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Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, P.E., F.ASCE

Trustee Chair
Pegasus Professor and Chair

 

Editor-in-Chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention

Room: Engr II 211-F
Phone: (407) 823-4535
E-mail: M.Aty@ucf.edu

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Traffic Safety Analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Simulation, Transportation Demand Analysis, Transportation Planning Concepts and Methods, Computer, Statistical and Econometrics Applications in Transportation Engineering.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation),
September 1995, University of California, Davis

M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Transportation),
July 1991 Alexandria University

B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, June 1985
Alexandria University

Dr. Abdel-Aty’s Road Safety System Demo

BIO

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, PE is a Trustee Chair at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is a Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department at UCF. He is leading the Future City initiative at UCF. His main expertise and interests are in the areas of traffic safety analysis, simulation, big data and data analytics, ITS and CAV. He is a pioneer and well recognized nationally and internationally in work and research in real-time safety analysis, Proactive traffic management, integrating road safety and transportation planning, Highway Safety Manual and Connected Vehicles. In 2015 he was awarded the Pegasus Professorship, the highest honor at UCF. In the last 22 years, Dr. Abdel-Aty has managed more than 60 research projects of about of $17 million. Dr. Abdel-Aty has published more than 540 papers, 275 in journals (Citations 12,475, H-Index 59). He supervised to graduation 70 PhD and MS students (in addition to currently supervising 15 PhD students). Dr. Abdel-Aty is the Editor-in-Chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the premier journal in safety. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the ITS Journal and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Fellow of ASCE, and member of multiple TRB Committees, including Safety Data, Analysis & Evaluation, Safety Performance, and User Information Systems.  In 2003 he was selected as UCF’s Distinguished Researcher, and in 2007 as UCF’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher. He has received multiple research awards from the College of Engineering & Computer Science in 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2012, including the Dean’s Advisory Board award. He and his students received multiple awards for their papers and research from ASCE, TRB, WCTR, ITS Florida and FL section ITE. His students received twice the best University dissertation and once the best MS thesis. He has been invited to deliver many Keynote speeches in conferences around the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, Korea, Turkey, KSA, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, and the US. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida.

