Doina Olaru

Associate Professor, BSc PhD Bucharest

  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 437 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
19992020
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Personal profile

Biography

Doina Olaru is currently lecturing in Management and Organisations at the UWA Business School. She was educated in Romania, at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest and has both academia and industry experience. Doina worked as railway engineer for the Romanian State Railways and as a Post Doctoral Research Scientist with CSIRO. Her teaching in Romania and Australia covered transport planning and operation, optimisation and simulation, data analysis, decision making, computer modelling applications in different areas of business. Doina has published academic papers in international journals and presented at leading international conferences on topics such as transport planning methods, travel and activity analysis, alternative fuel and vehicle technologies, business networks, environmental and social impacts of transport, and exposure to traffic related air pollutants. She is also maintaining good collaboration with practitioners and decision makers, with the objective of better integrating land use and transport and promoting more sustainable transport solutions.

Funding overview

Participant

ARC Competitive Grants

ARC Discovery Project - DP130100570 - 'Modelling Network Innovation Performance Capability: A Multidisciplinary Approach'

ARC Linkage Project – LP110201150 - 'Modelling and evaluating the joint access mode and train station choice. Park and Ride' 

ARC Linkage Project - LP100100436 - 'Analysis and modelling of driving patterns for limited-range electric vehicles'

ARC Linkage Project - LP0562422 – 'Impacts of Transit Led Development in a New Rail Corridor'

Industry Grants

iMOVE Intelligent Transport Systems Australia ex Cooperative Research Centre CRC 2017-2019 - 'Enhanced short and longer term network performance prediction capabilities through data-driven analytics and simulation'


RailSmart Wanneroo Planning Support System - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Smart Cities and Suburbs Program 2017-2019 - 'Smart Cities' Wanneroo


WA Department of Planning 2016-2017 - 'Addressing Future Uncertainties of Perth at 3.5 Million: What-If Scenarios for Mass Transit'


WA Department of Transport grant 2014-2016 - 'Mass Transit Plan for Perth at 3.5 Million and Beyond'


The Royal Automotive Club of WA 2014-2015 - 'Activity Centre Accessibility'

Other Grants

Healthway WA 2018-2019 - 'Active travel: Using wearable technology to analyse daily travel behaviour' 

Awards from the UWA Business School


'Do autonomous vehicles spell the end of private vehicle ownership' 2015

'Determinants and impacts of light-rail access as a new transport mode. Case study Perth' 2013

'Valuation of housing and location attributes: Establishing prior estimates using hedonic regression analysis' 2011

'Measuring travel behaviour with GPS (Global Positioning system) data' 2006

Previous positions

2003 - 2005, Post Doctoral Research Scientist - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) – Atmospheric Research
2000 - 2002, Lecturer - UWA Business School
1995 - 1999, Assistant Professor - “Politehnica” University of Bucharest
1989 - 1995, Engineer- Romanian State Railways

Current projects

Industry Relevance 

iMOVE Intelligent Transport Systems Australia ex Cooperative Research Centre CRC 2017-2019 - 'Enhanced short and longer term network performance prediction capabilities through data-driven analytics and simulation' (Australia)


RailSmart Wanneroo Planning Support System - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Smart Cities and Suburbs Program 2017-2019 - 'Smart Cities' Wanneroo (Australia)

 

Healthway WA 2018-2019 - 'Active travel: Using wearable technology to analyse daily travel behaviour' (Australia)


ARC Discovery Project - 'Modelling Network Innovation Performance Capability: A Multidisciplinary Approach' (Australia)


Collaborations:
University of Leeds, UK - collaboration with Dr Frances Drake (hedonic pricing)

University of Sydney, Australia – collaboration with Prof Corinne Mulley (value uplift associated with transport infrastructure projects) and Prof Stephen Greaves (autonomous vehicles)

University of Oxford, UK - collaboration with Prof Jonathan Gershuny and Dr Teresa Harms (time use analysis in transport; using wearables in travel behaviour research)

University of British Columbia, Canada - collaboration with Dr William Nikolakis (environmental and social strategies for small businesses in forestry and tourism)

University of Burgos, Spain - collaboration with Dr Luis Izquierdo (fuzzy agent-based modelling)

Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - collaboration with Prof Hester van Herk (travel and personal values)

Teaching overview

Doina Olaru has taught in many different subjects at the UWA Business School in the past 10 years: INMT3331 Network Management, INMT2239 Business Computing, INMT2231 Decision Making, TRLO8536 Transport Research Methods, INMT7461/INMT3309 Multivariate/Applied Data Analysis, INMT7526 Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business.

Currently she is involved in teaching and/or coordinating: MGMT5504 Data Analysis and Decision Making, MGMT5513 Data Driven Decision Making, and BUSN4402 Quantitative Data Analysis.

 

Research

Urban planning and transport operation
Travel behaviour modelling
Accessibility
Hedonic pricing
Network analysis
Environmental impacts of transport, i.e.life cycle analysis of fuels and exposure to traffic related pollutants
Data mining and artificial intelligence applications

Others: collaborates with numerous colleagues from marketing and management in research areas such as business networks, tourism, information management, multivariate data analysis and discrete choice modelling.

Languages

English
Spanish
Romanian

Education/Academic qualification

Transport Engineering, PhD, University Politehnica of Bucharest

Keywords

  • Transport Planning And Accessibility
  • Travel Behaviour
  • Multivariate Data Analysis (And Discrete Choice Models)
  • Exposure To Pollutants
  • Innovation In Business Networks
  • Activity travel analysis
  • Artificial intelligence applications in business and transport
  • Alternative transport solutions
  • Transport demand modelling
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Operations research
  • Decision sciences

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 1999 2018

An examination of the risk parameter as a measurement of risk attitude in discrete choice modelling

Huang, Y., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

File
Risk attitude
Discrete choice modelling
Discrete choice models
Random utility
Modeling

Combining samples to offset nonresponse and respondent biases

Jabeen, F., Olaru, D. & Smith, B., 1 Jun 2018, In : Case Studies on Transport Policy. 6, 2, p. 190-199 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

electric vehicle
response behavior
Electric vehicles
trend
Sampling

A flexible accessibility analysis tool for enhanced urban analytics

Sun, Y., McCarney, G., Sabri, S., Amirebrahimi, S., Agunbiade, M., Chen, Y., Keshtiarast, A., Kalantari, M., Bright, C., Olaru, D., Reynolds, M., Rajabifard, A. & Biermann, S., 27 Nov 2017, Australasian Transport Research Forum 2017 Proceedings. New Zealand: Australasian Transport Research Forum

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

accessibility
infrastructure
spatial resolution
labor
GIS

Activities 2012 2018

  • 14 Editorial activity
  • 1 Examination

European Transport Conference - member of the Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport Committee since 2010 (Event)

Olaru, D. (Reviewer)
Oct 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (Journal)

Olaru, D. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Habitat International (Journal)

Olaru, D. (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Eric Pas PhD Theses

Olaru, D. (Examiner)
20162019

Activity: Examination

World Conference on Transportation Research Society (Event)

Olaru, D. (Reviewer)
Jul 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Courses

Data Analysis and Decision Making

Doina Olaru

1/07/0614/01/19

Teaching unit (UWA): Course

Impacts

Transport Modelling Review

John Taplin (Participant), Michael Taylor (Participant), Sharon Biermann (Participant), Doina Olaru (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts