Shojaat Awarded Best Paper Award by TRB

February 12, 2019

Shojaat holding certificate standing between 2 menBATON ROUGE, LA – Siavash Shojaat, a recent PhD graduate in LSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently earned the 2018 Best Paper Award at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

Shojaat’s paper, titled “Defining Freeway Design Capacity Based on Stochastic Observations,” was selected out of 80 submissions to TRB’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee, which is concerned with investigating the physical and non-physical factors that affect capacity, traffic flow, comfort, convenience, and safety.

The paper was based on Shojaat’s PhD dissertation at LSU, titled “Sustained Flow Index: A Stochastic Measure of Freeway Capacity,” and was co-authored by Brian Wolshon, LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering professor; Luis Escobar, LSU Experimental Statistics professor; Justin Geistefeldt, civil and environmental engineering professor at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany; and Scott Parr, assistant professor of civil engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

It was also published in the Transportation Research Record, the journal of the TRB.

About the Transportation Research Board

The Transportation Research Board is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. TRB fulfills this mission through a variety of means, including standing task forces that address all modes and aspects of transportation, publication and dissemination of reports, and conduct of special studies on transportation policy at the request of the U.S. Congress and other government agencies.


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