Professor Avishai Ceder

BSc, MSc, PhD


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  • Professor - Chair in Transportation Engineering
  • Founder and former Director, Transportation Research Centre (TRC)
  • Honorary Professor as of 1st October 2016

Professor Avishai (Avi) Ceder arrived in November 2007 to the University of Auckland to take the position of Professor - Chair in Transportation, within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and then Director of the new established Transportation Research Centre (TRC).

Avi has had a distinguished career at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he was Head of the Transportation Engineering and Geo-Information Department. He was Visiting Professor twice at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Science and Technology and PolyTechnic University in Hong Kong, and in the University of Tokyo. He also delivered courses in Sydney University and Monash University in Australia and in the University of Rome.

Avi was Chief Scientist at the Israel Ministry of Transport from 1994 to 1997, Israel delegate to the Transport Program of the European Community and he is a member of organising committees of various international symposia and workshops (e.g., CASPT- International Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport; ISTTT- International Symposium of Transportation and Traffic Theory; TRB).

Professor Ceder has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in refereed journals, book chapters and proceedings. He is the author of the books: "Network Theory and Selected Topics in Dynamic Programming"(1978), "Systems Analysis"(1988), "Systems Analysis Using Operations Research"(1999) and Editor of the Proceedings "Transportation and Traffic Theory"(1999). He wrote a book ‘Public Transit Planning and Operation: Theory, Modelling and Practice’, Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2007; this book was translated to Chinese by the Tsinghua Publishing Press in 2010; the 2nd Edition of the book by CRC press appeared in 2016 (with 40% additional materials over the 1st edition), was translated to Chinese by the Tsinghua Publishing Press in Beijing in 2017, and is being translated to Korean by the Cheong Moon Gak press. His publications include modeling and analysis in the areas of public transport, road safety, traffic flow and control, human factors and operations research in transportation, intelligent transportation systems, logistics, and intermodalities of passengers and freight.

  • BSc Industrial & Management Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • MSc Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • PhD Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Research | Current

  • Public transport
  • Operations research
  • Road safety
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic control
  • Logistics


Research groups

  • Transportation Research Centre (TRC)
  • Transportation Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

  • Stavri Dimitrov, for PhD


  • Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland
  • Honorary-Emeritus Member for academic, operative and management merits in the transportation field, the la Italian Society of Transportation Scholars (SIDT), 7 October, 2011.

Areas of expertise

  • Public Transportation
  • Transportation Systems Analysis
  • Transportation Networks
  • Optimization
  • Traffic Flow and Control
  • Human Factors

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Advisory Committee of the International Symposium on Transportation & Traffic Theory (ISTTT)
  • Advisory Committee of International Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport (CASPT)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB), United States of America

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liu, T., Ceder, A. A., & Rau, A. (2020). Using Deficit Function to Determine the Minimum Fleet Size of an Autonomous Modular Public Transit System. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD10.1177/0361198120945981
  • Ceder, A. A., & Jiang, Y. (2020). Route guidance ranking procedures with human perception consideration for personalized public transport service. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, 11810.1016/j.trc.2020.102667
  • (Avi) Ceder A (2020). Urban mobility and public transport: future perspectives and review. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN SCIENCES10.1080/12265934.2020.1799846
  • Zhang, S., Ceder, A. A., & Cao, Z. (2020). Integrated optimization for feeder bus timetabling and procurement scheme with consideration of environmental impact. Computers and Industrial Engineering, 145.10.1016/j.cie.2020.106501
  • Tang, C., Ceder, A. A., Ge, Y.-E., & Liu, T. (2020). Optimal operational strategies for single bus lines using network-based method. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION10.1080/15568318.2020.1765053
  • Tang, C., Ceder, A., Ge, Y.-E., & Wu, N. (2020). Optimal Operational Strategies for Multiple Bus Lines Considering Passengers' Preferences. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2674 (5), 572-586. 10.1177/0361198120917159
  • Liu, T., & Ceder, A. A. (2020). Battery-electric transit vehicle scheduling with optimal number of stationary chargers. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART C-EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, 114, 118-139. 10.1016/j.trc.2020.02.009
  • Tolic, I. H., Nyarko, E. K., & Ceder, A. A. (2020). Optimization of Public Transport Services to Minimize Passengers' Waiting Times and Maximize Vehicles' Occupancy Ratios. ELECTRONICS, 9 (2)10.3390/electronics9020360

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 11, Room 1102
New Zealand