RESEARCH  PROJECTS AT UCF

    1. Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative Grant Application, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 2018-2022.
    2. Using smartphone as OBU emulator implementation study, PI, FDOT, 2018-2020.
    3. Study of intersection turning movement estimation, PI, FDOT, 2018-2019.
    4. Investigation of Low Visibility Related Crashes in Florida, FDOT, 2018.
    5. Development and Application of Crash Severity Models for the Highway Safety Manual, NCHRP 17-85”, Co-PI with a team of Univ. of Connecticut, Funded by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2018-2021.
    6. Evaluation of Innovative Alternative Intersection Designs in the Development of Safety Performance Functions and Crash Modification Factors (sole PI), Funded by FDOT, 2017-2019.
    7. Integrated Freeway/Arterial Active Traffic Management (PI), Funded by FDOT, 2017-2019.
    8. Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM) (PI), University Transportation Center funded by USDOT, 2017-2022.
    9. Phase III: Real-Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2016-2017.
    10. Third Year “ Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM)” (PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013-2017
    11.  Freight Data Fusion from Multiple Data Sources for Freight Planning Applications in Florida,  (Co-PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2017
    12. Evaluating the benefits of multi-modal investments on promoting travel mobility in Central Florida (Co-PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2018
    13. Phase II: Real-Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2017
    14. Second Year “ Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM)” (PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013-2017 (Co-PI:Radwan)
    15. “MRI 4: Big Data for Safety Monitoring, Assessment, and Improvement” (PI) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Regional UTC, 2014-2016  (Co-PI:Radwan).
    16. “MRI 2: Integrated Simulation and Safety” (Co-PI) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Regional UTC, 2014-2015  (PI: Radwan).
    17. “Validation and Application of Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Part D and Developing Florida Crash Modification Factors Manual, Phase 2, (sole PI) Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2014-2016.
    18. “Enhancing and Generalizing the Two-Level Screening Approach Incorporating the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Methods, Phase 2, (sole PI) Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2014-2016.
    19. “A Comprehensive Investigation of Visibility Problems on Highways: Developing Real-Time Monitoring and Prediction System for Reduced Visibility and Understanding Traffic and Human Factors Implications” , (PI), Funded by the UTC National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, 2014-2015
    20. “ Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM)” (PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013-2017  (Co-PI: Radwan)
    21. “Real-Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2013-2014
    22. “Improved Prediction Models for Crash Types and Crash Severities, NCHRP 17-62”, PI at UCF with a team of Univ. of Connecticut, University of North Carolina & Persaud & Lyon, Funded by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2013-2017, UCF’s share
    23. “Two-Level Approach to Safety Planning Incorporating the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Network Screening”, sole (PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2012-2014.
    24. “Efficient Utilization of the Existing ITS System and the Viability of a Proactive Traffic Management System for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority”, (PI), Funded by OOCEA and the UTC National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, 2012-2014
    25. “Integrating Safety in Developing a Variable Speed Limit System”, (PI), Funded by the UTC National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, 2012-2014
    26. “Validation and Application of Highway Safety Manual Part D in Florida”, sole (PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, 2012-2014
    27. “Synthesis of Visibility Detection Systems”, (sole PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2012.
    28. Center for Transportation System Performance and Management” (Co-PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2012-2015,  (PI:Radwan, Co-PIs Aty)
    29. “Developing Advanced Spatial Analysis Tools in Transportation Safety Planning: Examining Planning Zones and Trip Data” (sole PI). Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) program for Transformational Changes and Revolutionary Advances for Transportation Planning, 2011-2012.
    30. “Developing an Active Traffic Management System for I-70 in Colorado” (sole PI). Approved by Colorado DOT for 3 years, 2011-2013.
    31. “Young Drivers Safety Study” (sole PI). Funded by FDOT District 5, 2010-2011.
    32. Developing an Early Detection System for Reduced Visibility from Fog/Smoke and Means to Effectively and Timely Warn Drivers” (PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, match from CATSS, 2008-2010.
    33. “UCF/CATSS-NU: Cooperative Design of Academic Programs” (Co-PI) Funded by Nile University, Egypt, 2008-2010.
    34. “Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns to Include Unsignalized Intersections and Expand the Safety/Traffic Database” (sole-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2007-09.
    35. “Reducing Fatalities and Severe Injuries on Florida’s High-Speed Multi-Lane Arterial Corridors” (sole PI), Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. 2007-2009.
    36. “Expanding the scope of the Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns to include a Client/Server Computer Application” (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2005-07.
    37. “Acquisition of Fully Instrumented Vehicle for Driving Simulator Validation and Gathering of Field Test Data” (Co-PI), UCF Presidential Major Equipment Award, 2005. (PI: Harold Klee, Co-PI: Radwan, Weeks, Abdel-Aty)
    38. “Linking Crash Patterns to ITS-Related Archived Data (PHASE II): Developing a Hybrid Detailed Crash Prediction System Using ITS Data on I-4 and Evaluating the Application Strategies” (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2004-07. (PI : Abdel-Aty, Co-PI Uddin)
    39. “Emergency Evacuation Plan Simulation for Orlando International Airport & Vulnerability Assessment and Test (VA)/Continuance of Operations (COOP) for the Security Command and Control Center at Orlando International Airport” (Co-PI). Funded by Federal Transit Administration/Florida Atlantic University. 2004-05. (PI: Radwan, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty and Mollaghasemi)
    40. “Frequency Analysis Technique Applied to Transportation Freight, Goods, and Services Data”, (Co-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2004-06. (PI: Li, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
    41. “Relating Crash Occurrence to Freeway Loop Detectors Data, Weather Conditions and Geometric Factors”, (PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2003-05.   (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Uddin)
    42. “Phase II: Extension of the Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns”, (sole PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2003-05. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    43. “Using the UCF Driving Simulator as a Test Bed for High Risk Locations, Part I: Signalized Intersections and Toll Plazas”, (PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2003-04, (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Radwan and Klee)
    44. “Evaluation of Red-light Running and Visibility around LTVs Using UCF Driving Simulator, (Co-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2003-04, (PI: Radwan, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty and Klee)
    45. “An Integrated Emergency Management Decision Support System for Evacuation”, (Co-PI). Funded by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation (CATSS). 2003-2004. (PI: Mollaghasemi, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
    46. “Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns”, (sole Principal Investigator). Funded  by Florida Department of Transportation. 2002-04. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    47. “Linking Crash Patterns to ITS-Related Archived Data and Investigating the Potential of ITS in Reducing Safety Problems”, (Principal Investigator). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2002-04. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Al-Deek and Radwan)
    48. “Post-Disaster Dynamic Routing of Emergency Vehicle”, (Co-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2002-2003. (PI: Mollaghasemi, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
    49. “Creating a Technical Clearinghouse for Auto Clubs”, (sole PI). Funded by AIT/FIA Foundation for Mobility in Society (international). 2001-02. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    50. “The Impact of Real Time and Predictive Information on I-4 Travelers” (Co-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2001-2003. (PI: Al-Deek, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
    51. “The Impact of Real-Time Predictive Traffic Information on Travelers’ Behavior in the I-4 Corridor” (Co-PI). Funded by TCSP/FDOT. 2001-2003. (was originally funded for $150,000) (PI: Al-Deek, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty and Radwan)
    52. “Design and Development of a Computer Simulation Experiment to Support Mode/Route/Destination Choice Modeling in the Presence of ATIS” (sole PI). Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. 2001-02. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    53. “Effects of Telematics on Driver’s Workload”, (Co-PI). Funded by the AIT/FIA/AAA foundation for highway safety. 2001-02.  (PI: Mouloua, Co-PI: Hancock, Abdel-Aty and Rinalducci)
    54. “Nested Logit Mode Choice Model Universal Calibration Factors” (sole PI). Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. 1999-2001. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    55. “Origin/Destination Study for the OOCEA” (PI). Funded by HDR/Transportation Consulting Group.1999-2000. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Radwan)
    56. “Crash Simulation and Animation: A New Approach for Traffic Safety Analysis” (sole PI). Funded by the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation. 1999-2001.
    57. “Roundabouts Design, Modeling and Simulation” (PI). Funded by the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation. 1999-2000. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Hosni)
    58. “Application of Differential Global Positioning System for Collision Avoidance in Intelligent Transportation System in a Wireless Environment” (Co-PI). Funded by FDOT. 1999-2000. (PI: Oloufa, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
    59. “Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles” (sole PI). Funded by the University of Florida. 1998-1999. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
    60. “Demographic Factors, Roadway Design and Traffic Crashes: An Analytical Investigation” (PI).  Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.  1996-1998. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Radwan)
    61. “Identifying the Transportation Needs for the Elderly and Disabled” (sole PI).  Funded by the University of California. 1996 – 1997. (PI: Abdel-Aty)

