Connected & Autonomous Transportation Systems Laboratory (CATS Lab)
Graduate Students

Omar Hussain

PhD student
E-mail: omarh@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (858)-736-1183
Omar Hussain is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He earned his Master's degree in transportation systems engineering from University of Central Florida, Orlando, 2013. His research interests include connected autonomous vehicles, traffic prediction systems, and traffic flow theory and operation.

Yu Wang

PhD student
E-mail: ywang21@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-357-9539
Yu (Crystal) Wang is a Ph.D. student in department of civil and environmental engineering at University of South Florida. In July 2015, she obtained her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai University of Science and Technology, China. Her primary focus is on connected autonomous vehicles and OD trips visualization tool. Her work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Dongfang Zhao

PhD student
E-mail: dongfangzhao@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-368-7355
Homepage: http://dongfangzhao.myweb.usf.edu/ Dongfang Zhao is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He earned his B.S. degree both in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China in June 2016. His research interests include interfacing between electric vehicle sharing and power systems and data fusion. His work has been mainly supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Zhiwei Chen

PhD student
E-mail: zhiweic@mail.usf.edu

Zhiwei Chen is a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He obtained his bachelor degree from South China University of Technology in June, 2017. His main research interests are interdepdent systems and multi-model transportation system design. His work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health (CTECH).

Saeid Soleimaniamiri

PhD student
E-mail: saeid@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-895-7337
Saeid is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He acquired his B.S degree in civil engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in January 2017. His main research areas are connected autonomous vehicles and vehicle fuel consumption modeling. His work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Runan Yang

PhD student
E-mail: runanyang@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (786)-631-6993
Runan Yang is a PhD student in department of civil and environmental engineering at University of South Florida. In July 1st, she acquired her B.S. degree in transportation engineering in Chang'an University, China. Her main research is on traffic safety, transportation modeling and traffic behavior. Her work has been supported by research grants from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Xiaowei Shi

PhD student
E-mail: xiaoweishi@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-774-0870
Xiaowei (Tom) Shi is a Ph.D student in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degree from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China in 2015 and 2018, respectively. His main research interests are transportation modeling and optimization.

Qianwen Li

PhD student
E-mail: qianwenli@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-919-4358
Qianwen (Camille) Li is a PhD student in department of civil and environmental engineering at University of South Florida. In June 1st, she acquired her B.S. degree in computer science and technology in ShanDong University, China. Her main research is about connected autonomous vehicles and trajectory optimization.

Gangyan Zhang

Master student
E-mail: gangyanz@mail.usf.edu
Tel: (813)-570-5692
Gangyan Zhang is a Master student in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He acquired his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Huaihai Institute of Technology in June 2017. His main work is to prepare graduation thesis about vehicle trajectory analysis.
Visiting Scholars

Handong Yao

Visiting Scholar
E-mail: handongyao@mail.usf.edu
Handong Yao is currently working toward the PhD. degree in the school of Transportation Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. He received the M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2015. His research is focus on connected self-driving traffic and intelligent transportation

Mingyang Pei

Visiting Scholar
E-mail: ratherthan@foxmail.com
Mingyang Pei is currently a PhD student in Department of Civil and Transportation Engineering, South China University of Technology at Guangzhou, China. Mingyang obtains Bachelor degree in Transportation Engineering from the same university, in July 2015. Her research is focus on public transit system. Her current research is modelling for flexible transit system.

Jun Du

Visiting Scholar
E-mail: dujun_max@foxmail.com
Jun Du is a Ph.D student in School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University. He got his B.S. degree in Math and Applied Mathematics from Shandong University, China, 2013. Then he received his M.S. degree in Control Engineering from Shandong University, China, 2016. His research areas is traffic flow theory and stability analysis.

Zhen Wang

Visiting Scholar
E-mail: zhenwang@chd.edu.cn
Zhen Wang is currently a PhD student in Department of Information Engineering, Chang'an University at xian China. Zhen Wang obtains bachelor degree in Automation and master degree in computer science and technology. His current research focus on autonomous vehicle lane changing.

Jie Xiong

Visiting Scholar
E-mail: jxiong@bjut.edu.cn
Jie Xiong is currently a lecture in College of Metropolitan Transportation, Beijing University of Technology. He obtained a PhD degree in Systems Engineering in 2016 from the School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University. He also acquired BS degree from the same university in 2010. His research interests include optimal transit route network design, electric bus system optimization, optimal operation of demand-responsive transit operation.
Former Students, Collaborators and Visitors

Fang Zhou

M.S. (civil engineering), 2014 - 2015.
Fang Zhou is currently a Transportation Research Engineer at Leidos, Inc. Her research with Dr. Li was suppported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and For Economic Development (NCITEC), and Mississippi State University (MSU).

Jin Wang

M.S. (civil engineering), 2012 - 2014.
Jin Wang's research with Dr. Li was suppported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and For Economic Development (NCITEC), and Mississippi State University (MSU).

Junqiang Leng

Visiting Scholar, 2014 - 2015.

Wendong Yang

Visiting Scholar, 2013 - 2014.

Hongqiang Fan

Postdoctoral Reseawrch Associate, 2016.
Dr. Fan obtained a PhD degree in Traffic and Transportation Planning and Management in 2015 from the School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University. He also acquired MS and BS degrees from the same university in 2004 and 2008, repsectively. His research interests include reliable network infrastructure against probabilistic facility disruptions, sustainable infrastructure systems design and traffic flow theory. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Yanqian Wang

Postdoctoral Reseawrch Associate, 2016.
Dr. Yanqian Wang received the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China, in January 2015. His research interests include connected autonomous vehicles, networked control systems, fault detection and isolation systems, and tolerant control systems. His research was supported by the University of South Florida (USF). He is currently a faculty member at the Qingdao University of Technology

Yan Xu

Visiting PhD student, 2016.
Yan Xu obtained her B.S. in Traffic Engineering from Guilin University of Electronic Technology, China, in July 2010. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in System Science, with a primary focus on train schedule/reschedule problem in railway network. She now works on a project sponsored by the Research Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety for Global optimization model and algorithms of train control and reschedule problem under condition of large-scale rail network operations.

Tao Wang

Vistiting Scholar, 2016.
Education:
Ph.D., System analysis and integration, Beijing jiaotong university, 2015.
M.S., System theory, Beijing jiaotong university, 2006.
B.S., Applied Mathematics, Qingdao University, Shandong, China, 2001.
Research Interests:
Traffic flow theory and simulation
Modeling, optimization and analysis of complex systems

Jing Zhang

Vistiting Scholar, 2016.
Education:
Ph.D., Operational research and cybernetics, Beijing jiaotong university, 2006.
B.S., Applied Mathematics, Qingdao University, Shandong, China, 2001.
Research Interests:
Combinatorial design and code theory
Automated compact parking problems

Lifen Yun

Vistiting Scholar, 2016.
Education:
PhD Traffic and Transportation Planning and Management, 2010-2015, School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University. Research Scholar Transportation Engineering, 2013-2014, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mississippi State University. MS International Economy and Trade, 2007-2010, College of Economics, Ocean University of China. BS Logistics Management, 2003-2007, College of Economics, Ocean University of China.
Research Interests:
Logistics network design; Logistics system optimization
Project Charged and Participated:
Project Participant of National Natural Science Fund of China (NSFC) "Optimization of the Distribution Network of Comprehensive Transport Passenger Hub"

Mohsen Parsafard

Ph.D., 2013 - 2017.
Mohsen is a Ph.D. student in department of civil and environmental engineering at University of South Florida. He acquired a M.S. degree in transportation engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in January 2013. His primary focus is on sensor networks, transportation network systems, and mobility pattern analysis. His work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and For Economic Development (NCITEC).

Lu Zeng

Visiting Scholar, 2016 - 2017.
Lu Zeng is Ph.D. student in Traffic and Transportation Planning and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University. M.S Control Theory and Control Engineering, 2005-2008, Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, China. BS Electronic Information of Science and Technology, 2001-2005, Jiangxi University of Science and Technology. Her primary research interest is the regulation of passenger flow in urban mass transit network.

Lina Ma

Visiting Scholar, 2017.
Lina Ma is currently a PhD student in Management Science and Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology University, Harbin, China. Lina Ma obtains M.S. in Software Engineering from the same university, in July 2013. Her research is focus on traffic sensor networks design and transportation system development. Her current research is highway traffic detector for emergency response system.

Amir Ghiasi

Ph.D., 2014 - 2018.
Amir Ghiasi is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Department at the University of South Florida. He earned his Master's degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in January 2013. His main research area are connected autonomous vehicles and microscopic traffic flow theory. His work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and For Economic Development (NCITEC).

Jianghua Gao

Visiting Scholar, 2017 - 2018.
Jianghua Gao is a Ph.D student, majored in safety science and engineering, in Beijing Jiaotong University since 2014. M.S., intelligent transportation engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2012-2014. B.S., safety engineering, ShanDong JiaoTong University, 2008-2012. Research Interests: Simulation and optimized control of passenger flow in subway station. Train operation organization.

 

Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in our group. Members with a solid background on mathematics and computer programming in addition to transportation domain knowledge are highly encouraged to apply.