Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dazhi Sun, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Director of Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Regional Division at TAMUK

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Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
M.S., Tongji University, 1999
B.S., Tongji University, 1996

Research Area and Interests

Transportation Planning, Design, Operations and Management
Traffic Engineering and Traffic Safety
Sustainable Transportation Systems
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Travel Demand and Behavioral Modeling
Artificial Intelligence Implementation: Genetic Algorithms, Neural Network, Fuzzy Logic

Teaching Interests

Transportation Engineering
Traffic Engineering
Transportation Planning
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Surveying
Engineering Economics

Funded Research Projects

Project Title

Starting

Total Budget

 

Utilizing the Data Collected at Traffic Management Centers for Planning Purposes Through Non-Traditional Sources and Improved Equipment (TxDOT project)

 

Sep. 2006

$267,834

 

Updated Highway Work Zone Capacity (TxDOT project)

 

Sep. 2006

$237,873

 

In-service Evaluation of Cable Median Barrier Performance (TxDOT project)

 

Sep. 2006

$258,516

 

 

Feasibility of Speed Harmonization and Peak Period Shoulder Use to Manage Urban Freeway Congestion (TxDOT project)

 

Sep. 2007

$267,001

Assessment of Need and Feasibility of Truck-mounted Changeable Message Signs for Unscheduled Operations (TxDOT project)

Sep. 2008

$209,270

Improved Positive Protection Guidance for Work Zones (TxDOT project) Sep. 2008

$298,576

Development of a Performance Measurement Based Methodology to Objectively Compare Operational Improvements with Capacity Additions Sep. 2009

$304,889

Development of Guidelines for Implementation of Roundabouts in Texas Sep. 2009

$281,558

Safety Implications of Using Active Traffic Strategies on TxDOT Freeways

Sep. 2009

$278,435

 

A Predictive Model Integrating Traffic Demand Prediction and Microscopic Simulation to Improve Hurricane Evacuation Operations

Sep. 2010

$70,000

 

Solar Power Based Sustainable Intelligent Intersection Safety System

Sep. 2011

$20,000

 


Synthesis of Traffic Control Systems (TxDOT Project)

Sep. 2011

$49,909

 

Honors and Awards

TAMUS Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University System, 2012

Dean's Award for Outstanding Research, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, 2011  

University Research Award, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, 2010

The First Place Award, Science and Technology Awards of China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS), for the research entitled " The Guidelines for Road Safety Audit" , as one of the PIs, 2006

Best Paper Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) District 4, for the paper entitled "How do drivers follow each other in highway work zones", 2005

Best Paper Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Illinois Section, for the paper entitled "How do drivers behave when they drive through highway work zone - An in-depth analysis on platooning and gap characteristics", 2004

Graduate Conference Travel Grant, Graduate CollegeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nov. 2003

Travel Grant, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), for the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2003) in ChicagoIL, July, 2003

Paper Award, the Fourth National University Student Paper Competition, Shanghai, P.R. China, Dec. 1995

 

Publications

Ullman, B. R., N. Trout, and D. Sun, "Truck-Mounted Changeable Message Signs with Symbols for Work Zone Operations", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2272, pp78-86, 2012

Vadde R., D. Sun, et.al., "A Simulation Study of Using Active Traffic Management Strategies on Congested Freeways", Journal of Modern Transportation, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp 178-184, 2012

Sun, D. , R. Dela Rosa, and J. Sai, "Effective Use of Traffic Control Devices on Highways with Work-Zones at Texas-Mexico Border Regions" ,  90th National TRB Conference, TRB paper #11-1326, Washington D.C. January, 2011  

Sun, D., P. Ravoola, M. Faruqi and B. Ullman, TxDOT/FHWA Report 0-6167-1: Assessment of Need and Feasibility of Truck-Mounted Changeable Message Sings for Scheduled and Unscheduled Operations, March, 2011  

Ullman, G., V. Iragavarapu, and D. Sun, TxDOT/FHWA Report 0-6163-1: Improved Positive Protection Guidance for Work Zones, March, 2011  

Faruqi, M. A., Shah, S., Agarwala, R., Sun, D., and Sai, J., Neural Networks Based Prediction of Periodontal Disease Using Non-Intrusively Obtained Data, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1: 6-9, January 2011.  

Faruqi, M. A., Bhadra. S, Sun, D and Sai, J.,  An Improved Creep and Shrinkage Based Deflections of Concrete Members Reinforced With Carbon Fiber Reinforced Bars, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 9: 74-78,  September 2010

Sun. D., L. Sun, P. Ravoola, and S. Zhao, A Microscopic Simulation-Based Decision Support System to Develop Changeable Message Sign Alternatives, the Proceedings of 12th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, St. Louis, MO, 2009

Sun, D., J. Lv and C. Chen, Is Heavy Vehicle Percentage (HVP) a Necessary Factor for Predicting Highway Work Zone Capacity?, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, ASCE, pp. 231-240, 2008

Sun, D.,  R. Benekohal, and H. Estrada, Comparative Analysis of the Attitude and Behavior of Young Drivers' Use of Two-way Two-lane Highways, Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies, 15(B), pp.75-84, 2008

Sun, D., J. Lv and S. T. Waller, Theoretical and Practical Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Approach to Transportation Studies: Shockwaves, Queue/Platoon Distribution, and System Performance Monitoring, the 87th Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council, No. 08-1107, CD-ROM, Washington DC. January 2008

Sun, D., J. Lv and L. Paul,  Calibrating Passenger Car Equivalent (PCE) for Highway Work Zones using Speed and Percentage of Trucks, the 87th Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council, No. 08-1115, CD-ROM,  Washington DC. January 2008

Borchardt, D. W., G. Pesti, D. Sun and L. Ding, Capacity and Road User Cost Analysis of Selected Freeway Work Zone in Texas, Technical Report No. FHWA/TX-09/0-5619-1 for FHWA and TxDOT, published in 2008

Cooner, S. A., Y. Rathod, D. C. Alberson, R.P. Bligh, S. E. Ranft and D. Sun, Performance Evaluation of Cable Median Barrier Systems in Texas, Technical Report No. FHWA/TX -08-5609-1 for FHWA and TxDOT, published in 2008

Sun, D. and R. Benekohal, A Study on Logit-based Route Choice Models for Stochastic User Equilibrium Problem, Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies , 11(A), pp. 33-48, 2007

Sun, D., R. Benekohal and W. Arya, An In-depth Analysis on Vehicle Following Gaps in Highway Work Zones: The Direct and Interdependent Impact of Leading Vehicle,  the 86th Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council, No. 07-1990,  Washington DC. January 2007)

Sun, D., J. Lv, and A. Jia, Sustainable Transportation Planning and Project Evaluation using Multiple Criteria Decision Making, the proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Transportation Research, Berkeley, CA, 2007

Sun, D., R. Benekohal and S.T. Waller,  Bi-level Programming Formulation and Heuristic Solution Approach for Dynamic Traffic Signal Optimization, Journal of Computer-aid Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 21 (5), pp 321-333, 2006

Sun, D., S. Ukkusuri, R. Benekohal. and S. T. Waller, Modeling of Pedestrian Gap Acceptance for Improving Safety at Uncontrolled Mid-block Crosswalks , International Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies, 5(B), pp 57-68, 2005

Sun, D., and R. Benekohal, Analysis of Work Zone Gaps and Rear-End Collision Probability, Journal of Transportation and Statistics, Vol. 8 (2), pp71-86, 2005

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, and M. Girianna, GIS-based Intersection Inventory System (GIS-IIS) - Integrating GIS, Traffic Signal Data and Intersection Images, technical report for Illinois Department of Transportation, Civil Engineering Studies -Transportation Engineering Series No.136 -Traffic Operation Lab Series No.15, February 2005

Sun, D., S. Ukkusuri, R. Benekohal, and S.T. Waller, Fuzzy Logic based Online Collision Prediction System for Signalized Intersections, International Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies, 3(B), pp 71-87, 2004

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, and S. T. Waller, Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms for Intersection Signal Timing Optimization, the 83rd Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council, No. 04-5156, CD-ROM  (Washington DC. January 2004)

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, Analysis of Car Following Characteristics for Estimating Work Zone Safety, the 83rd Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board (TRB)  of the National Research Council, No.04-4883, CD-ROM (Washington DC, January 2004)

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, and S. T. Waller, Traffic Signal Multi-objective Optimization Using Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II, Lectures Notes in Computer Science 2724, Part II. pp 2420-2421, Springer, 2003

Sun, D., S. Ukkusuri, R. Benekohal, and S.T. Waller, Modeling Driver-Pedestrian Interaction at Uncontrolled Mid-block Crosswalks, the 82nd Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)  of the National Research Council, No. 03-3340, CD-ROM  (Washington DC. January 2003)

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, and S. T. Waller, Multi-objective Traffic Signal Optimization Using Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithms, the proceedings of 2003 IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium, pp 198-203 (Columbus, OH, June 2003)

Sun, D., R. Benekohal, Modeling and Simulation of Pedestrian-Motorist Interaction at Uncontrolled Mid-Block Crosswalks, the proceedings of ITE 2003 Technical Conference, CD-020 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2003)

Sun, D., et al., Road Safety Audit-An Efficient Method for Transportation Safety Improvement, Journal ofShandong Transportation Science and Technology, in Chinese, 99(3), pp. 56-59,  1999

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering, Texas A&M University -Kingsville

Director, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Regional DivisionTexas A&M University -Kingsville

Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), Texas A&M University System , 2005

Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000- 2005 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Assistant (Summer Intern), Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2002

Research Assistant, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 2000, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Assistant, Tongji University, Shanghai, P. R. China 
1997 - 1999 ,Department of Traffic and Roadway Engineering, School of Civil Engineering

Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
2002 - 2004 ,Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Texas Department of Transportation Technical Assistance Panel (TAP)

Texas Faculty Association (TFA)

Senator of Texas A&M University-Kingsville Faculty Senate

Contact Information

Civil and Architectural Engineering
EC 376C
MSC 194 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2270
fax: (361) 593-2069
email: dazhi.sun@tamuk.edu
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