Transportation in the Increasingly Information-Rich Environment

Mason 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.

Dr. Srinivas Peeta