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Monday, May 13, 2024
Vol. 249-2024-04

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The 24th COTA International Conference on International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2024), July 12-15, 2024, Shenzhen, China

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Jianming Ma
Dr. Jianming Ma

Jianming Ma, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, M.ASCE, has been selected by T&DI’s Board of Governors as the Official Nominee for the 4-year position on the Board of Governors, commencing October 1, 2024.

Dr. Jianming Ma is the Director of the Traffic Safety Division’s Traffic Management Section at the Texas Department of Transportation, overseeing the development of statewide traffic management programs, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Traffic Signals, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), and Traffic Incident Management (TIM). With over twenty-nine years of progressive experience in research, contract management, project and program management, traffic engineering, traffic management, and traffic safety, Dr. Ma has a proven track record of establishing operational optimization, developing high-performing teams, and improving processes and procedures. He has published about 50 technical papers and reports in the area of ITS, traffic safety, connected and automated vehicles, and traffic engineering. Dr. Ma is a member of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors and the founding co-chair of the ASCE T&DI Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Impacts Committee. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Human Factors of Infrastructure Design and Operations (ACH40), and the TRB Committee on Traffic Signal Systems (ACP25). Dr. Ma is the Immediate Past President of the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and the research development and implementation coordinator for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Transportation System Operations. He currently represents the U.S. on the Road Network Operations/ITS Technical Committee of the World Road Association (PIARC). Dr. Ma has been invited to serve on numerous research panels such as TxDOT, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2), AASHTO CAV Working Group, Cooperative and Automated Transportation Coalition, and the CV Pooled Fund Study (CV PFS). Dr. Ma serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Safety Research and has also served as Associate Editor for the 15th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems.


Heng Wei
Dr. Heng Wei

Dr. Heng Wei, professor of University of Washington, is announced as 2024 recipient of the ASCE Frank M. Masters Award

The ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) is pleased to announce Dr. Heng Wei, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, of the University of Cincinnati, as the 2024 recipient of the Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award. This award is given to a member of the Society for the best example of innovative or noteworthy planning, design, or construction of transportation facilities.
Dr. Heng Wei is currently a professor of transportation systems and engineering, the director of the civil engineering program, and the founding director of the Advanced Research on Transportation Engineering and Systems (ART-Engine S Lab) at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Prior to joining UC in 2004, Dr. Wei was a faculty lecturer in transportation engineering at the University of Southern California and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He has approximately 5 years of industry experience through several projects including Illinois DOT’s TMC Software System Upgrade, US National ITS Architecture Maintenance, Michigan DOT’s ITS Center Maintenance, and Wisconsin DOT’s freeway system operations assessment. His other work in the industry includes transportation planning and travel demand forecasting, and traffic impact and signal control improvement projects for cities in Kansas, Missouri, and California.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Wei developed Vehicle Video Capture Data Collector (VEVID), an innovative video-capture method for video extraction of vehicle trajectory data from multiple lanes and an accompanying software tool, which served as a basis for subsequently securing research grants from the FHWA, ODOT, NSF, and US EPA. Through these projects, Dr. Wei has made significant contributions to traffic driving behavior analysis, dilemma zone dynamics, and vehicle classification using dual-loop sensors. His other contributions to transportation engineering research includes the development of a novel theoretic framework for transportation emergency evacuation planning models and an innovative intelligent dynamic traffic control system for freeway bottlenecks and work zones. Dr. Wei also developed the Integrated Urban Emergency Evacuation Contingency Plan (IUE2CP), in partnership with Beijing University of Technology for a Beijing Olympic Games research project in 2007. The results were highly influential and introduced in two books, Methods and Applications for Emergency Traffic Evaluation Planning and Best Practices in the Integration of ITS, Public Safety, Security, and Emergency Management as well as several published journal papers. Additionally, he developed the Traffic Air Environmental Health Impact Analysis (TAEHIA, jointly funded by FHWA and Ohio DOT) and Air Impact Relating Scenario-based Urban Settings and Transportation Assets In Network. TAEHIA aims to transform the existing permanent traffic monitoring data and air quality monitoring data into the automated process of traffic conformity project studies, with extended capability to address public health problems due to transportation activities. Finally, he spearheaded the EPA-funded AIR-SUSTAIN project, AIR-SUSTAIN provides a GIS¬based digital platform to analyze land-use and social economy adaptations to climate changes by the integrating the regional-level and project-level transportation environmental impacts. Currently, the AIR-SUSTAIN is being integrated into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Smart Urban Development (SUD) simulation platform for climate adaptation.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. Wei is currently the Chair of the T&DI Emerging Technologies Council, Co-Chair of Sub-committee on Events Organization for TRB Standing Committee on AI and Advanced Computing Applications (AED50), and Chair of IEEE ITSS Travel Information and Traffic Management Committee. He is also currently a member of several other professional committees within and outside of T&DI. In the past, he has served as President of the Board of Directors for the China Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). Dr. Wei has also been the proceedings editor for the International Conference on Transportation and Development (ICTD) since 2022, and was the lead editor and one of the authors of the ASCE publication Disruptive Emerging Transportation Technologies, published in April 2022.
ASCE named Dr. Wei a Fellow in September of 2020. He’s been an ASCE member since 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree and first master’s degree in civil/highway & traffic engineering from the Beijing University of Technology (1985,1988) and his second master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (1996, 1999).


