Director

Professor David Hurwitz conducts research in the areas of transportation human factors, transportation safety, traffic control devices, and engineering education. In particular, Dr. Hurwitz is interested in the consideration of user behavior in the design, evaluation, and innovation of surface transportation systems. Dr. Hurwitz has conducted numerous driving and bicycling simulator studies including those concerned with Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYA), dilemma zones, right-hook crashes, traffic signal countdown timers, mobile work zone barriers, i-signs, texting while driving, and the incorporation of LIDAR into simulator scenarios.  

Collaborating Researchers

Professor John Gambatese’s technical and research interests include construction safety, work zone design, constructability, sustainability, design-construction interface, temporary construction structures, construction site operations, and systems engineering.  Current and recent research projects address issues related to construction worker health and safety, design of construction and maintenance work zones, Prevention through Design (PtD), formwork risk and reliability, and the impacts of lean design and construction on safety. Dr. Gambatese has contributed to the driving simulator study of mobile work zone barriers on vehicle traffic in work zones.

Professor Michael Olsen’s current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, and 3D visualization. He teaches geomatics and geotechnical engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new courses in 3D laser scanning, Digital Terrain Modeling, and Building Information Modeling. Dr. Olsen has contributed to driving simulator studies considering the incorporation of LIDAR point clouds into simulator scenarios and the evaluation of alternative i-signs. 

Professor Chris Parrish’s research focuses on advanced remote sensing and photogrammetric tools and technologies, including full-waveform lidar, topographic-bathymetric lidar, hyperspectral imagery, sensor fusion, and UAVs for management, science and engineering applications, with particular focus on the coastal zone. Dr. Parish contributed to a driving simulator study considering the distraction potential of drones operating near roadways. 

Professor Haizhong Wang conducts research in the areas of traffic flow modeling and simulation from both deterministic and stochastic perspectives, transportation system planning and travel behavior analysis, traffic system control and optimization, intelligent transportation system in particular the impacts of connected and autonomous vehicle on traffic operation and infrastructure management, emergency evacuation and disaster response in particular the evacuee decision-making behavior under emergent scenarios through agent-based modeling and simulation, and post-disaster transportation network resiliency and recovery problems. Dr. Wang has contributed to driving simulator studies of vehicle automation and bicycling simulator studies related to capacity modeling.