My name is Lei Zhang. I am Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Maryland Transportation Institute in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned my Ph.D. (major: Transportation Engineering; minor: Operations Research in 2006) and M.S. (Applied Economics in 2005; Civil Engineering in 2002) degrees from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. (Civil Engineering in 2000) from Tsinghua University.
My research program focuses on: Transportation systems analysis; Transportation planning; Traffic Control and Management, Transportation economics and policy; Mathematical, statistical, and agent-based modeling and simulation supporting urban mobilty and sustaianbiltiy analysis. Current research projects, funded by USDOT, FHWA, SHRP2, NCHRP, and Maryland DOT and Maryland SHA, aim to:
- Build behaviorally sound and computationally effiicent integrated travel behavior and dynamic trafific models;
- Incentivize individual behavioral changes that are also system optimal through personalized information and control signals; and
- Large-scale agent-based simulation of social, communications, vehilce, and transportation networks.