Seminar: Transportation in the Increasingly Information-Rich Environment

Mason Building, Room 2117
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:00


Dr. Srinivas Peeta
Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering
Director, NEXTRANS Center (USDOT Region 5 University Transportation Center)
Associate Director, USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
Purdue University

Transportation is entering an era of unprecedented transformation. The enabling of connectivity and automation in the vehicle, development of “smart” infrastructure, pervasive role of social media in societal functioning, and advances in data analytics and visualization, are revealing new possibilities for innovation. In this context, the potential to generate information in amounts and at the levels of detail previously not possible, provides substantial opportunities for novel applications, and to more effectively address current transportation-related challenges. Further, it can foster several dimensions of sustainability, and aid to better understand transportation linkages to the broader societal context. However, it can also entail emergent challenges. With this as the background, this talk will discuss a few of my ongoing information-centric research efforts, and insights thereof.


Dr. Srinivas Peeta is the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering at Purdue University. He is the Director of the NEXTRANS Center, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) Region 5 Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) (2006-2018). He is also the Associate Director of the USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, the new USDOT Region 5 UTC (2016-2022). He received his B.Tech., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), Caltech and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He was a past Chair (2007-2013) of the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He has authored or co-authored over 265 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are multidisciplinary and broadly span transportation and infrastructure systems.