My name is Lei Zhang. I am an Associate Professor and Director of the National Transportation Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned my Ph.D. (major: Transportation Engineering; minor: Operations Research in 2006) and M.S. (Applied Economics in 2005; Civil Engineering in 2002) degrees from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. (Civil Engineering in 2000) from Tsinghua University.
My research program focuses on: Transportation systems analysis; Transportation and land use planning; Transportation economics and policy; Mathematical, statistical, and agent-based modeling; and Integration of transportation operations and planning. Current research projects, funded by NSF, USDOE, USDOT, FHWA, SHRP2, NCHRP, and Maryland DOT and SHA, aim to:
- Build behaviorally sound and computationally effiicent integrated travel behavior and dynamic trafific models;
- Incentivize individual behavioral changes that are also system optimal through personalized informationa and control signals; and
- Large-scale agent-based simulation of social, communications, vehilce, and transportation networks.
Within this site you can find information about my research group, projects, publications, courses, students, and other professional activities.
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For additional information about the Transportation Engineering Program (TEP) at the University of Maryland (Transportation@UMD), visit our TEP website and the site for the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland.