Dr. Zhang Appointed Assistant Director in GPS

August 28, 2014

Dr. Guohui Zhang, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering department, has been appointed Assistant Director for Traffic-Safety and Population Studies Research at the Geospatial Population Studies at UNM.  GPS stands to emerge as a global leader in demographic and traffic-safety research.  Prior to its separation from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in 2010, GPS was well-known for its use of technology in the development of geospatial databases to support the U.S. Census enumeration and survey operations.  Its achievements in the area of population are rivaled by its scope of influence in the area of traffic-safety research. 

Zhang has emphasized fundamental research on traffic sensor data analysis, large-scale transportation systems modeling, crash data management, safety modeling and analysis, as well as sustainable and intelligent solutions to enhance traffic operation efficiency and safety performance.  He is currently a member of the TRB Transportation Information Systems and Technology Committee and a panelist on two National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects.  He has served as a Guest Editor for IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine and an Associated Editor for the International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems.  In addition, he has published nearly 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and reports; has presented his research at numerous prestigious international and national  conferences; has served as the Area Editor for the 10th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals; and has been asked to serve as a referee for several academic journals and international conferences.  The efforts undertaken by him and his colleagues at GPS on crash data management and safety modeling enhance traffic safety research and generate significant impacts at local, regional, national, and international levels.