Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Welcome

Welcome to the virtual presentation of Pittsburgh Intelligent Transportation Systems (PITTS) Lab – a research and teaching facility within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the Swanson School of Engineering, at University of Pittsburgh. PITTS Lab is located in the region with vigorous transportation activity in the most populous metropolitan area in Western Pennsylvania. Over the recent years Pittsburgh was transformed from an iconic steel town to an urban innovation hub hosting some of the major Connected-Automated Vehicle companies. With its historically important role as a Western Pennsylvania’s railway hub, at the confluence of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and with its variety of urban transportation modes (the city has a funicular system too!!) Pittsburgh represents a living lab and diverse environment for researching transportation problems and improving transportation system while preserving city’s livability.

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PITTS Lab’s research interests include various modes (private vehicles, public transportation, pedestrians, etc.) and various aspects of transportation (mobility, accessibility, safety, environment, etc.). Special emphasis is given to transportation efficiency at the times when application of advanced technologies (e.g. Intelligent Transportation Systems) has priority in the national transportation policies over expansion of the existing infrastructure. In terms of the transportation sub-disciplines PITTS researchers address traffic operations and management, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation, transportation planning, urban air transportation and management, and others. The major PITTS’ research emphasis is on Adaptive Traffic Operations and Management with particular interest in Adaptive Traffic Signal Control (ATSC) systems. While ATSC systems have been core of the research interests of the lab’s leadership, the PITTS Lab is interested in a variety of others traffic operations and management studies. Ability to adapt to changes is a life-story of the entire human civilization. Transportation, as one of the primary human activities, whose goal is to move people, goods and information in space and time, has adapted along with our society. PITTS Lab, in a multitude of similar labs and facilities, takes an angle where adaptiveness of the transportation system (as an ability to adapt to exogenous and endogenous factors that are function of time) is given primary emphasis when considering transportation’s past, present, and future.

The core of the PITTS Lab is a Traffic-Management-Center-like facility that is used both for research and instructional activities. Equipped with the state-of-the-art software, hardware, and communications the lab serves local, regional, and international partners in developing new methods and tools in controlling, managing, and monitoring transportation infrastructure. Some of those partners are: City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (Local); Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia, New Jersey Department of Transportation, (regional); National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration (national); European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Roads and Maritime Services (Australia), (international). A long list of PITTS' university partners include University of Utah, University of Virginia, Northwestern University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, University of Belgrade, Aalto University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada Reno, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, University of Delaware, New Mexico State University, University of Idaho, Technical University Munich, Graz University of Technology, etc.

 

A. Stevanovic
PITTS Lab Director

PITTS Lab News

Jan
14
2021
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Congratulations to Ms. Azadi for her Ph.D. Proposal Defense


Farzaneh Azadi has successfully defended her Ph.D. proposal titled “Comprehensive Arterial Traffic Control for Fully Automated and Connected Vehicles” on January 14th, 2020. We wish her good luck with further research on her Ph.D. topic and successful defense in its due time! Congrats Farzaneh!

Jan
13
2021
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Congratulations to Mr. Al Shayeb for his Ph.D. Proposal Defense


Suhaib Al Shayeb has successfully defended his Ph.D. proposal titled “Ecological Performance Measures in Optimizing Traffic Signals for Fuel and Emissions Efficiency” on January 13th, 2020. We wish him good luck with further research on his Ph.D. topic and successful defense in its due time! Congrats Suhaib!

