Graduate Blog

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March 28, 2018

Optimal Learning and Strategic Information Provision

for Smart and Sustainable Transportation Systems

Zhen Tan, Cornell University

Friday, March 30, 2018

12:00 noon

1311 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory


We studied problems in modern transportation systems based on proper utilization of different types of information in various ways. Specifically, we proposed novel methodologies and generated new insights using concrete applications for the following dimensions: 1) Value of information and sampling-based approach in solving network optimization problems with uncertainty. 2) Utilization of system data and forecast for real-time control of complex human-centered infrastructure systems. 3) Remedy of inaccurate travel time estimate on dynamic routing using additional information. 4) Strategic information scheme design for flow improvement on traffic networks. Our study provides useful references, practical solutions and new thinking for existent nontrivial problems and emerging challenges in transportation operations and planning under the information age and unprecedented demand for smart and sustainable mobility.


Zhen Tan is currently a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University with minors in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research and Information Engineering. He received the B.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Tongji University and the M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University. His current research interests include optimal learning and convex optimization for traffic network- management problems, modeling and control of coupled transport-environment systems, and novel solutions for smart and sustainable urban systems.


March 27, 2018

On Friday, April 6, the CEE department will have a Meet with the Director of Graduate Studies event from 12-1 pm in room 3310 NCEL where Professor Jeff Roesler will be available to answer any questions you may have about the MS or PhD programs. He will give updates on the Hydro Building construction project, new faculty hires, as well as new graduate program initiatives and a review of key program policies. As a special treat for Graduate Student Appreciation Week, we will serve pizza afterwards.

March 27, 2018

May Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: Have You Designated a Faculty Hooder?

If you plan to designate a faculty hooder for the May Doctoral Hooding ceremony, please do so by April 4. Students typically choose their adviser, another faculty member, or perhaps a family member to hood them in the ceremony. This person must have an earned doctorate. Students who have not designated a hooder will be hooded by a member of the platform party. For more information about the Doctoral Hooding and to designate a hooder, please register.

May Graduates: Are You Ready for Graduation?

Congratulations to our graduates! As May approaches, there are a number of important dates and deadlines to keep in mind. Here’s a checklist of important dates and deadlines to help you prepare for graduation

March 27, 2018

I am Euysup Shim, the Construction Program coordinator at the Illinois State University.

We are seeking for adjunct faculty to teach Construction Management courses in Fall 2018. I think that this is a good opportunity for your ph.d. students to have/ build up teaching experience. Illinois State University in Normal, IL is not too far from Urbana/Champaign: it takes around 50 minutes. I guess some of your ph.d. students are interested in the positions.

The job advertisement was posted in the following website:

We want to hire adjunct faculty (or lecturer) for the following courses:

TEC 224 Soils & Foundations: Posting #- 0710432 TEC 292 Construction Material Technology: Posting #- 0710431 TEC 327 Design of Building Structures: Posting #- 0710433 TEC 328 Residential Development: Posting #- 0710434
March 27, 2018

Please see attached info