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Matthew K. Dunlap Passed his Master's Thesis Defense

March 5th, 2015

Matthew Dunlap succesfully defends his Master's thesis dissertation, entitled "How The Weather, Land Use and Infrastructure Influence Non-Motorized Mode Choice".
Congratulations to Matt!



Wenbo Zhu Passed his Master's Thesis Defense

March 4th, 2015

Wenbo Zhu succesfully defends his Master's thesis dissertation, entitled "Two-lane Highway Capacity Model and Control Analysis".
Congratulations to Wenbo!



Dr. Man-Chung Tang visited STAR Lab

march 4th, 2015

Dr. Man-Chung Tang visited UW and delivered a talk introducing his experiences about innovation in the PacTrans seminar. Dr. Tang is currently the chairman of T.Y. Lin International, a consulting engineering firm with its headquarters in San Francisco.



Dr. Robert Stevens visited STAR Lab

february 19th, 2015

Dr. Robert Stevens visited UW and delivered a talk entitled "Engineering the Future" in the PacTrans Leadership Training Seminar. Dr. Stevens is the 2015 president of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The reception was held in STAR Lab after the lecture.

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Professors from Chang'an University visited STAR Lab

JANUARY 16th, 2015

On this Friday, professors from Chang'an University visited STAR Lab and delieverd a talk about their research and projects. Chang'an University is located in Xi'an China, and currently Dr. Zhiguo Chang and Dr. Sheng Wang is doing visiting scholars in STAR Lab.



STAR Lab Members in TRB 2015

JANUARY 15th, 2015

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C., January 11-15, 2015. More than fifteen STAR Lab members attended the meeting and presented their research.




 Dr. Yafeng Yin visited STAR Lab

December 15th, 2014

Dr. Yafeng Yin visited STAR Lab and delivered a talk entitled "Modeling and Analysis of Advanced Parking Management for Traffic Congestion Mitigation".

Dr. Yafeng Yin works as an Assistant Professor at Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida. His research interest is in the area of transportation systems modeling and optimization.



Dr. Daniel Work visited STAR Lab

november 21th, 2014

Dr. Dan Work visited STAR Lab and delivered a talk entitled "Estimating traffic incidents and quantifying resilience to events".

Dr. Dan Work works as an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests includes Control, estimation, and optimization of cyberphysical systems; mobile internet systems; inverse modeling and data assimilation.



ITE Kickoff Meeting

november 5th, 2014

This Wednesday, ITE UW student chapter held the kick-off meeting to plan for the comming ITE traffic bowl and the current ITE data projects. New student officers were also nominated in the meeting.



Dr. Michael Cassidy visited STAR Lab

november 5th, 2014

Dr. Michael Cassidy from UC Berkeley dropped by the STAR Lab during his visit in the University of Washington. In the afternoon, Dr. Cassidy delivered a lecture titled "Lessons Learned from Spatiotemporal Studies of Freeway Carpool Lanes" in the PacTrans Reginal Transportation Seminar.




Farewell Party for Xuedong Hua

october 24th, 2014

After his one-year visiting, Xuedong Hua will go back to China and continuing his Ph.D study in Southeast University. During his time in STAR Lab, Xuedong produced 6 research papers and made great contributions to the Lab.

Good luck to Xuedong!



2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation Conference

october 17th, 2014

STAR Lab members participated in the 2014 PacTrans Regional Transportation conference on October 17th. Dr. Yinhai Wang gave the opening speech and closing remarks. STAR Lab students also presented on the next day's student conference.




Farewell Party for Hui Zhang

September 23th, 2014

This Tuesday STAR Lab had a farewell party for Hui Zhang, who will finish his visiting and leave on Wednesday. We highly appreciate Hui's contributions to the Lab and sincerely wish him a brigter future.



ITS CHINA delegation visited STAR Lab

SEPTEMBER 16th, 2014

This Tuesday, ITS CHINA delegation visited STAR Lab. Prof. Wang and Lab members showed current STAR Lab research and PacTrans projects to visitors.



Kris Passed his Master's Thesis Defense

AUGUST 18th, 2014

Kristian C. Henrickson succesfully defended his Master's thesis defense, entitled "Flexible and Robust Treatments for Missing Traffic Sensor Data".
Congratulations to Kris!




Farewell Party for Leaving Members

August 15th, 2014

On this Friday's seminar, STAR Lab had a farewell party for Dr. Hongzhao Dong, Dr. Hua Wang and Mr. Pengfei Zhang. We highly appreciate your contributions to the Lab and sincerely hope you have a brighter future. Looking forward to your future visiting!

