STRIDE Showcases Innovative, Cutting-Edge Research Products
Researchers from the STRIDE Center presented seventeen different products during a 3-day virtual showcase (November 16, 17, and 18). Eight of these products are featured below. Videos and briefs for all products can be found on the event webpage. STRIDE is the USDOT grant-funded, regional (Southeast) University Transportation Center (UTC) housed at the University of Florida Transportation Institute.
New Capacity Analysis Method for Ramp Weave Segment Operations for the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM6)

Nagui Rouphail, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

The products can improve mobility on the nation’s freeway by producing more accurate measures for estimating the quality of service on weaving segments, which are likely to become network bottlenecks.

Framework & Methods for Using Connected & Autonomous (CAV) Data to Support Traffic Performance Assessment & Management

Mohammed Hadi, Ph.D., Florida International University

Using data from Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) the products include a framework to estimate mobility, reliability, and environmental metrics; methods to estimate new mobility and safety metrics; and a method to estimate pollutant emissions. Together, these products can improve safety, mobility, and environmental impacts while also reducing the costs associated with collecting data.

Simulation Extension with Connected & Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Functionality for VISSIM Microsimulator

Pruthvi Manjunatha, Ph.D. and
Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., University of Florida

The extension evaluates how CAVs may impact traffic management and emissions when operating alongside conventional vehicles.

Using Google Location History Data for Route Choice & Network Analysis

Angshuman Guin, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Through a web-based interface, Google location history data is collected from participants to quantify how drivers respond to navigation apps and rerouting information.

Methodology to Evaluate Low-Income Populations' Accessibility to Transit & Employment

Eleni Bardaka, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Transit agencies and planners can use the methodology to understand the direction and magnitude of the changes in poverty and access to transit in central and suburban areas and identify equitable solutions.

Transit Accessibility Tool to Identify Gaps in Service

Ruth Steiner, Ph.D. University of Florida

The geospatial model identifies gaps in transportation services for transportation disadvantaged populations. Transit agencies can use the tool to prioritize future investments.

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR): Application for Transportation Planning

Siva Srinivasan, Ph.D., University of Florida

The methodology engages community members in all stages of the project to inform future transportation mobility plans.

Congestion Web Mapping Tool for School Districts & Transit Agencies

Kai Monast, North Carolina State University

The tool calculates delay time and the relative costs of delays school and public transit buses experience due to congestion.

Product Spotlight
AARP Smart Driver Course
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., University of Florida, was a subject matter expert and developed the AARP Smart Driver Course Research and Guidebook. Older drivers that successfully complete the course receive a reduced rate for their drivers' insurance. AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) provides the Smart Driver Course online at
UTC Conference 2022
7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region
March 24 & 25, 2022
The 7th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region will be hosted by Florida Atlantic University and will be held on March 24-25, 2022. Registration is now open. The goal of the conference is to disseminate information about UTC research, encourage collaboration on future projects, and highlight intellectual property and technology transfer, which are important topics for the USDOT and UTCs. Conference organizers welcome and encourage workshop proposals related to the conference theme from faculty, students, and practitioners.

The UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region will be hosted by the Florida Atlantic University's Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI).
Get to Know Our Researchers
Researcher Spotlight @ UF
Dr. Nithin Agarwal, UFTI-T2 Director
Dr. Nithin Agarwal joined the UFTI in 2017. His expertise in traffic operations, highway safety, and evaluation of emerging technologies was a perfect fit with UFTI’s projects. He became manager of the Transportation Safety Center, which delivers advanced safety analysis and recommendations to under-resourced communities and counties. In 2019, he became director of the UFTI-T2 Center and added a new chapter to its 40-year history of technology transfer with an emphasis on research to practice and broadened programs in training program and technical assistance. [Read more.]
Researcher Spotlight @ UNC
Dr. Matthew W. Conway
He doesn’t quite remember the exact moment he became fascinated by transportation, but what he does remember were the frequent trips with his father to San Francisco, the hustle and bustle of city life, trolleys with their clanging bells, the buses passing by.
“When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to San Francisco where he grew up, and we’d go around the city on the trains and buses, so maybe that was part of it,” said Matthew W. Bhagat-Conway, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “I don’t really remember, but it’s something I have been interested in for a long time.” [Read more.]
STRIDE Student of the Year
Mitchell Fisher, Doctoral Student (Auburn University)
When he was an undergraduate student at Auburn University, Mitchell Fisher experienced firsthand how pursuing a degree in civil engineering could help him improve the quality of life for individuals and/or society. “I had the opportunity to work on a project with Dr. LaMondia as a research assistant supporting vulnerable road user guidance in Alabama,” he said. “Seeing how transportation can be much more than just designing and can actively improve someone’s quality of life really inspired me to pursue my Ph.D.” [Read more.] 
Student Spotlight @ UF
Yiming Xu, Doctoral Student
Yiming Xu is conducting research to explore how micromobility is impacting the transportation system and its effectiveness in potentially reducing congestion. Xu is a doctoral student working under the guidance of Dr. Xilei Zhao, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. Xu’s research incorporates machine learning and deep learning as it relates to micromobility. [Read more.] 
Student Spotlight @ FIU
Mahmoud Arafat, Doctoral Student
Mahmoud Arafat is a Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Florida International University (FIU). His passion for transportation engineering dates back to his undergraduate days where he scored straight “As” in all transportation-related classes. Building upon his academic success as an undergraduate student, he went on to receive a master’s degree in 2018 from the University of Alaska Anchorage in transportation engineering. Needless to say, Arafat graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. [Read more.]
Mohammed Hadi, Ph.D., of Florida International University received the Research and Creative Activities Faculty Award and FIU's College of Engineering's Mentorship Faulty Award.
Rebecca Kiriazes, a doctoral student at GaTech, was appointed as an Initiative Fellow to the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments program. She also received the CCE Future Faculty Fellow.
Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D., of The Citadel received the 2021 Service Award presented to her by The Citadel's Faculty Excellence Committee and the school's Provost. Dr. Michalaka is a former graduate student of the transportation engineering program at the University of Florida.
Robert O'Neal, a Cadet of The Citadel received the Harry McCullough Mims Scholarship for his exceptional aptitude and outstanding student achievement in transportation engineering. (Image source: Facebook page Citadel Civil Engineering)
STRIDE hosts free monthly webinars on current research projects. Recordings are available for all webinars here. See below for the most recent webinars.
Transportation’s Critical Role in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

  • Abigail Cochran, Ph.D., Noreen McDonald, Ph.D., and Mary Wolfe, Ph.D., at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kai Monast, MRP, North Carolina State University
  • Ryan Brumfield, PE, North Carolina Department of Transportation 

Transportation to Health Care & COVID-19: Exploring Pandemic-Era Travel Trends & Post-Pandemic Challenges & Opportunities

  • Abigail Cochran, Ph.D., Lindsay Oluyede, MURP, Doctoral Candidate, and Olivia Jueyu Wang, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Edward Fishman, Principal, Via Transportation, Inc.
  • Herb Mullen, Director, Inter-County Public Transportation Authority

Get Your Bus Out of Traffic: Where & When Congestion Impacts School Buses & Public Transportation

  • Kai Monast, North Carolina State University/ITRE
  • Ruth Steiner, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Jeremy Scott, North Carolina State University/ITRE

Evaluation of Work Zone Mobility by Utilizing Naturalistic Driving Study Data, Phase II

Speakers from Auburn University
  • Huaguo Hugo Zhou, Ph.D.
  • Dan Xu

Findings from Autonomous Shuttle Demonstrations & Challenges Ahead

Speakers from University of Florida
  • Pruthvi Manjunatha, Ph.D.
  • Justin Mason, Ph.D.
  • Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
  • Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D.

K-12 & Workforce Development Updates
Engineering Around Town Camp
Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D., from The Citadel taught two virtual week-long summer camps on July 12-16 and July 19-23, 2021 to thirty-two 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students in collaboration with the Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics in South Carolina. The camps’ theme was “Engineering Around Town” and covered the basics of several engineering majors through lectures, videos, hands-on activities, and the use of online software.
Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI)
Kejun Wen, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Jackson State University served as the Program Director for a two-week virtual Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) for 23 high school students. Students learned about transportation career opportunities and participated in college preparatory academic activities. 
Participants received an Engineering Box of supplies to complete STEM activities at home. 
Middle School Teacher Workshop
The Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Technical University implemented a hybrid workshop to engage seventeen middle school mathematics and science teachers in transportation-related activities and subsequently encourage them to incorporate transportation topics into their classroom lessons. The workshop included 12 hours devoted to completing 7 online modules as well as a 7-hour in-person day of training.    
The Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development & Education Center (STRIDE) is the
2016 Region 4 (Southeast) U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center headquartered at the University of Florida Transportation Institute.
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