Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, April 2004
  • Certificate in Logistics, University of California at Berkeley, December 2002
  • M.S., Transportation Engineering , University of California at Berkeley, May 2001
  • Universidad Católica de Chile - Santiago, Chile-Certificate in Urban Economics, December 1998
  • Universidad Católica de Chile - Santiago, Chile-Ingeniero Civil Industrial, Mención Transporte, July 1995

Dr. Laval is an Associate Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Laval obtained his B.S. in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Uiversidad Catolica de Chile (1995), his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (2001), and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (2004).

Prior to joining Georgia Tech doctor Laval held two consecutive Postdoc positions at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, and at the French National Institute for Safety and Transportation Research (INRETS). After obtaining his B.S. he worked as a transportation engineer for five years at the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, where he conducted numerous traffic and revenue studies for urban and inter-urban road concessions. Dr. Laval serves on the editorial board Transportation Research Part B.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Trafficflow theory
  • Numerical solution methods and simulation of traffic flow models
  • Queueing theory in transportation and dynamic congestion pricing

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Certificate of Reviewing Excellence, presented in conjunction with the Editors of Transportation Research Part B (2015)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program award (2011)
  • University of California Regents Fellowship, Berkeley (2000)
  • SISS Grant, Berkeley (2001, 2002, 2003)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Laval, J. A., Costeseque, G., Chilukuri, B. R., The impact of source terms in the variational representation of traffic flow. Transportation Research Part B, 94, 204-216, 2016.
  • Laval, J. A., Chilukuri, B. R. Symmetries in the Kinematic Wave Model and a parameter-free representation of traffic flow. Transportation Research Part B 89, 168 – 177, 2016.
  • Cho, HW, Laval, J. Microsimulation-based real-time congestion pricing strategy for managed lane. Transportation Research Record 2554, 19-26, 2016.
  • Berrebi, S, Watkins, K, Laval, J. A real-time bus dispatching policy to minimize passenger wait on a high frequency route. Transportation Research Part B, 2015.
  • Laval, J, Castrillon, F. Stochastic Approximations for the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram of Urban Networks. Transportation Research Part B, 81, 904-916, 2015. Also in proceedings of the 21th International Symposium of Transportation and Traffic Theory.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Laval, J. A., Leclercq, L and Chiabaut, N. Dynamic Traffic Assignment using the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram: Freeway vs City Streets User Equilibrium revisited. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2017.
  • Cho, HW, Laval, J. Combined Variable Speed Limits and Ramp-Metering System for Capacity Drop Control at Merge Bottleneck. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2017.
  • Chilukuri, B. R., Laval, J. Hybrid Control for Local Ramp Metering. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2017.
  • Yuan, K, Laval, J, Knoop, V, Jiang, R, and Hoogendoorn, S. A Geometric Brownian Motion Car-Following Model: Towards a Better Understanding of Capacity Drop. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2017.
  • Mallick, M., Rubin, S. and Laval, J.A. N-body Filtering for Road Tracking using a Car Following Model. In Proceedings: 14th International Conference on Information Fusion. Chicago, IL, July 2011.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Laval, J, Castrillon, F. Stochastic Approximations for the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram of Urban Networks. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting, 2015.
  • Chilukuri, Bhargava Rama Laval, Jorge A Guin, Angshuman. Optimal Ramp Metering with GA based Parameter Optimization, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting, 2015.
  • Laval, J, Castrillon, F. Stochastic Approximations for the Macroscopic Fundamental Diagram of Urban Networks. INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2014.
  • Chilukuri, Bhargava Rama Laval, Jorge A Guin, Angshuman Micro-Simulation Based Framework for Freeway Travel-Time Forecasting. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting, 2014.
  • Laval, Jorge Andres Toth, Christopher Stephen A single-parameter model for the formation of oscillations in car-following models. Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting, 2014.