School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Dilum Dissanayake

Lecturer in Transport Modelling, Planning & Management

Background

Background

Dr Dilum Dissanayake is a lecturer attached to the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Her research interests include data modelling and analysis with attention to travel behaviour (trip, tour and activity modelling), road-user safety (child pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and older drivers) and the role of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in supporting and influencing travel behaviour.

The novelty of Dissanayake’s research is the use of different data sources [Revealed Preference (RP), Stated Preference (SP) and combined RP and SP] to develop demand models [Multinomial Logit (MNL) and Nested Logit (NL) models] to create a fundamental understanding of and enable the replication of household-based travel decisions within single frameworks. The NL model that she has produced in her PhD thesis has been later used as a base for several PhD studies in economics, environment and business disciplines. Her initial research provided mechanisms to allow the interactions of the various decisions of individuals in a household to be modelled with sufficient accuracy to enable travel behaviour responses to transport policies to be investigated. She has also had experience in using the data collected by SP experiments to analyse road users’ Willingness to Pay (WTP) for road safety improvement (The ICRA project funded by EASTS).

She uses variety of modelling techniques (
Discrete Choice Methods, Hazard-based Duration Models, Generalised Linear Methods - Poisson and Negative binomial models) blended with statistical techniques (Factor Analysis, Cluster Analysis as well as Multiple Correspondence Analysis) in her research. These methods and methodologies are particularly useful when analysing various types of data available in transport field (i.e. continuous, discrete, ordinal and nominal). While she used Maximum Likelihood estimation methods in the past, she made a step forward in her current research that incorporating Bayesian Inference, especially when analysing environmental attitudes and awareness of transport users.

Dr Dissanayake serves as an External Examiner for MSc in Urban Studies at University of Glasgow (2017-20) as well as Undergraduate and MEng Programmes in Civil Engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU) (2016-19).  At present, she acts as an Associate Editor of the journal of IET - Intelligent Transport Systems (since 2017). She also acts as a reviewer in Chief of the EASTS Journal (Travel Demand Analysis Group), and a peer reviewer of number of international journals (Transportation Research - Parts A, B, C, and D, Transportation Research Record, Transportation, ASCE Transportation Engineering, accident analysis and prevention), and conferences (WCTR, TRB Annual Meeting, EASTS). She received a Prestigious Bridge Fellowship from Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) to continue research on activity modelling with Japan and have been continuing to provide her support to JSPS as a reviewer for their grant applications.

I am interested in recruiting motivated individuals for the following PhD topics/areas:  

  • Electric Vehicle adoption
  • Social media for journey planning
  • Autonomous vehicles - attitudes and behaviours
  • Improving customer satisfaction for Metro services
  • Innovative approach to data clustering and identifying groups for future policies


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Deputy Degree Programme Director - MSc Transport Programmes
  • Exchange coordinator (for Civil Engineering discipline)
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Tutor
  • Member of the Undergraduate BoE and BoS
  • Member of the Postgraduate BoE and BoS
  • Undergraduate Induction trip activities 
  • Open day activities
  • Postgraduate seminar organiser

Qualifications

  • PhD (Transport Planning), Nagoya University, Japan 
    Thesis Title: Urban Transport Policy Analysis for Developing Countries Considering Household Choices of Modes, Trip-Chaining and Vehicle Ownership.
  • MEng (Infrastructure Plann. and Magt), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 
    Thesis Title: Management of Routine and Periodic Maintenance for Highway Pavements.Thesis Grade: Excellent.
  • BSc (Hons) (Civil Engineering), Uni. of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 
  • Undergraduate Project: Productivity Study on Brickwork in Sri Lanka.
    Thesis Grade: Distinction.
  • Diploma in Programming, Ins. of Data Management Computer Studies, Sri Lanka 
    Grade: Distinction.

