B.S. ​Virginia Tech, 1989M.S. ​University of Virginia, 1991Ph.D. ​University of Virginia, 1995

"I am proud that my work contributes directly to improving quality of life. My research in transportation makes travel safer and more efficient."

Brian L. Smith, PE, Professor

Brian L. Smith is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Smith is also former director of the University’s Center for Transportation Studies. He has been a member of the University of Virginia faculty since 1998 and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

Dr. Smith was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2009, and is also a recipient of the 2006 ASCE Huber Research Award, 2004 Council of University Transportation Center’s New Faculty Award, an National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, an Eno Transportation Leadership Fellow, a 2001-2002 University of Virginia Teaching Fellow, and a selected participant in the 2000 NAE Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering. He is an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. He is also the author of a chapter on Transportation Management in the text "Intelligent Transportation Primer."

Dr. Smith has taught courses on transportation engineering, civil engineering design, systems engineering, geographic information systems, and construction engineering. His primary research interests are in transportation systems engineering, focusing on sustainability, connected and automated vehicle systems, and advanced transportation management . Dr. Smith has published transportation-related research in the areas of cooperative systems, probe-based traffic monitoring, statistical modeling, traffic flow theory, data mining, geographic information systems (GIS), and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining the University of Virginia faculty in 1998, Dr. Smith was a Senior Research Scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (now known as the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research), where he helped establish the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) ITS program, and led VDOT’s ITS research program.


  • Fellow - American Society of Civil Engineers

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Identification of Safety-Critical Events Using Kinematic Vehicle Data and the Discrete Fourier Transform,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 96, Pages 162-168, August 2016. Kluger, R., Smith, B.L., Park, H., Dailey, D.J.
  • “Investigating Drivers’ Response Time to Freeway Merge Management Advisory Messages in a Connected Vehicle Environment,” Transportation Research Record, Volume 2559, 131-140. 2016. Hayat, T., Park, H., and Smith, B.L.
  • “Personalized real-time traffic information provision: Agent-based optimization model and solution framework,” Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 64, March 2016, Pages 164–182 Ma, J., Smith, B.L., and Zhou, X.
  • “Comparison of In-Vehicle Auditory Public Traffic Information with Roadside Dynamic Message Signs,” Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, June 2015. Ma, J., Smith, B.L., and Fontaine, M.D.
  • “Application of Maximum Entropy Sampling Design to Traveler Information System Data-Quality Evaluations,” ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Vol. 141, No. 7, 2015. Richardson, J.K., and Smith, B.L.

Courses Taught

  • CE 2010 - Civil Engineering Techniques
  • CE 5000 -Large-Scale Construction Project Management
  • CE 6440 - Intelligent Transportation Systems