Asad Khattak

Beaman Professor University of Tennessee

Professor Asad Khattak received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT) and serves as (1) Coordinator for the Transportation Group (6 faculty members) in the department; (2) Principal Investigator for UT in the National University Transportation Center partnership led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; (3) Coordinator and lead researcher for “Big Data for Safety Monitoring, Assessment, and Improvement,” a multi-year Southeastern Transportation Center UTC project sponsored by the US Department of Transportation; and (4) Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Mobility.

Khattak has 25 years of research and teaching experience in the transportation field. His research expertise relates to various types of innovations related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, and sustainable transportation. Additionally, he has authored/co-authored 172 articles and reports and he has successfully obtained 66 sponsored research and educational projects as a principal or co-investigator.


Professor at Poznan University of Technology

Professor Jacek Żak is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Massachussetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA, and a double Fulbright Program Grantee.

Professor at Poznan University of Technology; Faculty of Engineering Management. He is a highly recognized international expert in Multiple Criteria Decision Making/ Aiding for Transportation and Logistics.

Jacek Żak is the founder and the leader of the Operations Research Oriented Poznań Transportation – Logistics Group. He was the Head of the Department of Logistics at Poznan University of Technology between 2008 – 2016. He has acted as a business consultant at the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing and F5 Consulting Company in Poznan. He is also a co-founder of the Poznan University of Logistics.

Adittionally, Professor Jacek Żak is a member of several international organizations and an editor of the indexed Journal of Advanced Transportation. He has 180 publications, including 10 books and monographs and 100 research projects, including EU undertakings.


Susana Sargento

Professor at University of Aveiro

Susana Sargento is a Full Professor in the University of Aveiro and a senior researcher in the Institute of Telecommunications, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols group. She was a visiting PhD student in Rice University (2000-2001), and a Guest Faculty in Carnegie Mellon University (2008).
Susana has been leading research projects with telecom operators and OEMs. She has organized several international conferences and workshops, such as ACM MobiCom, IEEE Globecom, and has also been a reviewer of conferences and journals, such as IEEE Networks, IEEE Communications.
Susana has co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam (, she is the winner of the 2016 EU Prize for Women Innovators. She is also the co-coordinator of the national initiative of digital competences in the research axis INCoDe.2030, belongs to the evaluation committee of the Fundo200M (, and she is one of the Scientific Directors of CMU-Portugal Programme.
Her main research interests are in the areas of self-organized networks, in ad-hoc and vehicular network mechanisms and protocols, such as routing, mobility, security and delay-tolerant mechanisms, resource management, and content distribution networks. She regularly acts as an Expert for European Research Programmes.