Jan
12
2021
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Welcome to PITTS Lab New Scholars


PITTS Lab is very delighted to announce arrival of three new scholars who will be joining our team starting from January 2021: Dr. Mosammat Tahnin, Mr. Mohammed Almasabi, and Ms. Slavica Gavric. We wish them a warm welcome and we are looking forward to learning, and growing our expertise, in collaboration with them in future years. Dr. Tahnin joins the PITTS Lab from FIU where she finished her Ph.D. studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a major in Transportation Engineering. Prior to joining FIU, she received her BSc at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology and her MSc at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Dr. Tahnin’s Ph.D. research focused on developing signal timing plans for congested conditions that can be used in traffic management centers to support signal retiming strategies. Besides, she has been working on the safety analysis of ramp metering, traffic diversion estimation method during freeway incidents, and integrated corridor management systems. Mr. Almasabi comes to the PITTS Lab with a prestigious scholarship from King Khalid University to continue his Ph.D. education at a top American university. Before joining Pitt, he worked as a lecturer at King Khalid University where he started after receiving his MSc degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas in Transportation Engineering. His research interests include Traffic Control Systems, Traffic Engineering, Network Planning, and Traffic Safety. Ms. Gavric joins our group after receiving her BSc degree in Transport and Traffic Engineering from the University of Belgrade. Her interests include Traffic Engineering, Traffic Signal Control, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Data Analysis, and Transportation Safety. She participated in multiple Work & Travel programs in the U.S. and she is very excited about her Ph.D. studies in transportation at the University of Pittsburgh. We wish them best luck with their research and education activities at Pitt!

Dec
24
2020
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Congratulations to Ms. Taraneh Ardalan for awarding the Leadership Legacy Scholarship


Recipient of the WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Leadership Legacy Scholarship Congratulations to Ms. Taraneh Ardalan for receiving this year’s WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates. The Leadership Legacy Fund has been established to honor the past, present, and future leaders of WTS by awarding an annual scholarship to female graduate students pursuing a career in transportation. Taraneh will be honored at the Pittsburgh Chapter’s annual Scholarship Gala. As a result of being awarded this scholarship, Taraneh is also being nominated for the International Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship funded by the WTS Foundation. Congrats again and good luck with your application at the international level of the WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship!

Dec
9
2020
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Congratulations to Mr. Dobrota


Congratulations to Mr. Dobrota for his Ph.D. Proposal Defense Nemanja Dobrota has successfully defended his Ph.D. proposal titled “Analysis of Various Performance Measurements of Traffic Signals” on December 9th, 2020. We wish him good luck with further research on his Ph.D. topic and a successful defense in its due time! Congrats Nemanja!

Dec
1
2020
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PITTS Lab Contribution at TRB 100th Annual Meeting 2021


PITTS Lab Contribution at Transportation Research Board 100th Annual Meeting 2021 PITTS Lab got 8 presentations and publications accepted for the 100th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2021. 1. Al Shayeb, S., Dobrota, N., Stevanovic, A., and Mitrovic, N. (2020). “Assessment of Arterial Signal Timings based on Various Operational Policies and Optimization Tools.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 2. Murshed, T., Imran, A., Kan, P.C., Kan, X., and Stevanovic, A. (2020). “Freight Signal Priority (FSP): Assessment of Environmental and Mobility Impact and Feasibility for Implementation.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 3. Cvijovic, Z., Zlatkovic, M., Stevanovic, A., and Song, Y. (2020). “Conditional Transit Signal Priority for Connected Transit Vehicles.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 4. Stevanovic, A., Al Shayeb, S., and Patra, S.S. (2020). “Fuel Consumption Intersection Control Performance Index – A Measure Equivalent to Excess Fuel Consumption caused by Traffic Control.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 5. Dobrota, N., Stevanovic, A., and Mitrovic, N. (2020). “Application of Analytical Methods for Traffic Delay Estimation Using High-resolution Signal and Detection Data.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 6. Azadi, F., Motamedidehkordi, N., Mitrovic, N., and Stevanovic, A. (2020) “Combined Flexible Lane Assignment and Reservation-based Intersection Control Investigated for a Range of Field-like Traffic Conditions.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 7. Al Shayeb, S., and Stevanovic, A. (2020). “Investigating Impacts of Various Operational Conditions on Fuel Consumption and Stop Penalty at Signalized Intersections.” Accepted for Presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. 8. Iqbal, S., Ardalan, T., Hadi, M., Kaisar, E., (2020). “Developing Guidelines for Implementing Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and Freight Signal Priority (FSP) Using Simulation Modeling and Decision Tree Algorithm.” Accepted for presentation at the 2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. For more information regarding the presentations’ date and time please visit the Online Program on TRB Annual Meeting Website.

