University Transportation Research Center

UTRC Newly Awarded Projects

UTRC has funded the following projects in response to its 2013-14 Faculty Initiated Proposals. The projects fall into the following research categories:

  •  Faculty Initiated
  • Emerging Investigators
  • Education and Technology Transfer
Faculty Initiated Projects

The primary purpose of this program is to fund novel and exciting ideas from faculty in the area of transportation. The projects funded should seek to promote excellent and innovative research on transportation problems relevant to U.S. DOT’s Region 2.

 

PI

 Institution

Topic

Robert Noland

Rutgers

Omitted variable bias in crash data analysis

Ricardo Daziano

Cornell

Analyzing Willingness to Improve the Resiliency of New York City’s Transportation System

Rae Zimmerman

NYU 

Suburban Poverty, Public Transit, Economic Opportunities and Social Mobility

Steven Chien

NJIT

Optimizing Work Zones for Highway Maintenance with Floating Car Data (FCD)

John Bullough

RPI

Demonstrations of Urban Outdoor Lighting for Pedestrian Safety and Security

Qing He

U Buffalo

Smarter Multi-modal Traffic Signal Control with Both Floating Sensor Network and Fixed Sensor Network

Jeff Ban

RPI

Investigating the Network System Effects of Mileage Fees

Riyad Aboutaha

Syracuse

The Economy of Preventive Maintenance of Concrete Bridges

Fadi Karaa

NJIT

Requirements, Model and Prototype for a Multi-Utility Locational and Security Information Hub

Rajan Batta

U Buffalo

Effective and Equitable Supply of Gasoline to Impacted Areas in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster

Karl Korfmacher

RIT

Modeling Emissions and Environmental Impacts of Transportation Activities Associated with High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the Marcellus Shale Formation

Yusuf Mehta

Rowan

Truck Driver Fatigue Assessment using a Virtual Reality System

Panagiotis Ch. Anastasopoulos

U Buffalo

Evaluation of Public-Private Partnership Contract Types for Roadway Construction, Maintenance, Rehabilitation, and Preservation

Elena Prassas

NYU Poly

Development of a New Connected Eco-Driving Technology at Signalized Intersections with Adaptive Signal Control

Cara Wang

RPI

Investigating Temporal Effects on Truck Accident Occurrence and Severity Levels in New York City

Alexander Orlov

Stony Brook

Nitrogen Dioxide Sequestration Using Demolished Concrete and Its Potential Application in Transportation Infrastructure Development

Hongmian Gong

CUNY

Integrating Real-time GIS and Social Media for Qualitative Transportation Data Collection

Alison Conway

CCNY

Freight Costs at the Curbside: Impacts of Accessibility Restrictions

Catherine Lawson

U Albany

Techniques for Information Extractions from Compressed GPS Traces

Huiming Yin

Columbia

Characterization and Modeling of Photon Absorption in Asphalt Materials for Improved Accuracy and Consistency of Nuclear Density Measurement

H Oliver Gao

Cornell

Evaluating the Role of Private Investment in Life Cycle Management of New York State’s Infrastructure Assets

William T. Riddell

Rowan

Effect of plug in hybrid electric vehicle adoption on gas tax revenue, local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Jose Holguin-Veras

RPI

Impacts of Freight Parking Policies in Urban Areas: The Case of New York City

David King

Columbia

Understanding Transit Finance: An Analysis of Transit Funding Around the World

Kaan Ozbay

NYU Poly

Real-time Estimation of Transit Origin-Destination Patterns and Delays Using Low-Cost Ubiquitous Advanced Technologies

Jiyoung Park

U Buffalo

The Ties that Bind: Developing a Bi-national Transportation-Combined Economic Simulation Model to Assess Security and Policy Implications of US-Canada Border Bridges

Sulapha Peethamparan

Clarkson

Characterizing and quantifying the shrinkage resistance of Cement Free Concrete and evaluating potential mitigation methods for reducing early age cracking in pavements and bridges

 

Emerging Investigators

This program is to assist faculty (especially junior faculty) at UTRC member institutions to learn to write competitive research proposals and to develop relationships with funding agencies

PI

Institution

Topic

James Cohen

CUNY

Finance, Speed And Rail Infrastructure Improvement

Qian Wang

U Buffalo

Freight Demand Forecasting in the Context of the Built Environment: An Integrated Land Use and Travel Demand Modeling Approach

Jiyoung Park

U Buffalo

Panama Canal Expansion and the Economic Impacts on New York and New Jersey States

Ya Wang

Stony Brook

Broadband Hybrid Electromagnetic and Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Ambient Vibrations and Pneumatic Vortices Induced by Running Subway Trains

Thomas Brennan

TCNJ

Characterizing Highway Corridor Length to Evaluate Travel Time Reliability using Probe Vehicle Data

Jee Eun Kang

U Buffalo

Development of the Household Activity Pattern Problem as an Activity-Travel Simulator

 

Education and Technology Transfer

Projects under this category include outreach activities to advance the awareness of the general public, policy makers and transportation organizations on the issues, consequences, objectives and resources, associated with the USDOT strategic goals.

PI

Institution

Topic

Jose Holguin-Veras

RPI

Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas

Changxu Wu

U Buffalo

Addressing the Four Leading Factors of Accidents of Young Drivers in Region II using a New Driver Feedback System

Mitchell Moss

NYU

Adaptable Transportation Models for the New York Region

William Wallace

RPI

Mobile Information Technology for  Improving Traffic Management at Planned Special Events: A case study of the New York State Fair

Mitchell Moss

NYU

Preparing Emerging Leaders in Transportation Innovation