Bio

B.S. ​Urban Engineering, Hanyang UniversityM.S. ​Urban Engineering, Hanyang UniversityPh.D. Civil Engineering, ​Texas A&M UniversityResearch Fellow, National Institute of Statistical Sciences

"My research develops and implements technology solutions to improve efficiency and safety of surface transportation system."

B. Brian Park, Professor

Brian Park is a Professor of Engineering Systems and Environment Department at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, he was a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at North Carolina State University. Dr. Park received the B.S. and the M.S. from the Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and the Ph.D. from the Texas A&M University. 

Dr. Park is a recipient of PTV America Best Paper Award, Outstanding Reviewer Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Jack H. Dillard Outstanding Paper Award from the Virginia Transportation Research Council and Charley V. Wootan Award (for best Ph.D. dissertation) from the Council of University Transportation Centers. He is an ASCE ExCEEd teaching fellow.

He is an Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transportation, an Associate Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Transportation Engineering, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and the KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. Furthermore, he is a member of TRB (a division of the National Academies) Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications Committee, and past chair of Simulation subcommittee of Traffic Signal Systems Committee. He Chaired the Advanced Technologies Committee of ASCE Transportation and Development Institute.

Awards

  • PTV Group Best Paper Award 2012
  • ASCE Outstanding Reviewer 2010
  • PTV America Best Paper Award 2008
  • American Society of Civil Engineers’ Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Fellow 2004
  • Jack H. Dillard Outstanding Paper Award, Virginia Transportation Research Council 2004
  • Council of University Transportation Centers C.V. Wootan Award in the Recognition of Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation 1999

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Computational Statistics and Simulation/Statistical Modeling
  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Machine Learning
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Results of Transit Signal Priority Experiment in Connected Vehicle Technology Environment,” ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, in press Lee, Y-J., S. Dadvar, J. Hu and B. B. Park
  • “Exploring Environmentally Sustainable Traffic Signal Warrant for Planning Application,” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, in press Hong, S., J. Hu, B. B. Park
  • “Parsimonious Shooting Heuristic for Trajectory Design of Connected Automated Traffic, Part II: Computation Issues and Optimization,” Transportation Research, Part B, in press Ma, J., X. Li, F. Zhou, J. Hu and B. B. Park
  • “Transit Signal Priority Accommodating Conflicting Requests under Connected Vehicle Technology,” Transportation Research, Part C, Vol. 69, 2016, pp. 173-192 Hu, J., B. B. Park, and Y-J. Lee
  • “Field Evaluations of an Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System Using Private Sector Probe Data,” ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 142, No. 1, 2016 Hu, J., M. F. Fontaine, B. B. Park, and J. Ma
  • “Microscopic Estimation of Freeway Vehicle Positions from the Behavior of Connected Vehicles,” Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 20, No 1, 2016, pp. 45-54 Goodall, N. J., B. L. Smith and B. Park
  • “Calibrating Communications Simulator for Connected Vehicles Application,” Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2016, pp. 55-65 Su, P., J. Lee and B. Park
  • “Auction-Based Highway Reservation System an Agent-Based Simulation Study,” Transportation Research Part C, Vol. 60, 2015, pp. 211-226 Su, P. and B. B. Park
  • “Coordinated Transit Signal Priority Supporting Transit Progression Under Connected Vehicle Technology,” Transportation Research Part C, Vol. 55, 2015, pp. 393-408 Hu, J., B. B. Park and Y-J Lee
  • “Optimality Versus Run Time for Isolated Signalized Intersections,” Transportation Research Part C, Vol. 55, June 2015, pp. 191-202 Hale, D., B. B. Park, A. Stevanovic, P. Su, and J. Ma
  • “Development and Validation of a Vehicle Dynamics-Integrated Traffic Safety Simulation Environment for Enhanced Surrogate Safety Measures,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2015 So, J., B. Park, S. M. Wolfe, and G. Dedes
  • "Classification Modeling Approach for Vehicle Dynamics Model-Integrated Traffic Simulation Assessing Surrogate Safety," Journal of Advanced Transportation, Vol. 49, 2015, pp. 416-433 So, J., B. B. Park and I. Yun
  • “The Effect of Age, Gender and Roadway Environment on the Acceptance and Effectiveness of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,” Transportation Research, Part F, Vol. 31, 2015, pp. 12-24 Son, J., M. Park, and B. B. Park
  • “Quantifying the Benefits of Adaptive Split Feature on the Operation of Coordinated Actuated Traffic Signal System,” KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 19, Issue 1, 2015, pp. 311-317 Park, B. B., Y. Chen, H. Cho and I. Yun
  • “Development and Evaluation of an Enhanced Surrogate Safety Assessment Framework,” Transportation Research Part C, Vol. 50, Jan. 2015, pp. 51-67 So, J., G. Dedes, B. B. Park, S. HosseinyAlamdary, and D. Grejner-Brzezinska

