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Second Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics

August 4th & 5th, 2016 - George Mason University, Arlington Campus - Arlington, Virginia

Symposium Speakers

We are proud to host the brightest talent in transportation research. Browse our speakers below:

Keynote Speakers

James Pol, PE, PMP

James Pol, PE, PMP

Technical Director, Safety Research & Development, Federal Highway Administration

Kaan Ozbay, Ph.D.

Kaan Ozbay, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering & Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP), New York University

Siva Narla

Siva Narla

Senior Director, Transportation Technology, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Podium Presenters

Adel Sadek
8/3/16
Dr. Sadek is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB).  He also serves as the Director of UB’s Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics, Director of the Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center, and Chair of UB2020’s Strategic Strength in Extreme Events. Click Adel's photo to learn more.
Bo Du
6/30/16
Bo Du is a doctoral student in the Transportation Program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He has also earned a M.S degree in Transportation Engineering at NJIT. Click Bo's photo to learn more.
Deborah Crawford
7/25/16
Deborah Crawford, PhD, is Vice President for Research at George Mason University.  Crawford joined Mason in April 2016 from the International Computer Science Institute, an independent research institute affiliated with the University of California Berkeley, where she served as President and Executive Director.
Faroog Ibrahim
7/18/16
Dr. Faroog Ibrahim, a doctorate of engineering from UDM with a major in EE has a total of around 27 years of experience. He is a US expert to ISO/TC204/WG14 and the global work item leader for ISO 15623 FVCWS and Cooperative ACC. Dr. Ibrahim has around 45 granted and published patents and trade secrets, and around 45 publications.  In addition of being in Executive director position, Dr. Ibrahim has led successfully the V2X applications development.
Ivette Cruzado
7/20/16
Dr. Cruzado has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University, a Master in Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and a Bachelor in Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM).  Dr. Cruzado has been a faculty member in the UPRM since the year 2009.  The PI serves as member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Geometric Design Committee (AFB10). Click Ivette's photo to learn more.
Jeong Yun Kweun
8/3/16
Jeong Yun Kweun is a PhD candidate at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, with a concentration in transportation policy.
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga
7/18/16
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga is a Mellon Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research happens at the intersection of data, GIS, urbanism, architecture and the humanities and he teaches graduate level seminars on mapping, advanced GIS and data visualization. 
Kanti Srikanth
8/1/16
Kanathur (Kanti) Srikanth is the Director of the Transportation Department at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Staff Director of the Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the National Capital Region.  Prior to joining the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in 2014 Mr. Srikanth worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Transportation.  He also worked as a consultant with JHK and Associates during early 1990s.  Mr. Srikanth has been a Transportation professional for over 25 years and has a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland.
Ken Ball
8/3/16
Kenneth Ball is the dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering. Prior to joining Mason in 2012, he was L. S. Randolph Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech since 2004. He was previously the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Majka, PhD
7/18/16
Dr. Kevin Majka is a senior scientist at CUBRC in Buffalo, NY and a key contributor to projects at in the Public Safety and Transportation Group.
Lauren McCarthy
7/8/16
Lauren N. McCarthy is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Public Private Partnership Policy. She is a doctoral student at George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Her research interests include the intersection of technology, society and policy, particularly relating to the sharing economy through shared-use transportation companies, social entrepreneurship and small business development. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 
Lei Lin
7/8/16
Dr. Lei Lin is currently a researcher at PARC, a Xerox Company, where he has been applying his data mining skills and transportation domain knowledge on urban mobility studies like TRANSNET and connected vehicle. Dr. Lei Lin earned his Ph.D. degree in Transportation Systems Engineering in 2015 and M.S. degree in Computer Science in 2014, both from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. From his Ph.D. studies, he has seven refereed journal publications, and other refereed conference proceedings.
Lei Zhang
7/18/16
Lei Zhang is Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor and Director of the National Transportation Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his Ph.D. (major: Transportation Engineering; minor: Operations Research in 2006) and M.S. (Applied Economics in 2005; Civil Engineering in 2002) degrees from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. (Civil Engineering in 2000) from Tsinghua University.
Obinna Igbe
7/8/16
Dr. Lei Zhu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, working in NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center.
Lisardo Bolanos
8/3/16
Lisardo Bolaños is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Public–Private Partnership Policy.
María Torres
7/8/16
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Maria Gertrudis Torres Rodriguez is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Transportation Engineering Program of the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM), where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Mohamad Alipour
7/8/16
Mohamad Alipour is a research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He joined the Infrastructure Engineering program at UVA in 2014 as a PhD student, after Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic.
Ning Li
7/19/16
Ning Li, PhD, PE, is currently the Traffic Asset Program Manager with the Virginia Department Transportation.  He is the responsible charge engineer overseeing the asset management of statewide traffic assets such as guardrails, signals, signs, etc. His responsibilities include  technical policy development, project delivery support, over $450M annual asset financial needs assessment and traffic control devices products pre-approval.   
Obinna Igbe
7/8/16
Obinna Igbe is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) with particular interest in Network Security; more especially security of cloud infrastructures, connected vehicles and smart grids.
Qing He
7/28/16
. Qing He is currently the Stephen Still Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering and Logistics, affiliated with both Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Arizona in 2010. Prior to joining faculty, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in IBM T J Watson Research Center, where he has been working on Smarter Transportation projects from 2010 to 2012. His research vision is to develop a multimodal, multidimensional transportation and logistics systems with Big Data and information technology, using a broad range of techniques, including optimization, control, simulation, and statistics. Specifically his research addresses problems in transportation modeling and operations using mobile sensors, incident management, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
Mohamad Alipour
7/26/16
Robert Kluger is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Virginia. His primary research interests are in highway safety and ITS. In 2012 he was the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure Student of the Year, and more recently he was the recipient of an Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship, conducting research at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center for the past two years.
Sandeep Mudigonda, PhD
7/18/16
Dr. Sandeep Mudigonda is working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), Region II at the City University of New York.
Scott Silence
8/3/16
Scott served as strategy principal on the XIG Strategy and Alliances team, capturing the business potential of new investment opportunities. He joined Xerox in 1994, initially with the Supplies Delivery Unit (SDU).
Zhen Sean Qian
7/18/16
Sean is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College at Carnegi Mellon University. His research interests lie in the integration and optimization of civil infrastructure systems.
Obinna Igbe
7/8/16
Dr. Shanjiang Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Planning and Engineering at George Mason University (GMU). He graduated from Tsinghua University with a B.S degree in 2003 and a M.S in 2005. During 2001-2003, he studied at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, in France, as a dual-degree student. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked two years as a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland before joining GMU.
Soumya Dey
7/28/16
Soumya S. Dey, P.E., PMP is the Director of Research and Technology Transfer for the District Department of Transportation.  He has held several leadership positions at DDOT including Acting Associate Director for Transportation Operations and Interim Chief Traffic Engineer.
He has over twenty years of experience in the transportation profession, spanning the public and private sector.  Prior to joining DDOT he worked for a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) in the Chicago area and for TransCore/SAIC and AECOM/DMJM+HARRIS. His areas of expertise include intelligent transportation systems, research, systems operations and management, traffic engineering, safety, planning and parking. He is a recognized thought leader in the application of technology and big data analytics to enhance the efficiency and operation of urban transportation networks. 
He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a registered professional engineer, a certified project management professional and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.  He is a recipient of ITE’s Past Presidents Award and the Cafritz Award from George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.
Stephen Still
7/25/16
Stephen Still is Managing Director and co-head of Seabury APG, which he co-founded in 1997. Dr. Still has more than 25 years experience in consulting and management of transportation systems, including 20 years of hands-on experience in aviation planning. Dr. Still has managed aviation projects worldwide including assignments for airlines, equipment manufacturers, and financial advisory firms. Recent projects include widebody fleet analysis leading to a multi-billion dollar fleet order, optimization of network structure for a major U.S. carrier, development of new planning methods for a large Asian airline, and an assessment and outlook for the U.S. airline industry. Dr. Still specializes in a variety of corporate planning functions including route and fleet strategy, financial analysis, and revenue management.
Thomas Brennan
7/8/16
Dr. Thomas M Brennan Jr. holds a Bachelor’s and a Doctoral Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from George Mason University.
Wuping Xin
8/2/16
Dr. Wuping Xin is the Chief Technology Officer of KLD Engineering, P.C. He earned his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and Doctoral Degree in Transportation Engineering from New York University.
Obinna Igbe
7/8/16
Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban is an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Automobile Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. in Computer Sciences and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research focuses on Transportation Network Modeling and Simulation, Urban Traffic System Modeling, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Transportation Big Data Analytics, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Poster Presentations

