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Monday, December 03

Partners for Advanced Transportation TecHnology (PATH)

Mr. Wei-Bin Zhang, Program Manager, PATH Program, University of California, Berkeley, Richmond, CA
Energy & Transportation Science Division Seminar
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM, TRAVL, NTRC-2
Contact: Andreas Malikopoulos (, 865.946.1529


Founded in 1986, the California PATH Program was the first ITS research program in the United States. PATH's mission is to develop solutions to the problems of surface transportation systems through cutting edge research. Since its inception, PATH has participated actively in major national ITS research programs in the U.S., including the original ITS Architecture development, National Automated Highway Systems Consortium, Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI), Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (VII), IntelliDrive and SafeTrip-21. PATH collaborates closely with Caltrans and local and regional agencies in California to develop, implement and evaluate advanced systems solutions for improving efficiency and safety of the transportation infrastructure. PATH researchers have also worked closely with industrial partners on a wide range of enabling technologies for mobility, traffic and safety applications. In this presentation, Mr. Wei-Bin Zhang will provide an overview of PATH program, covering research areas involving eco-driving, connected vehicles, vehicle assist and automation, and transit.

About the speaker: WEI-BIN ZHANG is a Research Engineer and a Program Manager at the California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies of University of California at Berkeley (UCB).

Between 1980 and 1986, Mr. Zhang was a Lecturer at Northern Jiaotong University and was involved in earlier development of railway computer control systems. In 1987, Mr. Zhang joined Institute of Transportation Studies and participated in the early founding of the California PATH Program. For the past 25 years, Mr. Zhang has been a national leader in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) research. Between 1987 and 1994, his primary research is in the area of Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems (AVCSS) technologies, among which he developed magnetic guidance system that was later adopted for various applications worldwide. Between 1994 and 1995, he was the Technical Director of National Automated Highway Systems Consortium (NAHSC), a $210M national program led by the U.S. Department of Transportation and General Motors. He was responsible for overseeing the technical activities of the overall program. Between 1996 and 1997, Mr. Zhang managed the preparation for a major demonstration for Demo '97, a Congress-mandated national technical feasibility demonstration of Automated Highway Systems. Since 1997, Mr. Zhang worked with Caltrans, federal DOT and local agencies to establish various research and deployment programs, including advanced technologies for highway winter maintenance vehicles, transit ITS research, Transit Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI), Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA), Integrated Corridor Management (ICM), and Next generation traffic control technologies. He has led the efforts to transform PATH from a Caltrans-focused research program to an entrepreneurial multi-faceted applied research and development organization, obtaining and delivering many internationally-renowned ITS research projects.

Mr. Zhang has published over two hundred papers and reports in the areas of automated vehicle control, advanced transit and traffic control technologies and ITS systems issues. Mr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE and is currently a member of Board of Governor of IEEE ITS Society. He has contributed to many ITS conferences, among which he was the co-chair of 2011 IEEE FIST Conference 2011 and the Program Chair of 2012 IEEE ITS conference. He also served on various Technical and program committees for TRB, ITSC and APTA. Mr. Zhang is a member of ITSA International Council and was the Chair for ITS America’s China Committee. He was a founder for North America Chinese Transportation Association (NOCOTA, now COTA) and a founding member of Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (CoCAPS). He was the board member of International Chinese Professional Association (ICTPA) and President of Northern California Chapter.