LIMOS alum Zhengtian Xu has received the 2021 Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) Outstanding Dissertation Award cum Gordon Newell Memorial Prize

LIMOS Ph.D. alum Zhengt­ian Xu has received the 2021 Hong Kong Soci­ety for Trans­porta­tion Stud­ies (HKSTS) Out­stand­ing Dis­ser­ta­tion Award cum Gor­don Newell Memo­r­i­al Prize for his dis­ser­ta­tion “On the Emp­ty Miles of Ride-Sourc­ing Ser­vices: The­o­ry, Obser­va­tion, and Countermeasures.”

HKSTS estab­lished the HKSTS Out­stand­ing Dis­ser­ta­tion Award in 2005 to pro­mote trans­porta­tion research and edu­ca­tion in Asia. The Gor­don Newell Memo­r­i­al Prize is ded­i­cat­ed to the late Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Newell of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley in recog­ni­tion of his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to sci­en­tif­ic research and edu­ca­tion in traf­fic and trans­porta­tion the­o­ries. PhD grad­u­ates who com­plet­ed his/her doc­tor­al study from a uni­ver­si­ty in an Asian coun­try or who are cit­i­zens of an Asian coun­try are eli­gi­ble to apply.

LIMOS Postdoc Sina Bahrami will join the Technical University of Eindhoven as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2021

LIMOS post­doc Sina Bahra­mi (Ph.D., Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, 2019) will join the Depart­ment of the Built Envi­ron­ment at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Eind­hoven (TU/e) as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2021. He will be part of the Urban Plan­ning and Trans­porta­tion group at TU/e and con­duct research in the area of real-time traf­fic man­age­ment by lever­ag­ing Arti­fi­cial Intelligence.

LIMOS Alumlus Xiaotong Sun joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2021

Xiao­tong Sun (UM Ph.D., August 2020) was offered the posi­tion of Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at HKUST (Guangzhou), and her appoint­ment will begin on August 2nd, 2021. She will join the new Thrust of Intel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion at the Sys­tem Hub and con­tribute to the cross-dis­ci­pli­nary focus areas in trans­porta­tion sys­tems and services.

Prof. Yafeng Yin receives awards from the College of Engineering, University of Michigan

Prof. Yafeng Yin receives the Mon­roe-Brown Foun­da­tion Edu­ca­tion Excel­lence Award and the Staff-Fac­ul­ty Part­ner­ship Award from the Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

ISTDM 2021 — Call for submissions

In response to the pan­dem­ic, the ISTDM 2020 was post­poned to June 21–23, 2021. We will hold the con­fer­ence as planned, in a for­mat of either in-per­son, vir­tu­al or hybrid.  More infor­ma­tion will be pro­vid­ed on the con­fer­ence web­site when the time is approaching.

We are now call­ing for sub­mis­sions to the 2021 Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Trans­porta­tion Data and Mod­el­ing (ISTDM) on June 21–23, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michi­gan. ISTDM 2021 aims to gath­er trans­porta­tion researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers across the globe for explor­ing the fron­tiers of big data, mod­el­ing and sim­u­la­tion to advance trans­porta­tion research to sup­port the con­nect­ed, coop­er­a­tive and auto­mat­ed mobil­i­ty. With a greater focus on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, ISTDM 2021 rebrands the two long-stand­ing trans­porta­tion sym­posia: Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium of Trans­port Sim­u­la­tion (ISTS), and the Inter­na­tion­al Work­shop on Traf­fic Data Col­lec­tion and its Stan­dard­iza­tion (IWTDCS).

We would like to invite you to par­tic­i­pate in this excit­ing event. To present at the con­fer­ence, an extend­ed abstract (1,000 words) should be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly via the con­fer­ence web­site (the sub­mis­sion web­site will be open Octo­ber 1). The pre­vi­ous­ly accept­ed sub­mis­sions will be valid pend­ing the authors’ con­fir­ma­tion. Dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence, ple­nary ses­sions fea­tur­ing renowned speak­ers and inter­ac­tive break­out ses­sions will take place.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence, top­ics of inter­est, and the impor­tant dates can be found on the con­fer­ence web­site: https://limos.engin.umich.edu/istdm2021/

LIMOS PhD student Zhengtian Xu joined the George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020

Zhengt­ian Xu (UM PhD, May 2020) will start as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Depart­ment of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing at the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty. His appoint­ment will begin on August 1, 2020. Dr. Xu will join the trans­porta­tion engi­neer­ing fac­ul­ty group and research to enhance the con­nec­tiv­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of urban mobil­i­ty systems.

LIMOS postdoc Ali Shirazi joined University of Maine as an assistant professor in Fall 2019

The LIMOS post­doc Dr. Ali Shi­razi (PhD, Texas A&M, 2018) was offered the posi­tion of Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Depart­ment of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Maine, Orono, Maine. His appoint­ment start­ed on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2019. Dr. Shi­razi will be part of the Trans­porta­tion Engi­neer­ing group at Uni­ver­si­ty of Maine. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Maine was found­ed in 1862 and is the largest uni­ver­si­ty in the state of Maine.

LIMOS Alumna Ria Kontou accepted faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eleft­he­ria (Ria) Kon­tou (UF CE PhD, Decem­ber 2016) will start as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the Depart­ment of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign. Her appoint­ment will begin on Octo­ber 16, 2019. Dr. Kon­tou will be part of the Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems Engi­neer­ing fac­ul­ty group and con­tribute to the Sus­tain­able and Resilient Infra­struc­ture Sys­tems Program.

LIMOS is leading the organization of ISTDM 2020

The con­fer­ence aims to gath­er trans­porta­tion researchers and prac­ti­tion­ers across the globe for explor­ing the fron­tiers of big data, mod­el­ing and sim­u­la­tion to advance trans­porta­tion research to sup­port the con­nect­ed, coop­er­a­tive and auto­mat­ed mobil­i­ty. With a greater focus on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, ISTDM 2020 rebrands the two long-stand­ing trans­porta­tion sym­posia: Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium of Trans­port Sim­u­la­tion (ISTS), and the Inter­na­tion­al Work­shop on Traf­fic Data Col­lec­tion and its Stan­dard­iza­tion (IWTDCS). Dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence, ple­nary ses­sions fea­tur­ing renowned speak­ers and inter­ac­tive break­out ses­sions will take place at Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan in Ann Arbor, Unit­ed States. More infor­ma­tion can be found at: https://limos.engin.umich.edu/istdm2020/

Xiaotong Sun received the Engineering Innovation Award at the Engineering Graduate Symposium

Xiao­tong Sun received the Engi­neer­ing Inno­va­tion Award from the Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing at the Engi­neer­ing Col­lege Sym­po­sium on Octo­ber 26th. This award rec­og­nizes a grad­u­ate stu­dent who has demon­strat­ed research with out­stand­ing engi­neer­ing inno­va­tion in the Advanced Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Research Poster Session.

The Engi­neer­ing Grad­u­ate Sym­po­sium is a col­lege-wide event focus­ing on doc­tor­al and master’s stu­dents’ research. Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents were invit­ed to sub­mit an abstract and a poster for one of the poster ses­sions. The day-long pro­gram fea­tured many oppor­tu­ni­ties for the grad­u­ate stu­dents. The event includ­ed grad­u­ate stu­dents show­cas­ing their research in poster pre­sen­ta­tions and sci­en­tif­ic visu­al­iza­tions while net­work­ing with alum­ni, fac­ul­ty, peers and prospec­tive stu­dents. The event also fea­tured speak­ers, spon­sor infor­ma­tion booths, info ses­sions and interviews.

Sun pre­sent­ed her poster, “Behav­ioral­ly Sta­ble Vehi­cle Pla­toon­ing for Ener­gy Sav­ings,” which dis­cuss­es coop­er­a­tive vehi­cle pla­toons. Coop­er­a­tive vehi­cle pla­toon­ing is a set of vehi­cles dri­ving togeth­er with low in-vehi­cle dis­tance enabled by con­nect­ed and auto­mat­ed vehi­cle tech­nol­o­gy. Sun’s pre­sen­ta­tion dis­cuss­es the ways that coop­er­a­tive vehi­cle pla­toons can save ener­gy due to air drag reduc­tion. Sun’s poster was co-authored with CEE Pro­fes­sor Yafeng Yin.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position (Filled)

A post­doc­tor­al fel­low posi­tion is avail­able in the area of trans­porta­tion sys­tems opti­miza­tion at the Lab for Inno­v­a­tive Mobil­i­ty Sys­tems (LIMOS), Depart­ment of Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor (https://limos.engin.umich.edu/). The appointee will be involved in research projects on rideshar­ing opti­miza­tion and/or traf­fic sig­nal con­trol. Duties include con­duct­ing orig­i­nal research, doc­u­ment­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing research find­ings, and project man­age­ment. The appointee will also be involved in teach­ing and men­tor­ing grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate research assis­tants. The appoint­ment is for one year, with a pos­si­bil­i­ty for renew­al. The posi­tion is open imme­di­ate­ly and salary will be based on qual­i­fi­ca­tion and experience.

Can­di­dates should have a Ph.D. in trans­porta­tion engi­neer­ing, oper­a­tions research, or oth­er relat­ed fields, be flu­ent in Eng­lish, have excel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and be able to work inde­pen­dent­ly. Those with the fol­low­ing skills are pre­ferred: 1) large-scale non­lin­ear opti­miza­tion; 2) dis­trib­uted opti­miza­tion or con­trol; 3) machine learn­ing; 4) strong pro­gram­ming skills.

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates should email 1) a cov­er let­ter, 2) cur­ricu­lum vitae, 3) three names of ref­er­ences and 4) two sam­ple papers to Dr. Yafeng Yin (), Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan. The review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Sep­tem­ber 15, 2018. Appli­ca­tions will con­tin­ue to be accept­ed until the posi­tion is filled.

Yafeng Yin recognized by COTA for his leadership

At the 18th COTA Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence of Trans­porta­tion Pro­fes­sion­als (CICTP2018) held July 5–8, 2018, in Bei­jing, Chi­na, Dr. Yafeng Yin was award­ed the COTA Out­stand­ing Lead­er­ship Award for guid­ing the orga­ni­za­tion to suc­cess­ful­ly ful­fill its mis­sions and play­ing a key role in build­ing the orga­ni­za­tion and grow­ing the COTA com­mu­ni­ty. Dr. Yin served on the COTA’s Board of Direc­tors between 2008 and 2018, and was its Pres­i­dent between 2014 and 2016.

LIMOS alumnus Zhibin Chen offered faculty position at NYU Shanghai

LIMOS alum­nus Zhib­in Chen (May 2017) was offered the posi­tion of Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at NYU Shang­hai, and his appoint­ment will begin on Jan­u­ary 1, 2019. NYU Shang­hai is the newest degree-grant­i­ng cam­pus with­in New York University’s glob­al net­work. It is the first high­er edu­ca­tion joint ven­ture in Chi­na autho­rized to grant degrees that are accred­it­ed in the U.S. as well as in China.

LIMOS alumnus Liteng Zha won dissertation award

LIMOS alum­nus Liteng Zha (May 2017) was select­ed to receive the 2018 COTA Best Dis­ser­ta­tion Award for his dis­ser­ta­tion, “Mod­el­ing and Analy­sis of On-demand Ride-Sourc­ing Mar­kets.” This annu­al award rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing stu­dent of Chi­nese nation­al­i­ty for his or her accom­plish­ments of pur­su­ing doc­tor­al degrees in the trans­porta­tion field. The award is pre­sent­ed by the Chi­nese Over­seas Trans­porta­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (COTA). Estab­lished in 1996, COTA is a non-prof­it pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion reg­is­tered in Mary­land, Unit­ed States, whose mem­bers are Chi­nese pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents who work or study over­seas in the trans­porta­tion or relat­ed fields. COTA has more than 1,000 mem­bers and friends. More infor­ma­tion of COTA can be found online at: http://www.cota-home.org/.