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Measuring Speed and Travel Time – Some Technologies and Thoughts

HanDr. Lee D. Han, Professor
UT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

September 19th, 2014, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
410 John D. Tickle Engineering Building

Dr. Lee D. Han is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee.  The main research areas of his work include unsupervised incident detection, real-time vehicle tracking, high-performance microscopic traffic simulation, large-scale emergency evacuation, real-time traffic monitoring, self-learning license plate matching algorithms, and the applications of technologies to transportation engineering in general.  Dr. Han is the winner of the Chancellor’s Citation for Research and Creative Achievement at UTK in 2014.  He is also a recipient of the College of Engineering’s Research Achievement Award (2014), Teaching Fellow (2013), Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award (2012), and Charles E. Ferris Faculty Award (2007).  Dr. Han earned his PhD degree from U.C. Berkeley and MS degree from Virginia Tech.  He serves on the editorial boards of three international journals and has chaired several university and college level committees.

Talk Abstract: In an era when mobile phone apps provide highway travel time information for free, why does the United States Department of Transportation require all states to provide real-time travel information?  This talk loosely focuses on a Tennessee Department of Transportation study on several travel time acquisition technologies, the effort to establish ground truth for travel time, and a collection of thoughts on related or seemingly related matters.