Yinhai Wang
Dr. Yinhai Wang

Dr. Yinhai Wang, professor of University of Washington, is Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Eight professors at the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the organization announced on July 17. The Academy said members are elected “in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement, and their willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington.”

Dr. Yinhai Wang, Thomas and Marilyn Nielsen Endowed Professor in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of PacTrans and STAR Lab, for “pioneering contributions to traffic sensing, transportation data science, edge AI, and smart infrastructure system theory and technologies, as well as the exceptional leadership in regional collaborations among academia, industry, and agencies for creating transformational mobility solutions.”


Center of Excellence on New Mobility and Automated Vehicles led by Prof. Jiaqi Ma at UCLA.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the Center of Excellence on New Mobility and Automated Vehicles (Mobility COE) in a collaboration between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and UCLA. The Mobility COE focuses on researching the potential impact of new mobility technologies and automated vehicles at scale on areas such as land use, transportation systems, equity, and municipal budgets. It will gather data, fund projects, and conduct studies to assist government agencies, planners, and commercial operators in making informed decisions about these emerging technologies and furthering the goals of the Department of Transportation. Subscribe to the Mobility Center of Excellence Email List: https://www.mobilitycoe.org/subscribe/

IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics Call for Papers Special Section on "Secure and Privacy-Preserving Federated Learning for Autonomous Vehicles: Advances, Challenges, and Applications"

TRE特刊投稿邀请: Evolving Urban Transport Policies, Equity, and Behavioural Dynamics。
北京交通大学王雅璨,丹麦科技大学Nielsen Otto Anker, 莫纳什大学Currie Graham,德克萨斯奥斯丁分校Ming Zhang, 香港理工大学Xiaowen Fu联合组织Transportation research part E特刊,Evolving Urban Transport Policies, Equity, and Behavioural Dynamics。


Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamic, Special Issue Sustainable and Smart Urban Mobility
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Community/2024/TMB_SI_Sustainable and Smart Urban Mobility.pdf


Call for Paper: Sustainability-Special Issue "Sustainable Road Transport System Planning and Optimization"

Career Opportunity

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Ph.D. Student Opportunities in Transportation at Old Dominion University
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a doctoral/research intensive university and Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution. UWM is one of the nation’s top 131 research universities (R-1 status) as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Operating within the College of Applied Science and Engineering (CEAS), UWM’s Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT) (https://uwm.edu/ipit/) is looking for a highly motivated research associate to lead transportation research. For full consideration, please submit your CV, cover letter, a research statement and contact information for two (2) professional references in a single pdf file to Dr. Xiao Qin at qinx@uwm.edu. Please use “IPIT job application” in the email subject line. Review of application will begin immediately and continue till the position is filled.

Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT) at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Career/2024/UWM IPIT_job_2024.docx

Job Opportunities - Endesco, Inc.
We (Endesco, Inc.) are hiring for the following positions (in the local DC/MD/VA area)! Excellent compensation package, flexible working schedules, growth-encouraging team members, and exciting projects to work on!
- Senior Traffic Engineer
- Traffic Engineer (Entry Level)
- Water Resources Engineer (Entry to Mid Level)
Please apply by visiting: www.endescoinc.com/careers.html

OJ-ITS Looking for Associate Editors (AE).
Prof. Jiaqi Ma is looking for new Associate Editors (AE) to join the Editorial Board of IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. OJ-ITS, a leading gold open access journal in transportation and mobility technologies, boasts a 2023 Scopus real-time CiteScore of 5.4 and an impact factor estimated over 4.3 (as of April 2024). Interested candidates should email jiaqima@ucla.edu about your interests with a CV, a brief bio, and IEEE details (membership, IEEE region).

TUDelft PhD Student Opening for Optimal Train Trajectory Coordination Under Uncertainty

武汉理工交通与物流学院招聘,联系人:刘兵,Email: lbjiaotong@126.com
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Career/2024/WHUT Hiring.docx
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Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships at Dr. Cathy Liu’s Group, University of Utah

Postdoc and Graduate Research Assistant Openings at Dr. Xianbiao Hu’s Group at Penn State University
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Fully-Funded Ph.D. Research Assistant Position at Dr. Ruimin Ke’s Group in Transportation Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Career/2023/Ruimin Ke Ph.D. Position.pdf

Ph.D. Positions Available in Transportation Engineering at Dr. Qianwen Guo’s Group at Florida State University
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Career/2023/Qianwen Guo FSU Ph.D. Position.pdf

Sustainable Urban Mobility Lab (Directed by Dr. Zhengtian Xu) Ph.D. Position Opening at George Washington University
http://www.cota-home.org/Docs/Career/2023/Zhengtian Xu GWU Ph.D. Student.pdf

Ph.D. Positions in Dr Hao Zhou’s Group at University of South Florida
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Ph.D. Positions in Transportation Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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Postdoctoral Positions at Group University of Thessaly (Dr. Athanasios Theofilatos’s Group) sponsored by Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Ph.D. student openings at Dr. Qianwen Li’s Cooperative Automated Mobility Innovations Lab at University of Georgia
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