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Profile Abbas Dr. Montasir Abbas is an Assistant Professor in the Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Khartoum, Sudan (1993), a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1997), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Purdue University (2001). Dr. Abbas has wide experience as a practicing transportation engineer and a researcher. He was an Assistant Research Engineer and the Corridor Management Team Leader at Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), where he worked for more than four years before joining Virginia Tech. While at TTI, Dr. Abbas attracted sponsored research of more than $720,000 as a principal investigator (and more than $750,000 as a key researcher). After joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Abbas has attracted more than $700,000 in research funds. His funding sponsors include: Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2), and the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (MAUTC).
After Joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Abbas established a signal control laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for traffic control and hardware-in- the-loop simulation in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has also developed a new course on advanced signal system control that covers state-of-the-art topics in signal control utilizing the new lab facilities. In addition, Dr. Abbas teaches Traffic Engineering, Intro to Transportation Engineering, and Computer Applications in Civil Engineering. Dr. Abbas currently serves as the chair on a national Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) traffic engineering council committee on “survey of the state of the practice on traffic responsive plan selection control.” He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Traffic Signal Systems committee, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications committee, and the joint subcommittee on Intersection. Dr. Abbas also serves as a member in several panels of the NCHRP.
Contact
Telephone: (540) 231-9002
E-mail: abbas@vt.edu
Selected Publications
  • Tian, Z. and M. Abbas. Models for Quantitative Assessments Of Video Detection System Impacts On Signalized Intersection Operations. Transportation Research Record, no. 2035, 2008, pp.50-58.
  • Abbas M., H. Charara, and N. Chaudhary. Pilot 05: Distributed Architecture for Robust Real-Time Progression Evaluation and Improvement. Transportation Research Record, no. 1978, 2006, pp. 95-101.
  • Chaudhary N., M. Abbas, and H. Charara. Development and Field Testing of Platoon Identification and Accommodation System. Transportation Research Record, no. 1978, 2006, pp. 141-148.
  • Abbas M. and A. Sharma. Multi-Objective Plan Selection Optimization for Traffic Responsive Control. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 5, 2006, pp. 376-384.
  • Abbas M., N. Chaudhary, G. Pesti, and A. Sharma. Configuration Methodology for Traffic-Responsive Plan Selection: A Global Perspective. Transportation Research Record, no. 1925, 2005, pp.195-204.
  • Abbas, M. and S. Sharma. A Robust Bayesian Approach for Configuration of Traffic Responsive Plan Selection System Parameters and Thresholds. Transportation Research Record, no.1867, 2004, pp. 233-242.
  • Zimmerman, Karl, James Bonneson, Dan Middleton, and Montasir Abbas. An Improved Detection and Control System for Isolated High-Speed Signalized Intersections. Transportation Research Record, no. 1856, 2003, pp. 212-219.
  • Abbas, M. and D. Bullock. On-Line Measure of Shockwaves for ITS Applications. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 129, No. 1, 2003, pp. 1-6.
  • Abbas, Montasir, Darcy Bullock, and Avery Rhodes. Comparative Study of Theoretical, Simulation, and Field Platoon Data. Traffic Engineering and Control, July/August 2001, pp. 232-236.
  • Abbas, Montasir M., Darcy Bullock, and Larry Head. Real Time Offset Transitioning Algorithm for Coordinating Traffic Signals. Transportation Research Record, no. 1748, 2001, pp. 26-39.
Selected Conference Proceedings
  • Abbas M., H. Rakha, and P. Li. Multi-objective Strategies for Timing Signal Systems Under Oversaturated Conditions. Proceedings of the 18th conference on Proceedings of the 18th IASTED International Conference: modeling and simulation. PP 580-585, Montreal, Canada, June, 2007.
  • Abbas M., S. Chrysler, and A. Williams. Investigation of Driver Response to Dynamic Extension of All-Red Interval Using Driver Simulator. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2006. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2006.,
  • Abbas M., Y. Jung, and Y Zhang. Offset Performance Evaluation Using Stop Bar Detector Data and Microscopic Shockwave Theory. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2006. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2006.
  • Sharma, A., M. Abbas, and C. Messer. Determination of Traffic Responsive Plan Selection Factors and Thresholds using Artificial Neural Networks. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2005. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2005.
  • Pesti, G. and M. Abbas. Supervised Linear Discriminant Analysis for Traffic Responsive Timing Plan Selection. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2005. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2005.
  • Abbas M., A. Sharma, and Y. Jung. Optimization of Time of Day Plan Scheduling Using a Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2005. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 2005.
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