RISK BASED TRAFFIC SAFETY

Sponsored by
University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation
Time
February 10 2015 12:30–13:30
Location
4080 AIR Building
Mohsen A. Jafari
Mohsen A. Jafari
Professor and Chair
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Rutgers University
Abstract

Traffic crashes and accidents at intersections, roundabouts and roadway segments result from many complex factors, but
at a basic level, they are outcomes of the interactions among vehicles and other road users. Since few direct measurements
of these interactions are available, engineers and planners instead attempt to understand them by studying crashes and
accidents reports. As crashes account for a tiny fraction of safety conflicts, these reports fail to provide a full
understanding of what is happening at the points of accidents. This is especially true of crashes involving pedestrians and
bicycles, for which data are sparse, making it difficult to determine reliable patterns. In this talk we will present risk based
traffic safety models using multiple data streams, including near miss data, systemic data, historical traffic accidents, and
drivers’ naturalistic behavior data. We will also briefly discuss ongoing research at Rutgers on the development of
Plan4Saefty software, which is currently being used by the State of New Jersey for traffic safety analysis and planning.

Mohsen A. Jafari is a professor and Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Rutgers University and is a principal at the Rutgers
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, where he overseas Transportation Safety Resource Center and Information
Management Group. He recently started Laboratory for Sustainable Systems (LESS) at Rutgers University. His current research
interests include control and optimization of large complex systems in transportation and energy applications. He has been principal
or co-principal to over $18.0M R&D funding from the US and international government agencies and industry. His work has led to
three patents, 118 technical articles, over 60 conference papers and 100+ invited and contributed presentations. He actively
collaborates with universities and national labs in the US and abroad. He has advised eighteen Ph.D. theses and nine post-doctoral &
research fellows. Presently, he is advising additional five Ph.D. theses. He is a member of IEEE and was recipient of the IEEE
excellence award in service and research, SAP curriculum award and two Transportation safety awards. He has been consultant to
several fortune 500 companies, and national and international government agencies.