Kelvin Cheu

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Professor, Civil Engineering

Dr. Ruey (Kelvin) Cheu earned his Ph.D. degree in Transportation Systems Engineering at the University of California at Irvine in 1994. His is well-known for his research in the applications of artificial intelligence in transportation, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). His latest research passions are smart cities, transportation-community health. He has led projects funded by Texas Department of Transportation, El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, with total external research funding of more than $5 million (as the principal investigator). Arising from these research projects, he has published more than 70 papers in international peer reviewed journals. His publications have been cited more than 3500 times, with an h-index of 32. The GoogleScholar ranks him the 12th most highly cited scholar in Transportation Engineering. At UTEP, he is a Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering, heads the smart city community and direct the dual master degree program. His current research topics are related to TSA inspection, university parking, autonomous vehicles, and mobility of the seniors.


  1. Cross border transportation
  2. Intelligent transportation systems
  3. Smart cities.
  4. Transportation engineering
  5. Transportation security
  6. Transportation-health


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Energy & Environment
  3. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  4. National Defense & Border Security
  5. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  6. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
  7. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  8. Other