ITSS BoG Candidates for 2020 Election
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Meet the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Candidates for the 2020 Election
IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society election period is from Dec 13, 2019 to Jan 10, 2020.
Election of members of Board of Governors to terms, each beginning January 2020, will be by vote of the membership, as specified in the Bylaws
Candidate bio and position statements are published below and through IEEE ITS Society email distributions.
The 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Election results will be posted in the IEEE ITSS’s Press Room around January 15 2020, and will be included in the January Issue of ITS Newsletter.
Meet the Candidates for 2020-2022 Board of Governors
(by last name in alphabetical order)
The opinions expressed in the statements are those of the individual candidates and do not necessarily reflect IEEE ITS Society positions or policies.
Hilmi Berk Celikoglu
Hilmi Berk Celikoglu is a full Professor specialized in Traffic Flow Theories and Transportation Network Modeling at the Technical University of Istanbul (ITU) Department of Civil Engineering and the head of the ITU ITS Research Lab since 2014. He received B.Sc. (2000), M.Sc. (2002), and Ph.D. (2006) degrees from ITU, where he has been with since 2002. He was a Visiting Professor at PennState Department of Computer Science & Maths, Harrisburg between 2014-2015.
Dr. Celikoglu has been involved in several national and international scientific and technical projects in addition to his ongoing research on dynamic network management, transportation network modeling and optimization, traffic flow control and simulation, ITS, and railway engineering on which he has been teaching and has authored over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.
Dr. Celikoglu has co-organized special sessions for IEEE ITSC series, for which he has been an Associate Editor since 2011. He has served as the Workshops & Tutorial Chair of ITSC2015 and ITSC2018, the Publications Co-Chair of the ITSC2016, and the General Chair of the 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting 2016. He has been on the Editorial Board of the IEEE ITS Podcast, and is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on ITS and IEEE ITS Magazine. Besides his contributions to the journal and conferences of the IEEE, he serves at the Editorial Board of the Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and has contributed as a Guest Editor to special issues at journals including Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, and Accident Analysis & Prevention.
Dr. Celikoglu is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Member of the IFAC TC 7.4. Transportation Systems, and a member of the Turkish Road Association, for which he served as an Executive Board Member for the period 2009-2014. For more information see webpage http://its.itu.edu.tr/
Dynamic Network Modeling and Optimization
Traffic Flow Modeling and Control
Transportation Network Planning and Design
Rail Traffic Control and Management
Besides serving as an Associate Editor to some of the periodicals of ITSS, I have served in several capacities to ITSC series, including the Workshops & Tutorial Chairing of ITSC2015 and ITSC2018, the Publications Co-Chairing of ITSC2016, special session organizing for several ITSCs, and etc. I together with colleagues have succeeded to get approval in the year 2015 for the organizing the ITSC2018, which is later on postponed and then cancelled due the circumstances in Turkey. If elected, I would like to contribute to the IEEE ITSS by further promoting the field of ITS and my current areas of interests for educational purposes in the academia and for technical activities. I would like to accelerate the process of setting up a Turkish Chapter for the ITSS. I would also like to continue my effort to initiate collaboration within IEEE with other societies such as the EURO in ITS related areas.
Yaobin Chen (Student Member 1985, Member 1988, Senior Member 2010) is Chancellor’s Professor of electrical and computer engineering and Director of the Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A. He received his BS degree from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now Southeast University), Nanjing, China in 1982, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1986 and 1988 respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Chen was with the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. Since 1990, Dr. Chen has been with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, where he served as Associate Dean for Research from 2003 to 2005 and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2005 to 2015.
Dr. Chen’s areas of expertise include automated driving and autonomous/connected vehicles, vehicle active safety systems, EV and HEV, intelligent controls and robotics, and advanced energy and power systems. He has published 170 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is a co-inventor of 8 U.S. patents (4 issued and 4 pending). He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1991.
Dr. Chen is a very active member in his professional community. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of SAE. Dr. Chen has served as a member of international program committee and session chair/co-chair for many international conferences. He has served as an associate editor for four international journals. He has provided excellent service to the IEEE ITS Society for the last 10 years, including (1) an elected ITS Society BoG member for two 3-year terms from 2009-2014, (2) Vice President of Technical Activities of the IEEE ITS Society (2013-2016), (3) a Senior Editor (since 2006) and an Associate Editor (since 2012) for the IEEE Transactions on ITS, (4) a general co-chair for the 25th IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium in 2014, (5) the general chair for the 2010 and 2011 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety, (6) the editor in chief for the IEEE ITSS Newsletter, and (7) the general chair for the 2021 IEEE ITS Conference to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, Dr. Chen also served in several leadership positions at the IEEE level including a member and chair (2011-2013) for the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies Committee from 2009 to 2014; a member and the chair (2017-2018) the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC) (2010-present).
Dr. Chen is an accomplished researcher in ITS and autonomous vehicles and safety. He has been a very active member and leader in IEEE and ITS Society for more than 30 years. He is interested to serve again on the Board of Governors of IEEE ITSS. If elected, he would like to work with other board members to further promote the field of ITS and automated driving by developing related curriculum in ITS with focus in connected and intelligent vehicles and transportation systems and safety technologies to educate next generation engineers. He would like to continue his effort to foster collaboration and partnership within IEEE and with other engineering societies such as SAE and ITE in ITS related areas. He would like to work with the ITSS ExCom members in education and industry outreach. Dr. Chen is well prepared to provide his excellent service and leadership to the ITS Society as a BoG member based on his research accomplishments in the ITS filed, and his unique experience in academic and professional leadership as well as strong collaboration with the automotive and transportation industry and government agencies.
