM. Traffic Engineering and Control (TEC), Vol. 53. No.6, pp.230-240.

L. Kattan and B. Abdulhai (2012): Sensitivity Analysis of an Evolutionary based Time-Dependent Origin/Destination Estimation Framework. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Vol. 13 (3), pp. 1442 - 1453. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2012.2189437.

L. Kattan, Kh. N. Habib, N. Shahid and I. Tazul (2011):  Information Provision and Driver Compliance to ATIS Application: Case Study on the Interaction between Variable Message Sign and Other Sources of Traffic Updates in Calgary, Canada. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 38(12): 1335-1346. DOI:10.1139/l11-093

L. Kattan, R. Tay and Sh. Acharjee (2011): Managing Speed at School and Playground Zones, in Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43(5), pp. 1887-1891. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.009

Md M. Rahman, L. Kattan and R. Tay (2011): Injury Risks In Collisions Involving Buses In Alberta. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2265, pp 13-26. DOI: 10.3141/2265-02

L. Kattan and B. Abdulhai (2011): Comparative Analysis of Evolutionary, Local Search, and Hybrid Approaches to O/D Traffic Estimation. Journal of Transportation Engineering. Volume 137, Issue 1, pp. 46-56. DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000170

R. Tay, Choi Jaisung, L. Kattan and Khan Amjad (2011): A Multinomial Logit Model of Pedestrian-Vehicle Crash Severity International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 233 - 249.DOI:10.1080/15568318.2010.497547

Khandker Nurul Habib, L. Kattan and Islam Tazul (2011). Model of Personal Attitudes towards Transit Service Quality. Journal of Advanced Transportation, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp. 271–285.DOI:10.1002/atr.106

L. Kattan, Khandker Nurul Habib, Nadeem Shahid and Islam Tazul (2010): Modelling Travellers' Response to Incident Information Provided by Variable Message Signs in Calgary, Canada. Transportation Research Record, Vol. 10-0478, pp. 71-80. DOI: 10.1002/atr.106.

R. Tay, L. Kattan, and Sun Huafei (2010): Logistic Model of Hit-and-Run Crashes in Calgary’’, Canadian Journal of Transportation, Volume 4 part 1, pp. 1-10.

L. Kattan, Alex de Barros and S. Chan Wirasinghe (2010): Analysis of Work Trips Made by Taxi in Canadian Cities. Journal Advanced Transportation, Volume 44 Issue 1, pp. 11 – 18. DOI:10.1002/atr.102

L. Kattan, Acharjee Shanti and Tay Richard (2009): Pedestrian Scramble Operations: Pilot Study in Calgary, Canada, Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2140, pp. 79-84. DOI:10.3141/2140-08

Barua Upal, Tay Richard and L. Kattan (2009): Factors Contributing to Hit-and-Run in Fatal Crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 42, pp. 227- 233. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2008.11.002

L. Kattan and Abdulhai Baher (2006): Non-iterative Approach to Dynamic Traffic Origin-Destination Estimation Using Parallel Evolutionary Algorithms. Transportation Research Record, Iss.1964, pp. 201-210. DOI:10.3141/1964-22

Abdulhai Baher and L. Kattan (2003): Reinforcement Learning: Introduction to Theory and Potential for Transport Applications, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering CSCE Journal, Vol. 30, pp. 981-992. DOI:10.1139/cjce-2014-0503

Kaysi Isam, Mahmassani Hani, Arnaout Sati' and L. Kattan, (2000). Phasing out lead in automotive fuels: conversion considerations, policy formulation, and application to Lebanon. Transportation Research – Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume: 5, Issue: 6, pp. 403-418. DOI: 10.1016/S1361-9209(00)00007-9.

Book chapters

Baher Abdulhai, and Lina Kattan (2003): “Traffic Engineering Analysis" in Handbook of Transportation Engineering. Chapter 6, in Kutz, M., “Handbook of Transportation Engineers”, McGraw Hill Publishing, ISBN: 0071391223, p. 6.1 – 6.72. November, 2003.

Baher Abdulhai, Lina Kattan, and Mohamad El Dareiby (2011): “Traffic Engineering Primer" in Handbook of Transportation Engineering”. Chapter 1 in In Kutz M. Editor. McGraw Hill, ISBN: ISBN: 988-0-07-161477-1 p. 1.1 – 1.72.

Lina Kattan and Baher Abdulhai (2011): “Traffic Origin-Destination Estimation” in Handbook of Transportation Engineering. Chapter 2 in Kutz M. Editor. McGraw Hill, ISBN: 988-0-07-161477-1, 2.1 – 2.14.


Schulich School of Engineering Graduate Educator Award (December 2015) 

Killam Emerging Research Leader Award - NSERC (October 2014) 

Outstanding Teaching Excellence, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary (June 2014)

NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grant Supplement (April 2014)

2010 Early Research Excellence Award, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary (January 2011)