Director of STAR Lab, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Edge Computing, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Machine Learning, Smart Cities, Smart Urban Mobility
Dr. Yinhai Wang is a professor in transportation engineering at Civil and Environmental Engineering and adjunct professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Washington (UW). He is the founding director of the Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) and has served as director for Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), USDOT University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10, since 2012. Dr. Wang was an elected governor for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) from 2011 through 2013 and served as the 2018-2019 president of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) at American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He serves as the chair for the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), co-chair for the ASCE Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Impact Committee, a member on the IEEE Smart Cities Technical Activity Committee, and associate editor for two journals, including Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A and Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
His active research fields include traffic sensing, transportation safety, transportation data science, big-data analytics, traffic operations and simulation, smart urban mobility, and artificial intelligence methods and applications. He received the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference’s Best Paper Award for 2020 and ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering Best Paper Award for 2003. He was also the winner of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Innovation in Education Award for 2018. He is a professional engineer registered in Washington.