Dr. Swaroop Darbha received his PhD degree from UCBerkeley in 1994 and was a visiting post-doctoral researcher at California PATH till December 1996. Since January 1997, he has been a faculty of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on ITS and ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control and was a program committee member for American Control Conference, IEEE Conference on ITS and ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. He has been elevated to the rank of Fellow in ASME and IEEE for his contributions to ITS and Unmanned Vehicles. His research interests lie in the development of control and diagnostic systems for autonomous vehicles, provably demonstrating the mobility and safety benefits of connectivity, traffic flow and safety modeling, planning, routing and decision-making for unmanned vehicles.
First of all, I thank the hard work put in by the members of this young IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) to steer it into one of the leading societies for advanced transportation in technical and conference activities. Given the recent advances and focus on Autonomous Vehicles, I believe that IEEE ITSS has a crucial role to play in setting the standards, interacting with academia, industry and public at large.The events sponsored by ITSS continue to be leading platforms for exchange of information, networking and building strong, supportive and forward-looking research community. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to serve on the IEEE ITS BoG.
If elected, I will (a) work to expand travel grant and mentoring programs for students and young professionals, (b) enhance visibility and quality of the events sponsored by ITSS (c) strengthen relations with industry and other organizations such as ASME to promote activities in the area of ITS and (d) promote the international relevance of ITSS.
Dr. Azim Eskandarian has been a Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech since August 2015, where he leads one of the nation’s highly ranked and largest ME departments. He became the Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs chaired Professor in April 2018. He established the Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Machines laboratory at Virginia Tech and is conducting research in autonomous vehicles, human/driver cognition, advanced driver assistance systems, and robotics. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was a Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University (GWU). At GWU, he has been the founding director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (1996-2015), the director of the “Transportation Safety and Security” University Area/Program of Excellence (2002-2015), and the co-founder of the National Crash Analysis Center in 1992 and its director from 1998-2002 and from May 2013 to July 2015. He has 33 years of academic and engineering experience in dynamics and control, intelligent systems, and applied mechanics, with applications in intelligent vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, automotive and transportation safety, neuroengineering, and robotics. Prior to joining GW in 1993, he was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, York, PA (1989-92) and earlier worked as an engineer/project manager in industry (1983-89.)
Dr. Eskandarian developed strategic directions for the department with the consensus of the faculty and started several new initiatives to enhance the quality of scholarship, the student experiential learning, and diversity within the department and streamlined several departmental procedures with new policies. He has made significant contributions to developing new academic curricula at both graduate and undergraduate levels, laboratories, and research centers, and has conducted pioneering research in intelligent vehicles and vehicle active and passive safety, among many other areas. He expanded several international academic exchanges and partnerships leading to both student exchanges and scholarship activities among collaborating institutions.
He has obtained significant sponsorship for his research and the centers and programs he has directed, reaching $27.5 million from government and industry, including US DOT, DOE, DOD, NSF, industry and private foundations. He has over 180 publications, including 63 referred journal and 102 conference articles, 1 book and 1 edited reference handbook, 7 book chapters, 3 edited volumes, 5 other refereed publications, 1 patent, 91 additional presentations/abstracts and over 37 technical reports. His “Handbook of Intelligent Vehicles” (published by Springer, 2012) has been widely used and due to popular demand was translated into Chinese in 2014. Some of his articles in the IEEE Transactions for ITS were recognized among the highest cited publications in his field during 2000-2010 period. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on ITS and has served as an editor, reviewer, panelist, and invited committee member for five journals, and several conferences and government agencies.
Dr. Eskandarian is a fellow of ASME, senior member of IEEE, and member of SAE professional societies; a member of Tau Beta PI, PI Tau Sigma engineering honor societies; and previously served as president of GW’s chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research society. He received his BS, MS, and DSC degrees in Mechanical engineering from GWU, Virginia Tech, and GWU, respectively.
I have been making contributions to IEEE ITS society. I have been the VP of Administration of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (since 2016) and two terms board member of the society. I am currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on ITS. Based upon my knowledge about and experience with ITSS and my professional expertise in Intelligent Transportation Systems, I would like to promote IEEE ITS Society and help it grow.
Arnaud de La Fortelle
Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has engineer degrees from the French École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées (2 top French institutions) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Probability Theory). He managed (being coordinator twice) several French and European projects. He moves to MINES ParisTech in 2006 where he becomes director of the Center for Robotics in 2008. He was Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2017-2018. He has been elected in 2009 to the Board of Governors of IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society. He has been member of several program committees for conferences and was General Chair of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium 2019 in Paris. He was member, then president of the French ANR scientific evaluation committee for sustainable mobility and cities in 2008-2017. He also serves regularly as expert for the European research program (FP7, H2020). His main topic of interest is cooperative systems (perception, communication, data distribution, control, mathematical certification) and their applications (e.g. collective taxis, cooperative automated vehicles). He chairs the international research chair Drive for All with sponsors Valeo, Safran and Peugeot and partners UC Berkeley, EPFL and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
My aim as an involved IEEE ITSS member is to provide more benefits to our community and beyond. As a former IV2019 General Chair, I am well aware of the work needed at all level to support the places of scientific and technical discussions, to keep them attractive, to help organizers, to be able to adjust to the evolution of the audience's expectation. It is striking to see how many people from various horizon are attracted by our conference. Besides organizing conferences, I have organized Summer Schools (e.g. Cooperative Interactive Vehicles with Prof. Stiller from KIT). This provided another kind of opportunity for our community to grow and we provided the material to our ITS society. I would like to pursue this path within the BoG in order for our society to keep its growth in numbers as well as in quality. Strong communities are very important for their members and beyond.