Andrew Bechtel
7/19/16
Dr. Bechtel earned his BS in Civil and Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in 2006, his MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2008, and his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. His research focuses on the behavior and performance of bridge structures.
Armando Gonzales-Bonilla
7/8/16
Armando Gonzalez Bonilla was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Civil Engineering and Surveying and Topography from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
Armando Gonzales-Bonilla
7/8/16
Edgardo M. Roman is a PhD candidate in Transportation Engineering in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). Since he started graduate studies in 2013 he has participated in the leadership of the student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE-UPRM), becoming its President since July of 2015.
8/3/16
Jeong Yun Kweun is a PhD candidate at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, with a concentration in transportation policy.
Lauren McCarthy
7/19/16
Lauren N. McCarthy is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Public Private Partnership Policy. She is a doctoral student at George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Her research interests include the intersection of technology, society and policy, particularly relating to the sharing economy through shared-use transportation companies, social entrepreneurship and small business development. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 
Thomas Brennan
7/8/16
Dr. Lei Lin is currently a researcher at PARC, a Xerox Company, where he has been applying his data mining skills and transportation domain knowledge on urban mobility studies like TRANSNET and connected vehicle.
Lei Zhu
7/8/16
Dr. Lei Zhu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, working in NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center.
8/3/16
Lisardo Bolaños is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Public–Private Partnership Policy.
Sean Qian
7/19/16
Sean is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College at Carnegi Mellon University. His research interests lie in the integration and optimization of civil infrastructure systems.
Thomas Brennan
7/8/16
Dr. Thomas M Brennan Jr. holds a Bachelor’s and a Doctoral Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from George Mason University.