Monday, June 12, 2017.
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COTA Faculty Highlight
Dr. Ke Han (Lecturer (Assistant Professor)at Imperial College London)
Dr Ke Han is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He received Bsc and PhD degrees in mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China (2008) and Penn State University (2013), respectively. His research spans a variety of aspects of transportation science and engineering, including traffic network modeling, traffic control and management, network science, sustainable transportation, multi-modal transportation, air transportation, and big-data analytics. He has published a book “Models for Vehicular Traffic on Networks”, and over 80 papers in leading journals and conferences. He has delivered over 50 invited or keynote speeches at international conferences such as ISTTT and Big Data Expo. He is on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part B, Transportation Research Part C, and International Journal of Transportation. He is a guest editor of TR Part C, and associate editors of IEEE ITSC and CICTP. He was named “Chan Wui & Yunyin” Rising Star Fellow by Transportation Research Board in 2016. He is appointed Chief Scientist by Cloud-Guizhou Big Data Science & Application Research Center; he is also a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Special Consultant at Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute, and President of COTA-Europe. He has conducted research funded by the US National Science Foundation, European 7th Framework Program, Newton Fund, and a variety of industrial bodies.
Know more about Dr. Han: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/k.hanTo share with COTA community:
Candidates (PhD program) are sought to work in the areas of intelligent transportation, transport big data, and smart cities. Eligibility includes relevant background in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering; working knowledge in statistical/machine/deep learning preferred. Good spoken and written English and communication skills are required.
Dr Han is also the Admission Officer for the Transport Msc program jointly offered by Imperial College London and University College London (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/civil-engineering/prospective-students/postgraduate-taught-admissions/transport-cluster/msc-transport-engineering/).
Almost every engineer knows the importance of math, but some don’t appreciate it as much as I do – in fact I have quite mixed feelings about it. As a math student who spent his first two years of Ph.D. working with differential geometry and Hamiltonian systems, I came to know traffic research in 2011 by incidentally working with Terry Friesz at Penn State. He’s a theorist, to say the least. My learning curve in traffic theory was steeper than the White Cliffs (BTW great place to go if you’re touring in the UK) largely thanks to my math training and, of course, the way Terry works around traffic problems. When I went to Imperial College for the job interview, the Head of the Transport Section said – and I learned this later from a student – ‘Ke is so great with math, so great that he is almost robot-like, we got to make him more human’. Well, that’s all I’m doing in my years at Imperial so far. My publication is the greatest testimony of my transition into a “human”, but I’m not there yet, and I don’t think I will. I’m trained as a mathematician, but I’m also educated to be open and inclusive. I believe the greatest benefit of my skills is yet to come …
so is yours!