LEADERSHIP SUMMARY

  • Chair, Department of Civil, Env. & Construction Engineering (Fall 2013- present), UCF
  • Leading the Future City Initiative at UCF
  • Deputy Director (1/2012 – present): Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, UCF.
  • Graduate Program Director (8/2009 – 8/2012): Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Dept., University of Central Florida.
    Responsibilities include: managing graduate programs, programs’ assessment, programs’ review, programs’ modifications, catalog changes, advising, mentoring, admission, certification, serve on college GPCC committee.
  • Program Director (2004 – 2012), Transportation Safety and Operations, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, UCF.
  • Editor-in-Chief (July 2013 – present), Accident Analysis and Prevention, Elsevier, Ranked no. 1 journal in safety research. Five years Impact factor 2.
  • Associate editor (2006 – 2013), Accident Analysis and Prevention, Elsevier.
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Director (2008 – 2009 sabbatical year), Nile University, Cairo
    Responsibilities included: Establishing the program, preparing academic curriculum, recruit faculty, recruit students, promote the program, organized an international conference in March 2009.
  • Co-Chair (2004-2011), Transportation Research Board, Joint Subcommittee on Advanced Traveler Information Systems.
  • Chair, CECS Honors (2005 -2008)
    Responsibilities included: advising and recruiting honor in the major students, honors scholarship selection, honors in the major thesis awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Francis C. Turner Award, March 2019
  • Korean Society of Transportation, 2018 Achievement Award, Dec. 2018
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (April 2018)
  • “Trustee Chair”, UCF, July 2017.
  • “Pegasus Professor”, UCF, April 2015.
  • University 2014 award for “Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students”, recipient in the disciplinary grouping of “Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences”, March 2015.
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dean’s Advisory Board award, UCF, November 2012.
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Researcher Award, UCF, January 2010.
  • Research Incentive Award (RIA), College of Engineering & Computer Science, Aug. 2008.
  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award for the College of Engineering & Computer Science, UCF, Aug. 2008.
  • College Excellence in Professional Service, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Feb. 2008.
  • University Excellence in Graduate Teaching, UCF, 2008.
  • Distinguished Professional Service Award, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, UCF, 2007.
  • Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, College of Engineering & Computer Science, UCF, February 2007.
  • University Distinguished Researcher, University of Central Florida, 2003.
  • Research Incentive Award (RIA), College of Engineering & Computer Science, Aug. 2003.
  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award for the College of Engineering & Computer Science, UCF, Aug. 2003.
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Researcher Award, UCF, January 2003.
  • Outstanding Researcher, Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Department, UCF, 2002, 2008, 2009.
  • CECS Distinguished Research Lecturer, College of Engineering, UCF, April 2003.
  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, College of Engineering, UCF, Aug. 1998.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award for the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, UCF, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2004/05 and 2006/07 academic years.
  • Member Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society (initiated Fall 2007)
  • Member Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society (initiated as an eminent engineer, Spring 2000)
  • Member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (initiated Spring 2000)
  • Dissertation Award for outstanding Ph.D. dissertation from the University of California Transportation Center — UCTC (academic year 1994/95).
  • Tuition Fellowship Awards, University of California, Davis (5 quarters for the 1992/93, 1993/94 and the 1994/95 academic years).
  • Outstanding Academic Performance Grants throughout five years of undergraduate studies.
  • B.Sc. Graduation Grade (1985): Very Good with the Degree of Honor. Ranked 5/703.

RESEARCH  PROJECTS BEFORE JOINING UCF

  • “Modeling Route Choice Behavior Using Revealed and Stated Preferences Data” (sole PI). Funded by the California Department of Transportation through the University of California Transportation Center. 1994 – 1995.  (wrote proposal and was awarded as dissertation grant)
  • “Using Advanced Technologies to Increase Mobility and Acceptability of Special Needs Travelers” (Co-PI).  Sponsored by the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) and the California Department of Transportation. 1994 – 1995. (wrote proposal while working for UCDavis)
  • “Impact of ATIS on Travel Demand”. Sponsored by the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) and the California Department of Transportation. 1991 – 1994. (worked on as a research assistant with Professor Kitamura)

TEACHING

Developed lectures, syllabus, home works, and exams, and currently teaching the following courses at the University of Central Florida (taught each course several times, with many modifications introduced every time – 1995-2012):

Transportation Engineering (TTE4004)
This is an undergraduate course that provides a broad base of transportation and traffic knowledge to civil engineering students.  The course covers transportation modes, geometric design, vehicular flow models, the capacity of intersections, highway capacity, transportation planning, demand forecasting models, air quality and energy impacts of transportation. Taught as ITV in Spring 2000 and 2001.

Transportation Safety Analysis (TTE6315)
This is a graduate course that introduces the students to the concepts underlying traffic safety.  The course addresses several topics, among these topics, are risk and exposure, driver and roadway factors, highway safety improvements, and modeling accident occurrence.  This course was introduced for the first time by Dr. M. Abdel-Aty in Fall 1996 as TTE 5315.

Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (TTE5805)
This is an undergraduate/graduate course that covers all aspects of the highway and street design.  Topics covered include the design elements (horizontal and vertical alignment), design controls and criteria, functional classification of highways, the relation between highway capacity and geometric design, grade separations and interchanges, and intersections.  The course promotes both qualitative and quantitative methods of reasoning and analysis.

Regional Planning (CGN6655)
This is a graduate course that mainly covers the four steps planning process in transportation.  Lectures cover trip generation, distribution, modal split, and traffic assignment methods.  The course also looks at the inter-relation between land use and transportation planning.  Several analytical and computer applications are used in the course.

Other Teaching activities
Guest lecturer EGN 4931 Honors Seminar, March 2006
Judge, Graduate Research Forum, UCF, March 29, 2006
FE review in Transportation and Probability and Statistics (twice yearly since October 2006)

Taught the following courses at Alexandria University (1985-1991):
Railroad Engineering a comprehensive undergraduate that cover the design, planning, and operation of railways.

Introduction to Transportation and Traffic Engineering an undergraduate course in civil engineering that introduces the students to several aspects of transportation and traffic engineering.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

  • Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

– Member, Committee on Highway Safety Performance (AND25) – MEMBER (2014-   2020)
– Member, Committee on User Information Systems (AND20) – MEMBER (1998 – 2002, 2004 –2011 and 2014-2010)
– Co-Chair, Joint Subcommittee on ATIS (AND20 (2)) – (2004- 2011)
– Member, Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation (ANB20) – MEMBER (2003 – 2014, and 2017-2020)

  • Editor-in-Chief (July 2013 – present), Accident Analysis and Prevention, Elsevier, Ranked no. 1 journal in safety research, top 3 in Transportation, 2nd out of 83 journals. Five years Impact factor: 2, Cite Score: 2.94.
  • Associate editor, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Elsevier, Five years Impact factor 7 (2006 – 2013)
  • Associate Editor, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives (TRIP).
  • Co-Chair, ASCE Transportation Safety Committee
  • Member, Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention (2001 – 2006)
  • Member, Editorial Board, ITS Journal, Taylor & Francis (2003 – ongoing)
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Taylor & Francis (2013 – present).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Analytic Methods in Accident Research (AMAR), 2019-
  • Judge, International Road Federation, Global Road Achievement Awards, 2017
  • Member Italy National Promotion Commission for Associate and full Professors in Transportation and Infrastructure sectors (2016/17).
  • Member International Road Federation Group of Experts on Road Safety (2011-ongoing)
  • Visiting scholar and International Research Board Member, MOELAB, Beijing Jiaotong University, China (2011)
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Member Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
  • Member, World Conference on Transport Research Society – WCTRS (2004 – ongoing)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education – ASEE (2002-2004 and 2010 – current)
  • American Society of Highway Engineers

MAILING ADDRESS:

Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department
University of Central Florida
12800 Pegasus Drive, Suite 211
Orlando, Florida 32816-2450

Phone: (407) 823-2841

Fax: (407) 823-3315