Nov
18
2020
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TRB Workshop on Traffic Simulation and CAV Modeling


TRB Workshop on Traffic Simulation and CAV Modeling, Beckman Center, Irvine, California Farzaneh Azadi, Graduate Research Assistant, presented at the TRB Workshop on Traffic Simulation and CAV Modeling, Beckman Center, Irvine, California on the topic “Application of Dynamic Lane Assignment to Combined Flexible Lane Assignment and Reservation-based Intersection Control” on November 18th, 2020.

Aug
24
2020
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Welcome to Ms. Ardalan


Welcome to Ms. Ardalan Welcome to Taraneh Ardalan, incoming Ph.D. student and Teaching and Research Assistant at PITTS Lab for Advanced Infrastructure Systems program at SSOE. With an M.Sc in Civil Engineering focusing on Traffic and Transportation Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Taraneh has received several prestigious awards and has published and presented in different conferences including the TRB annual meeting. Her research interests include Simulation Modeling, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Traffic Signal Control. Welcome Taraneh!

Jul
28
2020
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Webinar at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga


Webinar at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga – Center for Urban Informatics and Progress Dr. Stevanovic gave a presentation on the topic “Application of Combined Flexible Lane Assignment and Reservation-based Intersection Control in Field-like Traffic Conditions” in the webinar series for “MLK Smart Corridor: How Connected Technologies Make Mobility Efficient” organized by the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga – Center for Urban Informatics and Progress on July 28, 2020.

Jul
7
2020
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Third International Symposium on MFTS 2020


3rd International Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems Dr. Stevanovic had a virtual presentation due to the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the research group including Farzaneh Azadi, Nikola Mitrovic, and Nassim Motamedidehkordi on the “Application of Combined Flexible Lane Assignment and Reservation-based Intersection Control in Field-like Traffic Conditions” at the 3rd International Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems, Luxembourg, July 6-8, 2020.

Jul
2
2020
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Congratulation to Mr. Yang for his MS Thesis Defense


Congratulation to Mr. Yang for his MS Thesis Defense Yafei Yang successfully defended his MS Thesis titled "Revising Resonant Cycle Concept and Investigation of Resonant Signal Timing Plan" under the supervision of Dr. Aleksandar Stevanovic on July 2, 2020. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

Jun
2
2020
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Presentation at Transportation Research Group of India


Optimization of Traffic Signal Timings based on Surrogate Measures of Safety Dr. Stevanovic presented at the Webinar organized by the Transportation Research Group of India on the “Optimization of Traffic Signal Timings based on Surrogate Measures of Safety” on June 2nd, 2020.

May
26
2020
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Lessons Learned from NCHRP Project and Demonstration of the (AT)2C Tool


Evaluation of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems – Lessons Learned from NCHRP Project 20-07 Task 414 and Demonstration of the (AT)2C Tool Dr. Stevanovic and Graduate Research Assistant, Nemanja Dobrota presented results from the recent NCHRP (National Cooperative Highway Research Program) study where based on an extensive literature review on the deployment and benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (ATCSs), they developed a database-tool, Assessment Tool for Adaptive Traffic Control ([AT]2C). AT2C could be utilized by practitioners and researchers to identify, compare, and assess statistics of relevant ATCS technologies. This webinar was organized by SSOE, University of Pittsburgh, on May 26, 2020.

Mar
5
2020
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Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission


Smart Signals for Smart Regions Workshop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission - Transportation Operations & Safety Forum Dr. Stevanovic presented on the future of traffic control with autonomous vehicles at Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Transportation Operations & Safety Forum- “Smart Signals for Smart Regions Workshop”. He discussed the Combined Alternate-Direction Lane Assignment and Reservation-based Intersection Control (CADLARIC) concept. The workshop took place on March 5th, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Feb
18
2020
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Graduate Seminar- Carnegie Mellon University


Professor Stevanovic presented the critical concepts of Traffic Control systems at the Carnegie Mellon University. Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” Carnegie Mellon University, Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE Graduate Seminar Series, February 14, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA.

Jan
24
2020
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Graduate Seminar- Swanson School of Engineering


Professor Stevanovic presented the critical concepts of Traffic Control systems at the University of Pittsburgh. Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, CEE Graduate Seminar Series, January 24, 2020, Pittsburgh, PA.

Jan
12
2020
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More than seven poster and lecture presentations at TRB-2020 by PITTS LAB


PITTS Lab presented more than seven posters and lectures at Transportation Research Board -TRB 2020,January 12–16, Benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control Deployments – A Review of Evaluation Studies Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of Pittsburgh Identifying Time-of-Day breakpoints based on Clustering Techniques and Visual Analytics Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghRodolfo Alfaro-Carcoba, University of Nevada, RenoNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityAleksandar Stevanovic, University of Pittsburgh Adaptive Traffic Control Deployments in the United States: Insight from a New Database and filtering tool Nemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghNikola Mitrovic, Siemens Mobility Integrated Intersection Control for Connected, Automated Vehicles, and Pedestrians: A Simulation-Based Evaluation Tanja Niels, Bundeswehr University, MunichNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityNemanja Dobrota, University of PittsburghKlaus Bogenberger, Technical University of MunichAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghRobert Bertini, USF Center for Urban Transportation Research Impact of Accurate Detection of Freeway Traffic Conditions on the Dynamic Pricing of I-95 Express Lanes Suhaib shayeb, University of PittsburghAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghNikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityBranislav Dimitrijevic,, New Jersey Institute of Technology Unified Traffic Management for Urban Surface and Air Mobility Nikola Mitrovic, Siemens MobilityAleksandar Stevanovic, University of PittsburghFedja Netjasov, Univerzitet u Beogradu Work Zone Activity Real-Time Data Collection: Mobile Application Development and Testing Farzaneh Azadi, University of Pittsburgh

Dec
18
2019
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Adaptive Traffic Control Workshop


Prof. Stevanovic presented a half-day Adaptive Traffic Control Workshop , which took place on December 18,2019, at at the University of Pittsburgh. The city of Pittsburgh and Penn DOT staffs, multiple consultants, and Pitt's faculty members and graduate researchers attended this workshop. He covered a variety subjects and key information related to "Network Prioritization for Adaptive Traffic Control Deployment" and "Technology Selection" and gave attendees an opportunity for some hands-on experiences.

Dec
13
2019
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Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference-2019


Prof. Stevanovic had a presentation at Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference-PennState-2019 Stevanovic, A.Z. “Traffic Control – Definition, Classification, and Outlook.” Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, Session 8c “Research UTC Projects”, December 13, 2019, State College, PA.

Nov
19
2019
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Internet of Traffic Expo – 2019


Prof. Stevanovic presented at Internet of Traffic (IoT) Expo-2019 Effinger., J., and Stevanovic, A.Z. “Advanced Traffic Signal Optimization Concepts” 2019 TCC Expo – Internet of Traffic (IoT), November 19, 2019, Addison, IL.

Oct
14
2019
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PTV User Group Meeting 2019


Dr. Stevanovic from PITTS Lab presented at the 20th Annual North America PTV Vision Traffic User Group Meeting that took place on October 9-10 in New Orleans. Dr. Stevanovic was invited as a speaker with a presentation on “Retiming signals with Vissim: Unleashing the Power of Sophisticated Modeling and Cloud Computing”.

Sep
27
2019
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PITTS Lab signs a data-sharing agreement with Lake County, IL


PITTS lab has signed an agreement with the Lake County, IL to get access to the VIDEO and traffic signal data in order to monitor traffic signal operations through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connected to the Lake County PASSAGE traffic signal and video system servers. This agreement will enable PITTS Lab to include data from Lake County, IL within its research in the field of traffic analysis and engineering.