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Dr. Wei Zhang Visited STAR Lab

August 13th, 2014

This Wednesday, Dr. Wei Zhang visited STAR Lab and presented his vision and research on alternative intersection design. Dr. Wei Zhang works as a Highway Research Engineer at the Office of Sfety Research & Development of Federal Highway Administration. He has made great comtributions to the area of intersection safety and management.

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Jonathan Passed his PhD Final Exam

MAY 27th, 2014

Jonathan Corey succesfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Swarm Intelligence Based Adaptive Signal System".
Congratulations to Jon!

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Wenbo Zhu Won the First Prize in the 2014 ITE Student Night Competition

May 13th, 2014

In the Washington State Section of ITE Student Night Competition 2014, Wenbo and his teamate Haixiao won the first prize in thier team project "Improvement of the Chelan Ave SW/SW Spokane St. 5-way Intersection". This year's event attracted many students and professioals to attend.

Congratulations Wenbo and Haixiao!​

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STAR Lab Participate in UW Engineering Discovery Days

April 25th, 2013

This Friday in the UW Discovery Days 2014, STAR Lab members shared thier work with students, teachers, families and the comunity on the campus.

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STAR Lab Showcases Research to Public at Paws-on Science

April 6th, 2013

This past weekend, members of STAR Lab showcased their research to children at the Pacific Science Center, as part of the Paws-on Science Event. This event displayed a wide variety of research work from the scientific community at the University of Washington and attracted thousands of visitors.

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STAR Lab Photo Shoot

March 13th, 2014

This Friday STAR Lab members participated in a photo shoot.

Photo Credit: Matt Hagen (http://matthagen.com/main/), 2014. University of Washington. All Rights Reserved.

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Benjamin Wright Won a Mary Gates Research Scholarship

March 13th, 2014

Benjamin Wright received a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for his research project entitled “Analyzing Sources of Unreliability in Freeway Travel Times” and will present his research at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium in May. Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they engage in faculty-guided research.

Congratulations Ben!​


Congratulations to the Class of 2013

June 16th, 2013

Congratulations to all the STAR Lab members that earned their degrees in the past year. We celebrate with you for achieving such an important milestone and wish you the very best in your future endeavors.


Sonia Passed her Master's Thesis Defense

June 14th, 2013

Sonia Xiao succesfully defended her Master's thesis defense, entitled "Developing an eScience Transportation Platform DRIVE Net 3.0 for Freeway Perfromance Analysis".
Congratulations to Sonia!



Xiaolei Passed his PhD Final Exam

June 4th, 2013

Xiaolei Ma succesfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Smart Card Data Mining and Inference for Transit System Optimization and Performance Improvement".
Congratulations to Xiaolei!


Cathy Liu Passed her PhD Final Exam

May 29th, 2013

Cathy Liu succesfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Analysis of Managed Lanes on Freeway Facilities".
Congratulations to Cathy!


DRIVE Net was selected for exhibition at USDOT's Transportation Data Palooza

May 9th, 2013

Jonathon Corey and Xiaolei Ma, on behalf of  PacTrans STARLab, attended Transportation Data Palooza at USDOT to present DRIVE Net (Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network) system. 



Yegor Malinovskiy Passed his PhD Final Exam

April 19th, 2013

Yegor Malinovskiy succesfully defends his dissertation, entitled "Mobile Device Identifier Data Collection and Analysis for Transportation Intelligence Purposes: Applications, Uncertainty, and Privacy".
Congratulations to Yegor!


Professor Robert Cervero Visited StarLab

April 19th, 2013

Professor Robert Cervero from University of California, Berkeley visited the University of Washington and delivered a seminar talk on campus.

STAR Lab Members Attended WTS Gala

March 19th, 2013

The Annual WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Gala was held on March 19th, 2013 at the Westin in downtown Seattle. STAR Lab members Cathy Liu, Sonia Xiao and Carmen Kwan attended the event. Cathy Liu was recognized as the WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship winner.
Congratulations to Cathy!


Yunteng Lao Passed his PhD Final Exam

March 19th, 2013

Yunteng Lao succesfully defends his dissertation, entitled "Traffic Crash Modeling Considering Multiple Observations, Multi-Object Interactions, and Nonlinear Relationships".
Congratulations to Yunteng!


