Plenary Lecture

Expert System to Train Young Professionals on Influencing Shifting from Passive to Active Transport

Professor Riza Atiq Rahmat
Director of Centre for Academic Advancement and
Head of Intelligent Transport System
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abstract: A growing number of Asian cities have high numbers of private car making up the majority of traffic. This has resulted in the negative impact of traffic congestion, road safety, air pollution and climate change. Many policy measures to reduce these problems have been implemented, such as widening the roads, limiting speed, upgrading the motorcycle lanes and upgrading public transport, but there are less measures and encouragement for the provision of active transport (cycling and walking) in Malaysia. This paper presents the development of an expert system to train young professional on implementation strategies for influencing of shifting from passive to active transport in the framework of sustainable urban transport. One of the process of organizing the available knowledge of active transport strategies is to capture the views among transportation experts regarding the most appropriate strategies to shift from motorized to active transport. There are eight (8) main objectives of transportation planning to achieve in planning of active transport such as congestion reduction, road and parking cost reduction, consumer cost reduction, crash risk reduction, air and noise pollution reduction, energy conservation, economic development benefits and liveable communities. As a result, apart from the main objectives, specific objectives on mobility management strategies are divided into four (4) major categories according to how they affect the travel, thus ; improves transport option, land use management, price incentive and other implementation programs is encoded in the expert system shell developed for the purpose by using shell expert system Kappa-PC version 2.4.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Prof. Ir. Dr Riza Atiq obtained his B.Eng. (Civil Engineering) in 1980, M.Eng (Tranportation Engineering) in 1991 from UTM and PhD from UKM in 2002. He started his academic carrier in UKM in 1994 after working as an engineer with City Hall of Kuala Lumpur for 14 years. While in City Hall he developed a transport model for Kuala Lumpur and surrounding area for planning purposes. He has five intellectual properties, three books, more than 100 scientific research papers and 14 innovation awards including one from Geneva, three from Korea and one from IEM. His research is mainly in Sustainable Urban Transport and Intelligent Transport System. His professional expertise includes urban transport planning, urban transport management and sustainable urban transport. His current post in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the Director of Centre for Academic Advancement and research fellow at Sustainable Urban Transport Research Centre (SUTRA). . While holding the post, he initiated the formulation of 11 policies to transform the curriculum and teaching-learning practices in UKM. His professional qualification includes being a professional engineer (Civil Engineers, Board of Engineers Malaysia) and member of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia.