Bin Ran

Professor


Profile Summary

I also have strong interest to apply information technologies to transportation. Currently, I am working with students to apply web technologies and wireless technologies for ITS applications for both infrastructure-based systems and vehicle-based systems. In addition, my research team is also exploring various issues of telematics and in-vehicle information and safety systems. The vehicle-highway automation research involves identifying strategies and scenarios needed for developing the existing highway system into one that is either partially or fully automated. My initiatives have focused on the object detection and recognition, crash warning and avoidance, and proactive exterior airbag systems. Specifically, I was awarded a US patent (co-inventor: Wenjing Huang) on proactive exterior airbag systems in 1998. Under the umbrella of Wisconsin ITS Alliance, my research in ITS uses dynamic traffic models and before-after studies to evaluate various ITS systems deployed in Wisconsin and nationwide. My ITS research also expands to development of ITS systems, including both Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS) and Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) systems. I hold several US patents in ATIS. Since 1988, I have been maintaining strong interest on dynamic transportation network modeling. Some of the major results have been summarized in the two books published in 1994 and 1996 by Springer-Verlag. These books were co-authored by Bin Ran and David Boyce. My research has focused on four major areas: 1) dynamic transportation network modeling and traffic forecasting; 2) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology development and system evaluation; 3) vehicle-highway automation, intelligent vehicles, and Telematics; and 4) applications of information technologies in transportation, including web technologies, GIS, and wireless technologies.

Education

  • BS, Tsinghua University, China, 1986
  • MS, University of Tokyo, Japan, 1989
  • PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1993

Research Interests

  • Location Commerce
  • GIS
  • Telematics
  • Wireless Technology
  • Information Systems and Technologies
  • Internet
  • Dynamic Traffic Prediction
  • Traffic Simulation and Control
  • Dynamic Transportation Network Models
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems

Publications

  • Ran B. and Boyce D.E. Modeling Dynamic Transportation Networks -- An Intelligent Transportation System Oriented Approach. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, March 1996.
  • Ran B. and Boyce D.E. Dynamic Urban Transportation Network Models -- Theory and Implications for Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems. No.417 Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 1994.

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 489 - Honors in Research
  • CIVENGR 579 - Seminar-Transportation Engineering
  • CIVENGR 679 - Special Topics in Transportation and City Planning
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 571 - Urban Transportation Planning
  • CIVENGR 579 - Seminar-Transportation Engineering
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    I also have strong interest to apply information technologies to transportation. Currently, I am working with students to apply web technologies and wireless technologies for ITS applications for both infrastructure-based systems and vehicle-based systems. In addition, my research team is also exploring various issues of telematics and in-vehicle information and safety systems. The vehicle-highway automation research involves identifying strategies and scenarios needed for developing the existing highway system into one that is either partially or fully automated. My initiatives have focused on the object detection and recognition, crash warning and avoidance, and proactive exterior airbag systems. Specifically, I was awarded a US patent (co-inventor: Wenjing Huang) on proactive exterior airbag systems in 1998. Under the umbrella of Wisconsin ITS Alliance, my research in ITS uses dynamic traffic models and before-after studies to evaluate various ITS systems deployed in Wisconsin and nationwide. My ITS research also expands to development of ITS systems, including both Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS) and Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) systems. I hold several US patents in ATIS. Since 1988, I have been maintaining strong interest on dynamic transportation network modeling. Some of the major results have been summarized in the two books published in 1994 and 1996 by Springer-Verlag. These books were co-authored by Bin Ran and David Boyce. My research has focused on four major areas: 1) dynamic transportation network modeling and traffic forecasting; 2) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology development and system evaluation; 3) vehicle-highway automation, intelligent vehicles, and Telematics; and 4) applications of information technologies in transportation, including web technologies, GIS, and wireless technologies.


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