Transportation Systems Engineering

New simulator puts people in a full-size car to understand their driving behavior

Ph.D. student Anye Zhou drives the new full-size simulator in Srinivas Peeta’s lab. The simulator is built from a 2013 Ford Focus and includes wraparound screens to immerse test drivers in the simulated environment. (Photo: Candler Hobbs)

When you take a seat in the 2013 Ford Fusion sitting in Srinivas Peeta’s new lab, you enter a virtual world where researchers can throw anything at you: snow and ice, detours, traffic snarls. All you have to do is drive — and in the process, help shape the future of transportation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Taylor, Watkins, Guin will help Columbus, Milton with smart communities projects

Angshuman Guin demonstrates how a cell phone tracks Gwinnett County Fire Department trucks and data about traffic to improve response times. Guin is working with Gwinnett on connected vehicle technology as part of the first round of Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge. (Photo: Allison Carter)

Georgia Tech’s Georgia Smart Communities Challenge named four new grants June 18 in Macon, including two led by School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

AJC: New Tech center prepping for future where drones fly people over Atlanta traffic

Screenshot of Atlanta Journal-Constitution story "Could drones be the solution to Atlanta's traffic gridlock?" including a rendering of a city with a four-propeller Uber Eats drone flying above.

The first cities where drones could ferry people to and fro are the nation’s largest and most-congested — places like Los Angeles. But a new research center at Georgia Tech aims to answer the key questions about what’s called urban and regional air mobility, and turn Atlanta into a test bed for the emerging technology along the way.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gadsby to tackle policy side of transportation at Eno Future Leaders Development Conference

Ph.D. student April Gadsby. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

It’s been quite a spring for Ph.D. student April Gadsby. And, as a result, her summer and fall are booking up fast.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Maritime journal editor: Paper on shippers’ reluctance to use Northern Sea Route the year’s top research

Cargo ship loaded with freight containers at sea with a muted, gray sky. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Baird via Flickr)

Even with more ice melted for longer periods of the year, freight companies still would be hesitant to use a shorter shipping route through the Arctic Ocean. That assessment of decision-makers’ attitudes and the potential use of what’s become known as the Northern Sea Route has won the 2018 Editor’s Choice Award from the journal Maritime Economics & Logistics.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Gadsby taking her cyclist safety research to the mecca of bicycling

Ph.D. student April Gadsby stands on a bridge over a canal in the Netherlands in 2017 with a few of the country's famed windmills in the background. (Photo Courtesy: April Gadsby)

For a researcher who studies cyclist behavior and safety, few places are more compelling than the Netherlands.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Newest Eisenhower fellows designing better models, improving rural transit, fixing unsafe roads

Winners of 2018 Eisenhower Fellowships: Ph.D. student David Ederer, Ph.D student Atiyya Shaw and master's student Andreas Wolfe.

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded selective Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships to three School of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students this year, supporting their work to improve travel forecasting models, rural transit services, and road safety.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Op-Ed: Will driverless cars make our traffic problems worse?

An autonomous Waymo Chrysler Pacifica drives around Los Altos, California. (Photo Courtesy: Dllu via Wikimedia Commons)

Kari Watkins and Michael Hunter published an essay in Newsweek Dec. 10 asking a provocative question about our autonomous transportation future. Namely: Is it possible the widespread adoption of driverless cars will worsen traffic congestion rather than make it better?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Shaw picked as national student of the year for US DOT-funded research center

Ph.D. student Atiyya Shaw, who is the student of the year for the Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks.

Ph.D. student Atiyya Shaw will represent one of the nation’s major research centers at the Transportation Research Board meeting in January as its Student of the Year.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Coogan appointed to Paris early career professorship

Sam Coogan, who is the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor.

Sam Coogan has been named the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

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