Concordia University

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Ciprian Alecsandru, PhD

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Office: S-EV 6161 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8769
Email: Ciprian.Alecsandru@concordia.ca
Website(s): Concordia University Transportation Lab

Dr. Alecsandru joined the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2006. Prior to earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2003 and 2006, respectively, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the Transportation Faculty at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest for four years, where he also earned his B.Eng. degree.

Research interests

  • Traffic Simulation
  • Traffic Operations and Control
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Soft Computing in Transportation Applications
  • Sustainable Transportation Development
  • Safety and Operations of Non-Motorized Road Users

Projects

  • Cell-Transmission Based Model for Signalized Intersections
  • Modeling Framework for Large-Scale Traffic Networks
  • Montreal Public Transit System - Metro
  • MTQ projects

Academic experience

  • 2006 - present Transportation Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
  • 2001 - 2006 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1997 - 2001 Assistant Lecturer, Transportation Department, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania

Education

  • 2006 PhD Civil Engineering Louisiana StateUniversity, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2003 MS Civil Engineering Louisiana StateUniversity, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1998 MS Telematics for Transportation Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania
  • 1997 BS Automatics for Railroad Transportation Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania


Teaching activities

Teaching interests

  • Traffic Engineering
  • Urban Transportation Planning
  • Transportation Analysis
  • Advanced Transportation Topics
  • Traffic operations and control

  • Modeling and simulation for dynamic transportation networks

  • Intelligent transportation and information systems

  • Transportation systems scalability

  • Soft computing and emerging technologies in transportation

Courses

  • ENGR 213 - Applied Differential Equations
  • CIVI 372 - Transportation Engineering
  • CIVI 474 - Transportation Planning and Design
  • CIVI 6401 - Transportation Systems Analysis
  • CIVI 6411 - Urban Transportation Planning
  • CIVI 6441 - Traffic Engineering


Research activities

Research projects

  • PI, Towards Sustainable Transportation Networks, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (06/01/2015-05/31/2020) ($100,000)
  • Co-PI, Efficacité énergétique et déglaçage des entrées pourle tunnel Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine, MTQ Research Grant. (01/01/2017-12/31/2018) ($750,000)
  • PI, Évaluation des pratiques sécuritaires pour les voies réservées aux véhicules à taux d'occupation élevée, MTQ Research Grant. (04/01/2012-02/28/2015) ($150,000)
  • PI, An assessment tool for evaluation of operational and safety performance of intermodal transit terminals, MITACS Accelerate, 2011
  • PI,  Methodology to Estimate Bus Terminal Capacity using Microscopic Simulation, MITACS Accelerate, 2010
  • PI, Modeling Framework for Large-Scale Traffic Networks, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (06/01/2007-05/31/2012) ($95,000)
  • PI, Cell-Transmission Based Traffic Simulator for Signalized Intersections, ENCS, Concordia University (08/01/2006-05/31/2008) ($25,000)


Publications


Participation activities

Conference proceedings and presentations

  • Alecsandru, C. and S. Ishak. A Lane-Changing Algorithm for Cell-Transmission Model. Presented at the 19th IASTED International Conference on Modeling and Simulation, Quebec, Canada, 2008.
  • Alecsandru, C. and S. Ishak. Modeling Randomness In Driving Behavior Within A Cell Transmission Based Framework. Preprint CD-ROM of the 86th Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2007.
  • Ishak, S., S. Kondagari, and C. Alecsandru. A Probabilistic Data-driven Approach For Real-time Screening Of Freeway Traffic Data. Preprint CD-ROM of the 86th Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2007.
  • Ishak, S., C. Alecsandru, and D. Seedah. Topological and Operational Improvements to a Cell-Transmission-Based Simulation Model. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Applications of Advanced Technology in Transportation, Chicago, IL., 2006
  • Ishak, S., C. Alecsandru, and D. Seedah. Improvement and Evaluation of the Cell-Transmission Model for Operational Analysis of Traffic Networks: A Freeway Case Study. Preprint CD-ROM of the 85th Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2006.
  • Ishak, S., and C. Alecsandru. Analysis of Freeway Preincident, Postincident, and Nonincident Conditions Using Second-Order Spatiotemporal Traffic Performance Measures. Preprint CD-ROM of the 84th Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2005.
  • Ishak, S, Y. Zhang, and C. Alecsandru. Development of Optimal Downsampling Procedures for Microsimulation Modeling of Transportation Networks: A Freeway Case Study. Preprint CD-ROM of the 84th Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2005.
  • Ishak, S., S. Chakravarthy, and C. Alecsandru. Performance versus Scalability of Microscopic Traffic Simulation Systems Preprint CD-ROM of the 83rd Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2004.
  • Alecsandru, C. and S. Ishak. A Hybrid Model-Based and Memory-Based TrafficPrediction System. Preprint CD-ROM of the 83rd Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2004.
  • Ishak, S., and C. Alecsandru. Optimizing Traffic Prediction Performance of Neural Networks under Various Topological, Input, and Traffic Condition Setting. Preprint CD-ROM of the 82nd Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2003
  • Ishak, S., P. Kotha, and C. Alecsandru. Optimization of Dynamic Neural Network Performance for Short-Term Traffic Prediction. Preprint CD-ROM of the 82nd Annual Meeting of TRB, National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2003.

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