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Smart Cities -- Manuel Avalos

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Manuel Avalos
Institution: 
IBM Mexico
Address: 
IBM México, Col. Irrigación, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Latitude: 
19.4428532
Longitude: 
-99.2150477
Brief Bio: 
Product Manager, Storage for the Cloud, IBM Mexico
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Smart Cities -- Burcu Akinci

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Burcu Akinci
Institution: 
Carnegie Mellon University
Phone: 
412-268-2959
Address: 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Latitude: 
40.4379259
Longitude: 
-79.9556424
Brief Bio: 
Dr. Burcu Akinci is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and co-director of Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering (1991) from Middle East Technical University and her MBA (1993) from Bilkent University at Ankara, Turkey. After that, she earned her MS (1995) and her Ph.D. (2000) in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University. Her research interests include development of approaches to model and reason about information rich histories of facilities, to streamline construction and facility management processes. She specifically focuses on investigating utilization and integration of building information models with data capture and tracking technologies, such as 3D imaging, embedded sensors and radio-frequency identification systems to capture semantically-rich as-built histories of construction projects and facility operations. Dr. Akinci has one patent, two patent applications, over 60 referred journal publications, and 80 refereed conference publications. She co-edited a book on CAD/GIS Integration and another book on Embedded Commissioning. She has graduated more than 16 PhD students and 15 MS thesis students, and is currently advising/co-advising 4 PhD students.
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Smart Cities -- Kaan Ozbay

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Kaan Ozbay
Institution: 
New York University
Phone: 
646.997.0552
Address: 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Latitude: 
40.6986772
Longitude: 
-73.9859414
Brief Bio: 
Kaan M.A. Özbay joined Department of Civil and Urban engineering and Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at NYU in August 2013. Professor Ozbay was a tenured full Professor at the Rutgers University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in July, 1996. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) Department of Princeton University. Dr. Ozbay is the recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Dr. Ozbay is the co-editor of a new book titled “Dynamic Traffic Control & Guidance” published by Springer Verlag’s "Complex Social, Economic and Engineered Networks" series in 2013. In addition to this book, Dr. Ozbay is the co-author of three other books titled “Feedback Based Ramp Metering for Intelligent Transportation Systems” published by Kluwer Academics in 2004, "Feedback Control Theory for Dynamic Traffic Assignment", Springer-Verlag and “Incident Management for Intelligent Transportation Systems” published by Artech House publishers both in 1999. Dr. Ozbay published approximately 300 refereed papers in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. Professor Ozbay serves as the “Associate Editor” of Networks and Spatial Economic journal and Transportmetrica B: Transportation Dynamics journal. He is a member of the editorial board of the ITS journal.
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Smart Cities -- Lauren Baldwin

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Lauren Baldwin
Institution: 
City of El Paso
Address: 
El Paso, TX
Latitude: 
31.7618778
Longitude: 
-106.4850217
Brief Bio: 
Lauren Baldwin is the Sustainability Program Specialist for the City of El Paso and helps support all sustainability projects. Her main responsibilities include managing the social media, newsletter, outreach, and education portion of the City’s sustainability projects. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with an Environmental Affairs focus and a Double Minor in Environmental Policy and Planning and Spanish. In 2011, Lauren conducted research about conservation agriculture practices in Ecuador as part of a USAID-funded research program. She is an enthusiastic environmentalist who was born in Alaska, then grew up in Arizona and Virginia before moving to El Paso. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at UTEP.
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Smart Cities -- Mario Berges

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Mario Berges
Institution: 
Carnegie Mellon University
Phone: 
412-268-4572
Address: 
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Latitude: 
40.4428081
Longitude: 
-79.9430128
Brief Bio: 
Mario Berges is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is interested in making our built environment more operationally efficient and robust through the use of information and communication technologies, so that it can better deal with future resource constraints and a changing environment. Berges is the faculty co-director of the IBM Smart Infrastructure Analytics Laboratory at CMU, as well as the director of the Intelligent Infrastructure Research Lab (INFERLab). Among recent awards, he received the Outstanding Early Career Researcher award from FIATECH in 2010, and the Dean’s Early Career Fellowship from CMU in 2015.
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Smart Cities -- Rocio Maciel

