Li Zhao

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Mid-America Transportation Center
330G Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
Lincoln, NE 68583-0851
Phone: 402-472-1928
lizhao@unl.edu
Education
Ph.D., Transportation Systems Engineering at University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA
Masters, Traffic Information Engineering & Control, Tongji University, China
Bachelors, Automation (Traffic), Chang’an University, China
Experience
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, September 2017 – Present
Graduate Research Assistant, Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August 2013 – September 201
Graduate Research Assistant, Research Team for Traffic Operations and Simulation (TOPS), Tongji University, August 2010 – May 2013
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
Driver Behavior and Traffic Safety
Connected and Automated Vehicle Techniques
Data mining and machine learning
Traffic simulation and modeling
Projects
Intelligent Work Zone Using Automatic Queue Detection (AQD) Systems. Funded by Nebraska Department of Transportation, 07/20 –05/22. Role: Co-PI
Estimating System and Traveler Costs Due to Lane Closures During Construction and Maintenance Operations. Funded by Nebraska Department of Transportation, 07/20 –05/22. Role: Team Leader
Research at the Nebraska Transportation Center’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. Funded by US Department of Transportation

  • Arterial Roadway Simulation Modeling for Safety and Efficiency, 9/2017 – 5/2018. Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Performance Based Arterial Management for Improving Safety and Efficiency, 12/2016 – 12/2018. Role: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Real-time Traffic Data: Implications for Travel Time and Emissions Estimation and Forecasting, 8/2016 – 8/2018. Role: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Performance of Advance Warning Systems (AWS) in a Coordinated System. Funded by Nebraska Department of Roads, 07/14 –09/16. Role: Team Leader
    Safety Studies at Highway-Railway Grade Crossings (HRGC). Sponsored by US Department of Transportation, 11/2013 - 12/2016. Role: Graduate Research Assistant
    Research on Congestion Identification and Evolution Mechanism of Multiple Bottlenecks at Urban Expressway. Funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China, 10/2012 – 7/2013. Role: Team Leader
    Research on the new generation of simulation models under the environment of Connected Vehicles. Funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China, 8/2011 – 7/2013. Role: Team Leader
    Real-time Signal Control for Right-turn Vehicle Exclusive Right-Turn Lane at Signalized Intersection. Funded by National High Technology Research and Development Program of China, 1/2011 - 5/2012. Role: Team Leader
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