Xiaolei Ma Passed his PhD General Exam

March 11th, 2013

Xiaolei Ma successfully passed his general exam with the topic "Smart Card Data Mining and Inference For Transit System Optimization and Performance Improvement".
Congratulations to Xiaolei!

Professor Chris Hendrickson visited StarLab

February 27th, 2013

STAR Lab welcomes Professor Chris Hendrickson from Carnegie Mellon University!

Cathy Liu Won the 2nd Best Paper Award at the TRF Contest

February 11th, 2013

Cathy's paper "System-Wide Cost Benefit Analysis of Optimal Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Strategies” has been selected as the 2nd best paper for the 2013 Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Student Paper Contest. She is invited to attend and present the paper at the conference on March, 2013 at Annoapolis, Maryland.
Congratulations to Cathy!

Cathy Liu won the WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

January 17th, 2013

Cathy Liu received the WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship from Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). The scholarship is awarded annually to a woman pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field. She will be recognized at the Annual WTS Gala to be held in March. Also, Cathy received outstanding student award from her Alma Mater, Beijing Jiaotong University Transportation Community during TRB on January 14th.
Congratulations to Cathy!


Yunteng Lao Passed his PhD General Exam

November 20th, 2012

Yunteng Lao successfully passed his general exam with the topic "TRAFFIC COLLISION DATA MODELING ISSUES".
Congratulations to Yunteng!


Professor Baibing Li Delivers a Talk at University of Washington

October 24th, 2012

Professor Baibing Li from Loughborough University of UK visited the University of Washington and delivered a seminar talk on campus entitled "Discrete Choice Analysis for Travelers: A Semi-parametric Approach". Discrete choice modelling is a widely used econometric approach to analyse the behaviour of travellers. The multinomial logit model is one of the most commonly used models in discrete choice analysis. This research develops a new model, semi-parametric multinomial logit model. The developed model links travellers’ attributes and alternatives to the choice probabilities via a sensitivity function. This sensitivity function reflects the degree of travellers’ sensitivity to the changes in the travelling costs. A Bayesian approach is investigated to draw statistical inference for the semi-parametric logit model. An empirical study on travellers’ value of time that involves stated preferences about two train-related alternatives and two bus-related alternatives is conducted to illustrate the developed model.

Professor Baibing Li is a professor in business statistics & management science at Loughborough University, U.K. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Management School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, and a Research Associate with Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. In 2001, he was appointed as a Lecturer in statistics at School of Mathematics & Statistics, Newcastle University. In 2004, he moved to the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, Loughborough, U.K., as a Lecturer, where he was subsequently appointed as a Reader and a Professor. His current research interests are Bayesian statistical modelling and forecasting for Gaussian and non-Gaussian dynamic problems in various management areas. In recent years, much of his work has also involved transport and traffic management such as transportation demand analysis, travel behaviour modelling, and intelligent transportation systems. Professor Li is a member of the Royal Statistical Society.


XIAOYUE CATHY LIU Passed her PhD General Exam

October 22th, 2012

Cathy Liu successfully passed her general exam with the topic "Analysis of Managed Lanes on Freeway Facilities".
Congratulations to Cathy!



August 24th, 2012

Cathy Liu received the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held August 12–15, in Atlanta, GA, USA. Cathy was recognized for her paper titled “An Analytical Framework for Managed Lane Facility Performance Evaluation.” With thorough analysis, great use of diagrams and thoughtful presentation, Cathy’s paper is quite applicable in assessing effects of cross-access to managed lanes along freeway facilities.

Congratulations to Cathy!


Runze Yu passed his PhD Final Exam

August 3rd, 2012

Runze Yu succesfully defends his dissertation, entitled "Modeling Long Distance Highway Passenger Travel: A National Data Framework".

Congratulations to Runze!


Runze Named as the Eno Fellow of 2012

August 3rd, 2012

Runze was invited as this year’s Eno Fellow to attend the 20th Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

Every year 19 top graduate students in transportation-related fields are selected across the nation from a highly competitive application pool and honorably distinguished as Eno Follows. Runze spent an intensive week in early June meeting with top Executive Branch and Congressional officials including the Secretary of U.S. DOT, industry executives, and non-profit leaders to learn how the nation’s transportation policies are debated, adopted and applied on a national basis. Runze was nominated by the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) and he is the manager of the University of Washington STAR Lab under the supervision of Professor Yinhai Wang. Currently Runze is working on his Ph.D. dissertation exploring a methodological framework to understand the distributive pattern of long distance passenger flows, to facilitate national policy and investment decisions.

