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Session No. 6E

Data-Driven Approaches to Transportation Operations

Session Description: This session will focus on various data-driven approaches to quantify and improve transportation operations. The focus is on situations where data-driven techniques are used to unveil hidden relationships about operational performance, as well as how such information can be used to improve transportation system performance in the future.

Moderator: Vikash V. Gayah, Penn State

Speaker Bios

Matthew Harris serves at the America's Lead for the Data Science Center of Excellence and a Director of Geospatial Data Analysis at AECOM; a multi-national engineering firm. Harris was born and raised in Philadelphia, with a background in Quantitative Archaeology, and a master's degree in anthropology from Temple University. In his roles at AECOM, he is tasked with finding value based solutions at the intersection of infrastructure, data, and the environment using model-driven methods to guide the way. Harris is also an instructor in the Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program for the University Of Pennsylvania Stewart Weitzman School Of Design. In this role he focuses on exploring the implications of machine learning on civic engagement, transportation planning, and public policy. He is an advocate for scientific reproducibility, is on the editorial board of the SAA Open Science Interest Group, and a co-organizer of Data Philly.

Wei Ma is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also obtained his master’s degree in machine learning and doctorate in civil engineering. Before coming to CMU, Ma graduated with honor from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He received bachelor’s degrees in both civil engineering and mathematics. Ma is interested in understanding the impact of emerging technologies on mobility systems.

S. Ilgin Guler is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. Her research interests include multi-modal urban traffic operations and control, intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles and infrastructure management. Guler’s research has resulted in over 60 publications on topics that include multi-modal traffic operations, traffic safety, and traffic control. She serves as an active member of the Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics committee (AHB 45) and serves on the Editorial Boards of Transportation Research Part B and Transportation Research Part C.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room 108

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