Ali Zockaie

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Ali Zockaie

Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Zockaie’s research foci are network modeling, and urban transportation planning. He has developed a framework for the reliability-based user equilibrium problem considering temporal and spatial links travel time correlation as part of his PhD dissertation. He has worked on preparing networks for simulation-based dynamic traffic assignments tools for different research projects with a good understanding of the application of these tools, analyzing simulation results, and extracting performance measures. Beside the network modeling experiences, he has conducted research on traffic flow theory, where he has integrated traffic flow theory concepts into the dynamic networks. Operation research and optimization is another field of his interest, which has led to several publications related to airline industry, facility location for alternative fuel vehicles, specifically electric vehicles. He has also engaged in some research on urban transportation planning and estimation of dynamic origin-destination travel demand through the integration of activity-based models and multi-modal dynamic microsimulation.

RESEARCH AND WORK EXPERIENCE

2021-2021

Ford/Alliance Faculty Summer Sabbatical Program

Project funded by Ford Motor Company

PI

2021-2023

Effective Bridge Deck Warning Weather Technologies (Road Weather Information System)

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

CO-PI

2021-2022

Determining State and Federal Transportation Responsibilities to Residents on Islands

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PI

2020-2022

Assessing System Performance of the Michigan Trunkline: Measures and Analytical Procedures for Planning and Operations ($180,204)

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PI

2021-2022

MSU Campus Fleet Optimization Considering Miscellaneous Vehicle classes - Internal Funding

Project funded by Michigan State University

Co-PI

2020-2020

State-Wide Effects of EV Adoption on Light Duty

Project funded by Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Co-PI

2020-2021

Seat Belt and Hand-Held Device Use Direct Observation Survey

Project funded by Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Co-PI

2019-2020

Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Project-Phase 3

Project funded by Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Co-PI

2019-2020

Effectiveness of Green Strobes on Winter Maintenance Vehicles and Equipment

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PI

2019-2019

Ford/Alliance Faculty Summer Sabbatical Program

Project funded by Ford Motor Company

PI

2018-2019

Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Project-Phase 2

Project funded by the MI Energy

Co-PI

2018-2019

Middle East Technical University (METU) Smart Campus Project

Project funded by the USTDA via a Sub-contract from Willdan Energy Solutions

PI

2018-2018

Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Project

Project funded by the MI Energy

Co-PI

2018-2019

Research on the Operational Costs and Benefits of Speed Feedback Signs

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Co-PI

2018-2021

Work Zone Safety Training Grant

Project funded by the Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation

Co-PI

2017-2018

Research on Evaluation/Report for Collision Avoidance & Mitigation System (CAMS) on Winter Maintenance Trucks (WMT)

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

PI

2016-2018

Updated Analysis of Michigan Traffic Inputs for Pavement ME Design

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Co-PI

2016-2018

Assessment of Countermeasure Gaps, Predictive Crash Analysis and Engineering Safety Programs in Michigan

Project funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Co-PI

Courses Taught

CE 444: Transportation Engineering
CE 841: Traffic Flow Theory
CE 847: Traffic Analysis and Control

