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

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/Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty
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Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, P.E.

Pegasus Professor and Chair
Trustee Chair

Deputy Director, Transportation Safety and Operation Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation (CATSS)

Editor-in-Chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention

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

TEACHING

  • Transportation Engineering (TTE4004)
  • Transportation Safety Analysis (TTE6315)
  • Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (TTE5805)
  • Regional Planning (CGN6655)

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

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.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Integrated Freeway/Arterial Active Traffic Management (PI), Funded by FDOT, 2017-2018.
  2. Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM) (PI), University Transportation Center funded by USDOT, 2017-2022.
  3. Phase III: Real Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2016-2017.
  4. Third Year “ Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM)” (PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013-2017
  5.  Freight Data Fusion from Multiple Data Sources for Freight Planning Applications in Florida,  (Co-PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2017
  6. Evaluating the benefits of multi-modal investments on promoting travel mobility in Central Florida (Co-PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2018
  7. Phase II: Real Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2015-2017
  8. 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)
  9. “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).
  10. “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).
  11. “Validation and Application of Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Part D and Developing Florida Crash Modification Factors Manual, Phase 2, (sole PI) Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2014-2016.
  12. “Enhancing and Generalizing the Two-Level Screening Approach Incorporating the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Methods, Phase 2, (sole PI) Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2014-2016.
  13. “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
  14. “ Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM)” (PI), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation, 2013-2017  (Co-PI:Radwan)
  15. “Real Time Monitoring and Prediction of Reduced Visibility Events on Florida’s Highways (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2013-2014
  16. “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
  17. “Two Level Approach to Safety Planning Incorporating the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Network Screening”, sole (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2012-2014.
  18. “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
  19. “Integrating Safety in Developing a Variable Speed Limit System”, (PI), Funded by the UTC National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management, 2012-2014
  20. “Validation and Application of Highway Safety Manual Part D in Florida”, sole (PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2012-2014
  21. “Synthesis of Visibility Detection Systems”, (sole PI), Funded by Florida Department of Transportation, 2012.
  22. 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)
  23. “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.
  24. “Developing an Active Traffic Management System for I-70 in Colorado” (sole PI). Approved by Colorado DOT for 3 years, 2011-2013.
  25. “Young Drivers Safety Study” (sole PI). Funded by FDOT District 5, 2010-2011.
  26. 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.
  27. “UCF/CATSS-NU: Cooperative Design of Academic Programs” (Co-PI) Funded by Nile University, Egypt, 2008-2010.
  28. “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.
  29. “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.
  30. “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.
  31. “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)
  32. “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)
  33. “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)
  34. “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)
  35. “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)
  36. “Phase II: Extension of the Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns”, (sole PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2003-05. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
  37. “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)
  38. “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)
  39. “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)
  40. “Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles/Patterns”, (sole Principal Investigator). Funded  by Florida Department of Transportation. 2002-04. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
  41. “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)
  42. “Post-Disaster Dynamic Routing of Emergency Vehicle”, (Co-PI). Funded by Florida Department of Transportation. 2002-2003. (PI: Mollaghasemi, Co-PI: Abdel-Aty)
  43. “Creating a Technical Clearinghouse for Auto Clubs”, (sole PI). Funded by AIT/FIA Foundation for Mobility in Society (international). 2001-02. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
  44. “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)
  45. “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)
  46. “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)
  47. “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)
  48. “Nested Logit Mode Choice Model Universal Calibration Factors” (sole PI). Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. 1999-2001. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
  49. “Origin/Destination Study for the OOCEA” (PI). Funded by HDR/Transportation Consulting Group.1999-2000. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Radwan)
  50. “Crash Simulation and Animation: A New Approach for Traffic Safety Analysis” (sole PI). Funded by the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation. 1999-2001.
  51. “Roundabouts Design, Modeling and Simulation” (PI). Funded by the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation. 1999-2000. (PI: Abdel-Aty, Co-PI: Hosni)
  52. “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)
  53. “Identification of Intersections’ Crash Profiles” (sole PI). Funded by the University of Florida. 1998-1999. (PI: Abdel-Aty)
  54. “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)
  55. “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, Environmental & Construction Engineering (Fall 2013- present), University of Central Florida
  • Professor of Civil Engineering (8/2006 – present): Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Dept., University of Central Florida
    Deputy Director (1/2012 – present): Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, UCF.
    Graduate Program Director (8/2009 – 8/12): Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Dept., University of Central Florida
    Program Director (8/2004 – 1/2012), Transportation Safety and Operations, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, UCF.
  • Associate Professor (8/2000-8/2006): Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., University of Central Florida
  • Assistant Professor (7/95 – 8/2000): Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., University of Central Florida. (promoted and tenured 5/2000)
  • Post Graduate Research Engineer (9/91 – 7/95): Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis.
  • Assistant Lecturer (10/85 – 9/91): Civil Engineering, Alexandria University.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • “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 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, 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 a several aspect of transportation and traffic engineering.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION (WORKSHOPS)

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Designs, May 4, 2005
  • Handling Negative Student Feedback, UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) – Sep. 2004.
  • The Summer Institute for faculty development, UCF, 2001 (32 hours)
  • IDL6543 (techniques for effective teaching) – Fall 2000
  • WebCT (using the Internet to enhance teaching) – Summer 2000
  • Successful collaboration and teamwork in the classroom and online
  • Problem-based approaches to learning
  • Active listening and reading activities: strategies for focusing students attention
  • Involvement and accountability: setting expectations for in-class, on-line, and the home learning environments

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: 2.7, Cite Score: 2.63.
  • Associate editor, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Elsevier, Five year Impact factor 2.7 (2006 – 2013)
  • 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 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, 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

Faculty Advisor for Student Chapter at UCF

  • Paper reviewer for TRB, Transportation, Transportation Research A, C & D, Accident Analysis and Prevention, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ITS Journal, Journal of Public Transportation, IEEE transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and the Journal of Safety Science (ongoing)
  • Committee Chair, SHRP 2  Expert Task Group for the Roadway Measurement Van Project (S03), Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, 2007
  • Chair expert panel, Mobility, Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), 2008.
  • Board Member, Southeastern Transportation Center (2007-ongoing)
  • Expert Panel member for the driving simulator project, Tongji University, China (2007-current)
  • Research proposal panel, National Institutes of Health (NIH), September 2009 & Feb. 2011
  • Peer reviewer for scientific reports for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 2010, 2011.
  • External reviewer, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), 2012.
  • Member, Committee of Experts, Road Safety & Environment Engineering Research Center of Ministry of Education (RERC), Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • Research proposal reviewer for the Connecticut Cooperative Highway Research (Fall 2004)
  • Research Proposal Reviewer for the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Fall 2004)
  • Committee on Transportation and Housing, Orange County, Florida (past member)

