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Zongzhi Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, CAE
Director, Transportation Engineering Program and Infrastructure Engineering and Management Program
Director, Transportation Engineering Laboratory
Director, Center for Work Zone Safety and Mobility

Office: 

3201 South Dearborn Street, AM Hall, Room 211

Phone: 

(312) 567-3556

Fax: 

(312) 567-3519

Email: 

Education 

Ph.D. Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering Purdue University December 2003
MSIE Operations Research Purdue University August 2002
MSCE Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering Purdue University May 2000
BE Magna Cum Laude Chang’an University, Xi’an, China July 1992

Expertise 

Transportation systems analysis, evaluation, and asset management; statistical and econometric methods for transportation demand modeling, pavement performance modeling, and safety and security analyses; simulation modeling for intelligent transportation systems applications; risk and uncertainty modeling, and optimization of dynamic traffic networks, infrastructure systems, and logistics problems.

Research 

Transportation systems analysis, evaluation, and asset management; statistical and econometric methods for transportation demand modeling, pavement performance modeling, and safety and security analyses; simulation modeling for intelligent transportation systems applications; risk and uncertainty modeling, and optimization of dynamic traffic networks, infrastructure systems, and logistics problems.

Multimodal transportation infrastructure and dynamic traffic network mobility, safety, security and emergency evacuation, and energy consumption/vehicle emission performance modeling

Sustainable transportation asset management addressing issues of system component interdependency, integration, and risk and uncertainty

Transportation network economics

FUNDED RESEARCH (LAST 5 YEARS)

Title

Funding Agency

Amount ($)
Funded/ With IIT Match

Status

Signal Timing Optimization for Large-Scale Urban Networks under Dynamic Traffic (PI)

U.S. DOT Region 5 University Transportation Center

200,000

400,000

Ongoing

Galvin Mobility Initiative: Innovative Methods for Accelerated Construction of Underground Intersections and Systemwide Signal Timing Optimization to Mitigate Urban Traffic Congestion (PI)

Galvin Mobility Initiative by Mr. Robert W. Galvin

319,312

358,088

Ongoing

Expansion of the IIT PRETRANS Program (PI)

U.S. DOT Region 5 University Transportation Center

25,000

50,000

Ongoing

Regional  Transportation Simulation Tool for Evacuation Planning (RTSTEP) (Subcontractor)

Argonne National Laboratory’s Transportation Research and Computing Center

100,000

100,000

Completed

Multicommodity Flows and Algorithmic Graph Theory in Sustainable Transportation Decision-Making (PI)

IIT Educational and Research Initiative Fund

25,000

25,000

Completed

Development and Application of the TRANSIMS Toolbox for Transportation Operations Management in and around Chicago Central Area (PI)

Federal Highway Administration

678,744

932,729

Ongoing

Rapid Replacement/ Construction of Bridges (PI)

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

57,000

117,000

Completed

Methodology for Estimating Life Expectancies of Highway Assets (Subcontractor of Purdue University’s Joint Research Team)

National Cooperative Highway Research Program

10,000

10,000

Completed

Safety Impacts of Highway Shoulder Attributes in Illinois (PI)

Illinois Center for Transportation

105,000

140,000

Completed

Awards 

Sigma Xi Award for Excellence in Research, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011

Arthur M. Wellington Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011

Senior Research Fellow, Reason Foundation, 2009

Charley V. Wootan Award, U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers, 2001

IRF Fellowship, International Road Federation, 1998

Books 

  1. Li, Z., A.T. Moore, and S.R. Staley. 2013. Megacity Mobility: Meeting the Traffic Congestion Challenge in Global Cities. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, MD (Finalizing Manuscript, Expected in June 2013).
  2. Li, Z., and S.H. Lee. 2009. Highway Asset Management under Risk and Uncertainty: Methodology, Models and Application. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller AG & CoKG, Saarbrücken, Germany (ISBN: 363-914-553-4).
  3. Li, Z. 2009. Multicriteria Highway Programming Incorporating Risk and Uncertainty: A Methodology for Integrated Highway Asset Management. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller AG & CoKG, Saarbrücken, Germany (ISBN: 363-914-540-2).

Refereed Book Chapters

  1.       Li, Z., S. Madanua, and S. Lee. 2011. Highway Transportation Project Evaluation and Selection Incorporating Risk and Uncertainty. Stochastic Optimization: Seeing the Optimal for the Uncertain, 321-350. INTECH, Vienna, Austria (ISBN: 978-953-307-829-8).

