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Individuals interested in the highest calling for the pursuit of knowledge in the science of transportation systems should consider the PhD program in Transportation Planning and Engineering. In addition to the specialties offered by the MS program , the PhD program pairs the students with world experts in apprenticeships to solving real problems facing society with innovative advances in the state of the art. The students become graduate student researchers within the Center for Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems in the Tandon School of Engineering, where they get to work closely with researchers from other disciplines to conduct basic and applied research funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. DOT, and other agencies.

Graduates of this program have successfully pursued careers in academia and technical leadership positions in government and industry around the world. Having a PhD from this program opens opportunities to work with agencies or nonprofit organizations like the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Transportation, or RAND Corp; or with top technology firms like IBM, Google, Amazon, or Ford.

Several faculty members pursue research funded by various agencies and companies, and in many cases may be able to provide full funding support to interested students. Please consult the faculty members below based on their areas of interest.

Faculty Research Interests

Joseph Y.J. Chow

Current Interests:
Dynamic control of autonomous vehicle fleets like those operating in Singapore and Switzerland; quantifying the social impacts of partnerships between public agencies and companies like Lyft or Bridj; designing mechanisms to encourage transport operators in megaregions to cooperate post-disaster; design of information systems based on forecasting impacts of multimodal designs on people’s activity scheduling decisions.

John C. Falcocchio
Current Interests:
Mobility management of congested networks; traveler-oriented criteria and metrics of transportation performance; transportation sustainability.
Kaan  Ozbay
Current Interests:
Development of simulation models of large scale complex transportation systems; advanced technology and sensing applications for Intelligent Transportation Systems; modeling and evaluation of traffic incident and emergency management systems; feedback based on-line real-time traffic control techniques; traffic safety; application of operations research techniques in network optimization and humanitarian inventory control and transportation economics.
Elena S. Prassas
Current Interests:
Pedestrian and bicycle safety, multimodal considerations in transportation planning, signal control in urban areas using new technologies to improve safety. As part of her interest in pedestrian safety, she is currently working on a project for NYCDOT looking into new technologies for blind and visually impaired pedestrians. Capacity Analysis and measures of effectiveness at signalized intersections.
Saif Eddin   Jabari
Current Interests:
The interface between data analysis and theoretical traffic flow modeling.  One of the main themes of his research is the development of methods for understanding and quantifying uncertainty in transportation systems. His recent work has focused on the development of real-time traffic analytics, including traffic state estimation, network-wide real-time dynamic control, and incident detection, localization, and sensor placement problems for urban traffic networks.
Samer  Madanat
Current Interests:
Transportation Infrastructure Management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems.


Admission to this program requires an MS in Transportation Planning and Engineering or equivalent. Applicants from related backgrounds are encouraged to apply or to contact the faculty members to discuss their interests, whether they are in industrial engineering, operations research, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, or economics.

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