Dan Work

About

Daniel Work is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Prof. Work was most recently an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (tenured), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy), and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Work was a senior fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Prof. Work earned his bachelor of science degree (2006) from the Ohio State University, and a master of science (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of California, Berkeley, each in civil engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois as an assistant professor in 2010, Work was a research intern at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto from 2008-2009, and a guest researcher at Microsoft Research Redmond in 2010.

Prof. Work has research expertise transportation cyber physical systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, and transportation data analytics. He currently serves as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Transportation Research Part C – Emerging Technologies, and is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cybernetics for Cyber-Physical Systems and the ASCE Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Impacts Committee. Work’s research on autonomous vehicles has appeared in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, and Smithsonian Magazine. Prof. Work has received a number of honors and awards including being named a 2018 Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering, a 2018 IoT Pioneer by Connected World, a CAREER Award recipient from the National Science Foundation in 2014, and a recipient of the IEEE ITSS Best Dissertation Award in 2011.

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University,  Dec. 2017-present.
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Institute for Software Integrated Systems

Research interests

  • Transportation cyber physical systems
    • Traffic estimation and control techniques
    • Applications with human driven and automated traffic
  • Mathematical models of traffic
    • Conservation laws models and networks
    • Numerical approximation schemes for nonlinear conservation laws
  • Decision analytics for sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems
    • Data driven methods for resilience quantification
    • Participatory sensing platforms

Awards and honors

  • 2018 Pioneers, Connected World, 2018
  • NAE Gilbreth Lecture, National Academy of Engineering, 2018
  • NAE China US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Speaker, National Academy of Engineering, 2017
  • NAE EU US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant, National Academy of Engineering, 2016
  • CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 2016
  • ASCE Outstanding Instructor Award, American Society of Civil Engineers UIUC Student Chapter, 2015
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2014
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (top 10%, ten time winner), Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 2011-2016
  • Featured Project, Scientific American, “Citizen Science Featured Project” Awarded for the TrafficTurk Project, 2012
  • Best Dissertation Award, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, 2011
  • Eno Fellow, Eno Transportation Foundation, 2010.
  • Rodney E. Slater Award, Eno Transportation Foundation, 2010
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow, US Department of Transportation, 2008 – 2010

Previous Appointments

  • Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2017
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (with tenure)
    • Coordinated Science Laboratory
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dec. 2010 – Aug. 2017
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Coordinated Science Laboratory
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
  • Senior Fellow, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, Aug. 2015 – Dec. 2015
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 2014 – July 2015

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010
  • University of California, Berkeley
    MS in Systems Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007
  • The Ohio State University
    B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2006