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UT Receives Transportation Focused Grant from the National Science Foundation

An interdisciplinary team of faculty members at the University of Tennessee has been awarded a $399,793 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The team comprising of Dr. Asad Khattak, Subhadeep Chakraborty, and Shashi Nambisan was selected by NSF's Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation for their research proposal titled "Study of Driving Volatility in Connected and Cooperative Vehicle Systems."

Recent technological advances enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. These technologies allow wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between and among vehicles and infrastructure system elements. These include location, heading, speed, and acceleration data attributes. The research aims to study the role of wireless connectivity and how information from modern sensors can be integrated, processed, and disseminated to offer innovative solutions to address major societal challenges related to safety, mobility, energy, and emissions. The proposed activities are important to advancing knowledge and understanding in areas such as travel behavior, control systems, information technology, and complex transportation systems. The research will integrate educational and outreach activities, and will also provide interdisciplinary training to students, with special efforts made to recruit minority students through UT's Engineering Diversity Program.

"This grant signifies the leadership role of UT faculty in the emerging field of connected and autonomous vehicles, especially in terms of intellectual merit of the driving volatility concept and the broader social and economic impacts that such technologies are likely to have," said Khattak, who is a Beaman Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UT and Transportation Program Coordinator in the department. He is affiliated with the UT Center for Transportation Research (CTR), where he works on research and educational projects related to the Southeastern Transportation Center (STC) and NURail University Transportation Center. He is also editor of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Dr. Subhadeep Chakraborty is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at UT. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering and a dual MS in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on control and analysis of spatially distributed dynamical systems. Specifically, his research on evolution of socio-cultural behavioral dynamics in locally connected networks has resulted in several interesting findings related to connected vehicles.

Dr. Shashi Nambisan, PE, is a professor of civil engineering at UT as well as education director of the STC at CTR. With more than twenty-six years of experience in transportation, he has led over 160 projects on a range of multi-disciplinary topics related to transportation and infrastructure systems planning, operations, management, safety, data enabled decision support, and workforce development. Among the awards and honors received by Nambisan is a proclamation by the Governor of the state of Nevada designating January 31, 2007, as the "Professor Shashi Nambisan Day" to recognize his leadership and contributions to enhancing transportation safety.


Dr. Khattak Featured As Spotlight Session Chair & Plenary Session Speaker in 16th International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP) Held In Shanghai, China.

Khattak A. featured as spotlight session chair and plenary session speaker in 16th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, CICTP, Shanghai, China, July 6-9 2016. This conference was jointly organized by Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). The CICTP annual meetings, established by COTA and sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a premier gathering of world-renowned researchers in transportation science and logistics, interested in contributing to or gaining a profound understanding of transportation development globally. The new-knowledge generated from this project was disseminated to an international audience including transportation professionals from academia, industry, and government agencies ( ).


Dr. Khattak Delivered an Invited Talk at National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) at Georgia Tech University, GA

Dr. Khattak gave a seminar presentation at National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management, Civil Engineering Department, Georgia Institute of Technology, March 2016. On March 3, 2016, Dr. Khattak delivered an invited talk in the Transportation Speaker Series by National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) at Georgia Institute of Technology. The results of this NSF-sponsored project were disseminated to faculty, students, and practitioners. Specifically, the lecture focused on the role of connected and automated vehicles, data generated by such systems, and use of such large-scale real world data for quantifying potential safety benefits, anticipating travel behavior changes, future vehicle use, and transportation system performance. ( ).


Dr. Chakraborty Delivered an Invited Talk at the ORNL National Transportation Research Center

Dr. Chakraborty delivered an invited talk on topics - Control Algorithms for Cooperative Maneuvers of Connected Vehicles - under research through this NSF project to scientists and engineers at the ORNL National Transportation Research Center, January, 2016.


Presentation at the Tennessee State Institute of Transportation Engineers Summer Meeting

Dr. Nambisan, Dr. Khattak, Dr. Chakraborty, Behram Wali, Mohsen Kamrani, Meng Zhang, Russell Graves, Adam Whitfield, and David Harris gave a presentation titled "Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure: Is this for Real?" at the Tennessee State Institute of Transportation Engineers Summer Meeting, Gatlinburg, TN. July 13-15, 2016


Presentation at at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Nambisan, Dr. Khattak, Dr. Chakraborty, Behram Wali, Mohsen Kamrani, Meng Zhang, Russell Graves, Adam Whitfield, and David Harris gave a presentation titled "Exploratory Analyses of Driving Volatility: Considerations for Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure" at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, July 28, 2016.


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