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Rocio Maciel
Institution: 
University of Guadalajara
Address: 
Periferico Norte #799, Módulo L-305. Los Belenes, Zapopan, Jalisco, México. 45100
Latitude: 
29.1123153
Longitude: 
-110.971555
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Smart Cities -- Raul Beltran

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Raul Beltran
Institution: 
University of Guadalajara
Phone: 
+52 (33)3770 3352
Address: 
Periferico Norte #799, Módulo L-305. Los Belenes, Zapopan, Jalisco, México. 45100
Latitude: 
29.1123153
Longitude: 
-110.971555
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Smart Cities -- Jeff X Ban

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Jeff X Ban
Institution: 
University of Washington
Phone: 
206-543-9655
Address: 
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Latitude: 
47.6565701
Longitude: 
-122.3126853
Brief Bio: 
Dr. Ban’s research goal is to help resolve transportation related congestion, energy and emission problems, by promoting new technologies and transportation options in a way that is beneficial to the society at large. For this, he uses mathematical modeling and computer simulation techniques to explore how various transportation systems operate in tandem, from freight trucks to passenger cars to transit vehicles, and how they may be managed and/or operate cooperatively for the common good. To develop more efficient, safer transportation systems, he utilizes insight from vehicle sensors, as well as other data gathering methods, to learn/predict vehicle and transportation system performances. Recently, he develops modeling tools to study dynamic transportation networks with emerging technologies and systems such as connected/automated vehicles and shared mobility. He also works on urban traffic system state estimation and prediction using mobile sensing data.
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Smart Cities -- Joe Chow

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Joe Chow
Institution: 
New York University
Phone: 
646.997.4030
Address: 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Latitude: 
40.6986772
Longitude: 
-73.9859414
Brief Bio: 
Dr. Joseph Chow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Urban Engineering and Deputy Director at the C2SMART University Transportation Center at NYU, and heads BUILT@NYU: the Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory. His research expertise lies in transportation systems, with emphasis on multimodal networks, behavioral urban logistics, smart cities, and transport economics. He is an NSF CAREER award recipient; he serves as the elected Vice Chair of the Urban Transportation SIG at INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society, and is an appointed member of the Editorial Boards for Transportation Research Part B and the Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Prior to NYU, Dr. Chow was the Canada Research Chair in Transportation Systems Engineering at Ryerson University. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Lecturer at University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Irvine, where he led the development of a statewide freight forecast model for Caltrans. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine (‘10), and an M.Eng. (‘01) and B.S. (‘00) in Civil Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Applied Math. Dr. Chow is a former Eisenhower and Eno Fellow and a licensed PE in NY.
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Smart Cities -- Miroslav Svitek

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Miroslav Svitek
Institution: 
Czech Technical University
Address: 
Zikova 1903/4, 166 36 Praha 6, Czechia
Latitude: 
50.1030364
Longitude: 
14.3912841
Brief Bio: 
Since 2005, he has been nominated as the extraordinary professor in applied informatics at Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic. Since 2008, he has been full professor in engineering informatics at Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague.
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Smart Cities -- Ondrej Pribyl

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Ondrej Pribyl
Institution: 
Czech Technical University
Phone: 
+420-224359897
Address: 
Zikova 1903/4, 166 36 Praha 6, Czechia
Latitude: 
50.1030364
Longitude: 
14.3912841
Brief Bio: 
Vice-Dean for Foreign Relations / Faculty of Transportation Sciences / FTS Deputy head of department / Division of Foreign Relations / Faculty of Transportation Sciences / Department of Applied Mathematics / FTS Member of Dean's Collegium / FTS Member of Dean's Board / FTS
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Smart Cities -- Tomas Horak