The Eno Transportation Foundation was founded in 1921 by William Phelps Eno (1859-1945, who pioneered the field of traffic management in the United States and Europe. The Foundation is now a non-partisan think-tank focusing on all modes of transportation, with the mission of cultivating creative and visionary leadership and supporting activities in three areas: professional development programs, policy forums, and publications.


Another Successful Showing for Star Lab Members at ITE Student Night

May 14th, 2012

With 2012’s Annual ITE Night behind us, UW Students ended the night successfully with a slew of accomplishments.

Star Lab member Carmen Kwan, together with her teammate, Eric knigge, won the 3rd place of the student night competition. They presented creative and multilevel solutions for the conceptual design for Dexter Ave/7th Ave from John Street to Bell Street in Downtown Seattle. Star Lab student Cathy Liu (President of the UW ITE Chapter) topped off the night for UW, winning the ITE Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done. Go Dawgs.

Cathy Liu Wins Western ITE Best Paper Award

May 14th, 2012

Cathy Liu's paper “An Analytical Framework for Managed Lane Facility Performance Evaluation,” is selected as the winning paper for the Western ITE District Student Paper Award this year. She is invited to present her paper at the Western ITE Annual Meeting in June. And the legendary Traffic Hero game, co-designed by Yegor Malinovskiy and Runze Yu, both from Star Lab, is selected to facilitate the Western ITE Student Endowment Fund in the upcoming Western ITE Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara in June. A featuring article about the game, written by Cathy Liu, is on the headline of the Western ITE website: http://westernite.org

Congraduations to Cathy!


Runze Yu passed his PhD general exam

march 12th, 2012

Runze Yu succesfully defends his dissertation, entitled "Modeling Long Distance Highway Travel A National Data Framework".  Congratulations to Runze!


Xin Xin passed his master’s degree exam

march 15th, 2012

Xin Xin succesfully defends his thesis, entitled "The impacts of Left Turn Phase Reservice on Intersection Performance".  Congratulations to Xin!


Runze Yu is selected to attend the 20th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

January 26th, 2012

Runze Yu has been selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 20th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC, June 3-7, 2012. Congratulations to Runze!


A featured article about DRIVE Net is published on the UW E-Science Institute Website

January 26th, 2012

Our DRIVE Net system was reported by the UW E-Science Institute New. ( Link )


University of Washington got the UTC grant (PacTrans)!

January 20th, 2012

The UTC consortium at University of Washington (PacTrans) will include the following schools: Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR; University of Alaska, Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK; University of Idaho in Moscow, ID; and Washington State University in Pullman, WA. (Link)

Traffic Hero wins James J. Kell Competition Award

April 24th, 2011

The University of Washington’s ITE proposal for “Traffic Hero”, written by Yegor and Runze, has been selected as the winner of this year’s James H. Kell RFP competition. The game will be featured at this year's Western ITE Conference in Anchorage, AK.



2011 Engineering Discovery Days

April 22rd, 2011

STAR Lab once again is a major destination at the UW Engineering Discovery Days, teaching visitors of all ages about transportation engineering and technology.

Runze Yu wins Western ITE Best Paper Award

April 14th, 2011

Runze’s paper “Quantifying the Relationship between Near-Road Concentration of Black Carbon and Traffic Flow Observations” won the 2011 Western ITE Student Paper Award! It will be presented at this year's Western District ITE Conference in Anchorage, AK.

Dr. Yao-Jan Wu stops by STAR Lab

April 8th, 2011

A recent STAR Lab alum, Dr. Yao-Jan Wu, stops by the lab on April 8th talking about Virginia's Actions on Sustainable Transportation.

STAR Lab welcomes Dr. Hua Wang and congratulates Tim!

March 14th, 2011

Dr. Hua Wang (front left) joins STAR Lab from the Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Wang is an expert in Electrical Engineering and will help STAR Lab continue it's sensor development. Tim Thomson (second left) has succesfully completed his Master's degree at teh University of Washington and will return to Rhode Island.

Prof. Oliver Gao stops by

February 3rd, 2011

Dr. Oliver Gao from Cornell University visited the STAR Lab and delivered a talk in the CEE 412/599 Transportation Data Management and Analysis class entitled: "From Transportation Emissions Control to Public Health - Are We Doing the Right Thing and Doing it Right?"

