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Danjue Chen

Umass Lowell faculty Danjue Chen
Danjue Chen Assistant Professor
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Office
    - Kitson 200 O
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Expertise

Connected Automated Vehicle, Traffic flow theory, Traffic control, Simulations, Intelligent Transportation System

Research Interests

  • Connected, autonomous vehicles;
    - Traffic flow modeling & simulation;
    - Cyber-physical-system;
    - Human-machine interaction

Education

  • Ph D: Civil & Environmental Engineering, (2012), Georgia Institute of Technology
    Supporting Area: Specialty: traffic flow theory and traffic simulation.
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Studies of Traffic Oscillations: A Behavioral Perspective.
  • BS: Environmental Science, (2007), Peking University - China
    Supporting Area: Applied Mathematics
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Air Quality Analysis

Biosketch

Dr. Danjue Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to UMass Lowell, she worked as a Researcher at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a postdoc at California PATH at University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Chen has received the NSF CAREER award. Her research aims to (1) better understand the fundamental nature of traffic flow, particularly with cutting-edge vehicle technologies such as connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles, (2) understand the cyber-physical-system of smart vehicles which includes sensing, computation, communication and control, and (3) understand the complex interaction between human and machines (like smart vehicles). Her research has been sponsored by NSF, USDOT, and state DOTs.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • CAREER AWARD (2020) - National Science Foundation
  • Transportation Research Board Cunard Award- Best First Young Author Paper in Operations (2016) - Transportation Research Board

Selected Publications

  • Chen, D., Srivastava, A., Ahn, S., Li, T. (2019). Traffic dynamics under speed disturbance in mixed traffic with automated and non-automated vehicles. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S. (2018). Capacity-drop at extended bottlenecks: Merge, diverge, and weave. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 108 1--20.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S., Chitturi, M., Noyce, D.A. (2017). Towards vehicle automation: Roadway capacity formulation for traffic mixed with regular and automated vehicles. Transportation research part B: methodological, 100 196--221.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S., Chitturi, M., Noyce, D. (2017). Truck platooning on uphill grades under cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC). Transportation research procedia, 23 1059--1078.
  • Han, Y., Chen, D., Ahn, S. (2017). Variable speed limit control at fixed freeway bottlenecks using connected vehicles. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 98 Pages–113.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S., Bang, S., Noyce, D. (2016). Car-Following and Lane-Changing Behavior Involving Heavy Vehicles (16-5617).
  • van Arem, B., Abbas, M.M., Li, X., Head, L., Zhou, X., Chen, D., Bertini, R., Mattingly, S.P., Wang, H., Orosz, G. (2016). Integrated Traffic Flow Models and Analysis for Automated Vehicles (pp. 249–258). Springer International Publishing
  • Han, Y., Chen, D., Ahn, S. (2016). Variable Speed Limit Control at Fixed Freeway Bottlenecks Using Connected Vehicles (16-5649).
  • Han, Y., Chen, D., Ahn, S., Hegyi, A. (2015). Analysis of driver response and traffic evolution under variable speed limit control. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2490) 1–10.
  • Lu, X., Lee, J., Chen, D., Bared, J., Dailey, D., Shladover, S.E. (2014). Freeway micro-simulation calibration: case study using Aimsun and VISSIM with detailed field data.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S., Laval, J., Zheng, Z. (2014). On the periodicity of traffic oscillations and capacity drop: the role of driver characteristics. Transportation research part B: methodological, 59 117–136.
  • Lu, X., Chen, D., Shladover, S.E. (2014). Preparations for Field Testing of Combined Variable Speed Advisory and Coordinated Ramp Metering for Freeway Traffic Control.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S. (2014). Variable speed limit control for severe non-recurrent freeway bottlenecks. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 51 210–230.
  • Chilukuri, B.R., Laval, J.A., Chen, D. (2013). Some Traffic Features During On-ramp Queue Flush (13-0987).
  • Zheng, Z., Ahn, S., Chen, D., Laval, J. (2013). The effects of lane-changing on the immediate follower: Anticipation, relaxation, and change in driver characteristics. Transportation research part C: emerging technologies, 26 367–379.
  • Chen, D., Ahn, S., Zheng, Z., Laval, J. (2013). Traffic Hysteresis and the Evolution of Stop-and-Go Oscillations (13-4611).
  • Chen, D., Laval, J., Zheng, Z., Ahn, S. (2012). A behavioral car-following model that captures traffic oscillations. Transportation research part B: methodological, 46(6) 744–761.
  • Hegyi, A., Shladover, S., Lu, X., Chen, D. (2012). A cooperative speed control algorithm to resolve jams. Delft University of Technology: Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Chen, D., Laval, J.A., Ahn, S., Zheng, Z. (2012). Microscopic traffic hysteresis in traffic oscillations: A behavioral perspective. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 46(10) 1440–1453.
  • Chen, D. (2012). Studies of traffic oscillations: a behavioral perspective. Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Zheng, Z., Ahn, S., Chen, D., Laval, J. (2011). Applications of wavelet transform for analysis of freeway traffic: Bottlenecks, transient traffic, and traffic oscillations. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 45(2) 372–384.
  • Chilukuri, B.R., Laval, J.A., Chen, D. (2011). Continuum Approximation for System-wide Ramp Metering: Efficiency and Equity.
  • Chen, D., Laval, J.A., Chilukuri, R.B. (2011). Features of oscillations when propagating through a homogenous highway segment.
  • Zheng, Z., Ahn, S., Chen, D., Laval, J. (2011). Freeway traffic oscillations: microscopic analysis of formations and propagations using wavelet transform. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 45(9) 1378–1388.
  • Chen, D., Laval, J.A. (2010). Analytical and Graphical Solutions for Dynamic User Optimum Assignment of a Highway-City Street Network (10-1612).
  • Laval, J., Chen, D., Amer, K., Guin, A., Ahn, S. (2009). Evolution of oscillations in congested traffic: improved estimation method and additional empirical evidence. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2124) 194–202.

Selected Presentations

  • Variable speed limit control to increase discharge rate at freeway incident bottlenecks. - Symposium Celebrating 20 Years of Traffic Flow Theory, 2014 - Portland, Oregon
  • A variable speed limit scheme based on the kinematic wave theory. - The 93rd Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2014 - Washington D.C.
  • Freeway Micro-simulation calibration: case study using Aimsun and Vissim with detailed field data. - The 93rd Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2014 - Washington D.C.
  • Some traffic features during on-ramp queue flush. - 92nd Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2013 - Washington D.C.
  • Traffic hysteresis and the evolution of stop-and-go oscillations., 2013 - Washington D.C
  • Traffic hysteresis and capacity drop in traffic oscillations - Seminar at Delft University of Technology, September 2013 - Netherlands
  • “An asymmetric behavioral car-following model”, “Traffic hysteresis in traffic oscillations”, March 2013 - Tempe, AZ
  • Studies of traffic oscillations: a behavioral perspective. - Doctoral Student Research in Transportation Modeling, the 91st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2012 - Washington D.C.
  • Traffic hysteresis and the evolution of stop-and-go oscillations. - The 1ST European symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems, 2012 - Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Effects of Queue Spillback in User Optimum Dynamic Traffic Assignment Problem: Analytical and Graphical Solutions on Simple Network - The 91st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2012 - Washington D.C
  • Traffic Hysteresis in Traffic Oscillations: Driver Behavioral Perspective. - The 91st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2012 - Washington D.C.
  • Traffic Oscillations: Behavioral Car-Following Model. - The 91st Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2012 - Washington D.C.
  • Smart traffic, less congestion, better life - Award ceremony of ITS Georgia Wayne Shackelford Engineering scholarship, 2011 - Georgia
  • Freeway traffic oscillations: microscopic analysis of formations and propagations using wavelet transform. - National Science Foundation Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, 2011
  • Applications of wavelet transform for analysis of freeway traffic: bottlenecks, transient traffic, and traffic oscillations - The 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, 2011 - Washington D.C.
  • The impact of lane-changing on the immediate follower: anticipation, relaxation, and behavioral change. - The 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, 2011 - Washington D.C.
  • Analytical and graphical solutions for the dynamic user optimum assignment of a highway-citystreet network. - The 89th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2010 - Washington D.C.
  • Continuum approximation for system-wide ramp metering efficiency and equity. - Traffic Flow Theory 2010 Summer Meeting, 2010 - France
  • Evolution of oscillations in congested traffic: improved estimated method and additional empirical evidence.” - The 88th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2009 - Washington D.C.
  • Analysis of driver response and traffic evolution under VSL control. - The 94th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board, 2001 - Washington D.C.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • CAREER: Conflicting Traffic Streams with Mixed Traffic: Modeling and Control (2020), Sponsored Research - NSF
    Chen, D.
  • Collaborative Research: Understanding the Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Traffic Flow Using Empirical Data (2019), Sponsored Research - NSF
    Chen, D. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Mixed Traffic Dynamics Under Disturbances: Impact of Multi-Class Connected and Automated Vehicles (2019), Sponsored Research - NSF
    Chen, D. (Principal)
  • Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Surface Transportation (2018), Sponsored Research - MassDOT
    Chen, D. (Principal)
  • Leverage Data Analytics and Game Theory to Study Complex Urban Transportation (2017), Grant - Internal Seed Funding Program
    Summerfield, N. (Co-Principal), Chen, D. (Principal), Deokar, A. (Co-Principal)
  • Traffic Flow Improvements: Quantifying the Influential Regions and Long-Term Benefits (2018), Sponsored Research - MassDOT
    Chen, D. (Co-Principal)
  • Evaluation and enhancement of MassDOT traveler information programs (2018), Sponsored Research - MassDOT
    Chen, D. (Co-Principal)
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy Analysis (2018), Sponsored Research - MassDOT
    Chen, D. (Principal)
  • Strategic Plan for Connected and Automated Vehicles in Massachusetts (2017), Sponsored Research - MassDOT
    Chen, D. (Co-Principal)