Karim El-Basyouny, PhD

Associate Professor, Transportation Engineering
City of Edmonton's Assistant Professor Urban Traffic Safety Research Chair

Office: 6-265 Donadeo Innovation Cntr for Engineering
Phone: 780 492 9564
E-mail: basyouny@ualberta.ca

Dr. Karim El-Basyouny is the City of Edmonton's Research Chair in Urban Traffic Safety at the University of Alberta. He is an expert in issues of traffic injury prevention, crash modeling, and safety intervention analysis.

His research is focused on applying transportation engineering principles and research evaluation methodologies to improve urban traffic safety in the areas of traffic operations and planning, geometric and roadside design, and speed management.

As the a co-investigator for multiple longitudinal safety evaluations, Dr. El-Basyouny has developed proficient skills in conducting field research including study design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and the timely dissemination of findings to a variety of stakeholders.

Dr. El-Basyouny was the Principal Investigator on the Evaluation of the Residential Speed Limit Reduction Pilot in Edmonton, Alberta, as well as several other research and evaluation projects in Alberta and British Columbia. Currently, Dr. Karim El-Basyouny is a co-investigator on several ITS and traffic safety projects, and is working collaboratively with the City of Edmonton to develop a Master Research Plan.

Research Interests

Dr. El-Basyouny's research focuses on applying advanced statistical techniques to traffic safety and evaluating safety-based initiatives. His current research is focused on:

  1. Crash Modeling: improving the state-of-the-art in collision modeling using advanced statistical techniques.
  2. Safety Evaluation: developing new methods to analyze the results of safety intervention analysis to explore the novelty and direct treatment effects of safety countermeasures.
  3. Speed Management: developing and analyzing speed management strategies to improve compliance to speed limits and reduce speeding.
  4. Analysis of Surrogate Safety Measures: relating surrogate safety measures to crash data or specific crash types and validating the use of surrogate safety measures derived from traffic micro-simulations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2011.
  • Engineering Management Sub-specialization, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2010.
  • Masters of Applied Science, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2006.
  • Bachelor Degree (ABET Equivalent), Civil & Environmental Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE, 2003.

Current Positions Held

  • City of Edmonton Assistant Professor of Urban Traffic Safety, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, July 2011 to present.
  • Young Member at TRB Standing Committee on Safety Analysis, Data, and Evaluation (ANB20).

Professional Experience

  • Method Analyst II, The City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety, Edmonton, Alberta, August 2010 to June 2011.
  • Research & Teaching Assistant, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, September 2004 to June 2010.
  • Research Assistant, Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems & Freight Security, Vancouver, BC, July 2007 to December 2008.
  • Research Assistant, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 2003 to July 2004.


  • Transportation Association of Canada Scholarship Foundation Award, 2010.
  • Doctor of Philosophy Tuition Fee Award, 2006-2010.
  • Mavis Johnson Scholarship Award, 2005.
  • International Partial Tuition Scholarship Award, 2004-2006.

Selected Publications

  1. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2011). Measuring Time and Treatment Effects Using Non-Linear Safety Performance Intervention Functions. Accident Analysis and Prevention. In-print.
  2. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2011). Measuring Direct and Indirect Treatment Effects Using Safety Performance Intervention Functions. Safety Science. In-print.
  3. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2011). A Multivariate Intervention Model with Random Parameters among Matched Pairs for Before-After Safety Evaluation. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 43, 87–94.
  4. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2010). Safety Performance Functions with Measurement Errors in Traffic Volume. Safety Science. 48, 1339-1344.
  5. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2010). A Method to Account for Outliers in the Development of Accident Prediction Models. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 42, 1266–1272.
  6. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2010) Application of Generalized Link Functions in Developing Accident Prediction Models. Safety Science. 48, 410-416.
  7. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2010). A Full Bayes Approach to Before-After Safety Evaluation with Matched Comparisons: A Case Study of Stop-Sign In-Fill Program. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2148, 1–8.
  8. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2009) Accident Prediction Models with Random Corridor Parameters. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 41, 1118-1123.
  9. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2009) Collision Prediction Models using Multivariate Poisson-lognormal Regression. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 41, 820-828.
  10. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2009) Urban Arterial Accident Prediction Models with Spatial Effects. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2102, 27-33.
  11. Mohamed, A.O. and El-Bassiouni, K. (2007) Externalities of Fugitive Dust. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 130, 83–98.
  12. El-Basyouny, K. and Sayed, T. (2006) Comparison of Two Negative Binomial Regression Techniques in Developing Accident Prediction Models. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1950, 9-16.
  13. Sayed, T., El-Basyouny, K. and Pump, J. (2006) Before and After Safety Evaluation of the Stop Sign Infill Program. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1953, 201-210.