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Metamorphosis Global Project

Metamorphosis Global is a collaboration between the University of Southampton (UoS) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). It is an IMC Worldwide-funded project on behalf of the Department for International Development (DfID) in the UK, as part of the High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme in Transport – Technology Research Innovation for International Development (T-TRIID).

University of Southampton (UoS)

With origins dating to 1862, the University of Southampton was given its full charter in 1952, A member of the Russell Group, it currently has over 25,000 students and 5,000 staff and is ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2019.It is ranked number two in the world for Transportation Science and Technology by CWUR (2017). The Transportation Research Group (TRG) was established in 1967 and is based at the University’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus. TRG is one of the UK’s longest established and leading centres for engineering-related transport teaching, research and enterprise.  Its work is both interdisciplinary and international, with particular expertise in traffic engineering, transport economics and human factors. An integrated approach is taken, covering both passenger and freight transport, with a multimodal emphasis covering not only road and rail, but also aerospace and maritime transport.  Overall, transport is viewed as a socio-technical system with the potential to deliver sustainable outcomes through both mitigation and adaptation.

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is the oldest institution for the study of Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning in Bangladesh. It currently has around 10,000 students and 600 staff and is ranked 135 in QS Assessment of Asian Universities (2018).  

BUET’s Civil Engineering Department has four major sub divisions. These are – Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. This project (Metamorphosis Global) is mainly related to Transportation Engineering division.  The transportation engineering division comprises about nine faculty members and is the strongest transportation engineering expert group in the country. The research expertise revolves around five notable pillars of transportation research: 1) Transportation planning and travel demand modelling, 2) Transit demand and supply, 3) Pavement Engineering, 4) Traffic engineering; and 5) Safety and sustainability. The faculty members are very active in researching various transportation topics, and boasts comprehensive physical laboratory for pavements and materials research, as well as the latest computing technology and software applications for transportation design. Recent research activities include modernization of signaling and safety features of railway, modeling cyclone evacuation decision, modeling trip-chaining and mode choice relationships, modeling of urban commercial freight vehicle movement, estimating OD matrices for urban commercial freight vehicles, development of overtaking decision model for heterogeneous traffic operation, video image based heterogeneous traffic detection, vehicle trajectory reconstruction, socio technical approach to road safety, use of waste plastic modified bitumen in flexible pavement construction, wet weather road maintenance, evaluation and maintenance approaches for highway.  Also this division actively working with the government through various projects to increase road safety and reduce traffic related problems.

UoS Contact Details

Project Coordinator: Professor John Preston

Building 176, Boldrewood, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4660

BUET Contact Details

Dr. Md. Shamsul Hoque

Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 966 5650 Ext. 7532