Contact InformationBruce Hellinga

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32630
Location: E2 2307


Biography Summary

Professor Bruce Hellinga is is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of transportation and economics and conducts and supervises applied and fundamental research. His main areas of expertise include traffic flow theory and modelling, traffic engineering, active transportation, traffic sensor data analytics, transit operations, and ITS. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of traffic engineering and ITS and during that time has authored more than 125 refereed technical publications. Professor Hellinga has conducted fundamental and applied research for and in partnership with a wide range of public and private sector entities.

Research Interests

  • Traffic simulation modelling
  • Traffic flow theory
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Road safety
  • Traffic operations and control
  • Wireless road conditions monitoring
  • Traffic engineering and transport systems analysis
  • Transportation engineering
  • Travel time reliability - measuring and estimating
  • Use of Connected Vehicle data for traffic management


  • 1994, Doctorate, Civil Engineering - Transportation, Queen's University
  • 1990, Master's, Civil Engineering - Transportation, University of Waterloo
  • 1989, Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • CIVE 643 - Fund of Traffic Flow Theory
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • CIVE 497 - Special Topics in Civil Eng
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Nour, Akram and Hellinga, Bruce and Casello, Jeffrey, Classification of automobile and transit trips from Smartphone data: Enhancing accuracy using spatial statistics and GIS, Journal of Transport Geography, 51, 2016, 36 - 44
  • Bagheri, Ehsan and Mehran, Babak and Hellinga, Bruce, Real-Time Estimation of Saturation Flow Rates for Dynamic Traffic Signal Control Using Connected-Vehicle Data, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board(2487), 2015, 69 - 77
  • Mehta, Kushal and Mehran, Babak and Hellinga, Bruce, Evaluation of the Passing Behavior of Motorized Vehicles When Overtaking Bicycles on Urban Arterial Roadways, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board(2520), 2015, 8 - 17
  • Chen, Xumei and Hellinga, Bruce and Chang, Chengzhi and Fu, Liping, Optimization of headways with stop-skipping control: a case study of bus rapid transit system, Journal of advanced transportation, 49(3), 2015, 385 - 401
  • Moghaddam, Soroush and Hellinga, Bruce, Algorithm for detecting outliers in Bluetooth data in real time, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board(2442), 2014, 129 - 139

Graduate Studies