Our Team

Meet our growing team of subject matter experts, PhD students and associates

Professor Douglas Creighton

Deputy Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

Dr Doug Creighton is a lead researcher in the largest research team in the field of simulation and optimisation for infrastructure, security and manufacturing systems in Australia. He is actively involved in process simulation, empirical modelling, soft computing, human machine interface and analyses of complex systems operating under uncertainty, variability and continuous change.

Dr Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui

Transport Theme Leader (LIVE + SMART Research Lab)

Dominic’s research focuses on delivery of large and complex infrastructure projects, taking into consideration future operational costs, adaptability and end-user needs. His academic contributions are in the areas of construction cost overrun, future-proofing infrastructure, front-end project governance and client-capabilities for cost-effective asset procurement.

Professor Seng Loke

Professor In Computer Science, Co-Director of the IoT Platforms and Applications Lab

Prof Loke’s research interests include the Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV), Cyber-Safe Connected Vehicle, Internet of Things (IoT) and Future Transport, Smart Cities and Intelligent Transport Systems. He is Co-director of the IoT Platforms and Applications Lab, within the Centre for Internet of Things Ecosystem Research and Experimentation (CITECORE) at Deakin University. He is also Research Theme Leader: Intelligent Built Environments of the Live+Smart Research Lab at Deakin.

Dr Ashim Debnath

Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering

Dr Debnath is an Engineer with over 15 years of in transport engineering research. His research interest cover Smart transportation, Traffic Engineering, Smart Cities and Transportation, Statistical modelling of transport data, road safety modelling, and road user behaviour

Dr Asheem Shrestha

Lecturer in Construction Management; Researcher in Megaprojects delivery

Asheem’s research expertise is in mega projects delivery and public private partnerships, particularly in areas of risk assessment, management and allocation. His other research interests include procurement of large infrastructure projects, project financing and engineering ethics.

Dr Reza Hosseini

Senior Lecturer in Construction Management & Researcher in Digital Engineering

Dr Hosseini’s interests are Digital Engineering, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. He has published about 150 research papers papers and book chapters, with 40 of them around various areas of Digital Engineering. He is the founder and leader of Australian BIM Academic Forum (ABAF).

Professor Jemal H. Abawajy

Director of the Cyber-Physical Research Lab

Jemal Abawajy is Professor of cyber-physical systems at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University. His research spans cyber-security, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Data Science and Big Data Intelligence. He is a Senior Member of IEEE Society; IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing; IEEE Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance.

Dr Farnad Nasirzadeh

Senior Lecturer in Construction Management; Researcher in Modelling Complex Systems

Farnad’s research focuses on modelling and simulation of large and complex infrastructure projects, particularly in the areas of productivity, sustainability and risk management.

PhD Students and Associates

Tom Moore

Tom Moore

PhD Student: A Risk-based Approach for Major Transport Infrastructure Appraisal and Assurance

Tom is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with a master’s degree in engineering project management. Tom has over 16 years of experience in the development and delivery of rail infrastructure projects. This capability extends to the fields of project management, project engineering, quality assurance, risk management and construction delivery. This background has been achieved by working in the construction industry, public sector and consulting profession.

Eric Sim

PhD Student: Data Intelligence & Project Cost Estimation

Eric Sim is a cost manager of AECOM and serves as the Cost Management Digital Lead, Victoria. He specialises in cost data analytics, providing in-depth tailored cost analysis and is responsible for the cost management team digital transformation and innovation. Eric has professional experience in big infrastructure and health care sector, where he is responsible for post contract works, life-cycle-costing and cost planning of the projects. Eric is passionate about BIG Data and analysis.

Eric Chen

Eric (Yizi) Chen

PhD Student: Optimism Bias in transport infrastructure project appraisals

Eric’s research critically explores the dynamics between project appraisal, politics, and project performance for megaprojects in the transport infrastructure sector in Australia and he endeavours to make novel contributions to discourse within industry and government bodies responsible for evaluating and delivering transport infrastructure

Nazanin Kordestani

Affliliate: Developing a Benchmarking Tool For Cost-effective Infrastructure Project Appraisal and Delivery

Nazanin received her master degree from Mehralborz University, Iran in 2013. Her research interests lie in the area of Constructability, Operability and Maintainability (COM), Risk, BIM, and Cost Overrun. She has actively collaborated with researchers  to find the impacts of COM on cost, time and quality in infrastructure projects.

Eric Chen

Nishan Chatterjee


With a background in civil engineering and finance management, Nishan is currently undertaking a Masters in Construction Management at Deakin University. Nishan is currently assisting in a number of research projects including a review of stage-gate systems and project governance on transport infrastructure delivery. 

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The success of the Transport Futures Research Hub is based on its multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the team as an academic, industry partner or PhD student?



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