Source: Rackham Graduate School
The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Rackham Graduate School. Doctoral candidates who expect to graduate within six years since beginning their degrees are eligible to apply, and the strength and quality of their dissertation abstract, publications and presentations, and recommendations are all taken into consideration when granting this award.
Mojtaba’s research investigates the impacts of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies on improving three critical components of transportation systems. First, he exploits graph coloring techniques to solve the long-lasting question of devising polynomial-time algorithms for finding intersection controls that simultaneously optimize the throughput and delay in a CAV environment under longitudinal/lateral motion control. Second, he exploits connectivity to develop dynamic pricing and relocation policies for ride-sourcing systems that reduce data dependency and susceptibility to the system stochasticity. Also, it exponentially decreases demand loss probability compared to static policies. Lastly, he includes a polynomial-time routing schedule with a tight optimality gap that minimizes the energy consumption of the truck fleet, standing for 24% of total energy consumption of the transportation sector, by considering the truck platooning strategy that decreases air drag force and fuel consumption.