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Mr Koorosh Olyai

Senior Principal, Advanced Transportation Management Systems, Stantec US

If there’s one thing that Koorosh knows, it’s how to build communities and keep them moving.  He has over 35 years of experience planning, developing, and managing highway and transit facilities. He’s also an expert in advanced transportation technologies and an international authority on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Koorosh has overseen many complex and highly advanced multimodal transportation projects in his career.  These include the implementation of Dallas’s 84 miles of managed high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and the development and launch of the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) system for the city’s US 75 Corridor.  In addition to freeway design and project management, he offers expertise in transportation analysis, ICM system operations, and rapid-transit-system planning.

As a senior principal, Koorosh helps accelerate the delivery of ITS projects and other transportation assignments across the company.  For example, his contributions to the Integrated Corridor Management: Decision Support System and Business Rules report, published by the US Department of Transportation, will provide guidance and direction to agencies pursuing ICM projects.  

A designated US Expert in ITS, he is Head of US Delegation, Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group, and Convener of Working Group for Public Transport and Emergency Management, to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for ITS.

Stephen Hewett

Business Director – Transport Advisory Global for Beca 

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in all facets of transportation engineer including   planning, design, operations and performance of our transport systems. In his current role as Business Director, Stephen is actively pursuing growth opportunities that are developing from advancements in transport technology. This has piqued his interest in future skills and training that will be required to take advantage of this technology. Stephen was also involved in a research project looking at future skills and training requirements for the New Zealand Transport sector.

Through his role at Beca and involvement with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) New Zealand as Vice-President (International), Stephen has become acutely aware of the knowledge gaps and skills that will be required to take advantage of emerging transport technology. 

Douglas Wilson

Senior Lecturer, Director of Transportation Engineering Laboratories, University of Auckland

Doug has over 30 years experience working in academic positions, private engineering consultancies, and local and central government engineering agencies in the transportation, traffic engineering and transport policy sector.  His research interests are varied and include highway and transportation facility design,  traffic safety, urban and rural transportation systems, active modes, intelligent mobility, technologies and systems, pavement surface characteristics, transport material sustainability and resource use, recycling and the needs and design for the mobility disadvantaged.

Doug is a founding member of the Transportation Research Centre (TRC) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland. He was seconded to the Ministry of Transport as a Strategy Director in 2014 and has been involved in a various central and local government research projects including Future Transport Funding, Travel Demand Management and Congestion Pricing, Scoping a NZ National Transport Model, Future Transport workforce Skills and Inductive Power Transfer (wireless) charging of Electric Vehicles dynamically within roadways.  

John Houlker

Chief Research Officer, Northland Innovation Centre

John Houlker is Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer for the Northland Innovation Centre, and along with Co-Founder and CEO Martin Knoche, is establishing a transport technology test bed.  The vision for this “New Zealand Transport Technology Testbed” (N3T) is to “become the leader in testing computer vision technology for heavy commercial vehicles on rural roads”, “starting in the Southern Hemisphere”.

John has a background working with technology industry based startups and high-growth companies, and in areas of support for industry by government with agencies assisting technology innovation, business growth and economic development.  He has also worked in the telecommunications industry on broadband communication and international Internet network services, and on research networks and computing in the university environment.

John also consults on data analytics and machine intelligence developments in areas including agriculture, remote sensing and energy, and was co-founder of Toi Ventures, a startup software, service and integration company, with special projects in data centre technology and intelligent transport systems.  John served on the Advisory Board of Nyriad, a startup in Artificial Intelligence-based streaming data compression technology, developing storage solutions for big-data and high-performance computing.

Peter Kortegast

Transportation Engineer, WSP Opus

Peter is an experienced transportation engineer who has been involved in numerous large roading projects throughout his 30+ year engineering career.  He has worked extensively for local government as well as undertaking major NZ Transport Agency Projects.

Peter is a national cycle lead with involvement in key national research projects, major cycling capital projects including new Manawatu River Bridge, Rocks Road cycleway Nelson, Totara Street Tauranga and the Major Cycleway Routes in Christchurch.  Peter is a guest presenter on cycling at the NZTA annual Safe System Engineering Workshop and is a regular presenter at national conferences.

Jared Thomas

Research Manager Behavioural Sciences, WSP Opus 

Jared is the Technical Principal in Behavioural Sciences for WSP Opus. He has been working as a specialist in user centred design at the research arm of WSP Opus for 19 years. He is passionate about providing useful methods to deliver thoughtful customer insights, promote positive behaviours, and capture better socio-technical data so that we can deliver better streets, places and spaces for our people.   

Graham Taylor

NZ Transport Agency

Graham Taylor has a career in roading spanning some 50 years with the Ministry of Works, Transit New Zealand and the NZ Transport Agency.  He has worked in much of the North Island, commencing in Auckland and then moving to Hamilton, Wanganui and Wellington.  He has previously been State Highway Manager in Wanganui and Wellington and was Highway Strategy and Standards Manager in the Transit New Zealand National Office.  Currently Graham is Principal Project Manager for the Weigh Right Project.