Fernando Garcia is Associate Professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, working in the field of robotics and automatics, he is currently Vice-Director for Relationships with Companies and MakerSpace, at the Escuela Politécnica de Leganés, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and chair of the Spanish Chapter of IEEE-ITSS. His research fields are perception and control, mainly applied in the area of autonomous vehicles, drones and trains. During his career as researcher he has published numerous articles in congresses and international journals. He has experience of more than 12 years in this sector, applying these technologies in a broad variety of projects, including the first autonomous bus to be deployed in Spain, developed for Timanfaya National Park. He has proven experience in managing and coordinating projects and professional teams, as well as in coordinating organization of research events, such as conferences and competitions. All these activities have allowed him to obtain some relevant recognitions, such as the finalist of the best thesis award, given by the Spanish Chapter of IEEE-ITSS, Best Committee award of the ITSS-IEEE Society in 2018 and Barreiros Foundation’s Award in 2014, among other recognitions. He acted as visiting researcher in different internationally recognized laboratories such as VisLab laboratory from University of Parma (Italy) and State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). He has given seminars and lectures in national and international entities, such as the New York State University at Buffalo, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Parma. He has been member of the Board of Governors of the ITSS-IEEE Society for the period 2017-2019, he collaborated in the organization of numerous events and congresses of the IEEE-ITSS society, and organized workshops on them. To put some examples, he served as Registration Chair of the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems(ITSC) in the years 2018 and 2019, as well as Co-Program Chair of the Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in the year 2019, and currently he is Program chair of this conference for the year 2020. He has been General Chair of ICVES conference in the years 2018 and 2019. He also served as editor in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, working in the Theses Column as well as in several special issues of this publication.
He has worked hard in the latest years for the development of the IEEE-ITS Society both organizing events and serving in the BoG, pushing forward for the advance and the development of this society, helping it to grow and to strengthen its position as leader of the Intelligent Transportation Systems at both academic and industrial levels, assuring the high standards of the different forums that are managed by the society.
I have served on the Board of Governors of the ITSS-IEEE Society in 2017-2019. During this time I put effort to support the development of the Society, including in particular contributing to the organization of numerous scientific events and congresses of the IEEE-ITSS Society. For instance I served as the Registration Chair for purposes of the International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) in 2018 and 2019, as well as the Co-Program Chair of the Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in 2019. Currently I have been working as the Program Chair of the latter conference for the year 2020. I was also the General Chair of ICVES conference in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, I have been involved as the editor in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, working in the Theses Column and in several special issues of this publication.
Over the last years I have been largely engaged within IEEE-ITSS in both organizing scientific events and serving in the BoG, contributing with passion to the advancement and development of the Society, helping it to grow and to strengthen its position as a leader of the Intelligent Transportation Systems at both academic and industrial levels, assuring high standards of the different forums that are managed by the Society. I hope to have the opportunity to continue working in this direction for further benefit of the Society.
Dr.-Ing. Ahmed Hussein has received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Egypt, in June 2012; followed by his Master of Science Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the German University in Cairo (GUC), Berlin campus, Germany, working on optimization of multiple mobile robots cooperation systems in May 2013. In September 2018, he received his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain. During his doctoral degree period, he was working with the Intelligent Systems Lab (LSI) research group, where he was one of the team leaders of the Intelligent Campus Automobile (iCab) project, working on the development and implementation of vehicle system architecture, localization, mapping, planning, control, communication and cooperative driving techniques for multiple self-driving vehicles. Currently he is a Senior Development Engineer in the Department of Perception & Camera Functions at IAV Automotive Engineering GmbH in Berlin, Germany.
His research interests are focused on intelligent transportation systems fields, mainly on sensors data fusion, autonomous systems control, optimization techniques, computational intelligence and cooperative vehicles systems. Recently, his research interests also include computer vision, deep learning and development of perception systems based on camera and lidar data for object detection, recognition and classification.
Ahmed is a member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) since 2014, and a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) since 2012. Currently, he is the Workshop Chair for the upcoming IEEE IV 2020 and the Treasurer and Registration Co-Chair for the current IEEE ITSC 2019. Furthermore, he is the Chair and Founder of the IEEE ITSS German Chapter, the Treasurer for the IEEE ITSS Spanish Chapter, and the Treasurer for the IEEE Young Professionals German Section for the period from 2019 to 2020.
Formerly, Ahmed was the Student Activities Chair for the IEEE ITSS Spanish Chapter for the period from 2017 to 2018, the General Co-Chair and Treasurer of the IEEE ICVES 2018. Additionally, Ahmed was a member of the Organizing Committee of IEEE ICVES 2012, IEEE RST 2016, IEEE ICVES 2017, IEEE ITSC 2018, and IEEE IROS 2018, IEEE IV 2019, IEEE ICVES 2019, among other international events. He also chaired and co-chaired several workshops, in addition to serving as reviewer and associate editor in numerous international conferences. Finally, Ahmed has been invited to give speeches, lectures, and seminars at different institutes and he was awarded the second prize for the Shape the Future of Transportation IEEE ITSS Competition in 2018.
Contributions to the IEEE ITSS
Over the past few years, Ahmed has served as a reviewer and as an associate editor to several of the IEEE ITSS sponsored and flagship conferences. He is the Chair and Founder of the IEEE ITSS German Chapter and member of the organizing committee of past and future IEEE ITSS conferences. Furthermore, Ahmed is the Treasurer of the IEEE ITSS Spanish Chapter, a member of the IEEE ITSS Educational Activities Board and one of the members responsible for the novel IEEE ITSS Communication Strategy Initiative.
Through its transactions, publications, conferences, and services, the IEEE ITSS affects how researchers andprofessional engineers enhance the transportation systems society. With social media and peer-to-peernetworks, the nature of communication is evolving at an unprecedented pace. IEEE ITSS must continuallyenhance its processes and systems, thus the knowledge is effectively transferred for the greatest societalimpact. As a Board of Governors member, I plan to leverage my diverse experience working in both industryand academia, and the experience with leadership roles for IEEE ITSS conferences and chapters. I want tohelp develop approaches that make the society body-of-knowledge most accessible to society. If elected, I willencourage investment in new ideas, within our financial constraints and consistent with our mission.Additionally, focus on actions that encourage membership, especially among young professionals, whichfoster collaborations among all content types: conferences, publications, standards, and educational products.We must be good stewards of the reputation and resources of the Society, acting on behalf of the globalcommunity that we represent.
Jucnhen Jin (M’15) received his B.Eng. degree in traffic engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in transport science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2014 and 2018, respectively. He holds the Vice Director position at the Smart Transportation Research Institute, Enjoyor Co., Ltd, Hangzhou, China and serves as the Deputy Director of the Engineering Research Center of Intelligent Transport of Zhejiang Province, China. He is also a postdoctoral researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. His research interests include intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation and control, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and reinforcement learning. He has authored or co-authored 10 national patents, and 20+ journal or conference papers. Currently, his focus is on bridging the “ practice-to-research gap” in the ITS field, and meanwhile leverage engineering practice experience and theory to inform scientific inquiry and research. He is leading an R&D team participating in several ITS-related engineering projects, which were awarded more than $10 million in total by Chinese prefectural-level governments.
Summary of Contributions to the IEEE ITS Society
Reviewer, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (2015-present)
Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2018-present)
It is a great honor to run for a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS). During the past, I have served as major project contributors or a project coordinator in several Swedish and EU projects since 2014, having been involved in several Swedish project reference groups and giving efforts. I have actively participated in the ITS infrastructure development and maintenance in Stockholm, Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). Recently, I have been participating in one of the largest urban ITS engineering projects undertaken in China, the City Brain project, building aluable experiences in transferring research outcomes into engineering practice. If elected, I will work tirelessly to increase the relevance of IEEE ITS to its members worldwide and to increase the cooperation among members, especially in bridging the gap between research and practice. Finally, as a more personal goal, I would like to create stronger links between IEEE ITS and China, a country that has been notorious for serious traffic problems for so long, and full of vibrant and enthusiastic researchers and practitioners that would like to apply ITS technologies to solve such problems.
Seung-Hyun (Seung) Kong
Seung-Hyun Kong (M’06-SM’16) is an Associate Professor in the CCS Graduate School of Green Transportation of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he has been a faculty member since 2010. He received B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, in 1992, M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Polytechnic University (merged to NYU), New York, in 1994, Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, Palo Alto, in 2005. From 1997 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Kong had been with the industry including Samsung Electronics (Telecommunication Research Center), Korea, and Qualcomm (Corporate R&D Department), San Diego, USA, where he was involved with advanced R&D projects in mobile communication systems, wireless positioning, and assisted GNSS. Since 2010, he has led multiple national and industry projects related to the development of robust GNSS and navigation techniques, deep learning techniques for autonomous vehicle systems, and transportation infra-systems of Korea for autonomous vehicles. His research interests include vehicular localization, GNSS, and navigation techniques, deep learning techniques for vehicle sensors and sensor fusion, autonomous vehicles, and vehicular communication systems (V2X). He has authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 12 patents and his self-driving car research team won the President Award (of Korea) in the 2018 international student autonomous driving competition. He is a senior member of IEEE (SMIEEE), and he has served as an editor of IEEE T-ITS, IEEE Access, and IET-RSN and as the lead guest editor of the IEEE T-ITS special issue on “ITS empowered by AI technologies” and the IEEE Access special section on “GNSS, Localization, and Navigation Technologies”. He has served as a program chair and as an organization chair of multiple conferences in Korea and has served as a Program Co-chair of IEEE ITSC2019 in New Zealand.
For 13 years before I joined KAIST, I was a mobile communication engineer and a GNSS engineer with extensive R&D experience on subjects such as advanced signal processing technologies, wireless localization technologies for CDMA/LTE/GNSS receivers, and realizing the resulting designed systems, in the corporate laboratories such as Samsung Electronics in Korea, a start-up in Korea, and Qualcomm in San Diego. However, in the last 9 years in KAIST, I have expanded my research area to sensor fusion and end-to-end self-driving systems using Kalman filtering and reinforcement learning. This may be the reason why I have become an active member of ITSS; I have introduced research output to the journals and conferences of IEEE ITSS, and I am serving as an Associate Editor of T-ITS for nearly three years now, as the Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue on "ITS empowered by AI technologies" from 2018 to 2019, and as a Program Co-chair of ITSC2019.
While participating in various academic activities of ITSS, I figured out that there are less number of Koreans than expected coming to ITSS conferences. Up to present, it seems that experts in Korean universities are coming most of the time. However, because Korea is a country that develops, adapts, and applies new IT technologies fairly quickly, it continues to make significant investments in the development of advanced transportation infrastructures such as C-ITS and highways for autonomous driving, and there are a considerably large number (thousands) of researchers working on autonomous driving and C-ITS technology development. They are in major automotive manufacturers, such as Hyundai Motor group, related companies, and government-funded transportation research institutes. Nevertheless, one of the possible reason for the unexpectedly small number of researchers coming in ITSC and other ITSS conferences from Korea could be that conferences of ITSS have rarely been held in Korea (except the IVS in 2015) and that there are few Koreans active in IEEE ITSS at present.
On the other hand, ITSS needs to further expand its leadership to V2X communications, self-driving technologies, and transportation-related artificial intelligence. Because these fields are not only continuously expanding and evolving, but also the great drivers of advancing ITS, it is important to attract new researchers working in those areas to become more interested in ITS and to become active members of ITSS. In this respect, the T-ITS Special Issue on "ITS empowered by AI technologies" that I was a Lead Guest Editor was in a useful direction, and I believe ITSS needs to try more academic activities with diverse subjects relevant to those areas more often. Therefore, if I become a board member of ITSS and ITSS agrees, I would like to be involved with multiple activities at least; promoting academic activities of ITSS in Korea, inviting conferences of ITSS to Korea, and planning special issues to encourage collaborations between experts in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, or 5G V2X communication technologies and those in ITS.
IEEE Senior Member
Geographical region The Netherlands, Region 8
Professional sector Industry
Education PhD, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
Master degree of Engineering China, fully recognised in The Netherlands
2016-present Dynniq, The Netherlands, innovative high-tech company offering integrated mobility and energy solutions, 1800 employees world-wide. Responsible for R&D and innovation activities, in the domains transport (including automated driving) and energy (including smart grids and EV). Raised around five million EU funding in the past three years.
2011-2015 Programme Manager at the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics. Initiated and launched (as key contributor) the European Technical Platform on Logistics.
2009-2010 Visiting Professor, National Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, China.
2009-present Freelance Consultant. Expert for the European Commission for proposal evaluation and project review; extensive networking in international collaboration.
2004-present Active involvement in EU-funded projects (as Coordinator, WP Leader, Partner).
I have served the Board of Governors in 2014-2015, and would like to continue my contribution to IEEE ITSS to contribute to memberships, conferences and technical activities. As an active volunteer, I am familiar with the policy and status of IEEE. I am enthusiastic to continue serving the BoG to better contribute to IEEE ITSS activities. I am confident that I can fulfil the duties of the IEEE ITSS BoG and provide substantial contributions, together with other BoG members.
Reza Malekian (M’10, SM’17) is currently a Universitetslektor (in promotion to Full-Professor of Computer Science) at Malmö University, Sweden as well as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a senior member of IEEE, senior member of ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and registered as a chartered engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council of UK. His research focuses on the Intelligent Transportation Systems and Internet of Things.
Dr. Malekian has been serving as an associate editor for the IEEE Internet of Things Journal and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Besides, he was also on the technical program committee of many IEEE flagship Conferences such as ICNC, ICII (publication chair, TPC co-chair), IFIP/IEEE PEMWN, EUROCON, and IEEE Wireless Africa (TPC-Chair). He was the general Co-Chair of IEEE 5G summit in South Africa, 2019.
He is co-founder of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) South Africa Chapter and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapters Committee (representative of Region 8) in Standing Committee. He was also a joint-chapter chair in IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Societies in South Africa section, and an Industry Outreach Chapter Representative from South Africa Chapter in IEEE Communications society.
I am serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and also served as Chapter Chair in another societies and these involvements allowed me to understand several challenges for professional growth of the society members.
I believe the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society Board of Governors (BoG) should provide more opportunities for students, young professionals and researchers world-wide by expanding (conference, summer/winter school) travel support programs as well as mentoring program together with support from industries. If elected, I will contribute in helping the ITS chapters with hosting ITS events/webinars and involvement of researchers and senior fellows in the activities by supports and services e.g. Distinguished Lecture program.
I will also actively participate in the activities of the BoG by providing guidance on effective strategic planning and focusing on quality, innovation, and identifying new and promising technical sub-committees within the IEEE ITS society.
Andreas A. Malikopoulos
Dr. Andreas Malikopoulos is the Terri Connor Kelly and John Kelly Career Development Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD). Before joining UD, he was the Deputy Director and the Lead of the Sustainable Mobility Theme of the Urban Dynamics Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a Senior Researcher with General Motors Global Research & Development. He received a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2000, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2004 and 2008, respectively all in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests span several fields, including analysis, optimization, and control of cyber-physical systems; decentralized stochastic systems; stochastic scheduling and resource allocation; and learning in complex systems. Dr. Malikopoulos is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the 2007 Dare to Dream Opportunity Grant from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the 2007 University of Michigan Teaching Fellow, the 2010 Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship, and the 2019 IEEE ITS Young Researcher Award. He has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to participate at the 2010 German-American Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium and organize a session in transportation at the 2016 European-American FOE Symposium. He has also been selected as a 2012 Kavli Frontiers of Science Scholar by the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Malikopoulos is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ASME.
It has been rewarding to be a member of the IEEE ITS Society (ITSS), a vibrant and intellectual community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Board of Governors and contribute to their vision.
Jim Misener is Senior Director, Product Management and the Global C-V2X Ecosystem Lead for Qualcomm. He develops and executes Qualcomm’s C-V2X deployment strategy across all global regions and works with roadside and automotive stakeholders and enabling software/hardware stack suppliers and internal teams to accomplish broad C-V2X deployment. Previously at Qualcomm, Jim led the automotive standards team and C-V2X was a major emphasis as well.
In addition to his roles at Qualcomm, Jim serves as a 5GAA board member, ITS California board member, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee Chair and is active in TRB, which involves serving as an ITS Committee member, Vehicle-Highway Automation committee member and Automated Vehicle Symposium Enabling Technologies session organizer. Jim also serves as an Advisory Council member to the Carnegie Melon University/University of Pennsylvania/Ohio State National University Transportation Center, Mobility 21.
Jim was an early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, starting in the mid-90s. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies. Jim holds BS and MS degrees from UCLA and USC.
I greatly look forward to bringing to ITS Society a perspective honed from working in the private sector but in a unique private-public set of engagements. Given that I have deep research and standards experience with V2X and know the automotive OEM community as customers, I can bring a ‘rubber meets the road’ outlook on what resonates with industry to hone the commercialization and relevancy-to-transportation aspects of the work of community members. I anticipate imbuing this view to the Society’s activities, enabling a pragmatic perspective, tempered by rigorous research. I would anticipate that the resulting mix would be high-quality yet diversified conferences and other activities.
Rajesh Rajamani obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and 1993 respectively, and his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras in 1989. He joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1998 where he is currently the Benjamin Y.H. Liu-TSI Endowed Chair Professor. His active research interests include sensing and estimation for autonomous vehicles and other smart systems.
Dr. Rajamani has co-authored over 250 refereed papers, including 145 journal publications, and is a co-inventor on 14 patents/ patent applications. He is the author of the popular book “Vehicle Dynamics and Control” published by Springer Verlag. Dr. Rajamani is a Fellow of ASME and has been a recipient of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Ralph Teetor Award from SAE, and the 2007 O. Hugo Schuck Award from the American Automatic Control Council, in addition to best paper awards from a number of journals and conferences. Several inventions from his laboratory have been commercialized through start-up ventures co-founded by industry executives. One of these companies, Innotronics, was recently recognized among the 35 Best University Start-Ups of 2016 in a competition conducted by the US National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.
I look forward to enthusiastic participation in the activities of the IEEE ITS Society, including conference organization activities, technical committee activities and society leadership meetings. In addition, I hope to help catalyze two new initiatives – one related to entrepreneurship and another related to creation of new multimedia publications. My previous experience in launching a successful start-up company with OEM customers will enable me to organize workshops and panels on technology commercialization. This will help our community members to more actively engage in market opportunities for their research products. I also believe that our society should take a leadership role in promoting multimedia web publications and exploring their advantages over traditional paper-based publications.
Professor Jonas Sjöberg (GScholar H index 30) (male) has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Linköping University (1995). Since 2001 he is a full professor and is leading the Mechatronic research group at Chalmers with some 25 co-workers. His expertise is within modelling and control with focus on data driven methods. Since some 15 years he has worked closely with the automotive industry on topics concerning active safety and automated driving. Core competence is system identification, estimating nonlinear models from data. This includes AI related techniques such as neural networks and sampling techniques to calculate the Maximum Likelihood estimate. In the area of automated vehicles these methods are exploited to develop “human like” decision algorithms to facilitate mixed traffic, and to understand and model interaction between humans and automated vehicles. Jonas has been general chair of two larger conferences FASTzero 2015: http://fastzero15.net (co-sponsored by IEEE ITSC) and
IEEE IV’16: http://iv2016.org/
To continue to develop society activities to meet need and interest of the members. I am especially interested of the conferences, that their quality is high respect to scientific program and organization.
Since I served as BOG member I include short description of past service: My main contribution has been to take part in the decision making at the BOG meetings where I have contributed with my experience as a researcher and supervisor of PhD students in projects, both purely academic and with industrial partners on topics related to IEEE ITSS. I have also contributed to help requests from EXCOOM members, or from other society officers. Of the society activities, I specially care about the conferences and the activities in connection to them.
Dr. Kazuya Takeda is an active leader in the field of signal processing technology research with vehicle and traffic applications. His development of corpora of driving behavior signals recorded in real traffic was a pioneering work. This allowed research utilizing a data centric approach in order to understand variation in individual driving behavior. He is active in the fields of driver modeling and development of safety technologies using this real-world data.
Dr. Takeda is a Professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and the Green Mobility Collaborative Research Institute, Nagoya University, Japan. He received his B.E.E., M.E.E. and Ph.D. from Nagoya University. After completing his doctorate studies in 1985, he was employed by Advanced Telecommunication Research Laboratories and KDD R&D Laboratories, Japan, mostly in the area of speech signal processing. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from October 1988 to April 1989.
In 1995, Dr. Takeda returned to Nagoya University, where he started a signal processing applications research group. Since then, he has been working on a wide range of research topics in the fields of acoustics and speech, in addition to his work on driving behavior. Many of his former students are now employed in the automotive industry. Dr. Takeda has wrote/co-edited seven books on vehicular technologies and is the co-author of more than 150 journal articles.
Dr. Takeda is also active in organizing research initiatives and is currently leading four national projects in vehicular technology area, receiving grants of 300 million yen for these projects. He actively collaborates with local companies in the automotive industry. In 2016, he co-founded a startup company TierIV and started to distribute an open source software Autoware, which is currently widely used among research community. He is currently a representative director of TierIV.
Dr. Takeda is also active in professional communities. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE ITS Society. He is also a co-chair of the Technical Committee for Naturalistic Driving Data Analytics of the society. He has been serving for the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles as an associate editor and currently senior editor of the journal. He co-founded a biennial workshop on Digital Signal Processing in Vehicles, which was first hosted in Nagoya in 2003, and has been a local chair/general chair of fast-ZERO, a conference on active safety technologies organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, from 2013-2017. He has worked for the organizing committees of IEEE ITSS conferences; IV 2018 (Publicity co-chair) Universal Village 2016 (General Co-chair), ITSC2014 (Financial Co-chair), ICVES 2009 (Program Co-chair) and IV2010/14,17,18,19 (Associate Editor). He is organizing IV2021 in Nagoya Japan as the general chair. He served as a Guest Editor of IEEE’s Signal Processing magazine (Special Issue on Intelligent Vehicles). He has served as a vice-chair of the ITU-T focus group on driver distraction. He is a senior member of IEEE and has participated in organizing committees of major IEEE conferences on signal processing such as ICASSP. He is a vice president of the IEEE ITSS Nagoya Section and is the president of the IEEE SPS Tokyo Joint Chapter (2019-2020).
During his previous term in BoG (2017-2019), he organized NDDA workshops in IV 2017, 2018 and 2019; and organized student hackathons in ITSC 2017 and 2018. All those activities contributed the member recruiting.
I would like to serve the BoG continuously to attract the attention of more Japanese engineers to the IEEE ITSS. Although it is one of the most concentrated manufacturing center of transportation industry in the world, Japan and Nagoya’s research and engineering community is not as actively involved in the IEEE ITSS as it should be. Particularly, the engineers in industry could be more organized under the IEEE ITSS. I will do my best to engage with industrial engineers and promote their involvement in the ITS society, in particular by taking the opportunity of hosting IV2021 in Nagoya, for which I will serve as the general chair. I would like to introduce IEEE ITSS’s holistic activities to the industrial engineers in Japan by collaborating with VPs of standard, publication, membership and conference.
Prof. TAO TANG (SM’18) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Beijing Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China, in 1991. He is currently the Chair Professor with the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing China, the Dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering and the director of the State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety. Dr. Tang is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE ITS society. He has served on the organizing committees of many conferences of ITSS, such as the program co-chair of IEEE ICIRT 2013, Chair/Co-Chair of workshop/invited sessions of ITSC 2018. He has also served in the Editorial Board of the major ITSS publications, such as Guest Editor on IEEE Transactions ITS, the flag journal of ITSS. He has organized a number of international workshops and is being a regular reviewer for many IEEE Transactions and international journals in the ITS field. He has been invited to give speeches at a number of symposiums, lectures, workshops, and institutes, etc. Currently, Dr. Tang’s research interests include communication-based train control, train driverless technology, and integrated optimization of rail traffic management. In the past twenty years, he was devoted to the system safety, energy-efficient train operation and intelligent dispatching algorithms in railway systems. In these areas, he has published 4 books and more than 100 academic papers on international journals and conferences. Especially, he has published more than 30 papers on high-quality IEEE Transactions journals, such as IEEE T-ITS, IEEE T-VT, IEEE SMC. He has published more than 15 papers on the journals of ITSS (for example IEEE ITS Magazine). These publications have received more than 2000 citations, and 6 of his publications are selected as ESI highly cited papers. As the Dean of School of Electronic and Information Engineering, and director of State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, he and his research team in Beijing Jiaotong University have developed a communication-based train control (CBTC) system, which has been put into operation since 2012. This is the first system independently developed by Chinese groups. His team further extended the CBTC system into a fully-automated train operation (FAO) system, being applied in Yanfang Line, Beijing Subway in 2017. Due to these technology innovations, he has won the second prize of The State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (twice) in 2012 and 2017, respectively.
In the past twenty years, I have worked extensively in the field of intelligent transportation systems in railways. My research objective is to improve the safety, efficiency, capacity and service quality of transportation systems through advanced communication, control and optimization techniques. As the Dean of School of Electronic and Information Engineering and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety in Beijing Jiaotong University, I have conducted many national key projects for developing the first communication-based train control system and fully automated train operation system in China and have had substantial connection and collaboration with international partners. I have attended almost all IEEE ITSS conference, where I interact and share my experiences with colleagues worldwide. I have been serving for the ITSS in many different ways. I have led and participated in organization of IEEE ICIRT since 2013, and hosted invited sessions in the past a few IEEE ITSC conferences, (e.g. the “SMART RAIL” session at ITSC 2018 and ITSC 2019).
The BoG position is a very important role for the society of IEEE ITS. I would like to make further contributions through participation of the Board of Governors. If elected, I am committed to engage communication with society members as a BoG member. I am very pleased to share these important experiences with others in the field of both academia and industry. I fulfill my duty to further advance the society for increased membership, broader representation and leadership in the ITS Arena. I will continue to organize technical activities on behalf of ITSS. I will also be committed to the development and expansion of IEEE ITSS in China.
Professor Emeritus Ljubo Vlacic is with Griffith University’s Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems. He is a control systems scientist and practitioner, renowned for his contributions to co-operative driverless vehicles and intelligent control systems research and development.
His research achievements made news headlines, and were broadcast through media outlets throughout the world.
Throughout his career he has held leading roles in both research & development industry sector and academia.
He received 19 international and national awards in recognition to his contributions to research and profession.
Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of ITS Magazine.