Publications 

  • Bai, Q., A. Ahmed, Z. Li, and S. Labi. 2013. A Hybrid Pareto Frontier Generation Method for Analyzing Trade-offs among Transportation Performance Measures. Wiley Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Tentatively Accepted, In Revision).
  • Li, Z., K. Kepaptsoglou, Y. Lee, H. Patel, Y. Liu, H. Kim. 2013. Empirical Bayesian Before-After Analysis of Safety Impacts of Shoulder Paving for Rural and Urban Highways. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering (In Press).
  • Li, Z.,  A. M. Roshandeh, B. Zhou, S.H. Lee. 2013. Optimal Decision-Making of Interdependent Tollway Capital Investments Incorporating Risk and Uncertainty. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000540.
  • Wang, Z. L. Wang, L. Wang, Z. Li, A. Moore, and S. Staley. 2013. A Study of Modal Shifts to Bus Rapid Transit in Chinese Cities.ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000523.
  • Anwaar, A., S., Labi, Z.  Li, T.  Shields. 2013. Aggregate and Disaggregate Statistical Evaluation of the Performance-based Effectiveness of LTPP SPS-5 Flexible Pavement Rehabilitation Treatments. Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering,9(2), 172-187.
  • Li, Z., H. Kaul, S. Kapoor, E. Veliou, B. Zhou. 2012. A New Model for Transportation Investment Decisions Considering Project Interdependencies. TRB Journal of Transportation Research Record 2285,36-46.
  • Kepaptsoglou, K., M.G. Karlaftis, and Z. Li. 2010. Optimizing Pricing Policies in Park-and-Ride Facilities: A Model and Decision Support System with Application. International Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology10(5), 53-65.
  • Li, Z., S. Labi, M. Karlaftis, K. Kepaptsoglou, M. Abbas, B. Zhou, and S. Madanu. 2010. A Project-Level Life-Cycle Benefit/Cost Analysis Approach for Evaluating Highway Safety Hardware Improvements. TRB Journal of Transportation Research Record2160, 1-11.
  • Li, Z. 2010. Highway Work Zone Safety Audits for Safety Improvements. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 17(5), 512 - 526.
  • Li, Z., S. Madanu, Y. Wang, M. Abbas, and B. Zhou. 2010. A Heuristic Approach for Selecting Highway Investment Alternatives.Wiley Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 25(6), 427-439.
  • Madanu, S., Z. Li, and M. Abbas. 2010. Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Highway Intersection Safety Hardware Improvements. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering 136(2), 129-140.
  • Li, J., Z. Li, and B. Zhou. 2010. A Disaggregated Approach for the Computation of Network Level Highway User Costs. International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology 3(1), 24-33.
  • Pittou, M., M.G. Karlaftis, and Z. Li. 2009. Nonparametric Binary Recursive Partitioning Method for Deterioration Prediction of Bridge Deck Elements. Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering2009, Article ID 809767, 1-12.
  • Sinha, K.C., V. Patidar, Z. Li, S. Labi, and P. Thompson. 2009. Establishing the Weights of Performance Criteria- Case Studies in Transportation Facility Management. ASCE Journal ofTransportation Engineering 135(9), 619-631.
  • Li, Z., and S. Madanu. 2009. Highway Project-Level Life-Cycle Benefit/Cost Analysis under Certainty, Risk, and Uncertainty: A Methodology with Case Study. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering 135(8), 516-526 (2011 Arthur M. Wellington Prize Paper).
  • Li, Z. 2009. Stochastic Model and O(N2) Algorithm for Highway Investment Decision-Making under Budget Uncertainty. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering 135(6), 371-379.
  • Li, Z., and K.C. Sinha. 2009. A Methodology for the Determination of Relative Weighs of Highway Asset Management System Goals and Performance Measures. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems 15(2), 95-105.
  • Li, Z., and K.C. Sinha. 2009. Application of Shackle’s Model and System Optimization for Highway Investment Decision-Making under Uncertainty. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering135(3), 129-139.
  • Labi, S., G. Lamptey, and Z. Li. 2008. Decision Support for Optimal Scheduling of Highway Pavement Preventive Maintenance within Resurfacing Cycle. Journal of Decision Support Systems46(1), 376-387.