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PhD on Autonomous Vehicles at UMassLowell for Fall 2022
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Date Posted Apr. 15, 2022
Title PhD on Autonomous Vehicles at UMassLowell for Fall 2022
University University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Lowell, MA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline May 15, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Transportation Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering

April 15, 2022

Dear Prospect Students,

I would like to recruit 2 PhD students to work in the area of testing, modeling, and control of connected automated vehicles (CAVs).  We are interested in the intersection of AI, control, and traffic flow, a new frontier in the era of CAV.  Potential research topics include, (1) apply AI (e.g., reinforcement learning) to CAV control, (2) field test, modeling, and control of human-autonomy in lane-changing, and (3) modeling of self-driving cars.  More info of our current research projects can be found on my webpage:


  • Students with STRONG motivation to explore cutting-edge transportation problems and solutions. Preferably, the students will have (a) experience or interests in the areas of control, automation, and/or AI, (b) good analytic capability and math/programming skills, and (c) good writing and oral communication skills (e.g., TOEFL and GRE are required; preferably, GRE writing is 4 or above but not mandatory). 
  • Full research assistantship will be provided. Engineering/science/math background is preferred, and computer science/automation/transportation background is ideal.  Master degree is preferred but not required.  


Contact: If you are interested, please send me an email with your resume and transcripts (informal).


Starting time: Summer/Fall 2022.


Bio of Prof. Chen – Dr. Chen is an Assistant Prof at the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award and several other NSF awards.  She has published over 25 papers on the top journals in transportation such as Transportation Research Part B and C.  She has received the Transportation Research Board Cunard Award- Best First Young Author Paper in Operations. Dr. Chen is a member of TRB Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics (ACP(50)) and a founding member of ACP 50 subcommittee on Connected Automated Traffic Flow.  Dr. Chen obtained Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology and B.S. from Peking University.  She worked as a postdoc researcher at UC Berkeley and University of Wisconsin-Madison.  


Dr. Chen's research interests include modeling and control of connected and automated vehicles, traffic flow theory, human-cyber-physical-system of smart vehicles, and smart cities.  Her research has been sponsored by NSF, USDOT, state DOTs, and the industry.  For more information about the work and the team, please visit her webpage: 


Feel free to contact me if you have any question.




Danjue Chen


Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts Lowell


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