Research Area
Awards
NUTC Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2014
The Searle Teaching Certificate Program, 2014-2015, Northwestern University
Graduate Student Participation Travel Grant for 8th National Aviation System Planning Symposium, 2012
Scholarship for outstanding Master Thesis from National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company, 2009
Exceptional Talented Student Title” from the admissions office of Sharif University of Technology and exempted from M.Sc. program entrance exam, 2007
“Brilliant Talented Student Title” from Iran Graduate and Admission Office, 2003
Education
Northwestern University: Ph.D., Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning
Publications
1. Kavianipour, M., Fakhrmoosavi, Singh, H., Ghamami, M., Zockaie, A., Ouyang, Y., Jackson, R., “EV Fast-Charging Infrastructure Planning in Urban Networks Considering Travel and Charging Behavior”, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (In press).
2. Fakhrmoosavi, F., Kavianipour, M., Shojaei, M., Zockaie, A., Ghamami, M., Wang, J., Jackson, R., “Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Optimization in Michigan Considering Monthly Traffic Demand and Battery Performance Variations”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 0361198120981958, 2021.
3. Ghamami, M., Kavianipour, M., Zockaie, A., Hohnstadt, L., Ouyang, Y., “Refueling Infrastructure Planning in Intercity Networks Considering Route Choice and Travel Time Delay for Mixed Fleet of Electric and Conventional Vehicles”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 120 (102802), 2020.
4. Fakhrmoosavi, F., Saedi, R., Zockaie, A., Talebpour, A., “Impacts of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on Traffic Flow with Heterogeneous Drivers Spatially Distributed over Large-Scale Networks”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2674, No. 10, pp. 817-830, 2020.
5. Saedi, R., Verma, R., Zockaie, A., Ghamami, M., Gates, T., “Estimating Large-Scale Vehicular Emission Incorporating Network-wide Fundamental Diagram for Heterogeneous Vehicles: Comparison of Supervised Learning and Non-Linear Regression Models", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2674, No. 5, pp. 70-84, 2020.
6. Saedi, R., Saeedmanesh, M., Zockaie, A., Saberi, M., Gerliminis, N., Mahmassani, H., “Estimating Network Travel Time Reliability with Network Partitioning”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 112, pp. 46-61, 2020.
7. Verma, R., Saedi, R., Zockaie, A., Gates, T., “Behavioral Analysis of Drivers Following Winter Maintenance Trucks Enabled with Collision Avoidance System”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2673, No. 10, pp. 394-404, 2019.
8. Kavianipour, M., Saedi, R., Zockaie, A., Saberi, M., “Traffic State Estimation in Heterogeneous Networks with Stochastic Demand and Supply: Mixed Lagrangian-Eulerian Approach”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2673, No. 11, pp. 114-126, 2019.
9. Fakhrmoosavi, F., Zockaie, A., Abdelghany, K., Hashemi, H., “An Iterative Learning Approach for Network Contraction: Path Finding Problem in Stochastic Time-varying Networks”, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 34, No. 10, pp. 859-876, 2019
10. Zockaie, A., Saberi, M., Saedi, R., “A Resource Allocation Problem to Estimate Network Fundamental Diagram in Heterogeneous Networks: Optimal Locating of Fixed Measurement Points and Sampling of Probe Trajectories”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 86, pp. 245-262, 2018.
11. Shafiei, S., Saberi, M., Zockaie, A., Sarvi, M., “Sensitivity-Based Linear Approximation Method to Estimate Time-Dependent Origin-Destination Demand in Congested Networks”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2669, No. 2, pp. 72-79, 2017.
12. Halat, H., Mahmassani, H., Zockaie, A., Vovsha, P., “Activity Cancellation and Rescheduling by Stressed Households to Improve Convergence in Integrated ABM-DTA Models”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2664, No. 1, pp. 100-109, 2017.
13. Xu, X., Fakhrmoosavi, F., Zockaie, A., Mahmassani, H., “Heuristic Approach to Estimate Travel Costs on Least Generalized Cost Paths for Heterogeneous Users in Integrated ABM-DTA on Large-Scale Networks”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2667, No. 1, pp. 119-130, 2017.
14. Xu, X., Zockaie, A., Mahmassani, H., Halat, H., Verbas, O., Hyland, M., Vovsha, P., Hicks, J., “Schedule Consistency for Daily Activity Chains in Integrated Activity-Based Dynamic Multimodal Network Assignment”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2664, No. 1, pp. 11-22, 2017.
15. Halat, H., Zockaie, A., Mahmassani, H., Xiang, X., Verbas, O., “Dynamic Network Equilibrium for Daily Activity-Trip Chains of Heterogeneous Travelers: Application to Large-Scale Networks”, TRANSPORTATION, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 1041-1059, 2016.
16. Zockaie, A., Mahmassani, H., Nie, Y., “Path Finding in Stochastic Time Varying Networks with Spatial and Temporal Correlations for Heterogeneous Travelers”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2567, No. 1, pp. 105-113, 2016.
17. Ghamami, M., Zockaie, A., Nie, Y., “A general corridor model for designing plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support intercity travel”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 389-402, 2016.
18. Ghamami, M., Nie, Y., Zockaie, A., “Planning Plug-in Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure in City Centers”, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 343-353, 2016.
19. Ghamami, M., Nie, Y., Zockaie, A., Xiao, F. “Optimization of Incentive Policies for Plug-in Electric Vehicles” Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Vol. 84, pp. 103-123, 2016.
20. Zockaie, A., Aashtiani, H., Ghamami, M., Nie, Y., “Solving Detour-Based Fuel Stations Location Problems”, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 132-144, 2016.
21. Zockaie, A., et al., “Activity-Based Model with Dynamic Traffic Assignment and Consideration of Heterogeneous User Preferences and Reliability Valuation: Application to Toll Revenue Forecasting in Chicago, Illinois”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2493, No. 1, pp. 78-87, 2015.
22. Zockaie, A., Nie, Y., Mahmassani, H. “Simulation-based Method for Finding Minimum Travel Time Budget Paths in Stochastic Networks with Correlated Link Times”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2467, No. 2, pp. 140-148, 2014.
23. Zockaie, A., Saberi, M., Mahmassani, H., Verbas, O. “Dynamics of Urban Network Traffic Flow during a Large-Scale Evacuation”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2422, No. 2, pp. 21-33, 2014.
24. Saberi, M., Mahmassani, H., Zockaie, A. “Network Capacity, Traffic Instability, and Adaptive Driving: Findings from Simulated Network Experiments”, EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics, Vol. 3, pp. 289-308, 2014.
25. Frei, A., Mahmassani, H., Zockaie, A., Frei, C. “Integrating Behavioral Models in Network Operations: Evaluating Traveler Information and Demand Management for Weather-related Events”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2434, pp. 80-88, 2014.
26. Saberi, M., Mahmassani, H., Hou, T., Zockaie, A. “Estimating Network Fundamental Diagram using Three-Dimensional Vehicle Trajectories: Extending Edie’s Definitions of Traffic Flow Variables to Networks”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2422, No. 2, pp. 12-20, 2014.
27. Mahmassani, H., Saberi, M., Zockaie, A., “Urban Network Gridlock: Theory, Characteristics, and Dynamics”, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol. 36, pp. 480-497, 2013.
28. Zockaie, A., Nie, Y., Wu, X., Mahmassani, H., “Impacts of Correlations on Reliable Shortest Path Finding: A Simulation-based Study”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2334, No. 1, pp. 1-9, 2013.
29. Saberi, M., Zockaie, A., Feng, W., El-Geneidy, A., “Definition and Properties of Alternative Bus Service Reliability Measures at the Stop Level”, Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 97-122, 2013.
30. Kim, J., et al., “Implementation and Evaluation of Weather Responsive Traffic Management Strategies: Insight from Different Networks”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2396, No. 1, pp. 93-106, 2013.
31. Zockaie, A., and Mahmassani, H., “Leveraging Fuel Cost Differences in Aircraft Routing by Considering Fuel Ferrying Strategies”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2300, No.1, pp. 139-146, 2012.