AV Research Group

 The Autonomous Vehicle Research Group

This group has been established to provide a list of researchers at UConn working on or interested in autonomous vehicles and its impacts. Research applications may include drugged or drunk driving, distracted driving, safety issues, infrastructure, and transportation systems.



Eric Jackson, Ph.D.
Director, Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)486-8426
E-mail: eric.d.jackson@uconn.edu

Areas of Interest:
Autonomous vehicle policy, impacts on transportation, driving simulators, transportation safety research.



Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Venture Development
Office of the Vice President for Research, Technology Commercialization
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)679-7071
E-mail: mostafa.analoui@uconn.edu

Areas of Interest:
Venture development in AV Technology.



Carol Atkinson-Palombo
Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Director of Environmental Studies
Transportation Technology & Society
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)486-4817
E-mail: carol.atkinson-palombo@uconn.edu

Funded Research Projects:
Transportation Technology & Society, Provost Award 2017-2020
Transportation technologies allowing for self-driving vehicles are emerging rapidly, sparking considerable speculation about how they may revolutionize society. Academic inquiry on this topic is thus far limited, focusing primarily on the science and engineering of enabling technologies such as vehicle sensors. A community of scholars from various academic disciplines who understands the intricacies of the complex systems associated with Transportation Technology & Society (TTS) is urgently needed to examine this potentially disruptive dynamic. The overarching goal of this pilot project is to create an interdisciplinary community of scholars who can collaborate on research and teaching in TTS and understand how to harness the Big Data associated with this technology.

What do we want from Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)? US Dept. of Transportation 2017-2019
This research will use the Transportation Indicator for Sustainable Places (TISP) previously developed by our research group as a framework for evaluating the potential outcomes of three different scenarios under which autonomous vehicles (AVs) could be deployed. The output of this initial deliverable will form the basis for thinking through the wide array of impacts that AVs may have on society, the economy, and the environment. The goal is to avoid repeating mistakes of the past in which people’s needs were subjugated by special interest groups who have a vested interest in championing the benefits of superior technology. Instead of passively responding to technological changes, society—and public agencies such as DOTs that serve society—will be better positioned to shape the outcomes of this ‘socio‐technological’ transition.


Ali M. Bazzi, Ph.D.
UTC Assistant Professor of Engineering Innovation
ECE Department, University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)486-5377, Lab Phone: (860)486-1142
E-mail: bazzi@uconn.edu
Lab Website: http://apedl.engr.uconn.edu/, Personal Website: http://alimbazzi.com

Areas of Interest:
Electrified transportation systems, electric motor drives, fault-tolerant powertrain control, powertrain simulation and modeling, and EMI, efficiency, and reliability considerations in electric powertrains



Parasara Sridhar Duggirala
Computer Science and Engineering Department
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)486-4817
E-mail: psd@uconn.edu
Personal Website: http://engr.uconn.edu/~psd/

Areas of Interest:
Provably correct controllers for autonomous vehicles, formalization of traffic rules, fault-tolerant autonomous driving.


Shalabh Gupta
ECE Department
University of Connecticut
E-mail: shalabh.gupta@uconn.edu

Areas of Interest:
Autonomous perception for situation understanding using machine learning methods (e.g. Deep Learning); decision-making under uncertainties, path planning and optimization for multi-vehicle routing problems.


John Ivan, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Civil Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut
Office phone: (860) 486-0352
E-mail: john.ivan@uconn.edu

Areas of Interest:
Safety effects of vehicle automation and communication.

Associate Editor, Accident Analysis & Prevention
Program Evaluator, Civil Engineering, ABET Inc. http://www.abet.org


Karthik Charan Konduri
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860)486-2733
E-mail: karthik.konduri@uconn.edu
Website: http://cee.engr.uconn.edu/people/faculty-members/konduri-karthik-c

Areas of Interest:
Driver behavior, time use and travel impacts, land use and built environment implications, vehicle ownership and utilization, transportation systems modeling and forecasting.

Related Projects:
Title: Development of Continuous Time, Temporally Constrained and Behaviorally Consistent Tour Pattern Generation System for Modeling the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Future
Sponsor: Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education
Duration: October 1, 2017 – October 1, 2018


Dr. Susan Schneider 
Associate Professor, Philosophy Department
University of Connecticut
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton
Technology and Ethics Group, Yale

E-mail: susansdr@gmail.com
Website: http://SchneiderWebsite.com

Areas of Interest:
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, AI Ethics, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind.



Wei Zeng
Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center
University of Connecticut
Office Phone: (860) 486-0698
E-mail: wei.zeng@uconn.edu

Areas of Interest:
Roadway safety and personal safety with autonomous vehicles