Assessment for Promotion of Faculty

  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the promotion case for the rank of Professor for Dr. John Ivan, University of Connecticut, 2006.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor for Dr. Sunanda Dissanayake, Kansas State University, 2007.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. Bruce Hellinga, University of Waterloo, Canada, Fall 2009.
  • Reference letter for Dr. Baher Abdulhai, University of Toronto, for Canada Research Professor, 2009.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor for Dr. Mecit Cetin, Old Dominion University, August 2011.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. Amer Shalaby, University of Toronto, December 2011.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor for Dr. Thobias Sando, University of North Florida, 2012.
  • Evaluation of Professor Tarek Sayed’s record for the Killam Research Prize, University of British Columbia, July 2012.
  • Evaluation for promotion of Dr. Tom Brijs to the rank of Professor, Hasselt University, Belgium, July 2012.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. Venky Shankar, Penn State University, September 2012.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for associate professor for Dr. Lina Kattan, University of Calgary, Canada, Spring 2013.
  • Writing an assessment letter for Research Engineer Position at UC Berkeley for Professor Dr. Venky Shankar, February 2013.
  • Evaluation of material and writing an assessment letter for tenure and promotion to associate Professor for Dr. Tova Rosenbloom, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, Summer 2013.
  • Evaluation of material and writing an assessment letter for promotion to associate Professor for Dr. Mohamed Ghanem, American University, Dubai, April 2014.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. George Yannis, Technical University of Athens, Greece, June 2014.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. Dominique Lord, Texas A&M University, July 2014.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of professor for Dr. Eric Donnell, Penn State, August 2014.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor for Dr. Yuanchang Xie, University of Massachusetts Lowell, September 2015.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the promotion to the rank of associate professor for Dr. Maya Abou Zeid, American University of Beirut, November 2015.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the promotion to the rank of full professor for Dr. Lorenzo Mussone, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, July 2016.
  • Evaluation of material and writing assessment letter for the tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate professor for Dr. Karim El-Basyouny, University of Alberta, August 2016.

International Agreements

  • Established an agreement between UCF and Beijing Jiaotong University, China, 2012, renewed in 2015 for 5 years.
  • Established an agreement between UCF and Tongji University, China, 2009.
  • Established a new agreement for research with Tongji University, 2016
  • Contributed to establishing an agreement between UCF and Nile University, Egypt, 2008.
  • Founded the Intelligent Transportation Systems graduate program at Nile University, 2008.

CONSULTING ACTIVITIES

  • “Evaluation of Innovative Safety Treatments”, jointly with HNTB, FDOT 2002-07.
  • NCHRP 3-70, Multimodal Level of Service Analysis for Urban Streets, 2003.
  • “UCF campus traffic study”, office of the VP at UCF. 2001.

UCF COMMITTEE SERVICE

  • College graduate recruiting committee (2015-ongoing)
  • College Tenure and Promotion Criteria (2013)
  •  College International Graduate Scholars Committee (2013-2014)
  •  College Dean’s Research Professorship Award (DRPA)
  •  CECE graduate program director (2009 – 2012)
  •  College Graduate GPCC Committee (2009 – 2012)
  •  College Tenure and Promotion Committee (2010-2012)
  •  Chair, College Sabbatical (2010/2011)
  •  College Sabbatical (2009/2010)
  •  College Graduate Performance and Assessment Committee (2009 – 2010)
  •   Search committee, 3 Infrastructure Engineering Faculty (2008/09)
  • University Honors Committee, 2007/08.
  • Chair, Civil, Env. & Construction Eng. Dept. Committee Cumulative Process of Tenured          Faculty, 2008
  •    Faculty Representative, Spring 2007 commencement.
  •    Represented College of Engineering and Computer Science in the National Merit

reception, March 23rd, 2007.

  •    Chair, CECS Honors (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08)
  •    Chair Civil & Env. Eng. ABET assessment outcome subcommittee (2006-ongoing)
  •    Civil & Environmental Engineering ABET Committee (2007/08)
  •    Civil & Environmental Engineering Vision Committee (2006)
  •    Search committee, Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering (2005/06)
  •    Faculty selections committee, Astronaut’s Scholarship, The Burnett Honors College (2006         and 2007)
  •    Search committee, Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (2004/05)
  •    Search committee, Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering (2004/05)
  •    College of Engineering Research Incentive Award (RIA) selection (2004/05)
  •    University Environmental Management Committee (2004/05)
  •    Civil & Env. Engineering Graduate Students Committee (2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05,

2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08)

  •     Civil & Env. Engineering Tenure & Promotion Committee (2002/03)
  •     Civil & Env. Engineering Department Institutional Effectiveness (2001/02)
  •     College of Engineering TIP selection (2000/01, 2006/07)
  •     College of Engineering TIP Criteria (1999/2000, 2005/2006)
  •     Department Awards Committee (2000, 2003, 2007)
  •       Search committee assistant director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation (2000)
  •       Department of Civil & Environmental “Strategic Planning” Committee (1997/98)
  •  Post-Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator for Transportation in the CEE Department (ongoing)
  •       Department Transportation Faculty Committee (ongoing)
  •       College of Engineering “Honors Program” Committee (1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03. 2003/04)
  • College “TAP Incubator” (1998/99)
  •       University “Communication” Committee (1998/99)
  • Cross College Collaboration Committee
  •      University “Parking Appeal” Committee (1998/99 and 1999/2000)
  • University “Metropolitan Center ad hoc” Committee (1999/2000)
  •      Served as the United Way Coordinator for the Civil Engineering Department in Fall 1995

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

  • P.E. Florida No. 55986

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Evaluating the safety of school Children in Orange County (Spring 2005). Produced the following reports:

  • Traffic Safety Evaluation of Orange County School Children
  • Evaluation of Traffic Safety at Avalon Elementary School

