Research     Education     Outreach

July, 2015                                                                                                Vol. 2, No. 1
Letter from the Director

Dear colleagues,


You may recall that March's ISTL newsletter touched briefly on the upcoming First Annual Symposium on Transportation Informatics: Big Data Analytics Transforming Transportation Operations, Management and Safety.  Now, only a few weeks away, this inaugural event seems to have taken on a life of its own.  With distinguished speakers from Cisco, University of Maryland's CATT laboratory, and Georgia Technical Institute; presentations and panels focused on world class research and real world applications by transportation practitioners; and finally, workshops focused on problem statements in the transportation and analytics  field, I am confident that this event is well positioned for collaborative problem solving and to deliver a roadmap for future research. Plus, there is no better place than Buffalo and nearby Niagara Falls in the summer! Please join us.


ISTL's research and education initiatives continue to move forward. With respect to the former, ISTL researchers continue to collaborate with other top tier universities to establish an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) focused on Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems. And, I am pleased to report that one of our education initiatives, the establishment of a Sustainable Transportation and Logistics MS degree and certificate program has moved forward with anticipated approval coming this fall.


I am excited about the progress the Institute has made. But, as with most successful endeavors, it would not be possible without the continued support of the University, our External Advisory Board, faculty, and all of our collaborative partners all over the world. Thank you for your continued support of ISTL!


Best regards,



Big Data Analytics Transforming Transportation Operations, Management and Safety


August 13th & 14th  -  Buffalo, NY 


TransInfo, one of the leading transportation research centers in the United States supporting the Internet of Things (IoT) big data revolution and the only Tier 1 University Transportation Center in the nation that specializes in transportation informatics, is hosting an inaugural event, supported in part by ISTL.  Confirmed speakers include Barry Einsig from Cisco's Vertical Solutions Group, Michael Pack from the University of Maryland CATT Lab and Ram Pendyala, PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as 24 other speakers from industry (Xerox, Savari), nonprofits (SwRI, CUBRC, NUAIR Alliance), government (Puerto Rico, NYSDOT, Erie County, NFTA, BNMC) and numerous leading universities. 


 For more information and to register please visit:



UB National Summer Transportation Institute (UB NSTI)


For the third consecutive year, ISTL core faculty members Dr. Qing He, Dr. Adel Sadek and Dr. Qian Wang were awarded a grant by the Federal Highway Administration to host the 2015 UB National Summer Transportation Institute (UB NSTI) in July. UB NSTI successfully attracted nearly 30 local high school students to participate in an innovative one week summer educational program in transportation. The overall goal of the Institute is "to support the inclusion of high school students, from diverse backgrounds, within National Summer Transportation Institutes that result in an increase in the number of students pursuing transportation related careers".  

Update: Sustainable Transportation and Logistics Degree and Certificate Program                         


A completed degree application package has been completed and submitted to the State University of New York (SUNY) for review. Pending SUNY approval, which is expected in the fall, 2015, the first cohort of STL students are anticipated to be welcomed in fall, 2016.  

Awards, Honors and News

Dr. Qing He, as Co-PI has been awarded funding from New York City's Department of Transportation for "Coordinated Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment in NYC (CIDNY) Task 5: Develop a Comprehensive Guide to Signal Timing, New Detection Technologies and Advanced Signal Timing Concepts Applicable in New York City"


ISTL researchers collaborated with NYSDOT, private industry, and other academic partners on a New York State Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment proposal. The proposal is currently under review.

Featured Student

Louis (Shuai) Tang is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, specializing in freight transportation and transportation network analysis. He is currently working on a project titled "Bottleneck and Connectivity Analysis of Freight Transportation Network in New York City" under Dr. Qian Wang's direction. The project is dedicated to identifying the critical "node" of freight transportation network in New York City by considering both the network topology and the traffic volume assigned to each link.  As his master thesis topic, he has finished research on "Geography of Motor Freight Transportation and Warehousing Establishments from six Metropolitan Area in United States", which aims at quantifying the spatial pattern of warehousing and trucking companies in major metropolitan areas in U.S. In recognition of this work, he received travel grants from both the NSF-sponsored 2014 Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems (PASI-SUFS) held in Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia and Volvo's Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Workshop and Conference in New York. 

In This Issue
Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC)

ISTL faculty Dr. Rajan Batta and Dr. Jamie Kang continue, after National Science Foundation (NSF) approval in June, to lead UB's collaborative efforts with five other top tier universities (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Arizona State University; University of Louisville; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and University of Texas, Austin) to establish a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS). The proposed I/UCRC on EV- STS will focus on research in the following areas: (1) Electrified vehicle powertrains; (2) Conventional powertrains; (3) Non-powertrain vehicle system optimization; (4) Transportation systems and infrastructure and (5) Design and analysis tools.


For more information on the proposed Center or how to become an industry partner, please contact


 Dr. Rajan Batta

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Aditya Vedantam, PhD

 Operations Management and Strategy 

Dr. Aditya Vedantam earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a master degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He recently received a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Purdue University where his dissertation focused on different aspects of sustainable operations with emphasis on sustainable product design, sustainable procurement, investments in clean energy technologies and recycling operations. Dr. Vedantam also w orked in the FMCG sector in India where he was involved with new product developm ent for a range of consumer products.  
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