Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, Barbara Goldsby Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida, Director of the UF Transportation Institute (UFTI)
Abstract: Recent advances in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) present opportunities for improving mobility by leveraging the capabilities of these vehicles to communicate with the infrastructure and to receive recommendations for navigating highway bottlenecks. Researchers at the University of Florida, with funding from NSF, FDOT, and the US DOT, have been developing algorithms for optimizing freeway operations around merge and weave sections with CAVs. They have also been developing algorithms for optimizing signal control at intersections and along arterials jointly with vehicle trajectories to maximize throughput and minimize travel time. This webinar will present the results of our research related to freeway operations, signalized intersection operations, and arterials.
Biography: Dr. Elefteriadou is the Director of the UF Transportation Institute (UFTI), and the Barbara Goldsby Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focus is traffic operations, traffic flow theory and simulation. Dr. Elefteriadou has served as the principal investigator for several federal and state projects funded by the US DOT, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Highway Administration, PennDOT, and FDOT. She has authored or co-authored more than two hundred publications and reports related to traffic operational quality and highway design, as well as a textbook titled “Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory”. Dr. Elefteriadou has received several awards for her research, including the 2021 ARTBA Research and Education S.S. Steinberg Award, the 2019 ASCE Harland Bartholomew Award for her work on I-STREET, and the 2015 ASCE James Laurie Prize for her contributions to highway capacity analysis.