Courses offered in Fall 2016

TR-GY 6113 – Travel demand modeling

Instructor: Kaan Ozbay

The purpose of this course is to study methods and models used in estimating and forecasting person travel in urban areas. The objective is to understand the fundamental relationships between land use, transportation level of service and travel demand, and to apply methods and state-of-the-practice models for predicting person travel on the transportation system.



TR-GY 6223 –  Intelligent transportation systems

Instructor: Raman Patel

This course introduces the concepts and applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and its growing role in the management of transportation systems. The course stresses the role of ITS as national policy, as specified in major transportation funding legislation – ISTEA, TEA21 and SAFETY-LU. A systems engineering approach to overall development of ITS technologies is stressed. Major components of ITS are discussed, and examples of their application treated. Coordination and integration of ITS components are treated.



TR-GY 6333 –  Traffic Concepts

Instructor: Elena Prassas

The course covers basic concepts in transportation and traffic engineering, including: volume, demand, and capacity; traffic stream parameters and their meaning; transportation modes and modal characteristics.  The impact of traveler and vehicle characteristics on traffic flow and on other modes is presented and discussed.  The importance of data collection is emphasized with sample studies, such as volume, speed and travel time, and safety.  Capacity and level of service analysis for uninterrupted flow facilities, including freeways, multilane highways and two-lane highways is demonstrated using methodologies of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual.



TR-GY 7033 – Transportation safety

Instructor: Gerard Soffian

Technology, legislation and market forces have contributed to improved transportation safety for decades. But one must consider which metrics are most relevant for which modes, the role of demographics and traffic levels and other factors when analyzing and predicting safety trends. The course pays attention to a systems view, to metrics by mode and to both standard field and statistical analyses. Consistent with current priorities, the course addresses security as well as safety issues.


TR-GY 8013 – Freight/logistics transportation

Instructors: Joseph Chow, Catrin Lammgard

This is a course offered jointly by faculty members from a business school and engineering to cover a multidisciplinary problem: supply chain management and the impacts of logistics on sustainability, both from a business perspective (companies) and from a society perspective (policy). One such common arena is the issues around urban freight, where various stakeholders have to collaborate. Students will learn about basics of logistics and supply chain management, and also some tools available for business and policy makers to improve freight transportation for example by reducing CO2 emissions.


TR-GY 8023: Urban transportation systems

Instructor: Joseph Chow

This course provides graduate students with operations research methods to solve logistics problems faced by decision-makers for congested urban infrastructure. Optimization and evaluation methods covered include linear programming, network flow, integer programming, vehicle routing, facility location, functions of random variables, Markov processes, (point, spatial, and Jackson) queueing, and queue tolling. Students will design and analyze a toy system related to one of the following applications: public transport, shared mobility, ITS applications, freight deliveries, traffic operations.

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a program affiliated with UrbanITS can consider the following:

Master of Science in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering

Transportation Planning and Engineering — designed for students with engineering backgrounds looking to gain modern skills related to planning, design, and operations of complex transportation systems; graduates move onto engineering or systems planning positions, providing new transportation systems products or services, or conducting higher level research


Transportation Management — designed for students with a quantitative background looking to expand their knowledge of methods and techniques for managing transportation systems; graduates move onto technical leadership positions

Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering

Transportation Planning and Engineering — designed for students interested in contributing to new innovations and solving societal problems that have not yet been solved; graduates move onto academia or highly specialized technical careers in government and industry