Wafaa Saleh

Wafaa Saleh

Prof Wafaa Saleh

Professor

Biography

Wafaa is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. The main focus of her research interests include modelling travel behaviour, accident analysis and investigations, transport and the environment, travel demand management, traffic engineering and travel behaviour in oil rich countries. Wafaa has successfully directed 11PhD/MPhil completions and published over 50 refereed articles. She has also been active in encouraging colleagues to publish alone and jointly with her. Wafaa has edited a number of books and Special Issues at top academic international transport Journals. She has been invited to peer review international applications, keynote addresses and to international external examinations.
Wafaa has a vision for her research and academic activities “Our academic research and scholar activities have to have a positive contribution to the development and wellbeing of our communities”. Impacts of transport and travel on the community have been the highlight of a number of her teaching and research activities. She is marketing this vision by a number of international talks, at School and university events and in the classroom.
Wafaa is applying her working knowledge of theory and practice which is reflected in various publications and academic work. Her work at professorial level has been recognised internationally through a number of research projects, PhD studentships, international appointments, election to Chair and contribute to a number of national and international scientific committees conferences and symposia. She has sat on a number of Faculty and School committees at ENU over the past 20 years.
Wafaa has led the development of the environmental engineering lab at Edinburgh Napier University. This development involved collaborations with engineering colleagues. The lab is currently being used by staff and research students and also, during university open days and school visits.
Wafaa has led and contributed to research projects in excess of £1,100,000, including securing research grants as Principal Investigator/ Project Supervisor from EPSRC, Department for Transport, Scottish Executive, Saudi Arabia and UAE Governments and other research councils. In addition, Wafaa has led a number of collaboration with a commercial software company, Lothian buses, Scottish Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund to produce and test a range of engineering products for traffic modelling, carbon reduction, congestion management and traffic problem solutions.

With Wafaa’s experience in research and development, established records of PhD completion and novelty in research and teaching, she has set a new area for her contribution which is to develop new opportunities and strategies for research engagement and students’ training in the Middle East.

Wafaa has founded the TRI- Middle East Research Centre with the aim of growing the universities academic reputation and to internationalise our work, in line with the university strategy 2020. She has also established the Transport Research Institute (TRI) “AraB Academy of Engineering and Technology - “ABET". The aim of the academy is to provide support for high-calibre students and researchers who are keen to develop their research and investigatory competences, especially from the Middle East. The academy will provide an excellent and personalised student experience and will build innovation, enterprise and citizenship in line with the university Strategy 2020.
These initiatives are planned to contribute to grow Napier’s academic reputation, to deliver an excellent, personalised student experience, to build innovation, enterprise and citizenship and to internationalise our work. Success in delivering these initiatives is in Wafaa’s strategic planning.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • TRI makes significant contribution to TDM Symposium in China

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • TRI's Wafaa Saleh appointed as First Female Professor OF Transport Engineering in the UK.

 

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82 results

An Investigation into the Appropriateness of Car-Following Models in Assessing Autonomous Vehicles

Journal Article
Higatani, A., & Saleh, W. (2021)
An Investigation into the Appropriateness of Car-Following Models in Assessing Autonomous Vehicles. Sensors, 21(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/s21217131
The dramatic progress of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) has made autodriving technology extensively emphasised. Various models have been developed for the aim of mod...

Control Strategies for Energy Efficiency at PNU’s Metro System

Journal Article
Saleh, W., Justin, S., Alsawah, G., Al Ghamdi, T., & Lashin, M. M. A. (2021)
Control Strategies for Energy Efficiency at PNU’s Metro System. Energies, 14(20), https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206660
It is broadly acknowledged that there is an urgent need to reduce carbon-based mobility systems and increase renewable energy alternatives. The automotive industry is one of t...

Saudi Women and Vision 2030: Bridging the Gap?

Journal Article
Saleh, W., & Malibari, A. (2021)
Saudi Women and Vision 2030: Bridging the Gap?. Behavioral Sciences, 11(10), https://doi.org/10.3390/bs11100132
(1) Background, Travel characteristics of Saudi women contrast significantly from those in the west. This is not only because they have different culture, attitudes and prefer...

An Investigation into Conversion of a Fleet of Plug-in-Electric Golf Carts into Solar Powered Vehicles Using Fuzzy Logic Control

Journal Article
Saleh, W., Justin, S., Alsawah, G., Malibari, A., & Lashin, M. M. A. (2021)
An Investigation into Conversion of a Fleet of Plug-in-Electric Golf Carts into Solar Powered Vehicles Using Fuzzy Logic Control. Energies, 14(17), https://doi.org/10.3390/en14175536
This paper presents an investigation factors that need to be considered in the design and selection of components for the conversion of a fleet of plug-in electric golf carts ...

Pediatric Traffic Injuries on Halloween in the United Kingdom: Prevalence and Injury Severity

Journal Article
Hsu, L., Wiratama, B. S., Chen, P., Saleh, W., Lin, H., & Pai, C. (2021)
Pediatric Traffic Injuries on Halloween in the United Kingdom: Prevalence and Injury Severity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(17), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179093
The study results serve as a reminder for parents, children, and drivers to be alert to the danger of traffic crashes on Halloween. The aim of this study was to examine whethe...

Using Artificial Intelligence for Optimizing Natural Frequency of Recycled Concrete for Mechanical Machine Foundation

Journal Article
Lashin, M. M. A., Khokhar, A., Alrowais, F., Malibari, A., & Saleh, W. (2021)
Using Artificial Intelligence for Optimizing Natural Frequency of Recycled Concrete for Mechanical Machine Foundation. Recycling, 6(3), https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6030043
This paper investigates the mechanical properties of two different types of recycled concrete, which use wood and rubber, relative to those characteristics of pure concrete, i...

Unveiling Women’s Needs and Expectations as Users of Bike Sharing Services: The H2020 DIAMOND Project

Journal Article
Gorrini, A., Choubassi, R., Messa, F., Saleh, W., Ababio-Donkor, A., Leva, M. C., …Aragón, P. (2021)
Unveiling Women’s Needs and Expectations as Users of Bike Sharing Services: The H2020 DIAMOND Project. Sustainability, 13(9), https://doi.org/10.3390/su13095241
Within the objectives of the H2020 DIAMOND project, the paper investigates women’s needs and expectations as users of the bike-sharing service managed by Syndicat Mixte Autoli...

Effect of Distance to Trauma Centre, Trauma Centre Level, and Trauma Centre Region on Fatal Injuries among Motorcyclists in Taiwan

Journal Article
Wiratama, B. S., Chen, P., Chao, C., Wang, M., Saleh, W., Lin, H., & Pai, C. (2021)
Effect of Distance to Trauma Centre, Trauma Centre Level, and Trauma Centre Region on Fatal Injuries among Motorcyclists in Taiwan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062998
Background: Studies have suggested that trauma centre-related risk factors, such as distance to the nearest trauma hospital, are strong predictors of fatal injuries among moto...

Evaluating the Effects of Holidays on Road Crash Injuries in the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Wiratama, B. S., Chen, P., Chen, L., Saleh, W., Chen, S., Chen, H., …Pai, C. (2021)
Evaluating the Effects of Holidays on Road Crash Injuries in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010280
Background: Research suggests that drivers tend to engage in risk-taking behaviours on public holidays. Studies that examined the association between holidays (or other specia...

The role of personal norms in the choice of mode for commuting

Journal Article
Ababio-Donkor, A., Saleh, W., & Fonzone, A. (2020)
The role of personal norms in the choice of mode for commuting. Research in Transportation Economics, 83, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.retrec.2020.100966
Research in travel behavioural studies have shown that social forces play a significant role in travel decision making like socioeconomic factors. Several studies have tested ...

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