Previous Positions

  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Civil and Env. Eng., University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (2004).
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Grad. Sch. of Env. Studies, Nagoya Uni., Japan (2001-03).
  • Doctoral Student, Dept of Civil Eng., Nagoya University, Japan (1998-2001).
  • Teaching Assistant (part time), Urban Plann Research Centre, Nagoya Uni., Japan (2000).
  • Lecturer, Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1998).
  • Lecturer/Senior Consulting Engineer, Stellar Tech, Tangalle, Sri Lanka (1997-98).
  • Master Student, School of Civil Eng., Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1995-97).
  • Civil Engineer, Thai Leighton Limited, Thailand (1992-1994)
  • Research Assistant, School of Civil Eng., Asian Ins. of Technology, Thailand (1991-92).

Memberships

  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2009~)
  • Member of IATBR (International Association of Travel Behaviour Research)(2006~)
  • Member of EASTS (Eastern Asia Society of Transportation Studies) (2000~)
  • Member of JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers) (1999~)

Honours and Awards

  • JSPS Bridge Fellowship (July-Sept 2012) to conduct collaborative research with Nagoys University, Japan.
  • ICRA-EASTS Award for the Best Research Proposal (2004-2007) on Interegional Valuation of Transport Safety in Asian Cities.
  • Award of Excellence for the Best Research Paper and the Presentation, Urban Planning and Transportation Session, Fourth International Summer Symposium, JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers), 2002.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to pursue Postdoctoral research at Nagoya University, 2001- 2003.
  • ICRA-EASTS Award for the Best Research Proposal (2001-2004) prepared on behalf of Prof Takayuki Morikawa.
  • Award of Excellence for the Best Research Paper and the Presentation, Urban Planning and Transportation Session, Second International Summer Symposium, JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers), 2000.
  • Japanese Government Scholarship to pursue Doctoral Degree at Nagoya University, 1998-2001.
  • Japanese Government Scholarship to pursue Master Degree at Asian Institute of Technology, 1995-1997.
  • Award for the Best Civil Engineering In-plant Trainee, University of Moratuwa, 1987.

Languages

  • Sinhala
  • Japanese
  • English


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Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on:

  • Travel behaviour analysis
  • Choice modelling (destination choices, mode/route choices, choice of access modes to Airports)
  • Travel demand modelling and forecasting
  • Investigating travel behaviour change
  • Value of travel time (VOTT) and its relationship with ICT use
  • Investigation of transport policies (transit subsidy, congestion pricing, telecommuting, land use planning)
  • Infrastructre engineering and planning
  • Traffic incident management
  • Transport safety (valuation, child pedestrians, Willingness to pay)
  • Transport and the environment
  • Transport and land use
  • Vehicle ownership modelling and forecasting
  • Developing country research (both safety, travel behaviour and tourism)
  • Planning and management of highway pavements.


FUNDING (Current and previous)

  • eHUBS (2019 2021) - Funded by INTERREG North West Europe; I act as the Principle Investigator (from Newcastle University) - €400k ; eHUBS is focusing on Travel Behaviour Change with 92 physical eHUBS infrastructure in Europe) - consortium covers Netherland (consortia lead), Germany, UK, Belgium, France 
  • EPSRC DTC funding (2019-2023) - £110k – PhD studentship starting in September 2019
  • Teaching Funding (2017) - Teaching and computer workshops for Stage 4 students at Durham University - £6k
  • JSPS Bridge Fellowship (2013) - Funded by JSPS to carry out research with 4 Japanese Universities - £12k
  • Research fund from Gateshead Council (2007-2008) - for a student project - £500
  • Catherine Cookson Foundation (2005-2006) - £2.5K
 

PhD/MPhil EXAMINATION

  • Afghari P. (External Examiner - University of Queensland, in 2018)
  • O'Brien J. (Internal Examiner - PhD completed in 2017)
  • Dharmowijoyo D. (PhD Viva Panel - KTH Royal Ins. of Technology, Stokcholm - PhD completed in 2016)
  • Park D.S. (External Examiner - Southampton University - PhD completed in 2016)
  • Chen W..(Internal Examiner - MPhil completed in 2016)
  • Narh A. (Internal Examiner - PhD completed in 2015)
  • Matar H. (Internal Examiner - PhD completed in 2015)
  • Caygill M. (Internal Examiner - PhD completed in 2014)
  • Cairns J. (Internal Examiner - PhD Viva completed in 2013)
  • Wedagama P. (Internal Examiner - PhD completed in 2005)

