Transportation cyber-physical systems - A frontier for multidisciplinary discovery

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Date: March 23, 2023
Time: 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Category: Seminar


Dr. Kakan Dey, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, West Virginia University 


The rapid growth of demand for transportation services, increasing and emerging safety risks, the ingress of emerging mobility technologies and services, and the accompanying challenges offer infinite opportunities to multidisciplinary researchers in the Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS). Emerging connected and automated vehicle technologies and services are essential “solutions” to today’s and tomorrow’s many traffic safety and mobility problems. A multidisciplinary research approach is critical for collaborative discoveries to realize the full potential of these emerging technologies and services in a TCPS ecosystem that will capitalize on the digital transportation infrastructure’s ever-growing sensing and computing capabilities and advances in artificial intelligence. This presentation will focus on the vision and urgency of multidisciplinary research in the broader TCPS discipline to create a truly connected and automated transportation systems capable of providing sustainable, equitable, and accessible mobility services to all. This presentation will discuss challenges and opportunities in advancing the critical aspects of TCPS, such as safety and mobility of people and goods, connected and multimodal mobility services, technology-driven equity and accessibility, emerging traffic safety risks, infrastructure preservation, resilient and climate adaptive transportation systems, the role of diverse communication technologies, and applications of artificial intelligence. 


Kakan Dey is an Assistant Professor in the Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2014 and earned his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University in 2010. Dr. Dey’s research has been supported by federal and state agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Transportation (US DOT), Ohio DOT, Tennessee DOT, Nevada DOT, South Dakota DOT, and University Transportation Centers (UTCs). He received the Clemson University 2016 Distinguished Postdoctoral Award and the IEEE George N. Saridis Best Transactions Paper Award. He is a standing committee member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (AED50) Committee, Vehicle Highway Automation (ACP30) Committee, and the ASCE TDI Committee on Freight and Logistics. He published more than 57 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he is the co-editor of the textbook “Data Analytics for Intelligent Transportation Systems,” published by Elsevier. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and IET Intelligent Transport Systems Journal. He leads the Connected and Automated Transportation Systems (CATS) Lab at WVU. Dr. Dey is an ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellow.

In-person and virtual event:

In-person location: College of Engineering, Aaron Friedman Memorial Conference Room (Map)

Online: Zoom link

March 2023