Meead Saberi Kalaee

Senior Lecturer
Sch-Civil & Environmental Engi
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 5513

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 1, Room CE104
Kensington Campus

Dr. Saberi is a senior lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining UNSW, he was a lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne from 2014 to 2018. He holds a PhD degree in transportation systems analysis and planning from Northwestern University, USA. He also has a Master's and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. He is leading the CityX research lab as part of the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) which focuses on scientific understanding of cities through modelling, simulation, data analytics, and visualisation. His research interests and experience cover a range of transportation areas including traffic flow theory & characteristics, large-scale transportation network modelling, complex networks, pedestrian crowd dynamics and simulation, and urban data analytics & visualisation.


  • PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Transportation), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA (2010-2013)
  • MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Transportation), Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA (2008-2010)
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran (2003-2007)

Selected Publications

  • Gu, Z., Shafiei, S., Liu, Z., Saberi, M. (2018) Optimal distance-and time-dependent area-based pricing with the Network Fundamental Diagram. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 95, 1-28.
  • Saberi, M., Rashidi, T.H., Ghasri, M., Ewe, K. (2018) A Complex Network Methodology for Travel Demand Model Evaluation and Validation. Networks and Spatial Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s11067-018-9397-y
  • Zockaie, A., Saberi, M., Saedi, R. (2018) A Resource Allocation Problem to Estimate Network Fundamental Diagram in Heterogeneous Networks: Optimal Locating of Fixed Measurement Points and Sampling of Probe Trajectories. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 86, 245-262.
  • Gu, Z., Saberi, M., Sarvi, M., Liu, Z. (2017) A Big Data Approach for Clustering and Calibration of Link Fundamental Diagrams for Large-Scale Network Simulation Applications. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 23, 901-921.
  • Saberi, M., Mahmassani, H., Brockmann, D., Hosseini, A. (2016) A Complex Network Perspective for Characterizing Urban Travel Demand Patterns: Graph Theoretical Analysis of Large-Scale Origin-Destination Demand Networks. Transportation, 44(6), 1383–1402.
  • Saberi, M., Aghabayk, K., Sobhani, A. (2015) Spatial Fluctuations of Pedestrian Velocities in Bidirectional Streams: Exploring the Effects of Self-Organization. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 434, 120-128.
  • Saberi, M., Mahmassani, H., Hou, T., Zockaie, A. (2014) Estimating Network Fundamental Diagram using Three-Dimensional Vehicle Trajectories: Extending Edie's Definitions of Traffic Flow Variables to Networks. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2422, 12-20.
  • Saberi, M., and Mahmassani, H. (2014) Exploring Areawide Dynamics of Pedestrian Crowds: Three-Dimensional Approach. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2421, 31-40.
  • Mahmassani, H., Saberi, M., Zockaie, A. (2013) Urban Network Gridlock: Theory, Characteristics, and Dynamics. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 36, 480-497.
  • Saberi, M. and Mahmassani, H.S. (2012). Exploring the Properties of Network-wide Flow-Density Relations in a Freeway Network. Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, No. 2315, 153-163.

Open PhD Positions

We are continuously​ seeking highly motivated and talented PhD applicants with strong background and interest in traffic flow theory and transport network modelling to contribute to our growing research in transportation engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney. UNSW offers PhD research scholarships to competitive applicants covering tuition fees and a minimum annual stipend of $27,082 plus a possible top up and conference travel grant. If you are interested, please email me your resume including your education qualifications with GPA, English test scores (IELTS/TOEFL), list of publications (if any) and name and contact of at least two references.