enhance the overall operational and safety performance of traffic along selected arterials and freeways in GTHA

Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research

Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  BCEE

Professor: Dr. Peter Park

Department: Civil Engineering

Contact for Professor (Email, phone): Peter.park@lassonde.yorku.ca; x44080

# of positions available: 2

Project Description:

The summer research project includes the following three specific objectives to search for an advanced utilization of existing surface infrastructure and to enhance the overall operational and safety performance of traffic along selected arterials and freeways in GTHA.

1.      Develop a micro-level simulation model (PTV VISSIM) to evaluate the suitability of introducing an intelligent lane utilization (ILU) program for the selected arterials/freeways in Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA)

2.      Assess the traffic flow impact for different segments and lengths of ILUs; i.e., the impact of ILUs is likely to be affected by the choice of the particular start- and end-points of highway segments, and

3.      Produce a technical report with the result of ILU analysis to understand the operational and safety gains and/or losses of different ILU configurations for arterials/freeways

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

1.      Develop microsimulation model using VISSIM for selected arterials and highways in GTHA

2.      Analyze the operational performance of surface infrastructure focusing on an  advanced lane use called intelligent lane utilization (ILU)

3.      Evaluate the operational performance (ILU) using various traffic parameters

4.      Produce a report summarizing the research outcomes and recommendations

Skills and Qualifications:

(Technical Skills)

Fundamental knowledge in transportation engineering and traffic flow theory

(Interpersonal Skills)

Time-management and punctuation, excellent technical report writing skill


Any microsimulation tool experience; strong enthusiasm in transportation engineering

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:  CIVL 3250 or equivalent

Stipend: TBD

Are you willing to host external students?: Yes (if excellent external candidates apply)

Duration: 16 weeks minimum

Start Date: 05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date: 08/31/2018 (estimated)

If you are interest in this research project, please contact Dr. Peter Park at Peter.park@lassonde.yorku.ca; x44080