INNOVATION IN NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Wireless technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are fundamentally changing the way we collect data, process information, and operate our transportation systems. Coupled with increased computing power and availability, improvements in data curation and management, and ever-evolving data science techniques, we are fundamentally changing the way we interact with and learn from data. The next decade will continue to be transformational, with new technologies like connected and automated vehicles, electric vehicles, and 5G changing the transportation landscape significantly. The lines between data science, machine learning, and cybersecurity are blurring as algorithms that include machine learning are integrated into transportation systems.

 

The Secure Transport Operations Lab conducts research to address critical areas of transportation and national security in three technological thrusts: 1) future transportation concepts (electrified connected automated transportation), 2) transportation operations (freeway, transit, and integrated corridor management), and 3) cybersecurity (transportation and critical infrastructure).

 

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

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FUTURE TRANSPORTATION CONCEPTS

The lab has conducted projects on alternative fuels vehicles, electric vehicles, and connected and automated vehicles. We have expertise in the following topics concerning future transportation:

  • Economic Analysis

  • Market Penetration Analysis

  • Technology Transition Policy

  • Traffic Operations Policy & Analysis

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TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS

The lab has conducted projects on traffic operations, transit operations, integrated corridor management, and maintenance operations. We have expertise in the following operations concepts:

  • Freeway Capacity

  • Transportation Demand Management

  • Transit Operations and Planning

  • Work Zone Design and Operations

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TRANSPORTATION & CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY

The lab has conducted projects on transportation infrastructure, critical infrastructure, and automotive cybersecurity. Project sponsors include:

  • US Department of Energy (Electric Vehicle Charging Security and Solar Power Generation Cybersecurity)

  • Ford Motor Company

  • Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (Infrastructure Cybersecurity)

LAB NEWS

CARA DIETRICH AND BUMSIK KIM COMPLETE GRADUATE PROGRAMS

December 15, 2020

Cara's masters research studied the effect of COVID-19 on Public Transit and Micromobility usage in and after the end of the pandemic.

Bumsik's doctoral research modeled Connected Automated Vehicles in simulation and provided insights into the effects of these vehicles on capacity at different market penetration levels and vehicle following settings.

SECURE TRANSPORT OPERATIONS LAB PUBLISHES TWO NEW VDOT REPORTS

November 15, 2020

The lab just had two reports published by VDOT. The titles of the reports are as follows:
 

  1. Title: Assessment of Capacity Changes Due to Automated Vehicles on Interstate Corridors
     

  2. Title:  Planning Corridors for Transit Signal Priority While Considering Pedestrian Delay

DR. HEASLIP RECIEVES TEACHING AWARD FROM VT CEE

June 10, 2019

The recipient of the G. V. Loganathan Faculty Achievement Award is determined each year by the Virginia Tech student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which polls the civil engineering student body. The G. V. Loganathan Faculty Achievement Award was formerly known as the CEE Faculty Achievement Award.  In the spring of 2008, the chapter recommended that the award be renamed in memory of Dr. G. V. Loganathan.

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