Transportation Engineering Research Opportunities in Civil Engineering
205 Cobleigh Hall
Transportation systems are essential to promote resilient and sustainable cities and towns. As population continues to grow and economy continues to expand, passenger and freight traffic will multiply on already constricted roadways. To accommodate these growing travel needs, transportation research focuses on the planning, design, and management of roadway resources to improve safety and efficiency and to encourage multimodal transportation. Currently, the transportation program of the CE Department, in collaboration with the Western Transportation Institute (WTI), is conducting research in the following areas:
• Traffic Safety and Operations
• Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
• Sustainable Transportation Planning
• Freight Transportation
The safety and ITS topics are concerned with questions such as where do traffic crashes concentrate and what countermeasures are most effective? How best to inform users of roadway incidence and broadcast real-time traffic information? The planning-oriented topics address questions such as where would be the bottlenecks of the freight network in the next ten years? How to reduce the safety and environmental consequence of growing freight demand?
Research is conducted in the Transportation and ITS Lab and the Transportation Graduate Lab. The former offers state-of-the-art traffic hardware and simulation software. The latter provides a suite of high-performance computers with ArcGIS and statistical software.
Al-Kaisy, A., Krieder, T and Pothering, R. (2013) Speed Selection at Sites with Restrictive Alignment: The US-191 Case Study. Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies 29: 71-82.
Ewan, L., Al-Kaisy, A., and Veneziano, D. (2013) Weather Sensing and Road Surface Conditions: Is Technology Mature for Reliable ITS Applications? Transportation Research Record 2329, Journal of the Transportation Research Board: 8-16.
Forsythe, S., Stephens, J., and Wang, Y. (2015) Link-Level Traffic Flow Estimation of Agricultural Products. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2477: 18 – 26.
Chen, D., Wang, Y., and Kockelman, K. (2015) Where Are the Electrical Vehicles? Journal of Transport Geography Vol. 43: 181 – 188
Wang, Y. and Kockelman, K. (2013) A Poisson-Lognormal Multivariate Conditional-Autoregressive Model for Spatial Analysis of Area-Level Pedestrian Crashes. Accident Analysis & Prevention 60: 71-84.
Wang, Y., Kockelman, K., & Damien, P. (2013) A Spatial Autoregressive Multinomial Probit Model for Anticipating Land Use Change in Austin, Texas. Annals of Regional Science 52(1): 251-278.