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Seminar Series: Leila Hajibabai
September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFREE
Join us in welcoming ISE’s own Leila Hajibabai as she discusses transportation science and logistical solutions for smart city challenges.
The infrastructure is rapidly transitioning to new paradigms where various entities interact continuously. Examples include networks of autonomous distributed ground and air
vehicles (e.g., warehouse robots, drone delivery systems), connected automated vehicle technology for smart cars, and shared microscale mobility systems (e.g., scooters, Segways, or
bicycles). The optimal design of such infrastructure requires the consideration of interactions among entities; efficient acquisition, siting, and scheduling based on range limits and availability of resources; demand prediction and shaping (e.g., via dynamic allocations or pricing considering uncertainties), and long-term maintenance. We develop innovative computational methodologies that model these fundamental challenges and provide decision-making solutions that balance the motivations of planners, operators, and users, mainly via a multi-level hierarchy of decisions in large-scale networks. Our goal is to advance our understanding of how microscale decisions of end users and network operators and semi-macro and macroscale decisions of other stakeholders shape the performance of a complex system. Accordingly, this presentation will introduce transportation science and logistics solutions to some smart city challenges and asset management applications.
Leila Hajibabai is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Transportation
Systems, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2014 and received two M.Sc. degrees, one in Industrial Engineering (UIUC) and the other in Civil Engineering (Tehran
University, Iran). Hajibabai’s research is in the logistics and supply chain area, utilizing system analytics and optimization for large-scale network problems. She aims to address the socio-
technological needs of smart and resilient cities and communities. She is a member of the TRB’s Transportation Network Modeling and Maintenance Fleet and Equipment Committee. She is
a chair of the TRB’s Young Members Joint Subcommittee of Highway Maintenance and Operations Sections. She is also a member of IEEE and INFORMS. She is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and serves on the editorial advisory board of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.