TV APPEARANCE

  • “Expressway 2000”, WMFE Public Television, Central Florida, aired June 25 and 27, 2000, and July 2001.
  • Channel 13 news, Traffic safety trends of LTVs, aired several times March 12, 2003.
  • UCF nightly news, Channel 21 (2/21/03) and Channel 98 Time Warner (2/25/03)
  • UCF Metro, WMFE Public Television, July 2003
  • Interviewed by Nile News TV (Egypt), Feb 3, 2005 to talk about new technologies in transportation, aired multiple times on February 4, 2005.
  • Zenith News Update, UCF Channel, aired for 3 weeks (multiple times per week), February 2005.
  • Interviewed on Fox Channel 35, I-4, aired November 4, 2005
  • Interviewed 15 minutes on Egyptian National TV “Good Morning Egypt” to talk about ITS and solutions to Egypt’s Transportation problems, March 17, 2009.
  • Interview with WESH-TV Channel 2, Visibility related safety problems on Highways, Jan. 2013

Radio

  • Predicting Traffic Crashes on I-4, Morning Edition, Public Radio WMFE 90.7 FM, June, 2003.
  • Study Suggests Drivers at Risk when SUV Directly Ahead of them, WNDB news, March 12, 2003. http://www.whog.fm/news_html2/1047462023.shtml
  • Safety of the Central Florida Expressway System, interview to News Talk 540 AM radio, April 19, 2006, aired April 19 and 20.

News

    • Spotting Trends to Anticipate Traffic Crashes, Tampa Tribune, January 12, 2003.
    • Professor’s research may predict traffic accidents on I-4, The Central Florida Future, April 21, 2003.
    • Driving Behind Light Trucks Increases Probability of Rear-End Crash,
      Ward’s Automotive Reports, April 2003.
    • UCF Builds a Better, Safer Trip from Here to There, UCF news, December 2002. http://news2.ucf.edu/FY2002-03/021216.html
    • Even Behind an SUV is Dangerous, UCF news, March 10, 2003.

http://news2.ucf.edu/FY2002-03/030310.html

    • Safety First, UCF Alumni, July 11, 2003.

http://www.ucfalumni.com/Main/Articles.asp?ArticleID=307&CategoryID=2&SectionID=3&

    • Why Driving Behind An SUV Is A Dangerous Place To Be, Science Daily, March 12, 2003.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/03/030312071737.htm

      • Why driving behind an SUV is a dangerous place to be, Science Blog, March 2003.

    http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2003/A/20035985.html

    • Stay Back From SUVs, United Press International, March 13, 2003.

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030312-074809-3473r

    • UCF, Office of Research, Research News.

http://www.research.ucf.edu/newsletter/highways.htm

    • La I-4, una trampa mortal, El Nuevo dia (Orlando Spanish Newspaper), February 5, 2004
    • Designs standards proposed for toll plazas, interview to the Associated Press, April 17, 2006. Published in 160 newspapers including the NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, London Guardian,  and the Seattle Post Intelligencer, April 18, 2006

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Toll-Plaza-Crashes.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1155AP_Toll_Plaza_Crashes.html

  • Interview Sep. 8, 2008, safety of toll roads, The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper
  • Potential of ITS, Multiple  newspaper interviews and appearances in Egyptian newspapers (2008).
  • Research about Toll Plaza Safety cited in “Traffic: Why we drive the way we do”, NY Times Best seller book (2008)
  • Multiple articles in Egyptian news papers during my sabbatical 2008/09.
  • Inside Magazine, June 2009, interview on 5/11/09
  • Gainesville Sun, I-75 warning signs on prairie a year off? August 5, 2012 (Interview)
    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120805/ARTICLES/120809802?p=1&tc=pg
  • Interview with the Gainsville Sun about the Paynes Prarie 2012 multi vehicle crash on I-75, Jan. 27, 2013 “What has changed since I-75 carnage?”    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130127/ARTICLES/130129665?p=5&tc=pg
  • Interview with “the National” newspaper in UAE, March 11, 2014. Article entitled: Real-time weather monitoring in the UAE could prevent crashes.
  • News release and multiple interviews in most Florida TV channels (e.g., Central FL Channels 2 and 9) and newspapers (e.g., Palm Beach Post), “UCF Professor to study driving in Fog”, March 2015.
  • TV interview Bay News 9, Fog Study, aired May 13, 2015.
  • TV interview News 13, USDOT designation to Central Florida as proving ground for connected vehicles pilot, January 30, 2017.
  • TV interview news 13, Road safety in inclement weather, Feb 15, 2017.

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

Supervised (as chairman) the following Ph.D. Dissertations:

  1. Hassan Abdelwahab, Exploring the Viability of Non-Conventional Accident Modeling Techniques in Enhancing Traffic Safety Research (graduated – Spring 2002). Currently, Associate Professor: Cairo University
  2. M. Fathy Abdalla, Modeling Multiple Route Choice Paradigms Under Different Types and Levels of ATIS Using Correlated Data (graduated – Fall 2003): Consultant Tampa
  3. Anurag Pande, Applying Hybrid Models for Real-Time Crash Risk Assessment on Freeways (graduated – Fall 2005). Currently, Associate Professor: CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  4. Xuesong Wang, Safety Analysis at Signalized Intersections considering Spatial, Temporal and Site Correlation (graduated – Fall  2006). Currently, Professor: Tongji University, Shanghai
  5. Abhishek Das, Analyses of Crash Occurrence and Injury Severities on Multilane Arterials using Machine Learning Algorithms (graduated — Fall 2009). Consultant, Cambridge Systematics, Washington DC
  6. Kirolos Haleem, Comprehensive Analytical Investigation of the Safety of Unsignalized Intersections (graduated Fall 2009). Research Associate, Florida International University
  7. Hany Hassan, Improving Traffic Safety and Driver Behavior in Reduced Visibility (graduated Summer 2011). Assistant Professor: King Saud University, Riyadh
  8. Chowdhury Siddiqui, Macroscopic Crash Analysis and its Implications for Transportation Safety Planning and Management (graduated Spring 2012). Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization in New Mexico
  9. Mohamed Ahmed, Multi-Level Safety Performance Functions for High Speed Facilities, (graduated Spring 2012). Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming.
  10. Rongjie Yu, Real-Time Traffic Safety Evaluation Models and their Application for Variable Speed Limits, (Summer 2013). Assistant Professor, Tongji University, China.
  11. Jaeyoung Lee, Development of Traffic Safety Zones and Integrating Macroscopic and Microscopic Safety Data Analytics for Novel Hot Zone Identification, (Spring 2014), Research Associate, UCF.
  12. Muamer Abuzwidah, Traffic Safety Assessment of Different Toll Collection Systems on Expressways using Multiple Analytical Techniques, (Fall 2014).
  13. Qi Shi, Urban Expressway Safety and Efficiency Evaluation and Improvement Using Big Data, (Fall 2014)
  14. Khalid Alkaaf, Transferability and Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual Performance Functions and Development of New Models for Urban Four-Lane Divided Roads, (Fall 2014)
  15. Juneyoung Park, Exploration and Development of Crash Modification Factors and Functions for Single and Multiple Treatments (Summer 2015)
  16. Ling Wang, Microscopic Safety Evaluation and Prediction for Special Expressway Facilities (Summer 2016)
  17. Jung-Han Wang, Evaluation of Crash Modification Factors and Functions Including Time Trends at Intersections (Summer 2016)Currently supervising as chairman 15 PhD students, of which 3 PhD are candidates very close to graduation.

