Team

Current Ph.D. Students


William Barbour

William Barbour is a doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. His studies have been interdisciplinary, with an M.S. degree in sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction from the Chancellor’s Honors Program and the Haslam Scholars Program. William has work experience from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and CSX Transportation. He has also received graduate funding support from the Roadway Safety Institute and Federal Highway Administration.

William’s career and research interests focus on the application of novel and advanced computational techniques to transportation systems engineering; examples include big data analytics, machine learning, optimization, and artificial intelligence. He has applied these interests in the freight rail transportation domain through ongoing industry collaboration with Class I railroads, where improvements in network operations can lead to capacity and efficiency gains for the system. William’s other domain interests include pedestrian and cyclist accessibility, public transit planning, and transportation policy.

In addition to research, William teaches with Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. In summer 2019, he planned and taught two sections of his new class, Sensors and Big Data Analysis, to gifted high school students from across the United States and abroad at the Vanderbilt Summer Academy. The class included hands-on experiences for students in sensor prototyping, data collection, and data analysis. An abbreviated version of the class will be taught again in fall 2019 at the Weekend at Vanderbilt University program.

Website: William's Website

  • Ph.D, Civil Infrastructure Systems, CEE, Vanderbilt University 2020 (expected)
  • M.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC, 2017
  • B.S., Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2015



Derek Gloudemans

Derek Gloudemans is a masters student in computer science at Vanderbilt University. His undergraduate degree was in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Derek has work experience from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Derek’s career and research interests focus on the usage of computational and statistical techniques to address large-scale and multiparameter problems traditionally solved using human intuition, with a particular emphasis on computer vision. Example projects include fast and reliable vehicle tracking using convolutional neural networks and fault detection in the freight rail sector using machine learning. Derek is also interested in large-scale urban planning with a focus on sustainability, mobility and equality of service.

  • Ph.D, Computer Science, CEE, Vanderbilt University 2022 (expected)
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2018



George Gunter

George Gunter is a PhD student in Civil Engineering and the Insitute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. He earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research interests are broadly in applications of cyber-physical systems to civil infrastructure, specializing in smart and connected transportations sytems with a focus on traffic cmodeling and control.

  • Ph.D, Civil Infrastructure Systems, CEE, Vanderbilt University 2023 (expected)
  • B.S, Civil Infrastructure Systems, CEE, University of Illinois 2019



Yue Hu

Yue Hu is a PhD student in computer science at Vanderbilt University and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems. She earned her M.S. in Systems Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in University of California at Berkeley. She earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tongji University, China.

Yue’s research interest lies in transportation cyber physical systems and sustainable resilient infrastructure systems. Her work focus on the application of Machine Learning and Optimization techniques on transportation systems.

Website: Yue's Website

  • M.S., Systems Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2018
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2017



Yanbing Wang

Yanbing Wang is a doctoral student in Civil Engineering and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. She earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2018 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her undergraduate studies, she co-founded a non-profit organization, Bridges to Prosperity, and helped rural communities in Guatemala and Panama construct pedestrian bridges that allow safe access to local amenities.

Prior to Vanderbilt, Yanbing actively involved herself in a range of research topics including life cycle assessment on wastewater treatment infrastructure, fleet assignment and optimal scheduling in public transit, and most recently, the application of computer vision techniques to driver-assistance devices. Yanbing's current research focuses on modeling and estimating traffic flows that are composed of mixed human-operated and automated vehicles.

Website: Yanbing's Website

  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018



Current Undergraduate Researchers


Nicole Gloudemans

Nicole is a second-year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Nicole's long-term career interests are in robotics and autonomous agents.

Currently, Nicole is working on computer vision related projects, utilizing computer aided design software to create synthetic data for augmentation of image datasets and for training object re-identification algorithms. Nicole is also working on image-to-image translation of noisy traffic data. In the past, Nicole has worked on designing, building and testing a multi-camera mount for collection of traffic data.

  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2022 (expected)



Caroline Janssen

Caroline Janssen is an undergraduate student in civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. She is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Dan Work's lab at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, and is co-advised by Prof. Mark Abkowitz.

Caroline's career and research interests focus on smart cities and sustainable transportation and infrastructure development. Presently, she's working on experiments that examine how cars equipped with adaptive cruise control affect traffic flow.

  • B.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2020 (expected)



Ricardo Sandoval

A native of El Salvador, Ricardo Sandoval moved to Nashville, Tennessee to study Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Ricardo is a member of the Ingram Scholars Program — a service-oriented merit scholarship that seeks to foster the idea of combining a successful business or professional career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical societal problems.

Ricardo is interested in finding ways in which technology can create a more environmentally sustainable and equitable world. The research he does on micro mobility at Dr. Dan Work’s lab aligns perfectly with his personal and professional interests. Ricardo is currently helping develop a Shared Urban Mobility Device (SUMD) data analytics platform, in which he uses large-scale historical data to quantitatively asses the quality of the built environment.

  • B.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, 2022 (expected)



Caleb Van Geffen

Caleb Van Geffen is an undergraduate student majoring in computer science with a minor in business strategy. He is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant in the Professor Dan Work's lab at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, specifically focusing on the effects of micromobility. Caleb's research interests pertain to the different ways that aspects of computer science can be applied to tangible problems in the physical world. Caleb is also heavily involved on campus as the varsity captain of the cross country team, and the vice president of The Engineering Council.

