Research Group

Here you can find more information about the lab members who help me with my research, and about some of their own research activities.

[Current] [Alumni and Theses] [Photos]

Current Graduate Students

William Alexander

William Alexander

B.S., Computer Science, The University of Alabama, 2017
B.S., Mathematics, The University of Alabama, 2017
wealexander at utexas dot edu

William focused on optimization, communications, and transportation engineering during his undergraduate studies, before joining Dr. Boyles' group in 2017. He is currently interested in applying distributed algorithms, optimization techniques, machine learning, and communication technologies to improve transportation networks. Outside the lab, he is an avid scuba diver and a poor golfer.
Priyadarshan Patil

Priyadarshan Patil

M.S.E., Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2015 (minor: Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship)
priyadarshan at utexas dot edu
Website: www.pdpatil.in

Priyadarshan joined Dr. Boyles' group in Fall 2017. After working on multiobjective network algorithms for minimizing emissions as an undergraduate student, he explored choice modeling during his MS studies. He also investigated convergence criteria for static traffic assignment, parking and equity issues using dynamic traffic assignment, and assisted the city of West Lake Hills with a traffic study. His current interests include network optimization, dynamic traffic assignment, and its application toward automated vehicles.
Tengkuo Zhu

Tengkuo Zhu

M.S., Highway and Bridge Engineering, Southeast University
B.S., Highway and Bridge Engineering, Southeast University
zhutengkuo at utexas dot edu

Tengkuo joined Dr. Boyles' group in Fall 2017. As an undergraduate and MS student, he conducted research into the mechanical properties and lifecycle analysis of highway construction materials, such as asphalt and engineered cementilious concrete. His current research interests include network modeling and optimization, autonomous vehicles, and intelligent transportation systems.

Past Postdocs and Present Coordinates

  • Alireza Khani (PhD, University of Arizona). Currently Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota.

Past Graduate Students and Present Coordinates

Student Degree Date Current Employer Thesis
Carlin Liao PhD Fall 2021 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Modular Autonomous Intersection Management Simulation for Stochastic and Priority Auction Paradigms
Cesar Yahia PhD Fall 2021 Aurora Innovation Management and Operation of Emerging Mobility Services
Can Gokalp PhD Spring 2021 Expedia Three Nonlinear Network Flow Problems
Patrick Mannon PhD Spring 2020 US Department of Defense Partitioning Methods for NP-Hard Routing Problems
Venktesh Pandey PhD Spring 2020 North Carolina A&T State University (assistant professor) Dynamic Pricing and Long-Term Planning Models for Managed Lanes with Multiple Entrances and Exits
Rachel James PhD Spring 2019 Federal Highway Administration The Development of a Holistic Approach to Modeling Driver Behavior: Accounting for Driver Heterogeneity in Car-Following Models
Manoj Gedela MS Spring 2019 McKinsey Deep Learning Framework for Crash Detection using Twitter Data (winner, Neville Parker Award)
Rahul Patel MS Spring 2019 General Motors Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: Effects and Optimal Placement of Reservation-Based Intersections in Urban Networks
Dongxu (Henry) He MS Spring 2018 UT Austin (Community and Regional Planning) Information Sharing for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Prashanth Venkatraman MS Spring 2018 Stash Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: Ridesharing and Traffic Control
Ehsan Jafari PhD Summer 2017 Amazon Network Modeling and Design: A Distributed Problem Solving Approach
Michael Levin PhD Spring 2017 University of Minnesota (assistant professor) Modeling and Optimizing Network Infrastructure for Autonomous Vehicles
John Helsel MS Spring 2017 WSP USA Getting to Work on Time: A Proposed Time-Equitable Tolling Scheme (winner, Charley Wootan Award)
Tarun Rambha PhD Summer 2016 Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru (assistant professor) Dynamic Congestion Pricing in Within-Day and Day-to-Day Network Equilibrium Models
Rachel James MS Summer 2016 Federal Highway Administration Data-Driven Placement of Centroid Connectors in Dynamic Traffic Assignment
Venktesh Pandey MS Summer 2016 UT Austin (PhD) Optimal Dynamic Pricing for Managed Lanes with Multiple Entrances and Exits (winner, Milton Pikarsky Award)
Sudesh Agrawal MS Summer 2015 UT Austin (PhD, operations research) Network Models for Battery Electric Vehicles
Michael Levin MS Spring 2015 University of Minnesota (assistant professor) Integrating Autonomous Vehicle Behavior into Planning Models (winner, Milton Pikarsky Award)
Shoupeng Tang PhD Fall 2014 Texas Transportation Institute Network Routing and Equilibrium Models for Urban Parking Search
Tyler Beduhn MS Fall 2014 Kimley-Horn Reliable Routing in Schedule Based Transit Networks
Rohan Shah MS Summer 2014 CDM Smith Dynamic Traffic Assignment-Based Modeling Paradigms for Sustainable Transportation Planning and Urban Development
Mallory (Necessary) Scates MS Fall 2013 Kimley-Horn Developing an Infrastructure Informed Walkshed and Bikeshed
Ruoyu Liu MS Summer 2013 HNTB Modeling Disrupted Networks with Dynamic Traffic Assignment
Ravi Venkatraman MS Summer 2013 Wayfair Adaptive Routing Behavior with Real Time Information under Multiple Travel Objectives
Christopher Melson MS Spring 2013 Louisiana State University (Tran-SET program manager) Improvements and Extensions of Dynamic Traffic Assignment in Transportation Planning
C. Matthew Pool MS Fall 2012 Kimley-Horn Enhancing the Practical Usability of Dynamic Traffic Assignment
Tarun Rambha MS Spring 2012 Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru (assistnat professor) Adaptive Routing in Schedule Based Stochastic Time-Dependent Networks (winner, Milton Pikarsky Award)
Promothes Saha MS Summer 2011 Purdue University Fort Wayne (assistant professor) A Strategy on Roadway Pricing for Rural Freeways