Courses Taught

  • Civil Engineering Systems Analysis (CE 3000)
  • Transportation Infrastructure Design (CE 3400)
  • Cyber Physical System for Intelligent Transportation Systems Applications (ICE 805 at DGIST)
  • Transportation Safety (CE 6450)
  • Traffic Operations (CE 5400)
  • Advanced Integrated Transportation Systems Models (CE 7460)
  • Introduction to Transportation Planning (CE 445)
  • Integrated Transportation Systems Models (CE 632)
  • Applied Statistics and Probability (APMA 311)
  • Infrastructure Management (CE 613)
  • Traffic Flow Theory (CE 702 at NCSU)

Featured Grants & Projects

  • Cooperative Platooning in Mixed Traffic of Connected, Automated, and Human-Driven Vehicles


    This research project will develop cooperative platooning algorithms for mixed traffic of connected automated vehicles and conventional human-driven vehicles. Recent development of connected and automated vehicle technology allows a group of such vehicles to travel closely one after another in a safely manner (known as, cooperative platooning), which greatly improves mobility and energy efficiency. However, when a human-driven vehicle exists within the group, the cohesion of vehicle platoon is not possible, due to uncertain human driver behavior. The novel cooperative platooning algorithms developed in this project will enable connected and automated vehicles to safely follow human-driven vehicles at shorter headways while mitigated traffic disturbances. These algorithms will also be able to assist a human driver in connected-but-not-automated vehicle by complementing human’s imperfect behaviors. As such, the cooperative platooning can be efficiently operated at low market penetration of connected automated vehicles. This research will benefit national economic welfare and public health with improved surface transportation mobility and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This research will enable multi-disciplinary education and collaboration in transportation engineering, cyber-physical systems, control theory, and mechanical engineering. The research team will encourage participation from diverse and underrepresented groups in the education and research. Connected automated vehicle (CAV) has been enabled to stably travel as a platoon with short headways, which leads to improvements in mobility and energy efficiency. However, it fails to work effectively in mixed traffic where CAVs are interacting with non-CAVs. The goal of this research is to develop and validate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control in mixed traffic (CACC-MT) that can safely and efficiently stabilize the mixed traffic including CAV, traditional vehicles and connected human-driven vehicles. CACC-MT makes the CAV capable of performing feedforward control or model predictive control using the received information from a further preceding vehicle, when the immediately preceding vehicle is unconnected. This allows CAV to closely follow an unconnected vehicle. CACC-MT also includes a human-in-the-loop CACC algorithm that enables co-piloting the human driver based on received information from preceding connected vehicle and help the vehicle behave more smoothly and safely in the traffic turbulence. As CACC-MT adopts robust control strategies to handle uncertainties of human driver’s behavior, it ensures cooperative platooning for mixed traffic safely and efficiently without requiring any prior knowledge of the human drivers, even at the early stage of CAV deployment.

  • Development of Safety Evaluation Technologies and Test-beds for Automated Vehicles


    In order to determine factors affecting safety of automated vehicles within a virtual testbed, this project develops a PreScan software based testbed and assess safety impacts of sensor accuracies, communication delays, weather conditions, roadway geometries, etc.

  • Meso Simulation Modeling Guidance


    To support Virginia Department of Transportation in selecting a proper modeling tool, this project reviews existing off-the-shelf mesoscopic simulation modeling tools including AIMSUN and VISSIM, and evaluates their pros and cons using a case study.

  • Development and Verification of Signal Operation Algorithms in Local Intersection Network utilizing V2X Communication Infrastructure


    This project develops and evaluates traffic signal control algorithms under vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication environment.

  • Improving Energy Efficiency by Leveraging Connected Vehicle Technology


    This project develops and evaluates speed harmonization algorithm that minimizes each vehicle's changes in acceleration. Unlike state of the art approach requiring model predictive control.

  • WiFi Reader for passenger waiting times and origin-destination estimation


    This research focuses on estimating passenger waiting time at bus stop, and origin-destination by tracking a unique identifier of WiFi device (i.e., smartphone) without requiring user's permission.