Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng

Associate Professor Transport Eng

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
zuduo.zheng@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 31371

Overview

Associate Professor Zuduo Zheng is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil Engineering, the University of Queensland, and a DECRA Research Fellow sponsored by the Australian Research Council. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of traffic flow modelling, travel behaviour and decision making, advanced data analysis techniques (e.g., mathematical modelling, econometrics, numerical optimisation) in transport engineering, and meta-research. He is on the editorial advisory boards of several transport journals including Transportation Research Part B, Transportation Research Part C, Heliyon, and International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research.

Research Interests

  • Traffic flow theories and operations
  • ravel behaviour, strategic transport planning and modeling, and decision making
  • Advanced data analysis techniques (e.g., mathematical modeling, econometrics, numerical optimization) in transport engineering
  • Traffic safety
  • Research on research (or meta-research)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Arizona State University

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Connected vehicles communicate with neighboring vehicles (V2V) and infrastructure (V2I), and automated vehicles drive themselves without the need for human intervention for some of or all the driving tasks. Recent and rapid technology advancements are transporting the concept of CAVs from science fiction to scientific fact. While the valuable information collected and communicated by CAVs provides unprecedented opportunities for optimising traffic flows, the lack of a robust, theory-based operational plan for mixed traffic flow will lead to more chaotic roads. Firstly, much of our modelling of the traffic flow and traffic operations of traditional vehicles will be obsolete at best, and dangerously misleading at worst. Secondly, for connected vehicles, driver’s response and compliance to information received is critical, e.g., the total ignorance of a driver to the information would render connectivity useless; and for automated vehicles, depending on the level of automation, drivers need to frequently switch between two different roles: as a driver to execute driving tasks, and as a supervisor to monitor the driving environment, and when needed, resume vehicular control. Previous studies have reported that automation may lead to overreliance, erratic workload, skill degradation, and reduced situation awareness. And finally, the impact of CAVs on transport systems, while revolutionary, is also evolutionary. For the foreseeable future, traditional vehicles will need to co-exist with CAVs in a mixed traffic flow, which is likely to be more dynamic and volatile, posing serious operational, control, and safety challenges.

    This project addresses this knowledge deficit, and develops an analytical tool with the capability of accurately modelling mixed traffic flow. This new knowledge and model are prerequisites to effective operation and control of traffic flow of traditional, connected, and automated vehicles .

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Publications

Book

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Connected vehicles communicate with neighboring vehicles (V2V) and infrastructure (V2I), and automated vehicles drive themselves without the need for human intervention for some of or all the driving tasks. Recent and rapid technology advancements are transporting the concept of CAVs from science fiction to scientific fact. While the valuable information collected and communicated by CAVs provides unprecedented opportunities for optimising traffic flows, the lack of a robust, theory-based operational plan for mixed traffic flow will lead to more chaotic roads. Firstly, much of our modelling of the traffic flow and traffic operations of traditional vehicles will be obsolete at best, and dangerously misleading at worst. Secondly, for connected vehicles, driver’s response and compliance to information received is critical, e.g., the total ignorance of a driver to the information would render connectivity useless; and for automated vehicles, depending on the level of automation, drivers need to frequently switch between two different roles: as a driver to execute driving tasks, and as a supervisor to monitor the driving environment, and when needed, resume vehicular control. Previous studies have reported that automation may lead to overreliance, erratic workload, skill degradation, and reduced situation awareness. And finally, the impact of CAVs on transport systems, while revolutionary, is also evolutionary. For the foreseeable future, traditional vehicles will need to co-exist with CAVs in a mixed traffic flow, which is likely to be more dynamic and volatile, posing serious operational, control, and safety challenges.

    This project addresses this knowledge deficit, and develops an analytical tool with the capability of accurately modelling mixed traffic flow. This new knowledge and model are prerequisites to effective operation and control of traffic flow of traditional, connected, and automated vehicles .