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About George Yannis

George Yannis does not stop dreaming and working for a world with safe, green and efficient road traffic everywhere and for all and on that purpose he shares publicly his views on theory and practice in modern transportation systems.

Which is the right mix of mobility and safety policies?

By | 2019-11-30T17:18:17+00:00 November 28th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Today there is too much imbalance between urban mobility and safety policies, with mobility and efficient travelling dominating the mind of the citizens and subsequently the choices of the politicians, even if everybody agrees and talks about safety as a theoretical priority. This imbalance in favour of mobility is also reflected at the effort put

How can new road safety data accelerate safety improvement?

By | 2019-12-01T18:14:07+00:00 November 27th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Data is a key support tool for developing evidence-based road safety policies. However, we are quite far from both disposing the right data and appropriately using them. Today, very often, we look where the data are and not where the problems are.  For example, we miss very critical information not only about risk exposure, like

Saving lives together

By | 2019-07-01T06:28:38+00:00 June 18th, 2019|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

An interview at the inSCIght on-line magazine of Hasselt University How did it all start? Everything started with my studies in civil and transportation engineering back in Athens, and later on in Paris. There I developed my passion for applied transportation science and the great social as well as economic value it holds to our society. It’s

Why do we need an African Road Safety Observatory?

By | 2018-08-20T18:51:27+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , |

Road casualties is a major burden to the society worldwide.  According to WHO statistics, road casualties in Africa are by far proportionally higher than in any other region of the world. However, do we know the real number of road fatalities and injuries in Africa? Do we know the real specific road safety problems in

How to improve road safety data in Africa?

By | 2018-03-14T13:38:10+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , |

Road safety data collection and storage are critical for a series of procedures to improve road safety. However, capturing accurate and complete road safety data is a difficult and complex issue. The main problems faced when recording road accidents are the unclear determination of road accident location, insufficient or incorrect recording of information and insufficient

How is advanced research going to upgrade transport systems in the digital world?

By | 2017-11-25T16:20:21+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

Transport sector in the digital era relies more and more on high end transport research. The Europeans are expecting more and more integrated and cost affordable services in all transport modes and the European transport industry strives to evolve to more novel and competitive technological products and services. But which are the contemporary key challenges

Why road accident data correlations do not reveal causations?

By | 2017-11-25T16:20:21+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , |

Road accident analysis is focussing too much on accident characteristics and too little on accident causes. Very often, we look where the data are and not where the problems are. Consequently, there is imperative need for data not only on casualties but also on: -    exposure to risk (traffic kilometres of vehicles and pedestrians) to

How to measure distracted driving risk?

By | 2017-11-25T16:20:22+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |

Driver distraction is lately becoming a key critical road accident risk factor, equivalent or even more important than the well-known "four big road killers": speed, drink-and-drive, non-use of seat belt and helmet. Some argue that mobile phone use (talking, texting and browsing) is a key reason why road fatalities do not decrease anymore in developed

Can we safely mix road and flying vehicles traffic?

By | 2017-12-02T16:34:34+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , |

Recent technological advances are bringing closer the introduction of flying vehicles (Vertically Taking off and Landing Vehicles -VTOLs) into the transport systems of the near future. Technology pioneers announce massive introduction of flying vehicles within the coming five years. Managing this new air traffic is a certainly great challenge and respective research and technological development

Can we manage the aggressive behaviour of autonomous vehicles?

By | 2017-11-25T16:20:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , |

The connected and automated vehicles will have to cope with other automated or not vehicles and connected or not road users (drivers, riders, pedestrians) and a priority negotiation will always be necessary, especially at junctions. The behaviour of both the drivers and of the autonomous vehicles is inevitably dependent to all the other road users.