  • B.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, May 2021 (expected)



Alumni

Past Postdoctoral Researchers


Shimao Fan

  • Ph.D. Applied and Computational Mathematics, Temple University, 2013.
  • B.S. Applied and Computational Mathematics, HuaZhong University of Science and Technology, 2007.
  • Position after completion: Union Bank, NA



Past Ph.D. Students


Yanning Li

  • Position after graduation: Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Ph.D, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC 2017
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, KAUST 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University 2011



Raphael Stern

  • Position after graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Minnessota
  • Ph.D, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, University of Illinois, 2018 (expected)
  • M.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, University of Illinois, 2015
  • B.S., CEE, Minor in Statistics, University of Illinois, 2013



Ye Sun

  • Position after completion: Boston Consulting Group.
  • Ph.D, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC 2017
  • M.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC, 2014
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2012



Ren Wang

  • Position after graduation: Apple, Inc.
  • Ph.D, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC 2015
  • M.S., Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, CEE, UIUC, 2013
  • B.S., Transportation Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, 2010



Past M.S. Students


Siting Chang

  • Position after graduation: M.S. program, Computer Science, UIUC
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2012
  • B.S., Transportation Engineering, Jilin University, 2010



Brian Donovan

  • Position after graduation: Uber
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering UIUC, 2015
  • B.S. Computer Science (Machine Intelligence), Purdue, 2013



Sudeep Gowrishankar

  • Position after graduation: DMC Engineering
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, 2011



Robin Guers

  • Position after graduation: Apple, Inc.
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, 2013 (co-advised with Prof. Cedric Langbort)
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, ISAE SUPAERO, 2011



Reece Otsuka

  • Position after graduation: Enercon Services
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2014 (co-advised with Prof. Junho Song)
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012



Samuel J. Rivera Aparicio

  • Position after graduation: PhD program, Civil Engineering, UIUC.
  • M.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC, 2013 (co-advised with Prof. Barbara Minsker and Prof. Dan Roth)
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, 2011



Fangyu Wu

  • Position after graduation: Ph.D. program, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC, 2018 (expected)
  • B.S., Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, CEE, UIUC, 2015



Past Research Staff


Camilo Vega

  • Position after completion: M.S. program, Technology Management, UIUC
  • B.S., Electronics Engineering, University of Los Andes, Colombia, 2010



Research Interns and Undergraduate Students

(VS) indicates visiting student; (VU) indicates Vanderbilt student; (I) indicates UIUC student; year indicates beginning of visit, collaboration, or employment in the group.
  • Daniel Chen [ VU ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2019
  • Matthew Estopinal [ VU ], BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019
  • Nikki Gloudemans [ VU ], BS, Mechanical Engineering, 2019
  • Brandon Hall [ VS ], BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019
  • Jazon Jiao [ VU ], BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019
  • Ricardo Sandoval [ VU ], BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019
  • Caleb Van Geffen [ VU ], BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019
  • Derek Gloudemans [ VU ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2018
  • George Gunter [ I, VS ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017
  • Yuhao Lu [ I ], BS, Mathematics, 2017
  • Yanbing Wang [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017
  • Bochen Xu [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2017
  • Chris Chen [ I ], BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016
  • Miles Churchill [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016
  • Nimit Agrawal [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2015
  • Juan Carlos Martinez Mori [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015
  • Fangyu Wu [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015
  • Guangyu Zhou [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2015
  • Thomas Breier [ VS ], BS, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2014
  • Chase Duncan [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2014
  • Maya Meng [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2014
  • Alec Mori [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2014
  • Meng Hang [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
  • Bhinav Sura [ I ], BS, Computer Science, 2013
  • Mostafa Reisi Gahrooei [ VS ], Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • Jon Que [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Raphael Stern [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Sebastien Deprez [ VS ], BS, Ecole Polytechnique, France, 2011
  • Eileen Walz [ I ], BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011

Student Awards and Reseaerch Internships

  • William Barbour, Eno Fellowship, Eno Transportation Foundation, 2018
  • William Barbour, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2017
  • Raphael Stern, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2017
  • Fangyu Wu, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2017
  • Juan Carlos Martinez Mori, Melih T. Dural Undergraduate Research Prize, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2017
  • William Barbour, Student of the Year, Roadway Safety Institute University Transportation Center, 2016
  • William Barbour, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2016
  • William Barbour, Research Intern, CSX Tranpsportation, 2016
  • Ye Sun, Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship, WTS Greater Chicago Area Chapter, 2015
  • William Barbour, Departmental Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Raphael Stern, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2015
  • Raphael Stern, Best Transportation Systems Presentation Award, 4th Annual International PhD Student Conference, Harbin, China, 2015
  • Raphael Stern, Conference Travel Award, Graduate College, UIUC, 2015
  • Yanning Li, Chester P. Siess Award for Student Conference Travel, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Fangyu Wu, Grant Shaw Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Juan Carlos Martinez Mori, Grant Shaw Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Ren Wang, Research Intern, IBM Ireland Research Lab, Dublin, Ireland, 2015
  • Ye Sun, Research Intern, IBM Research Collaboratory, Singapore, 2014
  • Raphael Stern, Eno Fellowship, Eno Transportation Foundation, 2014
  • Raphael Stern, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, US Department of Transportation, 2014
  • Raphael Stern, Data Science for Social Good Fellow, Eric and Wendy Schmidt Foundation, 2014
  • Brian Donovan, Departmental Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2013
  • Ye Sun, Departmental Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, 2013
  • Samuel Rivera, Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2013