COTA Newsletter 2018 Volume 21, No.1

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Newsletter Volume 21, No. 1

Inside this Issue: BOD Election 2018 1 President’s Message 2-3 Technical Committee






Volume 21, No. 1

March, 2018

COTA Board of Directors Election 2018 The Board of Directors (BOD) of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) renewed two positions in 2018. Dr. Jianyang Zheng and Dr. Xuewei Qi were elected as new BOD members. The election took place between October 20 and November 10, 2017, and was administered by the 2018 BOD Election Committee of COTA. Effective from January 7, 2018, the new COTA BOD members include:

Annual Symposium 10-11 Annual Reception

12 Lei Zhang President

Yu Zhang Immediate Past President

Heng Wei Treasurer

Guohui Zhang Chair of Academic Affairs

Professor University of Maryland

Jianming Ma Vice President

Associate Professor University of South Florida

Xiaokun (Cara) Wang Vice President

Project Manager Texas DOT

Associate Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

Organization President: Lei Zhang Board of Directors: Yu Zhang Jianming Ma Xiaokun (Cara) Wang Heng Wei Guohui Zhang Haizhong Wang Zhen (Sean) Qian Jianyang Zheng Xuewei Qi Ruimin Ke

Professor University of Cincinnati

Assistant Professor University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Haizhong Wang General Secretary

Assistant Professor Oregon State University

Zhen (Sean) Qian Chair of Outreach and Communications

Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon University

COTA Homepage:

Editor: Jianyang Zheng (

Jianyang Zheng Government Relations & Communication Officer

Transportation Engineer Maryland DOT State Highway Admin.

Xuewei Qi Industry Relations & Communication Officer Scientist General Motors

Ruimin Ke Chair of Student Affairs PhD Student University of Washington

President’s Letter (1/2) Page 2

Dear COTA Members and Friends: As the 12th President of the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and on behalf of COTA Board of Directors (BOD), I would like to thank you for your strong support and active involvement in COTA activities.

Lei Zhang, Ph.D. President, Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)

Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Maryland

COTA is a U.S.-registered non-profit organization. Established in 1996 with the former name of NACOTA, COTA promotes transportation research, education, and technology transfer; and leads international collaborations in the transportation field with a focus on China-related issues. Since 2000, COTA has organized the annual COTA International Conference for Transportation Professionals (CICTP) with universities, governments, and the private sector in China. The CICTP conference attracts hundreds of high-quality paper submissions every year, features keynotes from transportation leaders around the world, and has become one of the most influential international transportation conferences in China. At each Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., COTA organizes a Winter Symposium to showcase the most up-to-date transportation developments in China as well as cutting-edge research and technologies in transportation internationally. In 2018, COTA will launch a new Annual Fall International Workshop on Transportation Innovations. This first Workshop will be held in Hawaii during the first week of October in 2018. Other notable COTA activities and initiatives, includes special-topic workshops held before and after CICTP conferences in collaboration with COTA partners, COTA awards, career development forums, College of Transportation Dean’s Forum, and more. The success of all COTA activities and initiatives is attributed to voluntary work by COTA members and friends, as well as support from our colleagues in China and organizational partners worldwide. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciations to all of our collaborating universities, government agencies, industry partners, and non-profit organizations. COTA has established comprehensive rules and policies in the COTA Bylaws to ensure its effective and efficient operations as a professional and transparent non-profit organization. In the next two years while I have the honor to serve as COTA President, COTA will: 1. Develop a five-year strategic plan that will guide the direction of COTA growth and development; 2. Establish a COTA Government and Industry Advisory Committee that work with the COTA BOD to expand the reach of COTA to non-academic transportation professionals; 3. Establish and operate a number of COTA Technical Committees that allow more volunteers to contribute to COTA technical activities and serve COTA constituents; and 4. Make necessary Bylaw revisions to accommodate COTA growth and to evolve COTA into a more professional organization with dedicated staff and enforcement of all established COTA policies and procedures in its day-to-day operations.

President’s Letter (2/2) Page 3

Lastly, I would like to highlight several COTA activities in 2018 and hope to see many of you there:

1. The 18th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2018), July 5-8, 2018 in Beijing, China. Local Host: Tsinghua University. 2. The Inaugural COTA International Workshop on Transportation Innovations, First week of October 2018 in Hawaii, USA. Local Host: University of Hawaii.

President’s Message from Dr. Lei Zhang

Sincerely, Lei Zhang, Ph.D. President, Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor Director, Maryland Transportation Institute Director, National Transportation Center Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Maryland

COTA Technical Committee Page 4

To provide better service for the society and involve COTA members and friends more in COTA activities, we would like to established a Technical Committee. We also invite submission of committee proposals. The draft proposal is as follows: 1. Responsibility of COTA Technical Committee

• Promoting academic exchange and collaborations among transportation professionals overseas and in China.

Technical Committee

• Promoting COTA through academic and outreach activities. • Assisting in the development and implementation (e.g. review papers, invite speakers, and organize sessions) of the COTA Conference International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP) program, COTA Winter Symposiums, COTA International Workshops, and other COTA activities. 2. Setting up of a COTA Technical Committee COTA Technical Committees are set up for specific technical areas. To set up a Technical Committee, a proposal supported by the COTA President and at least two other COTA BOD members needs to be presented at a COTA BOD meeting. A two-thirds majority of COTA BOD endorsement is needed to approve the setup of a Technical Committee. 3. Technical Committee Chair

COTA Technical Committee Chairs are appointed by the COTA President upon the recommendation of the COTA Academic Committee. Chairs provide oversight and manage the responsibilities assigned to their respective committee.

• A chair is the main point of contact between committee members and COTA BODs. • Chairs lead their respectively committee to aid in the development of the CICTP program, COTA Winter Symposiums, COTA International Workshops, and other COTA activities. • Committee chairs serve a three-year term. Committee chairs may apply for a second three-year term at the end of the first term and may continue to serve a second threeyear term upon the approval of COTA President. 4. Technical Committee Members COTA Technical Committee Members are appointed by the COTA President upon the recommendation of the COTA Technical Committee Chairs and the endorsement of the COTA Academic Committee Chair.

• Committee members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. • At the end of each term, the committee should rotate at least one-third of members. • Technical committee should include members of different background and has a balanced geographic representation, and a balanced representation of academia, governmental, and industrial background. More information about the Technical Committee can be found from COTA Steering Committees website:

CICTP2018 — Progress (1/3) Page 5

ORGANIZERS Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)

Tsinghua University

The 18th COTA conference International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2018) will be held during July 5-8, 2018, in Beijing, China, jointly organized by Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and Tsinghua University (THU). As the hosts and organizers of CICTP2018, COTA and THU invite submissions of original research and innovative practice from both researchers and practitioners. CICTP2018 will address challenges and opportunities emerging from the development of new technologies. Transportation research that supports the exploration of intelligence connection and mobility is especially encouraged. The conference will host a series of technical sessions, plenary sessions, and special forums, including the World Bank Forum, the Dean’s Forum, and COTA Career Development Forum for Young Scholars and Students. The bestpaper awards and other professional awards will be granted to the authors of excellent papers or institutes/enterprises which have made outstanding contributions to the development of transportation systems in China. Conference Theme: Intelligence, Connection, and Mobility

(THU) Areas


海外华人交通协会 (COTA)


Intelligent and Connected Transportation Systems (ITS)

Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Electrification of Transportation

Smart Mobility and Shared Economy

Pavement and Materials Engineering, and Highway Construction and Maintenance

Public Transit

Rail Operations, Management and Control

Logistics and Freight Transportation

Road Traffic Operations, Management, and Control

Transportation Policy, Planning and Modeling

Traffic Safety, Security and Emergency Responses

Transportation Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Transportation Cloud, Data Mining and Applications

V2X Technologies

CICTP2018 — Progress (2/3) Page 6

ORGANIZERS Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)

Tsinghua University (THU) 主办单位

海外华人交通协会 (COTA)


Highlight Events: •

Dean Summit

Young Scholar Forum

World Bank Forum

Meet the Journal Editor-in-Chiefs

Keynote Speech on Intelligence, Connection, and Mobility

Career Development Forum for Young Faculty and Postdocs

Traffic Big Data Forum

Electrification of Transportation System

Future Transportation System Forum

Green & Sharing Transportation System Forum

More information about the conference can be found from the conference website: http:// The proceedings will be published and indexed via the EI Compendex. Selected papers from previous CICTPs have been invited to submit to special issues of SCI-indexed journals such as IET Intelligent Transportation Systems Journal, ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Transportation Research Part C and Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. We plan to continue this tradition and seek to publish special journal issues for CICTP2018 on internationally recognized journals, including:

• • • •

ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development Transportation Research (Part A through C) Journal of Intelligent and Connected Vehicles

COTA would like to thank all the Area Editors, English Editing Chairs, English Editors, and Reviewers for their time and efforts devoted to the paper review and technical editing process.

CICTP2018 — Progress (3/3) Page 7


CICTP 2018 Will Be Sponsorship by ASCE and TRB

Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA)

Tsinghua University (THU) 主办单位

海外华人交通协会 (COTA)


COTA, THU, and the sponsors including Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA and Transportation Research Board (TRB) have entered into an agreement to officially sponsor the CICTP2018. In exchange for this sponsorship, the sponsors will have various spaces to display their products during the conference and opportunities to deliver technical talks in multiple sponsored sessions. The sponsors’ logos and web addresses will be included in all CICTP2018 event promotions that will be disseminated to conference participants and posted on COTA/THU websites.

Call for Sponsorship has been disseminated via various social media (e.g., WeChat, Facebook) and mailing lists. Since the release of the call for sponsorship, the CICTP2018 Sponsorship Committee, headed by Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang, Vice President of COTA, has received numerous inquiries and responses. CICTP2018 offers excellent opportunities for visibility to institutional, corporate, and individual sponsors. Multiple levels of conference sponsorship opportunities are available: booth product display, session, proceedings display, program book display, lanyard, and luncheon. For more info about the CICTP2018 sponsorship opportunities, please visit Sponsors_Sponsorship.html.

COTA iSeT2 2018 (1/2) Page 8

October 4-6, 2018

COTA International Symposium on Emerging Transportation Technologies (COTA iSeT2) 2018

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii

Call for Papers THE First COTA International Symposium on Emerging Transportation Technologies (COTA iSeT2-2018) is a major annual academic event sponsored by the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). The vision of the symposium is to stimulate the interactive discussions and exchange of emerging research ideas and innovative technology development, encourage multi-disciplinary collaborations and sharing of advanced knowledge, and enhance research, education, and workforce development activities in transportation. Driven by technological innovations in response to our grand challenges today, connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies, big data analytics, mobility as a service, mobility on demand, shared mobility, and future smart transportation systems, cooperative traffic sensing and information fusion, and intelligent infrastructures and smart management, have been emerging rapidly in recent years. Original and innovative contributions to emerging transportation research and advanced implementations are sought for technical sessions. The conference theme is Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Mobility Enhancement. Please submit articles conveying new developments in technology innovations, data analytics, numerical modeling techniques, experimentation, advanced technology deployment, and case studies, results of laboratory or field operational tests, and other related creative endeavors as well as special educational and outreach developments to advance transportation theory and practice for mobility enhancement. The technical areas include but are not limited to the following: • Detection technologies for mobility

monitoring, modeling, and simulation

• Adaptive control and management for

Smart Mobility

• Intelligent infrastructures

• Digital city and green mobility

• V2V/V2I Sensing and communication

• Smart delivery and Commercial vehicle

• Data analytics and informatics • Safety and security systems • Connected Vehicle (CV) technologies • Emergency response service and evacu-


operations • Transportation system resilience • Pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mo-

bility systems • Policy and planning issues in Smart

City development • Private-Public Partnership issues for

adaptation of emerging transportation technologies

COTA iSeT2 2018 (2/2) Page 9

October 4-6, 2018 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii

COTA International Symposium on Emerging Transportation Technologies (COTA iSeT2) 2018 Manuscripts of 4 pages in Word or PDF format must be electronically submitted for peerreview in IEEE standard-format. For detailed submission instructions, please visit the conference website at

Important Dates 

Initial full-paper submission:

June 1, 2018

Workshop/Tutorial proposal submission:

June 15, 2018

Notification of acceptance:

July 1, 2018

Early Bird Registration:

August 15, 2018

Revised final paper submission:

August 1, 2018

Advanced Registration:

July 15, 2018

Best Student Paper and Presentation Award Articles written and presented by a primary author who is a student will be specially selected for the Best Student Paper Award recognition during the Conference.

Special Workshops and Tutorials Proposals are sought for Special Workshops and Tutorials related to the topics and theme of the conference.

The 21st COTA Annual Symposium at TRB 2018 Page 10

January 7, 2018 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Chinatown (M3) Marriott Marquis Washington, DC SYMPOSIUM CHAIR Dr. Yu Zhang ORGANIZING COMMITTEE CHAIRS Dr. Jianming Ma Dr. Guohui Zhang

The 21st COTA Annual Symposium 2018 COTA Winter Symposium, i.e., the 21st COTA Annual Symposium, was successfully held on January 7, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 TRB Annual Conference in Marriot Marquis in Washington DC.

Thirteen speakers from China and the U.S. presented their most up-to-date research in various transportation areas, including transportation data analytics, connected and automatic vehicles, as well as transportation updates in China. The symposium organization and steering committees put in great efforts in soliciting these highly recognized speakers. Dr. Jianming Ma and Dr. Guohui Zhang organized and chaired the symposium. In addition, Dr. Zhen Qian, Dr. Xiaopeng Li, and Dr. Haizhong Wang moderated these sessions.

The speakers and their presentations are:

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE CHAIRS Dr. Lei Zhang Dr. Heng Wei Dr. Yafeng Yin

SYMPOSIUM STEERING COMMITTEE Dr. Yinhai Wang Dr. Shanjiang Zhu Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang Dr. Zhen (Sean) Qian Dr. Haizhong Wang Ms. Ruiming Ke Mr. Ken (Qingyan) Yang

• • •

• • • • • • • •

Dr. Wei (David) Fan, University of North Carolina , Data Analytics Approach to Identifying and Ranking Freeway Bottlenecks: A Case Study in Charlotte, North Carolina Dr. Wei Zhang, Federal Highway Administration, Big Data Approach of Crash Prediction Dr. Yu Zhang, University of South Florida, Improve the Level of Service of Free-Floating Bike Sharing Dr. Jianfeng Zheng, Didi Chuxing, Optimizing Traffic Signal Control Using Vehicle Trajectory Data Mr. Wenjie Liu and Ms. Nina Guan, China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS), Belt and Road International Transport Alliance (BRITA) and WTC 2018 Introduction Dr. Bing Wu / Dr. Jianming Ling, Tongji University, Transportation Big Data System and Security Center Introduction Dr. Xuesong Zhou, Beijing Transport Institute, Ultra-Large Scale Transportation System Estimation and Optimization: Opportunities and Challenges in Beijing Dr. Xiaolei Ma, Beihang University, Data Driven Customized Bus Route Design and Operation Optimization Dr. Yingyan Lou, Arizona State University, How Small Can Headways Be in Platoons of Connected Autonomous Vehicles? Dr. Xuan (Sharon) Di, Columbia University, Similarity Analysis for Activity-Travel Patterns using GPS Data from Michigan Connected Vehicle Test Bed Dr. Lei Zhu, National Renewable Energy Laborator, Modeling Mobility and Energy Benefits of Automated Mobility Districts Dr. Yibing Wang, Zhejiang University, Traffic Flow Characteristics with Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control: A Microscopic Simulation Study Dr. Bin Ran, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, Development of An Integrated Transportation System of Connected and Automated Vehicles and Highways

The 21st COTA Annual Symposium at TRB 2018 Page 11

The 21st COTA Annual Symposium Dr. Yu Zhang

Mr. Wenjie Liu/ Ms. Nina Guan

Dr. Bing Wu/

Dr. Xiaolei Ma

Dr. Jianming Ling

Dr. Peter Chen

Dr. Yingyan Lou

Dr. Lei Zhu

COTA Reception at 2018 TRB Page 12

COTA Reception at 2018 TRB


COTA hosted its annual reception again during the 2018 TRB. This year more than 400 transportation professionals and students attended the event. The reception provided a great venue for Chinese transportation professionals across the world to meet and socialize.

Reception at TRB 2018 5:30-7:30PM January 9, 2018

Ballroom A / Convention Washington, DC


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