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Tomas Horak
Institution: 
Czech Technical University
Phone: 
+420-224359157
Address: 
Zikova 1903/4, 166 36 Praha 6, Czechia
Latitude: 
50.1030364
Longitude: 
14.3912841
Brief Bio: 
Deputy Vice-Dean for Foreign Relations - for International Projects / Faculty of Transportation Sciences / FTS Manager for Projects / Department of Transportation Systems / Faculty of Transportation Sciences / Department of Logistics and Management of Transport / FTS
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Smart Cities -- Victor Larios

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Victor Larios
Institution: 
Universidad de Guadalajara
Phone: 
+52 (33)3770 3430 +52 (33)3770 3300 Ext. 25140
Address: 
Periferico Norte #799, Módulo L-305. Los Belenes, Zapopan, Jalisco, México. 45100
Latitude: 
29.1123153
Longitude: 
-110.971555
Brief Bio: 
Victor M. Larios has received his PhD and a DEA (French version of a MS program) in Computer Science at the Technological University of Compiègne, France and a BA in Electronics Engineering at the ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico. Working at the University of Guadalajara, he holds a Full Professor-Researcher position at the Department of Information Systems in the CUCEA Campus. His research works are focused in distributed systems strategies to improve the support for large communities interacting on virtual reality environments ans Serious Games. Such strategies include computer mobile agents, optimization of algorithms for distributed and concurrency support and large scale simulations. As main projects, Victor M. Larios have worked in the development of Virtual Laboratories for educational activities, collaborative systems for interactive support and data visualization. Current works are focused in the development of Virtual Reality interfaces for collaborative Serious Games and large scale simulations. As other activities at the University of Guadalajara, he is the director od the Research Center in Systems & Information Management (CISGI). He is also, the Coordinator of the PhD in Information Technologies at the PostGraduate School and the Information Systems Department, University of Guadalajara. The PhD program is labeled as a quality program in Mexico by the PNPC CONACYT accreditation agency. Eventually, Dr. Victor M. Larios participates in a IT council at the CUCEA UdeG Campus (Related to a Business School with 15,000.00 Students) to give the guidelines to support and innovate the Campus IT services. Victor M. Larios is also an IEEE valued member for 17 years and an ACM member for 11 years.
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Smart Cities -- Leopoldo Gomez

Membership: 
External Member
Name: 
Leopoldo Gomez
Institution: 
Universidad de Guadalajara
Address: 
Periferico Norte #799, Módulo L-305. Los Belenes, Zapopan, Jalisco, México. 45100
Latitude: 
29.1123153
Longitude: 
-110.971555
Brief Bio: 
Leopoldo Gómez has obtained his Master degree (in 2006) in Information technologies at the University of Guadalajara with the development of a 3D environment as a research tool for a Growing Functional Module controller (GFM paradigm). He obtained an engineer degree (in 2000) on computer science by making and presented a project that could help on teachers attendance by getting their position and ID from a static physical device and retrieving the related data from a local DB such information was stored on a web interface in order to be viewed by users. Leopoldo has always had the concern of making practical projects for real life problems. By now he is a PhD student in Information Technologies interested in Metaheuristics optimization techniques that could help on finding the 'best' path searching way with the use of static and dynamic data to optimize the use of the infrastucture in a system.
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Making cities “smarter” or transforming them into smart cities is the process of improving economic competitiveness and quality of life by implementing cyberinfrastructure technologies throughout a city. In an effort to launch a "smart city" research program at UTEP, UTEP researchers in civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering, and computer science have formed a team with each member bringing a unique expertise in this area. The team is a collaboration with Dr. Victor Larios, Director of Smart Cities Innovation Center at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Miroslav Svitek, Dean of Faculty of Transportation Sciences at Czech Technical University, Czech Republic, Dr. Kaan Ozbay and Dr. Joe Chow at New York University, and Dr. Burcu Akinci and Dr. Mario Beges at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy.

Aspirations

To be a model for interdisciplinary, international collaboration that advance the knowledge of transforming cities into smart cities through joint research and education.

KEYWORDS

  1. Data science
  2. Energy
  3. Interdisciplinary collaborations
  4. Internet of things
  5. Quality of life
  6. Resiliency
  7. Sensor network
  8. smart cities
  9. Sustainability
  10. System of Systems

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative
  2. Energy and Environment

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Cheu, Kelvin
Advocate
Professor
Engineering - Civil Engineering
cross border transportation, intelligent transportation systems, smart cities., transportation engineering, transportation security, transportation-health
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Gates, Ann
Advocate
Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
computing education, cyberinfrastructure, requirements engineering, Software Engineering, undergraduate research, Verification and Validation, workflows
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
cyberinfrastructure, data exchange, data-to-model integration, ontology engineering, question answering, semantic web
Featured: Awards

Research Associate Professor
Engineering - Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering., geophysics, GIS, gravity, magnetic, Remote Sensing, seismic, seismology, surveying, Transportation
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
Cyber-physical systems, Data Analytics., Informatics, Software Engineering, SysML, UML

MEMBERS FROM PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
Akinci, Burcu
Carnegie Mellon University
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Avalos, Manuel
IBM Mexico
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Baldwin, Lauren
City of El Paso
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Ban, Jeff X
University of Washington
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Beltran, Raul
University of Guadalajara
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Berges, Mario
Carnegie Mellon University
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Chow, Joe
New York University
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Gomez, Leopoldo
Universidad de Guadalajara
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Horak, Tomas
Czech Technical University
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Larios, Victor
Universidad de Guadalajara
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Maciel, Rocio
University of Guadalajara
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Ozbay, Kaan
New York University
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Pribyl, Ondrej
Czech Technical University
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Svitek, Miroslav
Czech Technical University
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Related Efforts

Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Program on Smart Cities
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Office at UTEP
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

This IDR proposal seeks seed funding to launch an innovative research program at UTEP in the interdisciplinary area of smart city. The objective of this IDR project is to identify technological issues and formulate a research agenda for an international smart city research program, with a view of submitting a proposal to seek funding at the national and international levels.

Atlantis Dual Masters Program
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: U.S. Dept. of Education and European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

The project brings together a consortium three universities (The University of Texas at El Paso, U.S., Czech Technical University, Czech Republic, and University of Zilina, Slovak Republic) to implement the Dual Masters Degree Program in Transportation and Logistics Systems from 2010 to 2014. The goal is to have 24 U.S. and 24 E.U. students to participate in this international program. Students are expected to attend courses and conduct research in the U.S. university and two E.U. universities.

Global Sustainability Program
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Carlos Ferregut

The Faculty Led Study Abroad program in Perú offers the opportunity for undergraduate UTEP and EPCC students to take a three credit UTEP elective course in Sustainable Engineering at the University of Piura in Perú. The program will be offered in Spanish by UTEP and UDEP faculty.

Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: This Center is funded by USDOT from 2017 to 2022 (5 years) as a Tier 1 University Transportation Center. C2SMART's Consortium Members are: New York University (lead), Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, University of Washington, University of Texas at El Paso, The City College of New York.
Contact: Kelvin Cheu

The research priority of C2SMART is “Improving Mobility of People and Goods” with a focus on “Smart Cities.” C2SMART’s mission is to build a solution-oriented research center that uses cities among its consortium members as a decentralized but comprehensive living laboratory. The Center will study a number of challenging transportation problems and field test novel solutions in close collaboration with end-users, city agencies, policy makers, private companies, and entrepreneurs.

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"A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Initiative for a Smart Cities Innovation Network"
External Resource
Document
Kelvin Cheu

This paper (accepted at the IEEE International Smart Cities conference) describes how researchers are developing a smart cities innovation network with an emphasis on smart city mobility, smart buildings, and smart bridges. The consortium is applying a semantic-based approach to address the initial challenge of building an effective interdisciplinary network of university researchers located in different parts of the world, in three cities with different sizes and stages of economic development.

Developing a Strong Technical Proposal for 100K
External Resource
Document
Kelvin Cheu

Powerpoint slides of presentation at the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Proposal Writing Workshop in Guadalajara on October 25, 2016

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