Dr. Bhagwant Persaud
Areas of Academic Interest
As a graduate student, Bhagwant Persaud had a professor who described the pleasure that comes from discovering something genuinely new as the “ecstasy of the find.” As a transportation engineer, Persaud finds this joy from exploring the elements that make a highway as safe as possible.
“My work involves mathematically modelling crash causes based on real crash data,” he says. “We work to understand how decisions about designing and managing transportation infrastructure impact road safety.” Collaborating with industry and government organizations such as the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Persaud analyzes information from crashes such as severity, amount and type of traffic, time of day and road features to identify common elements of road design that contribute to safety. He also uses his techniques to assess the crash-reduction potential of various traffic “countermeasures” such as rumble strips.
For Persaud, the joy of discovery is amplified by the sense of purpose he feels in his work. “A lot of my work is directly linked to reducing the risk of crashes,” he says. “Road safety is effectively a version of public health, so it’s quite motivating.”
“Teaching plays an important role in fueling my passion for research, because interacting with young people feeds my excitement about the subject.”
- D. Grant Mickle Award for best 2001 Annual Meeting paper in the areas of Operation, Safety and Maintenance of Transportation facilities, Transportation Research Board.
- D. Grant Mickle Award for best 2003 Annual Meeting paper in the areas of Operation, Safety and Maintenance of Transportation facilities, Transportation Research Board.
- D. Grant Mickle Award for best 2008 Annual Meeting paper in the areas of Operation, Safety and Maintenance of Transportation facilities, Transportation Research Board.
- Anarkooli A., Persaud B., Hosseinpour M., and T. Saleem. Comparison of univariate and two-stage approaches for estimating crash frequency by severity — Case study for horizontal curves on two-lane rural roads. Accident Analysis and Prevention, In Press, September 2018.
- Qin L, Persaud B. and T. Saleem. Safety Evaluation Of Freeway Acceleration Lanes Based On Crashes And Simulated Conflicts. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 45 (1), 51-60, 2018.
- Persaud B., Saleem T., Granados M. E., and T. Rajeswaran. Can Crash Modification Factors be Estimated from Surrogate Measures of Safety? Advances in Transportation Studies. 2018 Special Issue, Vol. 1, p149-162.
- Saleem T. and B. Persaud. Another Look at the Safety Effects of Horizontal Curvature on Rural Two-Lane Highways. Accident Analysis and Prevention 106, 149-159, 2017.
- Chen Y. and B. Persaud. Methodology to develop crash modification functions for road safety treatments with fully specified and hierarchical models. Accident Analysis and Prevention 70, pp. 131–139, 2014.
- Emeritus member (former co-chair), Transportation Research Board Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation
- Member, Transportation Association of Canada Road Safety Standing Committee
- Member, Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP)