UCF Smart & Safe Transportation Lab (SST Lab)

Our team does research in the fields of transportation safety, mobility, travel behavior, as well as applies digital twinning to analyze different traffic scenarios. It has an expertise in computer vision and is home to advanced driving simulators. Although the lab was founded by Prof. Mohamed Abdel–Aty in 2018, the research and development work started more than 25 years ago. At any given moment, the lab hosts on average a team of about 25 researchers from different parts of the world and with various expertise.

  • Data-Driven – Real-time safety analysis and big data analytics

  • Digital Twinning and CitySim

  • Big data and simulation

  • Human factors and travel behavior

Meet Our Team

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.” – Henry Ford

Team Leader

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty

Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, PE is a Trustee Endowed Chair at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is a Pegasus Distinguished Professor and former Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department at UCF. He has a joint appointment with the department of Computer Science. He is the founder and leading the Future City initiative at UCF. As part of the initiative, he introduced in 2019 the first MS degree in Smart Cities in Engineering in the US. He is also the director of the Smart and Safe Transportation Lab, the Winner of the USDOT Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge, Real-time crash risk visualization using integrated tools for traffic safety evaluation and management, November 2019. His main expertise and interests are in the areas of traffic safety, transportation technology, simulation, big data and data analytics, ITS and CAV. He is pioneer and well recognized nationally and internationally in work and research in real-time safety, Proactive traffic management, integrating road safety and transportation planning and Connected Vehicles. In 2015, he was awarded the Pegasus Professorship, the highest honor at UCF. Dr. Abdel-Aty has managed 80 research projects of more than $30 million. Dr. Abdel-Aty has published more than 825 papers, 425 in journals (Google Scholar citations are more than 31,350 H-Index 98; Science direct papers downloaded more than 400,000 times). He supervised to completion 107 PhD and MS students (currently 16 more PhD students). He is a member of the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL). Dr. Abdel-Aty is the Editor Emeritus of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the premier journal in safety. He is an Executive Associate Editor of the Analytic Methods of Accident Research Journal, and Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Part A: Systems. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the ITS Journal, Transportation Research Part C and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Fellow of both ASCE and ITE, and Senior member of IEEE. He is the former Chair of the ASCE Transportation Safety Committee. In 2003, he was selected as UCF’s Distinguished Researcher, and in 2007 as UCF’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher. He has received multiple research awards from the College of Engineering & Computer Science in 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2012, including the Dean’s Advisory Board award. He and his students received multiple awards for their papers and research from ASCE, TRB, WCTR, ITS Florida and FL section ITE. His students received twice the best University dissertation, and once the best MS thesis, and the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for the best Masters thesis in the field of science and technology in transportation studies, Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), Dec. 2019. Dr. Aty has received the 2020 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, National Safety Council’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award, Francis C. Turner award from ASCE for his “outstanding leadership in the field of road safety nationally and internationally”. He has also received the 2019 Transportation Safety Council Edmund R. Ricker Award, Institute of Transportation Engineering (ITE) and the Lifetime Achievement Safety Award and S.S. Steinberg Award from ARTBA in 2019 and 2022, respectively. He has also received multiple International awards including the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, London 2019. He has delivered more than 30 Keynote speeches in conferences around the world, including in the US, Belgium, Brazil, China, Greece, Korea, Turkey, Italy, KSA, Jordan, Qatar, and UAE. He has worked closely with USDOT and multiple state DOTs as well as internationally in China, Korea and Abu Dhabi in implementing numerous safety systems and strategies that lead to much reduction in road crashes around the world. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida.

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Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Natalia Barbour

Dr. Natalia Barbour is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, where she studies transportation safety and travel behavior. She is leading and supporting research projects of nearly $3 million. Prior to joining UCF, she was an assistant professor of transport and energy at the Delft University of Technology where she focused on sustainable mobility and taught courses on transportation systems and climate change mitigation as well as authored a book chapter on transport and its environmental impacts. Together with other TU Delft scientists, Dr. Barbour recorded an online educational program on edX Climate-Neutral World: Theory, Applications, and Taking Action. Prior to joining TU Delft, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she led the development of New Mobility course for MIT edX platform. Dr. Barbour is on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports. She holds a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of South Florida.

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Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Zubayer Islam

Dr. Zubayer Islam, an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, is recognized for his significant contributions to transportation engineering and smart city development. He is serving as a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) in multiple funded projects relating to computer vision, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
With a background spanning Civil Engineering (Ph.D.), Computer Science (M.S.), and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (B.S.), Zubayer brings a diverse skill set to his work.
His research primarily focuses on transportation safety and mobility, where he applies advanced technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence coupled with data fusion and sensing. Zubayer‘s publications in esteemed journals reflect his expertise in leveraging these methodologies to enhance transportation systems. In addition to his research endeavors, Zubayer is deeply committed to education. As an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Central Florida, he shares his knowledge with students, particularly in courses like Introduction to Smart Cities.

“Integrating programs in transportation systems and smart cities have extended our influence and reach to many students, and increased the demand for our programs,” Mohamed Abdel-Aty

Mohamed Abdel-Aty, TEAM LEADER

Postdoctoral Scholars

Md. Rakibul Islam
Md. Rakibul Islam
Chenzhu Wang
Chenzhu Wang
Dongdong Wang
Dongdong Wang
Yang Jun Joo
Yang Jun Joo

Software Development

Siyuan Tang
Siyuan Tang

Ph.D. Candidates and Ph.D. Students

Lei Han
Lei Han
Sanjida Afroz Iqra
Sanjida Afroz Iqra
Samgyu Yang
Samgyu Yang
Shengxuan Ding
Shengxuan Ding
Zijin Wang
Zijin Wang
Qianqian Jin
Qianqian Jin
Alican Sevim
Alican Sevim
Tazbiul Hassan Anik
Tazbiul Hassan Anik
Ahmad Salah
Ahmad Salah
Abdulrahman Faden
Abdulrahman Faden
Md Jamil Ahsan
Md Jamil Ahsan

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Shaoyan Zhai
Shaoyan Zhai

SST Lab Alumni

  1. Hassan Abdelwahab
    Exploring the Viability of Non-Conventional Accident Modeling Techniques in Enhancing Traffic Safety Research
    (Spring 2002). Currently, Professor and Chair at Cairo University.
  2. M. Fathy Abdalla
    Modeling Multiple Route Choice Paradigms Under Different Types and Levels of ATIS Using Correlated Data
    ( Fall 2003). Currently, Consultant in Tampa, FL.
  3. Anurag Pande
    Applying Hybrid Models for Real-Time Crash Risk Assessment on Freeways
    (Fall 2005). Currently, Professor at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, CA.
  4. Xuesong Wang
    Safety Analysis at Signalized Intersections considering Spatial, Temporal and Site Correlation
    (Fall 2006). Currently, Professor: Tongji University, Shanghai.
  5. Abhishek Das
    Analyses of Crash Occurrence and Injury Severities on Multilane Arterials using Machine Learning Algorithms
    (Fall 2009). Currently, Consultant at Cambridge Systematics, Washington DC.
  6. Kirolos Haleem
    Comprehensive Analytical Investigation of the Safety of Unsignalized Intersections
    (Fall 2009). Currently, Associate Professor at the University of Western Kentucky.
  7. Hany Hassan
    Improving Traffic Safety and Driver Behavior in Reduced Visibility
    (Summer 2011). Currently, Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University.
  8. Chowdhury Siddiqui
    Macroscopic Crash Analysis and its Implications for Transportation Safety Planning and Management
    (Spring 2012). Currently, at South Carolina DOT.
  9. Mohamed Ahmed
    Multi-Level Safety Performance Functions for High-Speed Facilities
    (Spring 2012). Currently, Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
  10. Rongjie Yu
    Real-Time Traffic Safety Evaluation Models and their Application for Variable Speed Limits
    (Summer 2013). Currently, Professor at Tongji University, China.
  11. Jaeyoung Lee
    Development of Traffic Safety Zones and Integrating Macroscopic and Microscopic Safety Data Analytics for Novel Hot Zone Identification
    (Spring 2014), Currently, Professor at Central South University, China.
  12. Muamer Abuzwidah
    Traffic Safety Assessment of Different Toll Collection Systems on Expressways using Multiple Analytical Techniques
    (Fall 2014). Currently, Assistant Professor at the University of Sharjah.
  13. Qi Shi
    Urban Expressway Safety and Efficiency Evaluation and Improvement Using Big Data
    (Fall 2014). Currently, Entrepreneur in China.
  14. Khalid Alkaaf
    Transferability and Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual Performance Functions and Development of New Models for Urban Four-Lane Divided Roads
    (Fall 2014). Currently, Oman government.
  15. Juneyoung Park
    Exploration and Development of Crash Modification Factors and Functions for Single and Multiple Treatments
    (Summer 2015). Currently, Associate Professor at the Hanyang University, Korea.
  16. Ling Wang
    Microscopic Safety Evaluation and Prediction for Special Expressway Facilities
    (Summer 2016). Currently, Associate Professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
  17. Jung-Han Wang
    Evaluation of Crash Modification Factors and Functions Including Time Trends at Intersections
    (Summer 2016). Currently, Director of Citi Bank, Tampa.
  18. Qing Cai
    Integrating the Macroscopic and Microscopic Traffic Safety Analysis Using Hierarchical Models
    (Summer 2017). Currently, at Waymo.
  19. Yina Wu
    Improving Safety under Reduced Visibility Based on Multiple Countermeasures and Approaches including Connected Vehicles
    (Fall 2017)
  20. Samer Alamili
    Dynamic Hotspot Identification for Limited Access Facilities using Temporal Traffic Data
    ( Spring 2018). Currently, Assistant Professor in Iraq.
  21. Saif Alarifi
    Hierarchical Corridor Safety Analysis Using Multiple Approaches
    (Spring 2018). Currently, Assistant Professor at King Saud University, KSA.
  22. Ahmed Farid
    Investigating and Facilitating the Transferability of Safety Performance Functions
    (Spring 2018). Currently, at CalPoly.
  23. Khalid Alkahtani
    Safety Investigation of Traffic Crashes Incorporating Spatial Correlation Effects
    (Summer 2018). Assistant Professor, King Saud University, KSA.
  24. Moatz Saad
    Safety, Operation, and Design Analyses of Managed Toll and Connected Vehicles’ Lanes
    (Summer 2019). Currently, Consultant in Miami.
  25. Md. Sharikur Rahman
    Assessing the Safety and Operational Benefits of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Application of Platooning and CAV Managed Lanes
    (Summer 2019). Currently, at Oregon DOT.
  26. Jinghui Yuan
    Arterial-Level Real-Time Safety Evaluation in the Context of Proactive Traffic Management
    (Summer 2019).
  27. Whoi Bin Chung
    Development of Decision Support System for Active Traffic Management Systems Considering Travel Time Reliability
    (Summer 2019). Currently, at VA DOT.
  28. Lishengsa Yue
    Evaluating the Safety Effectiveness of Advanced Driver Assistance and Connected Vehicles Technologies in Different Pre-Crash Scenarios
    (Spring 2020). Currently at the Tongji University.
  29. YaoBang Gong
    Improving Traffic Safety and Efficiency by Adaptive Signal Control Systems Based on Deep Reinforcement Learning
    (Spring 2020). Currently, at the University of Maryland.
  30. Md. Hasibur Rahman
    Evaluation of Safety and Mobility Benefits of Connected Vehicles by Considering V2V, V2I, and V2P Technologies
    (Summer 2020). Currently, FDOT.
  31. Nada Mahmoud
    Safety and Operations of Urban Arterials Incorporating the Context Classification System
    (Spring 2021).
  32. Shile Zhang
    Improving Pedestrian Safety Using Video Data, Surrogate Safety Measures, and Deep Learning
    (Spring 2021). Currently, Assistant Professor, Nanjing.
  33. Pei Li
    Real-Time Traffic Safety Evaluation in the Context of Connected Vehicles and Mobile Sensing
    (Summer 2021). Currently, at University of Wisconsin.
  34. Zubayer Islam
    Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Improve the Safety and Mobility of the Urban Transportation System Using Infrastructure- and Vehicle-Based Sensors
    (Summer 2021). Currently, at UCF.
  35. Ma’en Al-Omari
    Evaluation of Unconventional Signalized Intersections on Arterial Roads and a Proposition for a Novel Intersection Design
    (Fall 2021). Currently, at FL Turnpike.
  36. Amr Abdelraouf
    A Deep-Learning Approach for Spatiotemporal-Data-Driven Traffic State Estimation
    (Spring 2022). Currently at Toyota.
  37. Ou Zheng
    Development, Validation and Integration of AI-Driven Computer Vision and Digital-Twin Systems for Traffic Safety Diagnostics (Spring 2023).
  38. Jingwan Fu
    Time-Specific Safety Performance Functions for Different Advanced Traffic Management Strategies (Spring 2023).
  39. Jorge Ugan
    In-Depth Analysis of individual Characteristics, Road Environment and Situational Influences on Drivers’ Speeding Behavior (Summer 2023).
  40. Heesub Rim
    Integrated Hybrid Crash Analysis Incorporating Long and Short-Term Safety Predictive Models (Summer 2023).
  41. Md. Rakibul Islam
    Real-time Deployable Crash Prediction and Management Framework (Fall 2023).
  42. Tarek Hasan
    Safety Evaluation of Active Traffic Management Strategies on Freeways by Short-Term Crash Prediction Models (Fall 2023).
  43. Nafis Anwari
    Assessment of Midblock Pedestrian Crossing Facilities Using Surrogate Safety Measures and Vehicle Delay (Fall 2023).
  44. Zijin Wang Cooperative Driving Using an Integrated Co-simulation and Digital-Twin Platform (Spring 2024).

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