Undergraduate Students

  • Rishabh Thakkar, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2018-present
  • Karthik Velayutham, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2018-present
  • James Lentz, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2018-present
  • Mohammad Zaidi, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2018-Spring 2019
  • Kristopher Holder, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2018
  • Shannon Scott, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2018-Spring 2019
  • Anthony Battista, University of Massachussetts Amherst, Summer 2017
  • Mathias Hanssen, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2017
  • Tejas Chaudhary, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2015-Spring 2018
  • Rahul Patel, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2015-Spring 2017
  • Mark Stahl, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2015-Fall 2018
  • Diego Neri, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2016
  • Jesus Osorio, Valparaiso University, Summer 2016
  • Hagen Fritz, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2015-Spring 2016
  • Rebecca Hutchinson, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2015-Summer 2016
  • Rachel Allensworth, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring-Summer 2014
  • Reese Hatridge, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2013
  • Peter Kozey, Vanderbilt University, Summer 2013
  • Kimberly Selph, Washington State University, Summer 2012
  • Alexandra Dukeman, University of Wyoming, Summer 2011
  • Hannah Olsen, University of Wyoming, Summer 2011
  • Chris Melson, University of Wyoming, Summer 2010
  • Rebecca Franke, University of Kentucky, Summer 2010

Group Activities

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Birthday party, Fall 2019

Potluck, Fall 2018

Priyadarshan Patil, intramural racquetball champion, Fall 2018

Hiking at Turkey Creek, Fall 2018

Hiking at Turkey Creek, Fall 2018

Birthday party, Fall 2018

Transportation Technology Tournament, Summer 2018

Potluck, Spring 2018

Longhorn Run, Spring 2018

Birthday party, Fall 2017

Ehsan's farewell, Summer 2017

Racquetball, Summer 2017

Willem's farewell, Spring 2017

Longhorn Run, Spring 2017

Potluck, Fall 2016

Racquetball, Summer 2016

Tarun's farewell, Summer 2016

Rachel's (temporary) farewell, Summer 2016

Potluck, Spring 2016

Potluck, Fall 2015

Potluck, Summer 2015

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