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Montasir Abbas

Professor
Monty Abbas
301-D3 Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering
Professional Registration : Texas P.E.

Area of Interest

Real-time traffic control, traffic flow theory, Driver Behavior, ITS, transportation modeling and safety, artificial intelligence, and systems optimization.

  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (honors), University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1993
  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2001
  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2018 - present)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2011 - 2018)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2005 - 2011).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University (2004-2005).
  • Corridor Management Team Leader, Texas Transporation Institute (2005).
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute (2004-2005).
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute (2001-2004).
  • Civil Engineer, M. Salama for Architectural Contracting, Khartoum, Sudan (1994-1995)
  • Faculty Teaching Assistant, Civil Engineering Department, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1993-1995).
  • Civil Engineer, El Agib Group Consultant Engineers, Khartoum, Sudan (1993).
  • G. V. Loganathan Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (2010)
  • Oak Ridge National Lab Associated Universities Ralf E. Powe Award, (2006)
  • TTI/Trinity New Researcher Award (2004).
  • Milton Mohr Fellowship, University of Nebraska (1998).
  • Ministry of Irrigation Prize for Best Performance in Applied Hydraulics and Irrigation Design, Sudan (1993).
  • University of Khartoum Prize for Best Performance in Fourth Year, Sudan (1992).
  • CEE 2804 : Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 3804 : Computer Applications in CEE
  • CEE 3604 : Introduction to Transportation Engineering
  • CEE 4604 : Traffic Engineering
  • CEE 5604 : Traffic Characteristics and Flow
  • CEE 4644 : Traffic Signal System Operation and Control
  • CEE 5694 : Traffic signal system operation and control
  • Driver Behavior in Traffic, FHWA Exploratory and Advanced Research Program
  • IntelliDrive, MAUTC
  • Evaluation of Merits and Requirements of Next Generation Traffic Control Systems for Northern Regions Existing Infrastructure, VDOT
  • Traffic Control Strategies for Oversaturated Conditions, NCHRP
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Traffic Responsive Control in Northern Virginia, VDOT
  • Field Evaluation of Detection-Control System, FHWA
  • Access Control Design on Highway Interchanges, VDOT
  • A Simplified Approach for Selecting Optimal Traffic Responsive Control Parameters, TxDOT.
  • Reducing Traffic Congestion and Fuel Emission through a Minimal Cost, Self-Tuning Closed-Loop Progression System, TxDOT.
  • Traffic Responsive Control on TxDOT closed-loop systems, TxDOT.
  • Investigation of Driver Response to Dynamic Extension of All-Red Interval Using Driver Simulator, State of Texas.
  • Li Z., S. Madanu, Y. Wang, M. Abbas, and Bei Zhou. A Heuristic Approach for Selecting Highway Investment Alternatives. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2010. 25(6): p. 427-439.
  • Madanu S., Z. Li, and M. Abbas. Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Highway Intersection Safety Hardware Improvements. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 2010. 136(2): p. 129-140.
  • Li P. and M. Abbas. A Stochastic Dilemma Hazard Model at High-speed Signalized Intersections. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 2010. 136(5): p. 448-456.
  • Abdelaziz S., M. Abbas, and C. McGhee. Evaluation of Pattern-Matching Traffic Responsive Control Mode in a Large Arterial Network. Transportation Research Record, no. 2128, 2010, pp. 202-216.
  • Adam Z., M. Abbas, and P. Li. Evaluating Green-Extension Policies Using Reinforcement Learning and Markovian Traffic State Estimation. Transportation Research Record, no. 1867, 2010, pp. 217-225.
  • Abbas M., G. Pesti, N. Chaudhary and P. Li*. Illustrative Field Configuration and Evaluation of Traffic-Responsive Control. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Volume 135, No 9, September 2009, pp. 591-599.
  • 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. Traffic Responsive Plan Selection Configuration Methodology—A Global Perspective. Transportation Research Record, no. 1925, 2005, pp. 195-204.
  • Abbas, M. and A. 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.