Merkebe Getachew Demissie

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

PhD

Coimbra University, 2014

MSc

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 2009

BSc

Bahir Dar University, 2005

Contact information

Phone

Office Phone: 403.220.5328

Location

CNRL Engineering Complex : ENF256

Courses

Transportation Engineering I (ENCI 473)


Preferred method of communication

Please send me an email


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Big Data Analytics in Transportation
  • Travel Demand Modeling
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Emerging Transportation Technologies
  • Emerging Mobility Services (e.g., Mobility as a Service)
  • Freight and Commercial Vehicles Movement Modeling
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems

Activities

Merkebe’s research program focuses on examining the impact of emerging transportation technologies and mobility services through the lens of big data analytics to improve the overall understanding of the implication of disruptive technologies and services on the mobility landscape and the future of the transportation systems.


Biography

Dr. Merkebe Demissie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary. He was a Research Associate and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary. Before joining the University of Calgary, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Dr. Demissie received the PhD degree in Transport Systems from the MIT-Portugal program (a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and selected Portuguese Universities), the MSc degree in Transport Systems from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, and the BSc degree in Textile and Manufacturing Engineering from the Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, including the Masters for Key Personnel (MKP) of the Swedish Institute Scholarship, the MIT-Portugal Doctoral Program Scholarship, the Eyes High Postdoctoral fellowship, and the best Transportation Research Board Paper Award (2021).


Publications

Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Correia, G.H., Veloso, M., Bento, C. (2021). Modeling location choice of taxi drivers for passenger pick-up using GPS data. IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine 13 (1), pp. 70-90. DOI: 10.1109/MITS.2020.3014099.

Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L. (2021). Estimation of Truck Origin-Destination Flows using GPS Data. Transportation Research Board, 100th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., USA.

Kinjarapu, A., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Duckworth, R. (2021). Characterizing the movement of Freight Trucks using passive GPS data: A case study in the Calgary Region of Canada. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2021.3093061.

Koragot, K., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Ratti, C. (2020). Analysis of demand-supply gap in public transit system based on census and GTFS data: A case study of Calgary, Canada. Public Transport, 12(3), pp.1-34. DOI: 10.1007/s12469-020-00252-y.

Prommaharaj, P., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Ratti, C. (2020). Visualizing Public Transit System Operation with GTFS Data: A case study of Calgary, Canada. Heliyon 6(4): e03729. DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03729.

Kinjarapu, A., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Duckworth, R. (2020). Characterizing the movement of Freight Trucks using passive GPS data: A case study in the Calgary Region of Canada. Transportation Research Board, 99th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., USA.

Prommaharaj, P., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Ratti, C. (2020). PubtraVis: Visualizing Public Transport System with GTFS Data. Transportation Research Board, 99th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., USA.

Demissie, M.G., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Kattan, L., Farhan, A. (2019). Understanding human mobility patterns in a developing country using mobile phone data. Data Science Journal 18(1), pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2019-001.

Mungthanya, W., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Veloso, M., Bento, C., Ratti, C. (2019). Constructing Time-Dependent Origin-Destination Matrices with Adaptive Zoning Scheme and Measuring Their Similarities with Taxi Trajectory Data. IEEE Access 7(1), pp. 77723-77737. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2922210.

Hankaew, S., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L., Smoreda, Z., Ratti, C. (2019). Inferring and Modeling Migration Flows Using Mobile Phone Network Data. IEEE Access 2019, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2952911.

Demissie, M.G., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Kattan, L. (2018). Trip distribution modeling using mobile phone data: emphasis on intra-zonal trips. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 20(7), pp. 2605 – 2617. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2018.2868468.

Demissie, M.G., Kattan, L. (2018). Temporal and spatial interactions between transit ridership and urban land use patterns. Transportation Research Board, 97th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., USA.

Phithakkitnukoon, S., Sukhvibul, T., Demissie, M.G., Smoreda, Z., Natwichai, J., Bento, C. (2017). Inferring social influence on transport mode choice using mobile phone data. EPJ Data Science, 6(11).

Kunama, N., Worapan, M., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Demissie, M.G. (2017). GTFS-Viz: Tool for preprocessing and Visualizing GTFS Data. 6th International workshop on pervasive urban applications.

Demissie, M.G., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Sukhvibul, T., Antunes, F., Gomes, R., Bento, C., (2016). Inferring passenger travel demand to improve urban mobility in developing countries Using Cell Phone Data: A Case Study of Senegal. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 17(9), pp. 2466 - 2478. DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2016.2521830.

Demissie, M.G., Phithakkitnukoon, S., Sukhvibul, T., Antunes, F., Bento, C., (2016). Inferring origin-destination flows using mobile phone data: A case study of Senegal. 13th International conference on electrical engineering/electronics, computer, telecommunications and information technology, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 28 to July 1, 2016. DOI: 10.1109/ECTICon.2016.7561328.

Demissie, M.G., Correia, G.H., Bento, C., (2015). Analysis of the pattern and intensity of urban activities through aggregate cellphone usage. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, 11(6), pp. 502-524. DOI: 10.1080/23249935.2015.1019591.

Demissie, M.G., Correia, G.H., Bento, C., (2014). Extracting urban activities through aggregate cellphone usage. 17th EURO working group on transportation meeting, Seville, Spain, July 2 to 4, 2014.

Demissie, M.G., Correia, G.H., Bento, C., (2013). Intelligent road traffic status detection system through cellular networks handover information: An exploratory study. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 32(2013), pp.76-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.trc.2013.03.010.

Demissie, M.G., Correia, G.H., Bento, C.L., (2013). Exploring cellular network handover information for urban mobility analysis. Journal of Transport Geography, 31(2013), pp. 164-170. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.06.016.

Demissie, M.G., Correia, G.H., Bento, C.L., (2013). Traffic volume estimation through cellular networks handover information. 13th World Conference on Transportation Research, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 15 to18, 2013.


Awards

2021

A winner of AT015 Best Paper Award. The award was given by the Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics (AT015) committee of the U.S.A. - Transportation Research Board (TRB), for the work titled “Estimation of Truck Origin-Destination Flows using GPS Data”. This reward recognizes the paper with the highest intellectual significance of work and societal impact of findings.

2016-2018

Eyes High Postdoctoral scholarship
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

2016

Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Instituto Pedro Nunes - Association for Innovation and Development in Science and Technology, Coimbra, Portugal

2009-2013

MIT-Portugal doctoral program scholarship
The Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal.