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
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.
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 (UFCE 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/.