Ljubo also graduated Conservatorium of Music and played a violin with professional philharmonic and symphony orchestras.
If elected to the ITSS BOG, I will be committed to:
Establishing direct communication with ITSS members
Assisting ITSS members towards fulfilling their Carer needs; and
Developing a strategy aimed at attracting new young members.
I am bringing to the role a wealth of the committee leadership & governance experience as I was Chair of 15 international technical committees and General Chair of 12 international symposia and conferences.
Dr. Meng Wang is (Tenured) Assistant Professor at the Department of Transport & Planning, TU Delft and Co-Director of the Electric and Automated Transport Research Lab (hEAT lab) since 2019. He obtained his BSc (2003) in Tsinghua University, MSc (2006) in Research Institute of Highway (RIOH), Ministry of Transport, China and PhD with Honor (2014) at TU Delft. He worked as Assistant Researcher at National ITS Center of RIOH from 2006 to 2009, PostDoc researcher at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, TU Delft from 2014 to 2015, and Tenure-Track Assistant professor at the Department of Transport & Planning, TU Delft from 2014 -2019. His main research interests are modeling, control design & impact assessment of Cooperative ITS systems for safe and efficient traffic operations. He has authored more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has won several awards including the IEEE ITSS Best PhD Dissertation Award and IEEE ITSC Best Paper Award. He has been the Associate Editors/IPC Members of the annual IEEE ITSS’s flagship conferences of ITSC since 2013 and IV’ since 2016 and he is the Program Chair of IEEE FISTS 2020. He serves as a member of IEEE ITSS TC on Cooperative and Automated Vehicles and TRB subcommittee Traffic Flow Modelling for Connected and Automated Vehicles, members of World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) Special Interest Group C1 Traffic Theory and Modelling. He is the Vice President of Europe Chapter of Chinese Overseas Transportation Associate (COTA). He plays an active role in several projects under the Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative.
If elected, I would like to commit myself to the sustainable development of IEEE ITS Society (the Society). In particular, I will work with other BOG members to achieve the following goals:
• To contribute to the global battle against climate change climate change is taking place at an unprecedented level and it is paramount for the society to play a pivotal role in the IEEE community to promote ITS technologies and solutions to measure, quantify and mitigate the impact of climate change such that the society remains highly relevant for future generation members. I will initiate workshops, technical committees and symposia dedicated to ITS for Climate Change.
• To promote female members and gender balance in the Society Female scientists and engineers are underrepresented in many organizations. I will commit to promoting gender balance and increasing the representation of female members in the Society. I will lead a few activities, including reviewing adequacy of the
Society’s strategic documents on gender issues, publication of stories featuring female
members about their career choices, affirmative actions in technical committees and
• To transfer ITS solutions to developing countries
The lack of investments in road and ITS infrastructures pose great challenges for ITS
applications in developing countries, but the potential market and societal impact of ITS
applications there are huge. Dedicated R&D activities and cooperation between developed
and developing countries are crucial for experience and technologies transfer. I will pay
special attention to the ITS solutions in developing countries.
• To strengthen the connection with transportation authorities
The Society has strong connection with industry. Effective transportation problem
solutions must involve public authorities, and this is important to the successful application
of ITS. With my working experience and close connections with Dutch and Chinese
Ministries of Transportation and transportation authorities in Benelux regions, I will work
on bridging the gap between technologies and public governance.
• To create career matching opportunities for members
The members of the Society have strong needs for finding opportunities to find a job
or advance their career path. I will initiate job matching opportunities for prospective
employers and members of the Society at the Society’s flagship conferences.
FENGHUA ZHU (M’09) received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. After working as an assistant professor in 2003, he started his career in intelligent transportation system with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, where he is currently an associate professor with the State Key Laboratory of Management and Control for Complex Systems. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, intelligent transportation systems, intelligent vehicles and intelligent traffic control. He has published more than 80 publications in international refereed journals and conferences. By cooperating with the ITS companies in China, his research results have been applied in the control and management of urban traffic in 10+ cities in China. As a member of both Chinese Intelligent Transportation Systems Standards Committee and Chinese Cloud Computing Standards Committee, he has drafted several national standards. He has been active in IEEE ITS Society conferences, serving as session chair, reviewer, member of Program Committees in IEEE ITSC, ICVES, SOLI and MESA. Since 2008, as a co-chair of ITS Society’s Technical Committee on Artificial Transportation Systems and Simulation (ATSS), he has continuously organized workshops or special sessions of ATSS, and participated in Program Committees of ITSC. He was the recipient of IEEE ITS Outstanding Application Award (2009 and 2015), IEEE ITS Leading Institutional Lead Award (2010), Award for Science and Technology of China ITS Association (2017 and 2019), Award for Technological Invention of the Association of Automation of China (2010 and 2018), Award for Science and Technology of the Association of Highway of China (2017).
It is a great honor to be nominated to run for member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS). During the past 10 years, I have been actively participating in the ITS society activities in many different ways. Being a co-chair of ITSS TC-ATSS for 10+ years, I am familiar with many routine tasks of ITSS. If elected as a member of the BoG, I will cooperate with other BoG members to advance important initiatives of the society, promote various technologies, especially artificial transportation systems, traffic signal control and cloud computing, for ITS systems design and applications, share and exchange information more with professionals from industry and academia, and also develop related curriculum with focus on AI for transportation systems to educate students and engineers in this field. I am ready to participate in this process based on my understanding of the position, my knowledge and experience in ITS. I will do my best to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as a member of the BoG.