PhD/MPhil SUPERVISION

  • Wang H. (2nd Supervisor, from Sept'18), Supply chain management
  • Turner J.(Main Supervisor, from De'17), Trip sharing in rural communities
  • Akgun N.(Main Supervisor, from Feb'16), Transport safety
  • Ali F. (Main Supervisor, from Jan'15), Travel Behaviour, completed in 2018 
  • Sykes P. (2nd Supervisor), Uncertainty in decision making, completed in 2018
  • Yosritzal (Main Supervisor), Travel Behaviour, completed in 2014
  • Alkaabi A. (Main Supervisor), Traffic Incident Management - completed in 2013
  • Widyastuti H. (Main supervisor, from Nov'07), Transport Safety - completed in 2011

ESTEEM INDICATORS

  • Bridge fellowship, JSPS, 2012
  • Chief Reviewer, Committee on Travel Behaviour analysis and Forecast, Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS)
  • Expert Reviewer, African Development Bank
  • RAENG Travel Grant to participate the TRB Meeting, 2007.
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) at Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS)
  • Member of IATBR (International Association of Travel Behaviour Research)
  • External Course Assessor, MBA, University of Sunderland
  • Reviewer, Committee on Transport in Developing Countries, WCTR Conference
  • Reviewer, Committee on Transport in Developing Countries, TRB, Washington DC.
  • Reviewer, Committee on Travel Behaviour and Values-ADB10, TRB, Washington DC.
  • ICRA Award to the project titled "Inter-regional Valuation of Transport Safety in Asian Cities", First Prize (2004~2007).
  • Reviewer, Committee on Environmental Concerns-A1F00, TRB, Washington DC.
  • Reviewer, Committee on Transportation Strategies Towards Mobility and Communities, ISSOT (International Student Seminar on Transport Research), Chiba, Japan.
  • Award of Excellence for the Best Research Paper and the Presentation, Urban Planning and Transportation Session, Fourth International Summer Symposium, JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers), 2002.
  • Member of the EASTS Research project titled "Travel Behavior Analysis and its Implication to Urban Transport Planning for Asian Countries", (2001-2003).
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Chair of the Program Committee & a Session Chair (Transportation Strategies towards Mobility and Communities) of ISSOT’02 Symposium, Transportation Strategies in Asian Cities, Chiba, Japan (2002).
  • Award of Excellence for the Best Research Paper and the Presentation, Urban Planning and Transportation Session, Second International Summer Symposium, JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers), 2000.
  • Member of EASTS (Eastern Asia Society of Transportation Studies) (2000-)
  • Member of JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers) (1999-2003)
  • Editorial works, Ninth Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Bangkok, Thailand (1991).


POTENTIAL PhD TOPICS

I am interested in recruiting motivated individuals for the following topics/areas:  

  • Electric Vehicle adoption
  • Social media for journey planning
  • Autonomous vehicles - attitudes and behaviours
  • Improving customer satisfaction for Metro services
  • Innovative approach to data clustering and identifying groups for future policies

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

-        Computational Engineering Analysis (CEG3305, 20 credits)

-        MEng Dissertation Projects – Civil Engineering (CEG8099; 30 credits)

-        BEng Dissertation Projects – Civil Engineering (CEG3099; 20 credits)

-        Construction Management (CEG3002; Module Leader; 10 credits)

-        Professional Practice (CEG3703; Module Leader; 10 credits)

-        Project Management (CEG8002; Module Leader; 20 credits)


Postgraduate Teaching

-        Transport Modelling and Forecasting (CEG8407, Module Leader; 10 credits)

-        Transport Planning for Sustainable Mobility (CEG8424; Module Leader; 10 credits)

-         Modelling and Simulation of Transport Networks (CEG8428; Module Leader; 10 credits)

-        Transport Policy (CEG8418; contributor)

-        MSc Dissertation Projects – Transport (CEG8499; Module leader; 60 credits)


Publications