Transportation Systems Engineering Seminar Series

The Transportation Systems Programs within the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo hosts distinguished speakers from academia, industry and government - from around the world - through the academic year. 

2016-2017 Transportation Engineering Systems Seminar Speakers

Dr. Chen is currently an Assistant Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. Additionally, he has specific expertise on the design of statistical experiments, simulation and econometrics, which will be critical for designing choice experiments that produce response data with desired statistical properties. Dr. Chen received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, and BS and MS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, all in Civil Engineering. His research agenda focuses on understanding and modeling the dynamics of user responses to real-time information systems and new communication technologies in transportation systems. He has worked on models of route and departure time choice, as well as activity-based models of travel demand. He has expertise in the development, estimation and application of advanced travel demand models, including his recent work on developing choice models with randomly distributed values of time (user heterogeneity), which have been integrated within dynamic traffic assignment modeling platforms for predicting responses to congestion pricing and varying weather patterns. Dr. Chen is currently a member of the TRB standing Committee ADB20, on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Travel Choices.

2015 - 2016 Transportation Engineering Systems Seminar Speakers

Hari Balakrishnan is the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and a Director of MIT's Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing. His research is in networked computer systems, with current interests in networking, data management, and sensing for a world of "truly mobile" devices connected to cloud services running in large datacenters. Based on the CarTel research project, he co-founded Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a company that develops mobile sensing, inferencing, and data analytics technologies to change driver behavior and make roads safer around the world. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley (winner of the 1998 ACM doctoral dissertation award) and IIT Madras (1993), which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2013. He was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 for his contributions to networks and distributed systems.

2014 - 2015 Transportation Engineering Systems Seminar Speakers