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Brian L. Smith

Professor
Chair
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
Olsson 114
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Virginia Tech, 1989
M.S. ​University of Virginia, 1991
Ph.D. ​University of Virginia, 1995
Biography

Brian L. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Smith is also the Director of the University’s Center for Transportation Studies. He has been a member of the University of Virginia faculty since 1998 and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

Dr. Smith was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2009, and is also a recipient of the 2006 ASCE Huber Research Award, 2004 Council of University Transportation Center’s New Faculty Award, an National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, an Eno Transportation Leadership Fellow, a 2001-2002 University of Virginia Teaching Fellow, and a selected participant in the 2000 NAE Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering. He is an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. He is also the author of a chapter on Transportation Management in the text "Intelligent Transportation Primer."

Dr. Smith has taught courses on transportation engineering, surveying, geographic information systems, and construction engineering. His primary research interests are in transportation systems engineering, focusing on sustainability, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), advanced transportation management and connected vehicles. Dr. Smith has published ITS-related research in the areas of cooperative systems, probe-based traffic monitoring, statistical modeling, traffic flow theory, data mining, geographic information systems (GIS), and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining the University of Virginia faculty in 1998, Dr. Smith was a Senior Research Scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (now known as the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research), where he helped establish the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) ITS program, and led VDOT’s ITS research program.

EN-CE Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study: Phase 5
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
March 15, 2021 – September 14, 2022
Exploring Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) to Enable Connected Transportation Services
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
August 21, 2019 – August 20, 2022
Systems Engineering for safety-critical system - IEEE Scholarship - Fellowship on behalf of Minghui Sun
Source: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engine
June 01, 2021 – May 31, 2022
EN-CE Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study: Phase 4
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
April 30, 2018 – December 31, 2021
Travel Time Reliability Analytical Support
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
March 01, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Investigation of the Factors that Affect Travel Time Reliability
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 01, 2019 – February 28, 2021
EN-CE-1437 Multi-Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System - Phase 3: Deployment Readiness Enhancements
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
April 05, 2017 – January 31, 2021
V2I Queue Advisory/Warning: Concept and Design
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
October 16, 2018 – January 15, 2021
Connected Traffic Control System (CTCS)
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
November 20, 2017 – February 19, 2020
Improving Safety Analysis Methods to Better Address Traffic Conditions and Dynamic Countermeasures
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
April 20, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) Graduate Fellowship
Source: Federal Highway Administration
December 13, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Incorporation of Accessibility into Project Prioritization
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 15, 2018 – August 14, 2019
EN-CE-Smart Travel Lab (STL) 18-19
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
June 01, 2018 – May 31, 2019
EN-CE Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability (MATS) Center: Region 3 University Transportation Center
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
June 30, 2014 – May 31, 2019
EN-CE 2016 Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship--Angulo
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
October 05, 2016 – February 28, 2019
EN-CE Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study: Phase 3
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
February 01, 2016 – December 31, 2018
EN-CE-STOL II Hardware in the Loop Testing of Connected Automated Vehicle Applications Task Order
Source: Leidos, Inc.
September 26, 2016 – September 25, 2018
Effects of Stockpiling CCPR
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2018
EN-CE-Smart Travel Lab (STL) 17-18
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
May 28, 2017 – May 31, 2018
VTRC MATS Match 17-18
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
July 07, 2017 – May 31, 2018
THE FUTURE OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 15, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Applying Project Management Principles to Improve Program Delivery
Source: VA Dept of Rail and Public Transportation
June 16, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Safety Effects of I-77 ATSMS Phase II
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 01, 2016 – March 31, 2018
EN-CE-1421 Evaluation of the Operational and Safety Effects of the I-66 Active Traffic Management System: Phase II
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
June 01, 2017 – January 31, 2018
2016 Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship--Laffey
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
October 05, 2016 – January 04, 2018
Fundamentals of Travel Time Reliability Guide
Source: Leidos, Inc.
November 01, 2016 – December 31, 2017
EN-CE University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies (UVA CTS) Support - National Operations Center for Excellence (NOCOE)
Source: American Association of State and Highway Transpor
July 15, 2015 – July 15, 2017
EN-CE Evaluation of Diagonal Down Yellow Arrow Lane Use Control Signals
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 01, 2015 – May 31, 2017
EN- CE- TTA-LTAP FY16-17
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
June 13, 2016 – May 31, 2017
EN-CE- VTRC MATS Match 16-17
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
October 01, 2016 – May 31, 2017
EN-CE-Smart Travel Lab (STL) 16-17
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
January 10, 2017 – May 27, 2017
EN-CE- Teradata
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
October 01, 2016 – January 31, 2017
EN-CE Smart Travel Lab FY15-16
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
December 01, 2015 – December 31, 2016
EN-CE Speed Harmonization Fundamental Research - Phase 2
Source: Leidos, Inc.
December 14, 2015 – December 14, 2016
EN-CE Connected Vehicle System Designs and Applications
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
September 02, 2014 – August 31, 2016
Cooperative Transportation Systems Pooled Fund Study
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
September 01, 2012 – July 31, 2016
CLOSED
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
June 13, 2016 – June 13, 2016
EN-CE Cooperative Transportation Systems Pooled Fund Study
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 15, 2013 – May 31, 2016
EN-CE Traffic Forecasting Guidebook: Case Study Validation
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
January 01, 2015 – May 31, 2016
EN-C&E VCTIR MATS Match FY15-16
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
June 03, 2015 – May 31, 2016
EN-CE-TTA/LTAP FY15-16
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
June 01, 2015 – May 31, 2016
EN-CE ASAP Roadway Departure Countermeasures - 3 Workshops
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 01, 2015 – May 31, 2016
EN-CE Speed Harmonization Fundamental Research
Source: Leidos, Inc.
August 10, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Connected Vehicles University Transportation Center
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
May 01, 2012 – January 31, 2016
Prototyping and Evaluating a Smart Phone Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) Application in the CVI-UTC Testbed
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
February 01, 2013 – January 31, 2016
EN-CE A Connected Vehicle-Enabled Virtual Dynamic Message Sign System Demonstration and Evaluation on the Virginia Connected Vehicle Testbed
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
November 15, 2014 – January 15, 2016
EN-CE UVA Center for Transportation Studies Smart Travel Laboratory Research Program
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
September 15, 2014 – December 31, 2015
EN-CE P3 Technical Assitance Report
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
EN-CE-SHRP2 C11
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
May 01, 2015 – September 15, 2015
EN-CE VCTIR Matching Support for the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC)
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
September 25, 2014 – May 24, 2015
EN-CE Smart Travel Laboratory Research Program
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
September 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
EN-CE Infrastructure Pavement Assessment & Management Application Enabled by the COnnected Vehicles Environment Research Program - Phase 1: Proof-of-Concept
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
September 01, 2012 – September 30, 2014
Connected Vehicle Enabled Freeway Merge Management - Field Test
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
September 01, 2012 – June 30, 2014
Infrastructure Safety Assessment Using Connected Vehicle Data
Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universit
September 01, 2012 – June 30, 2014
EN-CE VCTIR MAUTC Match FY13-14
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 07, 2013 – May 24, 2014
Multi-Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
October 14, 2011 – December 31, 2013
Determinants of Preliminary Engineering (PE) Funding Variability
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 10, 2012 – December 31, 2013
UVA Center for Transportation Studies Smart Travel Laboratory Operations Research Program
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
October 09, 2012 – September 09, 2013
Technical Support & Tasks for the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Source: Science Applications Intrnl Corp
January 01, 2013 – August 31, 2013
EN-CE Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Infrastructure IntelliDrive Applications
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
July 01, 2009 – June 30, 2013
Trasportation Training Academy
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
January 01, 2011 – May 31, 2013
VCTIR Matching Research Support for MAUTC at UVA CTS
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
June 25, 2012 – May 24, 2013
Identifying and Prototyping Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Strategies for Application in Virginia
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
July 01, 2011 – March 31, 2013
Travel Time Demonstration Evaluation
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
May 15, 2011 – January 31, 2013
SYS 2001: Systems Engineering Concepts
Credits: 3
Three major dimensions of systems engineering will be covered, and their efficacy demonstrated through case studies: (1) The history, philosophy, art, and science upon which systems engineering is grounded; including guiding principles and steps in the 'systems engineering approach' to problem solving; (2) The basic tools of systems engineering analysis, including; goal definition and system representation, requirements analysis, system assessment and evaluation, mathematical modeling, and decision analysis; and (3) system and project planning and management. Prerequisite: Systems Major; APMA 1110.
CE 2010: Civil Engineering Techniques
Credits: 3
Development of fundamental civil engineering design knowledge and skills, with a focus on surveying, engineering graphics, and engineering economics. Emphasis on hands-on experience with the latest equipment and technology. Prerequisites: ENGR 1620
CE 2020: Engineering Economic Analysis
Credits: 1
This purpose of this course is to introduce and familiarize students with engineering economics. Students will apply the concepts of the time value of money to infrastructure management. Students will be able to compare cash flows using net present value, future value, and cost-benefit analysis. Students will use cost indices to complete cost estimations. Students will be able to make appropriate adjustments for depreciation and inflation.
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. SYS 4053 and fourth-year standing in Systems Engineering major.
CE 4991: Civil Engineering Design and Practice
Credits: 4
This course will broaden a student's exposure to professional practice issues, including project planning and management, financial and contractual relationships. The major focus of the course will be providing practical civil engineering design experience. Students will participate in one or more multi-disciplinary team design projects requiring integration of technical skills from sub-areas of Civil Engineering. Prerequisite: 4th yr standing as CE major
CE 4995: Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1–4
Study of a civil engineering problem in depth by each student using library, computer, or laboratory facilities. The project is conducted in close consultation with departmental faculty and involves survey, analysis, or project development. Progress reports and a comprehensive written report are required. May be repeated if necessary. Prerequisite: Contact individual professor for Instructor Permission.
SYS 6097: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
CE 6440: Advanced Transportation Systems
Credits: 3
The surface transportation system is transforming into a cyber-physical system, with the wide-scale use of sensors and communications in infrastructure management, integration of wireless device apps for improved traveler situational awareness, and introduction of connected and automated vehicles. This course explores the resulting "intelligent transportation system" through readings, case studies, projects, and discussion forums.
CE 6500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 3
Detailed study of special topics in civil engineering. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: to be listed for each section as needed
CE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7993: Independent Research in CE
Credits: 1–12
Detailed independent study of graduate course material under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Doctoral-level graduate student. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CE 8001: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For graduate students who will be GTA for a course taught by CE faculty who have granted Instructor Permission for that section. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 8995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 9997: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

Fellow - American Society of Civil Engineers