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Transportation comprises one of the largest segments of urban and regional infrastructure. This emphasis area focuses on understanding the transportation policies and processes of the cities and regions of today, while providing opportunities for students to conduct cutting-edge research about the cities and regions of the future. Particular strengths of the transportation emphasis area are multimodal transportation, equity and justice in transportation planning, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, travel behavior, and safety. In addition to opportunities with department faculty, students work or collaborate with researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the largest research institution of its kind in the U.S. (Chaired by Xinyue Ye).

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Relevant Faculty

Core Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
Tara Goddard Assistant Professor Vulnerable road user safety, partial and/or conditional autonomous technology and driver behavior, driver cognition and attention, transportation planning, traffic safety and crash reduction, and design for sustainable transportation
Chanam Lee Professor Active living research and healthy community design
Sungmin Lee Assistant Professor Healthy community planning and design, neighborhood safety, active aging and spatial analysis
Wei Li Associate Professor Sustainable and active transportation, environmental economics, and socio-economic and health impacts of emerging transportation technologies (e.g., autonomous vehicles)
Hope Hui Rising Assistant Professor Water-centric urban design; spatial cognition; place attachment; environmental adaptation; climate adaptation; flood and drought adaptation; environmental stewardship
Xinyue Yu Associate Professor Big data analytics, geographic information science, geospatial artificial intelligence, network science, spatial econometrics, urban simulation, visual analytics

Affiliate Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
David Ellis Research Scientist Transportation finance and economics, economic development, impact assessment, demographics, and tax policies
Tim Lomax Research Fellow Transportation planning, and performance measurement
Katie Turnbull Executive Associate Director Transportation planning, public transportation, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) facilities, and transportation policy
Douglas Wunneburger Instructional Associate Professor Social impacts due to interactions of demographics and spatially explicit policies and laws