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Sep 15 2023

Innovative Data-Driven Solutions for Traffic Operations

CME Department Seminar

September 15, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM America/Chicago


1047 ERF


842 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Presenter: Yao-Jan Wu, Ph.D., P.E. University of Arizona

Location: 1047 ERF


With the advent of ubiquitous technologies and the emergence of modern traffic sensors, one of the primary strategies of transportation agencies for maintaining the safety, mobility, and efficiency of a transportation system is to use Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies and innovative data-driven strategies. An efficient transportation system should keep a balance between mobility on freeways and accessibility on arterials. This presentation will discuss the innovative data-driven solutions developed by the Center for Applied Transportation Sciences (CATS) at the University of Arizona and how these solutions can help transportation engineers deal with common traffic operations and safety issues on both freeways and arterials in Arizona. In addition, the presentation will also cover how CATS collaborates with multiple local jurisdictions to deal with larger transportation issues with specific strategies and a clear vision.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Yao-Jan Wu is an associate professor of transportation engineering in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics Department and the Executive (Founding) Director of the Center for Applied Transportation Sciences (CATS) at the University of Arizona (UA). He has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over 50 national/international research projects. Dr. Wu has more than 100 refereed publications, including more than 60 journal publications. He has presented his research findings more than 100 times at national and international conferences, and invited speaker events. Dr. Wu’s research interests highlight a strong connection between information technology (IT) and traditional transportation research. His research broadly covers four major fields: 1) intelligent transportation systems 2) data-driven large-scale transportation system analysis and optimization, 3) traffic safety, and 4) sustainable transportation planning.

Dr. Wu currently serves as an associate editor of Transportation Research Record (TRR), and editorial board members of both Transportation Research Part C, and Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.


Drs. Lin and Mohammadian

Date posted

Nov 1, 2023

Date updated

Nov 1, 2023