RECOGNITION FOR DISSERTATIONS & PHD RESEARCH

  • Yu R., Abdel-Aty M. and Ahmed M. (2013) Bayesian Random Effect Models Incorporating Real-time Weather and Traffic Data to Investigate Mountainous Freeway Hazardous Factors, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Vol. 50, pp.371-376. IF: 1.964, 5year IF:2.391.
    One of the most highly cited papers during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016 (Elsevier).
  • Best paper award WCTR-14, Topic Area A, Shanghai, July 2016
  • Wang L., Abdel-Aty M., Lee JY and Shi Q., Analysis of Real-time Crash Risk for Expressway Ramps Using Traffic, Geometric, Land-use and Trip Generation Predictors.
  • Ph.D. student Juneyoung Park’s dissertation won the University level Award for Outstanding Dissertation, UCF, March 2016
  • Best paper by young researcher, Transportation Research Board, Safety Performance Committee, January 2016.
  • Two best papers selected by the Transportation Research Board’s Safety Performance Committee (out of 65 papers), January 2015
  • Al Kaff K. and Abdel-Aty M. (2015) Transferability and Calibration of Highway Safety Manual Performance Functions and Development of New Models for Urban Four-Lane Divided Roads in Riyadh, 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, TRB No. 15-3054, Washington DC, January 2015.
  • Park J., Abdel-Aty M. and Lee C. (2015) A Study on Development and Comparison of Crash Modification Factors for Combining Multiple Treatments on Rural Multilane Roadways, 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, TRB No. 15-1038, Washington DC, January 2015.
  • Best paper by young researcher, Transportation Research Board, Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation, January 2013
  • Ahmed M., Abdel-Aty M. and Yu R. (2012) A Bayesian Updating Approach for Real-time Safety Evaluation Using AVI Data, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2280, pp. 60-67.
  • Best paper by young researcher, Transportation Research Board, Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation, January 2007
  • Pande A. and Abdel-Aty M. (2006) A Comprehensive Analysis of the Relationship between Real-time Traffic Surveillance data and Rear-end Crashes on Freeways, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1953, pp. 31-40.
  • Ph.D. student Anurag Pande’s dissertation won the University level Award for Outstanding Dissertation, UCF, March 2006 (Dr. Pande is currently a faculty at CalPoly)
  • Ph.D. student Anurag Pande’s dissertation won the College level Award for Outstanding Dissertation, CECS, UCF, February 2006
  • Ph.D. student Anurag Pande, Second place engineering week research poster competition, CECS, UCF, February 2005.
  • Ph.D. student Anurag Pande invited to Chair a session in the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITSC 05.
  • PhD student Rongjie Yu, selected for the 2012 IRF Road Scholar Program, International Road Federation.
  • PhD student Ling Wang, won one of three ITS Florida scholarships, 2014.
  • Ph.D. student Mohamed Ahmed won one of two ITS Florida scholarships, 2011.
  • Ph.D. student Hany Hassan won one of three ITS Florida scholarships, 2010.
  • Ph.D. student Chowdhury Siddiqui won one of three ITS Florida scholarships, 2010.
  • Ph.D. student M. Fathy Abdalla’s dissertation won the College level Award for Outstanding Dissertation, CECS, UCF, February 2004
  • Ph.D. student M. Fathy Abdalla, Second place paper presentation Florida Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (FSITE), November 2003
  • Ph.D. student Hassan Abdelwahab’s dissertation won the best dissertation by Cairo University, 2005 (Dr. Abdelwahab is currently a faculty at Cairo University)
  • Ph.D. student H. Abdelwahab, Second place paper competition winner “Florida Section ITE Past President Award Competition”, 2001
  • PhD student M. Abuzwidah, selected best GTA, CECS, UCF, February 2015

Mentoring PhD Students

  • Transportation Research Forum, student paper at the 54th Forum, by 2 of my PhD students: Lee J. and Park J., Relationship between Dwelling Characteristics and Traffic Crashes in Aspect of Transportation Safety Planning, Annapolis, March 2013.
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science, Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, Mohamed Ahmed, PhD under my supervision (Spring 2011)
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science, Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Chowdhury Siddiqui, PhD under my supervision (Spring 2011)

Supervised until completion (as chairman) the following M.S. theses:

  1. Chien Chen (1997), Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Demographic and Roadway Factors on Traffic Crash Involvement.
  2. Ayman Saidi (1997), Using Geographic Information Systems to Investigate Demographic Characteristics of Drivers Involved in Traffic Crashes.
  3. Brian Vitteta (1999), Analysis of the Effect of Driver Characteristics on Accident Involvement Using Quasi-Induced Exposure.
  4. Mounir Mejdoub (1999), Modeling Severe Traffic Accidents at Intersections.
  5. A. Remadna (2000), Transportation Sensitivity Analysis in Development of Regional Impact (DRI).
  6. Hicham Aiouche (2000), Analysis of Travel Patterns Including Origin-Destination Models for Central Florida’s Expressway System.
  7. Yile Huang (2001), Ramp and Route Choice Analysis for the Expressway System Using GIS.
  8. Jose Aguilar (2002), Assessing the Effects of Daily Traffic on the Safety of Orlando Metropolitan Intersections.
  9. Amr Maarouf Mohammed (2002), Modeling the Effect of Driver Distraction on Traffic Safety.
  10. Anurag Pande (2003), Classification of real-time traffic speed patterns to predict crashes on the freeways.
  11. Om Kanike (2003), Development of Emergency Response Model for Orlando International Airport Using Paramics.
  12. Smitha Kowdla (2004), Modeling crash frequencies at signalized intersections in Central Florida.
  13. Joanne Keller (2004), Analysis of Type and Severity of Traffic Crashes at Signalized Intersections Using Tree-Based Regression and Ordered Probit Models.
  14. Jeremy Dilmore (2005), Implementation Strategies for Real-Time Traffic Safety Improvements on Urban Freeways. FDOT District 5
  15. Raja Pemmanaboina (2005) Assessing crash occurrence on urban freeways using static and dynamic factors by applying a system of interrelated equations.
  16. Piyush Nawathe (2005) Neural Networks Trees and Simulation Databases: New Approaches for Traffic Crash Classification and Prediction.
  17. Sai Chundi (2005) Applying Log-linear Models and GIS to study the Safety of Pedestrians and Bicyclists: A Case Study of Orange County School Children
  18. Albinder Dhindsa (Spring 2006) Evaluating Ramp Metering and Variable Speed Limits to Reduce Crash Potential on Congested Freeways using Micro-Simulation (defended Fall 2005)
  19. Daniel Dawson (Spring 2006) Developing Emergency Preparedness Plans for Orlando International Airport Using WatSim
  20. Yuqiong Bai (Spring 2006) Analysis of Aircraft Arrival Delay and Airport on-Time Performance
  21. Hari Salkapuram (Summer 2006) A New Approach to Identify the Expected Crash Patterns based on Signalized Intersection Size and Analysis of Vehicle Movements
  22. Christopher LeDew (Summer 2006) Safety Effects of Traffic Signal Installations on State Road Intersections in Northeast Florida. FDOT District 2
  23. Praveen Chilakapati (Fall 2006) Driving Simulator Validation and Rear-end Crash Risk Analysis at a Signalized Intersection
  24. Vikash Gayah (Fall 2006) Examining Route Diversion and Multiple Ramp Metering Strategies for Reducing Real-Time Crash Risk on Urban Freeways.
  25. Cristina Dos Santos (Spring 2007) Assessment of the Safety Benefits of VMS and VSL using the UCF Driving Simulator. FL Turnpike Enterprise
  26. Ryan Cunningham (Summer 2007) Examining Dynamic Variable Speed Limit Strategies for the Reduction of Real-Time Crash Risk on Freeways. Kittleson
  27. Kirolos Haleem (Fall 2007) Exploring the Potential of Combining Ramp Metering and Variable Speed Limit Strategies for Alleviating Real-Time Crash Risk on Urban Freeways.
  28. Alexis Nevarez-Pagan (Spring 2008) Severity Analysis of Driver Involvements on Multilane High Speed Arterial Corridors. Puerto Rico FDOT
  29. Premchand Devarasetty (Summer 2009) Safety Improvements on Multilane Arterials: A Before and After Evaluation using the Empirical Bayes Method.
  30. Ana Maria Almonte (Spring 2009) Level of Service and Safety Relationship: An Exploratory Analysis of Signalized Intersections and Multilane High Speed Arterial Corridors.
  31. Ali Darwiche (Spring 2009) A GIS Safety study and a County level Spatial Analysis of Crashes in the State of Florida.
  32. Chowdhury Siddiqui (Fall 2009), Macroscopic Traffic Safety Analysis Based on Trip Generation Characteristics
  33. Al-Ahad Ekram (Fall 2009), Reduced Visibility Related Crashes in Florida: Crash Characteristics, Spatial Analysis and Injury Severity.
  34. Muamer Abuzwidah (Fall 2011), Evaluation and Modeling of the Safety of Open Tolling Road System.
  35. Haluk Laman (Fall 2012), A Comprehensive Severity Analysis of Large Vehicle Crashes.
  36. Saif Al-Arifi (Spring 2014), Safety Effectiveness of Conversion of Two-Way-Left-Turn Lanes into Raised Medians.
  37. Yina Wu (Fall 2014), A Comparative Analysis of Different Dilemma Zone Countermeasures at Signalized Intersections based on Cellular Automaton Model.
  38. Ahmed Farid (Fall 2015), Examining Multiple Approaches for the Transferability of Safety Performance Functions.
  39. Kali Carroll (Spring 2016), Evaluation of Real World Toll Plazas Using Driving Simulation
  40. Ryan Selby (Spring 2016), Impact of Dynamic Message Signs on Driver Behavior Under Reduced Visibility Conditions.
  41. Moatz Saad (Fall 2016) Analysis of Driving Behavior at Expressway Toll Plazas Using Driving Simulator.
  42. Md Imran Shah (Spring 2017) Pedestrian Safety Analysis through Effective Exposure Measures and Examination of Injury Severity.
  43. Claudia Bustamante (Spring 2017) The Effectiveness of Child Restraint and Bicycle Helmet Policies to Improve Road Safety.

RECOGNITION FOR MS THESIS & RESEARCH

  • MS student Ali Darwiche’s thesis won the University level Award for Outstanding Thesis, UCF, March 2010.
  • MS student Ali Darwiche’s thesis selected as best in the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 2009, February 2010.
  • MS student Chowdhury Siddiqui, Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, Federal Highway Administration, 2009.
  • MS student Cristina Dos Santos, Second place engineering week research poster competition, “Freeway Real-time Traffic Crash Mitigation under High-speed and Low-speed Conditions using Micro Simulation”, CECS, UCF, February 2006.
  • MS student Cristina Dos Santos, First Place Technical Paper Prize at the 2006 ETCC (Eastern Technical & Career Conference) Technical Paper Competition in Philadelphia, PA. “Using a Driving Simulator to Assess the Safety Benefits of Variable Speed Limit”, October 2006.
  •  MS student Vikash Gayah, 2006 Civil Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year for the ASCE Florida Section
  • MS student Viskash Gaya won one the ITS Florida scholarships, 2005.
  • MS student Cristina Santos won one the ITS Florida scholarships, 2006.