Dr. Lei Zhang visits STAR Lab

January 4th, 2011

Prof. Lei Zhang from University of Maryland visited STAR Lab on Jan 4th. His research employs interdisciplinary modeling approaches to analyze the interdependencies between transportation, economic, and natural systems for efficient resource allocation and sustainable development in the transportation sector. He met with transportation faculty members including Prof. Yinhai Wang, Prof. Scott Rutherford, and Prof Cynthia Chen. Prof. Lei Zhang also gave a talk on his research topic: Agent-based Modeling and Simulation for Transportation.

Yao-Jan Wu graduates

December 14th, 2010

Yao-Jan succesfully defends his dissertation, entitled "Traffic Sensor Data-Based Arterial Performance Measurement: Methodology and Online Implementation". Yao goes on to a post-doctoral position at the University of Virginia. Congrats Dr. Wu!

Dr. Yang visits STAR Lab

Novemer 29th, 2010

Dr. Yang from Tongji University in Shanghai visits STAR Lab, presenting a wide array of current and upcoming research happening in Tongji. The Lab also hosted Dr. Yang for dinner in Shoreline.

STAR Lab Participates in the Livable Streets Workshop

November 13th, 2010

STAR Lab students showed their research to the general public during the Children's Hospital Livable Streets Workshop, hosted at the University of Washington. Students demonstrated technologies that facilitate non-motorized data collection, as well optimize exisiting street systems to reduce the need for additional construction and improve safety.

STAR Lab @ TRB 2011

October 30th, 2010

STAR Lab gets a record 14 papers accepted for presentation at this year's Transportation Research Board meeting. Ten students will be heading over to Washington DC this January to present their work!

STAR Lab welcomes more guests

June 24th and July 30th, 2010

STAR Lab welcomed Dr. Yafeng Yin and Dr. Yi Zhang over the course of the summer. Dr. Yin presented a signal timing approach that considered environmental costs, while Dr. Zhang demonstrated an approach to model and cluster urban traffic data.


June 22nd, 2010

STAR Lab hosted visitors from the NATMEC conference with a full tour of the lab. The particpants were given an overview of the facilities as well as a brief introduction to six data collection technologies presently in development. Demos included live demonstrations of Bluetooth and video technologies as well as an overview of ALEDA and DriveNet systems.

STAR Lab cleans up at the ITE Student Night

May 10th, 2010

STAR Lab members Jon Corey, Tim Thomson and Yunteng Lao, tied for fist place at the Student Night Competition, in which over 6 teams participated. Furthermore, STAR Lab intern Aaron Knight has recieved the ITE Outstanding Undergraduate Award.

2010 Engineering Discovery Days

April 23rd, 2010

STAR Lab participates in the 2010 Engineering Discovery Days, teaching visitors of all ages about transportation engineering and technology.

Yao-Jan Wu passes his PhD General Exam

April 20th, 2010

Yao-Jan Wu passed his general exam with the topic "Traffic Sensor Data-Based Arterial Performance Measurement: Methodology and Online Implementation"

Dr. Bastian Schroeder visits STAR Lab

April 19th, 2010

Dr. Bastian Schroeder from North Carolina State University (NCSU) came to visit STAR Lab on April 19th, 2010. We had a great discussion over the NCHRP 03-96 project.

Congrats to Xiaolei and Jonathan!

March 18th, 2010

Xiaolei Ma and Jonathan Corey of STAR Lab have succesfully defended their Master's theses. The work, entiled "Developing a GPS-based On-line Freight Performance Measure Platform" and "Detection and Correction of Loop Detector Sensitivity Level Errors" respectively, was conducted as part of research done at STAR Lab.

VVDC wins Runner Up at Student Technology Showcase

January 14, 2010

Yegor Malinovskiy along with Dr. Wang entered the Science and Engineering Business Association Technology Showcase and were awarded second place. The competition evaluated the business potential of over 15 various research projects happening at the University of Washington.

Yegor receives Michael Kyte Award

January 13, 2010

Yegor Malinovskiy was awarded the Region X Student of the Year, named in honor of Michael Kyte, retired Director of NIATT at the University of Idaho, and his dedication to the creation of the Region X Transportation Consortium.

Guohui wins 3rd place from PTV America

December 25, 2009

STAR Lab alumnus Guohui Zhang's HOT Lane Simulation method received the 3rd Place Award from PTV America. This method was a direct result from the TransNow dynamic tolling project and his WSDOT intern work under the supervision of Shuming Yan

We've Moved!

December 20, 2009

STAR Lab is now located in More 101.