Brian Smith

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Brian Smith
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair
CTS Director

University of Virginia

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA

Phone: (434) 243-8585

FAX: 434-982-2951

Brian Smith is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He specializes in transportation systems engineering. His research focuses on intelligent transportation systems (ITS), particularly in advanced transportation management & information technology application. Dr. Smith is an ASCE Fellow, and recipient of the ASCE Huber Research Prize, the CUTC-ARTBA New Faculty Member Award, the NSF CAREER award, an Eno Transportation Leadership Fellow, and a 2001-2002 University of Virginia Teaching Fellow. He is the author of a chapter on Transportation Management in the text “Intelligent Transportation Primer.”

Dr. Smith serves on numerous national committees and task forces. He is Chair of ASCE’s Transportation & Development Institute’s Committee on Advanced Technologies, and is a member of the Information Systems and Technology and Regional Trasnportation Systems Management and Operations committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Dr. Smith is an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, , and sits on the editorial board of Transportation Research, Part C.



  • ASCE Fellow 2009
  • ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Award 2006
  • VEF Faculty Fellow in Civil Engineering 2004 – 2009
  • Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) New Faculty Member Award, 2004
  • Civil Engineering Teaching Award 2003
  • University of Virginia Teaching Fellows Program 2001-2002
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2000-2004
  • Selected participant – National Academy of Engineering’s Sixth Annual 2000 Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering (100 engineers selected competitively)
  • Fellow – Eno Center for Transportation Leadership 1993

Research Interests

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), particularly in advanced transportation management.
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Sustainable transportation systems
  • Statistical modeling, traffic flow theory, information technology, simulation, data mining, geographic information systems (GIS), and artificial intelligence.

Research and Publications

Asare, S.K., and Smith, B.L., “Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Evaluation Framework – Rigorous Exploration of Potential ICM Benefits,” Accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, 2014, 19 pages.

Zeng, H., Fontaine, M.D., and Smith, B.L., “Estimation of the Safety Effect of Pavement Condition on Rural Two-Lane Highways,”  Accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, 2014, 15 pages.

Goodall, N.J., Smith, B. L., and Park, B. B. “Microscopic Estimation of Freeway Vehicle Positions from the Behavior of Connected Vehicles,”  Accepted for publication in the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2013.

Goodall, N.J., Smith, B.L., Park, B.B.  “Traffic Signal Control With Connected Vehicles,” Transportation Research Record, Volume 2381, 65-72.  2013.

Wu, Y., Hayat, T., Clarens, A., Smith, B.L., “Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure: Scenario-Based Risk Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems,”  Transportation Research Record, Volume 2375, 71-81.  2013.

Gosse, C., Smith, B. L., and Clarens, A. “Environmentally Preferable Pavement Management Systems.” ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 19(3), 315–325. 2012.

Lambert, J., Wu, Y., You, H., Clarens, A., and Smith, B.L.  ”Climate Change Influence on Priority Setting for Transportation Infrastructure Assets.” ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 19(1), 36–46. 2012.

Richardson, J. K., and Smith, B. L. “Development of a Travel Time Data Quality Hypothesis Test,” Transportation Research Record, Volume 2308, 103-109.  2013.

Affiliated Projects

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