Supervised the following MS non-thesis

  • Jaber Jaber (2002), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Claudio Senra (2002), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Ronald Bodhoo (2004), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Abhishek Das (2009), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Mohamed Ahmed (2009), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Todd Jorgenson (2009), MS Civil Engineering
  • Nicholi Arnio (Spring 2010), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Daniel Eisman (Spring 2010), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Daniel Walle (Spring 2010), MS in Structures and Geotech
  • Brenda Young (Spring 2010), MS in Transportation Engineering
  • Carlos Estrella (Spring 2010), MS Civil Engineering
  • Kevin Edwards (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Kelly Daacon (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Ronald Schoen (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Janey Walls (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Micolas Leon (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Fraya Cassier (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Chris Webb (Fall 2010), MS in Transportation
  • Angela Cardona (Spring 2011), MS in Transportation
  • Will Heikkinen (Fall 2011), MS Civil Engineering
  • Yameli Herchekman (Spring 2012), MS in Transportation
  • Luz Phillip (Spring 2012), MS in Transportation
  • Kimberly Raymond (Spring 2012), MS in Transportation
  • Gustavo McQuattie (Spring 2012), MS in Transportation
  • Ryan Pellarin (Spring 2012), MS Civil Engineering
  • Carlos Dawson (Spring 2012), MS Civil Engineering
  • Hatem Aguib (Fall 2012), MS in Transportation
  • Samer AlAmili (Fall 2013), MS in Transportation
  • Catalina Chacon (Fall 2013), MS in Transportation

Committee member for the following Ph.D. Dissertations:

  • Sherif Ishak (1998), Application of Artificial Neural Networks to Automatic Freeway Incident Detection.
  • Marguerite Zarrillo (1998), Analytical Queuing Models for Electronic Toll Collection Facilities
  • Ayman Mohamed (2000), A Microscopic Simulation and Animation Model for Electronic Toll Plazas.
  • Jack Klodzinski (2001), Methodology for Evaluating the Level of Service (LOS) of Toll Plazas on a Toll Road Facility.
  • Khaled Shabaan (2005), Right Turn Split: A New Concept to Alleviate Weaving On Arterial Streets
  • Xuedong Yan (2005), Safety Issues of Red-Light Running and Unprotected Left-Turn at Signalized Intersections
  • Emam Emam (2006), Utilizing a Real Life Data Warehouse to Develop Freeway Travel Time Reliability Stochastic Models
  • Steven Mitchell (2006), Heuristic Prioritization of Emergency Evacuation Staging to Reduce Clearance Time
  • Ghada Moussa (2006), Using Augmented Reality for Studying Left Turn Maneuver at Unsignalized Intersection and Horizontal Visibility Blockage
  • Abeer Sharawi (2007), Optimization Models for Emergency Relief Shelter Planning for Anticipated Hurricane Events
  • Vinayak Dixit (2008), Hurricane Evacuation: Origin, Route and Destination
  • Amani Saleh (Spring 2008), Modeling Lane-Based Traffic Flow in Emergency Situations in the Presence of Multiple Heterogeneous Flows.
  • Rami Harb (Summer 2009), Safety and Operational Evaluation of Dynamic Lane Merging in Work Zones.
  • Noor El Metiny (Summer 2009), Providing a better understanding for the motorist behavior towards signal change.
  • Jeanne Bowie (Fall 2011), Development of a Weigh-in-Motion System Using Acoustic Emission Sensors.
  • Hatem Abu Senna (Fall 2012), Microscopic Assessment of Transportation Emissions on Limited Access Highways.
  • Donald Graham (Fall 2013), A comparative evaluation of FDSA, GA, and SA NLP algorithms and development of system-optimal congestion pricing methodology for I-95 Express.

Committee member for Ph.D. Dissertations at other Universities:

  • Co-advisor, Ma Ming, Predicting Crash Frequency and Modeling the Probability of Crash Occurrence at Signalized and Non Signalized Intersections, Wuhan University of Technology, China (graduated Spring 2010)
  • Co-advisor, Weifeng Wang, Influencing Mechanism of Asphalt Pavement Micro-Topography against Skid Resistance Performance, Wuhan University of Technology, China (graduated Fall 2010).
  • Chai Chen (2014), Modeling and Simulation of Vehicle Movements at Signalized Junctions, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Ali Pirdavani (2012), External, Hasselt University, Belgium.
  • Taimur Usman (2011), Winter Road Safety, External Committee member, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • Karim El-Basyouny (2010) Robust Models for Road Safety Analysis, External Committee member, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Aine Kusumawati (2006), Traffic Safety at Road Junctions, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Chris Lee (2004), Proactive Vehicle Crash Prevention on Instrumented Freeways Using Real-Time Traffic Control, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Review of Dissertation Proposal: “Investigating Route Choice and Driver Behavior,” by Jianhe Du (2003), University of Connecticut.

Committee member for the following MS Theses:

  • Clayton Bennett (1996), Computer Automated Bridge and Pavement Evaluation.
  • Habib Mostofa (1998), Modeling of Traffic Accidents on Principal Arterial.
  • Maha Al-Baghly (2001), Validation of the TP Model.
  • Shankar Ramasamy (2002), Simulation of the UCF Campus.
  • Xuedong Yan (2003), Gap Acceptance Modeling Using Driving Simulators.
  • Hatem Abou-Senna (2003), Investigating The Potential of Route Diversion Through ITS Application on an Orlando Transportation Network Using PARAMICS Simulation Model.
  • “Chilakamarri” Ravi Chandra (2003), Data Filtering Algorithms and Imputation Schemes for Real-time Traffic Data From Dual Loop Detectors on Interstate-4.
  • Yueliang Zuo (2004), Evaluation of the Impacts of ITS Strategies on I-4 Corridor.
  • Rami Harb (2005), The use of the UCF Driving Simulator to test the Contribution of Larger Size Vehicles (LSV’s) in Rear-End Collisions and Red Light Running on Intersections.
  • Kamal Goyal (Fall 2005) Quality of Service Measures at Signalized Intersections.
  • Noor ElMitiny (Summer 2006) Simulation and Continuance of Operation for the use of Transit (LYNX) to be used in Emergency Evacuation Incidents.
  • Anjoli Martin (Summer 2006) Verification of FAA’s Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System (EDMS).
  • Kranthi Mannila (Fall 2006) Analysis of Various Car-Truck Crash Types Based on GES And FARS Crash Databases Using Mutlinominal And Binary Logit Model
  • Vasu Persaud (Fall 2007) Dynamic Speed Monitoring System Effectiveness on Sharp Curves.
  • John Rogers (Fall 2007) Evaluating the Impact of OOCEA’s Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on Travelers’ Experience Using the Pre-Deployment Survey.
  • Dina ElNashar (Summer 2008) Characteristics of Red Light Running Crashes in Florida.
  • Seema Jagtab (Summer 2008) Impact of Construction on Freeway Traffic Operations.
  • Jason Flick (Summer 2008) Evaluating the Impact of OOCEA’s Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on Travelers’ Experience Using a Pre and Post-Deployment Survey
  • Diana Rey (Spring 2009) A Gasoline Demand Model for the United States Light Vehicle Fleet.
  • Jeremy Crowe (Summer 2009) The Calibration, Validation and Comparison of VISSIM Simulations using the Two-Fluid Model.
  • Taylor Lochrane (Summer 2009) Evaluating the Impact of OOCEA’s Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on Travelers’ Experience Using Multinomial and Ordered Logit for the Post-Deployment Survey.
  • Jingyu Liu (Fall 2009) Work Zone Effects on Performance of Toll Plazas.
  • Syed Zaidi (Fall 2010) Mobility and Safety Evaluation of Integrated Dynamic Merge and Speed Control Strategies in Work Zones.
  • Joseph DeFrancisco (Spring 2012) Sustainable Transportation at the University of Central Florida: Evaluation of UCF Rideshare Program, ZIMRIDE
  • Meshal Almoshaogeh (Summer 2014) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Conversion of Traditional Signal to Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal
  • Alexander Navarro (Summer 2014) An Analysis of Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Control at Intersections with Varying Number of Opposing Through Lanes
  • Jiawei Wu (Fall 2014) Analysis of Taxi Drivers’ Driving Behavior based on a Driving Simulator Experiment.
  • Binya Zhang (Fall 2014) Traffic Conflict Analysis under Fog Conditions using Computer Simulation.
  • Tammam Nashad (Fall 2015) Joint Modeling of Traffic Crash Occurrence: A Copula Based Approach.
  • J. Barry Darius (Spring 2016) Determining the Feasibility of Using Micro Simulation to Assess Safety of Pedestrian Crossings.
  • Nowreen Keya (Fall 2016) Estimating a Freight Mode Choice Model: A Case Study of Commodity Flow Survey 2012.
  • Zainb Bianco (Spring 2017) Analysis of Pedestrian Crash Characteristics and Causation in Central Florida.

Committee member for MS Thesis at other Universities:

  • Toka Sabry, Intelligent GIS for Commercial Vehicle routing: A modeling framework, Nile University, Egypt (graduated Summer 2010)
  • Tamer Azzony, A micro simulation-based test bed for pre-deployment evaluation of U-turns in Egypt’s urban corridors, Nile University (graduated Spring 2011)

Honors in the Major

  • Nicholas Colon, Temporary Barriers to Reduce Rubbernecking, Spring 2013.

Supervised the following Undergraduate Honors theses

  • Joseph Molinaro (2005) Modeling Intelligent Transportation Systems: Applications and Improvements in Hurricane Evacuations.
  • Vikash Gayah (2005) Confirming the Effect of Variable Speed Limits on Active Accident Prevention.

Undergraduate Research

  • Meeker E., Park JY and Abdel-Aty M. (2015) Assessment of Safety Effects for Multiple Roadside Elements, Undergraduate Research Excellence presentation, UCF, April 2, 2015.
  • Strobridge K., Wang JH., Selby R. and Abdel-Aty M. (2015)  Safety Estimation for Rural Intersections, Undergraduate Research Excellence presentation, UCF, April 2, 2015.

Supervision of Post Doctoral Researchers:

  • Dr. Ling Wang (Summer 2016 – current)
  • Dr. Juneyoung Park (Summer 2015- current)
  • Dr. Qi Shi (Fall 2014 –Spring 2016)
  • Dr. Muamer Abuzwidah (Fall 2014-Summer 2015), Currently an Assistant Professor at Sharjah University
  • Dr. Jaeyoung Lee (Summer 2014 – current)
  • Dr. Pei-Fen Kuo (September 2013 – Summer 2014)), Currently an Assistant Professor at Police University, Taiwan
  • Dr. Yichuan Peng (February 2014-Fall 2015), currently Assistant Professor at Tongji University
  • Dr. Ximiao Jiang (August 2012-August 2013), currently with the FHWA
  • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed (May 2012-August 213), (currently an assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming.
  • Dr. Helai Huang (August 2008 – August 2010), (currently Professor, China South Central   University)
  • Dr. Xuesong Wang (currently Professor, Tongji University, China)
  • Dr. Anurag Pande (currently Assistant Professor, CalPoly)
  • Dr. Chris Lee (currently Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Canada)
  • Dr. Jeong Yu (currently Associate Professor, Ajou University, South Korea)
  • Dr. Hassan Abdelwahab (currently Associate Professor, Cairo University, Egypt)

Visiting Scholars

  • Ilaria Mattei, 2016, University of Rome Tre
  • Dr. Ana Paula Larocca, 2016, Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos da USP, Brazil
  • Jia Li, PhD candidate, 2015-16, Tongji University, China
  • Dr. Bin Jia, 2013, Professor Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Dr. Yang, 2013, Associate Professor Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Dr. Yixuan Wu, 2012, Associate Professor, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Dr. Yuren Chen, 2009, Associate Professor, Tongji University
  • Valerio Gamberini, 2011, City of Paris
  • Qing Fang, 2011, Doctoral student, Tongji University
  • Lingling Xie, 2011, Doctoral student, Wuhan University of Technology

KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SPEECHES

  • Keynote Speech, 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting, Istanbul, Sep 7, 2016.
  • Keynote Speech, Road Safety on 5 Continents, 17th RS5C conference, Rio de Janeiro, May 2016.
  • Keynote Speech, 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT2016), Istanbul, September 2016.
  • Keynote Speech, 24th World Congress of the International Traffic Medicine Association, Doha, Qatar, November 2015.
  • Keynote Speech, International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nevesehir, Turkey, May 2015.
  • Plenary Speech, workshop on young drivers and road safety, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, 14th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals:  Safe, Smart and Sustainable Multimodal Transportation, Changsha, China, July 5, 2014.
  • Keynote Speech, 1st International Road Traffic Accident Conference: Causes, Challenges and Countermeasures (3Cs), Abu Dhabi, March 2014
  • Keynote speech, 2nd Forum on Traffic Safety, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, November 2013.
  • Keynote speech, ICTCT safety conference, Hasselt, Belgium, Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Speaker in Plenary session, 3rd Chinese-German Symposium on Urban Road Traffic Safety, Shanghai, October 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, First Road Safety Forum, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, December 2011.
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety(ICTIS), Wuhan, China, June 2011.
  • Speaker in Plenary session, Chinese-German Symposium on Urban Road Traffic Safety, Shanghai, October 2009
  • Plenary session presentation, 2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations, Honolulu, June 2009.
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Cairo, March 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Road Safety Research Program, National Research Council, Oman, 2009.
  • Keynote speaker, 7th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professional, and Tongji University Centennial Celebration, Shanghai, May 21, 2007.

Conference Activities

  • Scientific Committee, 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT2016), Istanbul, September 2016.
  • Scientific Committee, Road Safety on 5 Continents, 17th RS5C conference, Rio de Janeiro, May 2016.
  • Co-Chair, Road Safety and Simulation Conference, Orlando, October 6-8, 2015.
  • Organized and Chaired SAFER-SIM Symposium and Virtual Reality Workshop, Orlando, Oct 5-6, 2015.
  • Session Chair and Panelists, 1st International Road Traffic Accident Conference: Causes, Challenges and Countermeasures (3Cs), Abu Dhabi, March 2014
  • Co-Chair, 2nd International Symposium on Traffic Safety, Tongji University, Shanghai, May 19, 2013.
  • Member, Scientific Committee, 16th International Conference Road Safety on Four Continents, conference organized by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Beijing, May 2013.
  • Chair session 16, Road Safety on Four Continents, Beijing, May 2013.
  • Invited speaker at the Transportation Research Board’s 922d Annual Meeting, session 741: Emerging Issues in Crash Severity Modeling, Washington DC, January 2013.
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee, 9th International Transportation Specialty Conference in conjunction with the 2012 CSCE (Canadian Society of Civil Engineering) Annual Conference in Edmonton, June 6-9, 2012.
  • International Academic Committee of 2011 International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS), Wuhan, China, June 2011.
  • Organized and chaired session, Next Generation 511, TRB Annual Meeting, January 2011.
  • Distinguished Presenter, 2nd IRF Middle East Regional Congress, Abu Dhabi, Nov. 30, 2010.
  • Panelist, ATM Deployment, Active Traffic Management Summit, Denver June 16, 2010.
  • Chair Panel Session and Track, Managing Transportation Technology, 19th International Conference on Management of Technology, Cairo, March 2010
  • Invited speaker at the Transportation Research Board’s 89th Annual Meeting, session: Innovations in Freeway Operations, Washington DC, January 2010.
  • Associate Editor ICCTP 2010, Beijing, China, August 2010
  • Associate Editor IAMOT 2010, Cairo, March 2010
  • Speaker in Plenary Session, 2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2009.
  • Session moderator, 2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations, Hawaii, June 2009.
  • Conference Chair, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Cairo, March 2009.
  • Invited speaker, Mobility, Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Conference organized by the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Cairo, December 2008.
  • Invited session Chair, Road Safety on Four Continents Conference, Bangkok, 2007.
  • Session Chair, 11th International Conference of the Hong Kong Society of Transportation Studies, HK, December 2006.
  • Served on the International Program Committee for the 9th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Toronto, September 2006.
  • Associate Editor (Advanced vehicle safety systems & Intelligent Vehicles Technologies and other topics), IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Council Conference, ITSC2006, Toronto, September 2006.
  • Session chair, International Symposium of Transport Simulation 2006 (ISTS06), Lausanne, Switzerland, September 2006.
  • Organized and chaired session, New Developments in ATIS, TRB Annual Meeting, January 2006.
  • Session Chair, DSC 2005 North America – Orlando – November 2005
  • Paper reviewer for the Driving Simulator Conference, DSC 2005 North America, Orlando, November 2005.
  • Paper reviewer for the 8th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vienna, September 2005.
  • Invited by the deputy minister of Transport in Egypt to give a presentation about ITS applications, The International Telecommunication, and Information Technology Conference, Cairo ICT, February 2005.
  • Paper reviewer for the Second Gulf Conference on Roads, Abu Dhabi, March 2004
  • Session Co-Chair, Government & Industry Cooperate on Data to Assess Driver Risk, International Truck & Bus Safety Research & Technology Symposium, CATSS, UCF, April 2003.
  • Session Chair, 4th Transportation Specialty Conference, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, Montreal, Quebec, June 2002.
  • Session Chair, 9th World Conference on Transport Research, Seoul, Korea, July 2001.
  • Session Chair, 3rd Transportation Specialty Conference, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, London, Ontario, June 2000.
  • Session Chair, session 326 TRB79th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., January 2000.
  • Organized and developed a monthly seminar series for the student chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers  (1996 – 2010)

Other Recognition

  • Chair, Advisory Board of the Joint International Research Laboratory of Transportation Safety, Tongji University, October 2015 – present.
  • Invited Speaker, 4th International Symposium on Traffic Safety and Sustainability, Shanghai, China, July 8, 2014.
  • Invited speaker, International Road Federation Group of Experts on Road Safety, Geneva, November 2011.
  • Two papers presented at the 2010 World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon July 2010, were among the 6 top ranked out of more than 60 safety papers.
  • Invited distinguished presenters at IRF Middle East Regional Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE November 28 – December 1, 2010.
  • Played an important role in the nomination, application and selection of the Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation at UCF as the Central Florida’s Engineers’ Week 2007 Outstanding Organization of the Year (Public Sector), Received the award on behalf of CATSS and UCF, February 24, 2007

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