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Mr. Zeke Ahern | Road Safety | Best Researcher Award

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Zeke Alexander Ahern embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Mathematics (Decision Science) from the Queensland University of Technology. During this time, he honed his skills in mathematical modeling and statistical analysis, laying a solid foundation for his future endeavors in academia.

Professional Endeavors

Following his undergraduate studies, He pursued a Master of Philosophy at the School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT. Here, under the guidance of Associate Professor Paul Corry, he delved into the complexities of optimization for strategic bus network planning, showcasing his aptitude for developing innovative mathematical formulations and leveraging computational tools like CPLEX and metaheuristic algorithms to solve real-world problems.

Contributions and Research Focus

His research focus has been centered around the intersection of mathematical optimization, statistics, and transportation engineering. His Ph.D. research, supervised by Professor Alexander Paz, delves into the analysis of crash frequency data, aiming to develop optimization frameworks for efficient hypothesis testing and estimation of crash count models. His contributions include the development of novel methodologies and software packages, exemplified by publications in esteemed journals and presentations at conferences.

Accolades and Recognition

His academic achievements have garnered recognition within the academic community, evidenced by his publications in reputable journals such as Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Heliyon, and Accident Analysis and Prevention. Additionally, his contributions have been acknowledged through presentations at prestigious conferences like the Australasian Transport Research Forum.

Impact and Influence

Through his research and academic pursuits, He has made significant contributions to advancing knowledge in the fields of optimization, statistics, and transportation engineering. His work holds promise for improving the efficiency and accuracy of crash prediction analysis, with potential implications for road safety initiatives and transportation infrastructure planning.

Legacy and Future Contributions

As Ahern nears the completion of his Ph.D., his legacy is marked by a commitment to academic excellence, innovative research methodologies, and a passion for solving complex problems. His future contributions are poised to continue shaping the landscape of optimization and transportation engineering, inspiring future generations of researchers and practitioners in the field. With aspirations to become a professor, Ahern seeks to not only impart knowledge but also foster a spirit of inquiry and innovation among his students, leaving a lasting impact on academia.


A total of  22 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations            22
  • h-index              1
  • i10-index           1

Notable Publications 

Approximate multi-objective optimization for integrated bus route design and service frequency setting

Extensive hypothesis testing for estimation of crash frequency models

An Optimization Framework for Crash Count Data Models

Simulated Annealing for Modeling Crash-Counts

Efficient estimation of crash count data via metaheuristic solution algorithm

Exact and approximate optimisation for strategic bus network planning

Improving crash frequency model estimation through multi-objective extensive hypothesis testing

Multi-Objective Extensive Hypothesis Testing for the Estimation of Advanced Crash Frequency Models


Zeke Ahern | Road Safety | Best Researcher Award

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