Dr. Laurence R Rilett

Professor and Director
262D Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
2200 Vine Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0851
Phone: 402-472-1992
fax: 402-472-0859
lrilett2@unl.edu


Bio

  • Dr. Laurence R. Rilett is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He also serves as the Director of the UNL Mid-America Transportation Center, which is the U.S. Department of Transportation Region VII University Transportation Center, and the Nebraska Transportation Center, which is the umbrella organization for all transportation research at the University of Nebraska.

    Dr. Rilett received his B.A.Sc. degree and his M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. degree from Queen's University. He has held academic positions as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor (1995) at the University of Alberta, and as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

    Dr. Rilett has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 25 research projects. Dr. Rilett's field of research is in the transportation system analysis area and his specific research may be divided into two main areas: Intelligent Transportation Systems applications and large-scale transportation system modeling. He has authored or co-authored over 60 refereed journal papers and over 70 conference papers based on his research. In 2002 he was awarded the Texas Transportation Institute TTI/Trinity Researcher Award and in 2007 he was awarded the UNL College of Engineering Research Award. Dr. Rilett is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and on the editorial board of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations.

Education
1992 Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
1990 Ph.D. Candidate for Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
1987 M.S. Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
1987 Honors B.S., Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Experience

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Keith W. Klaasmeyer Chair in Engineering and Technology
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Director, Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Universtiy of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Professor
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | E.B. Snead II Associate Professor
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Associate Professor with tenure
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Assistant Professor
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta | Associate Professor with Tenure | Department of Civil Engineering
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta | Assistant Professor | Department of Civil Engineering
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario | Lecturer | Department of Civil Engineering
  • Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario | Lecturer | Department of Mathematics

Selected Publications
2011 A Methodology for Comparing Non-Intrusive Traffic Detectors Under Different Operating Conditions
published in International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety
2011 Safety Effect of Dilemma-Zone Protection Using Actuated Advance Warning Systems
published in Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting
2011 Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation
published in
2011 A Methodology for Comparing Non-Intrusive Traffic Detectors Under Different Operating Conditions
published in 1st International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety
2011 Development of a State of the Art Traffic Microsimulation Model for Nebraska
published in Nebraska Transportation Center, Final Report 2011
2011 The Challenges and Opportunities of ITS in the 21st Century
published in 1st International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety
2011 ITS Research – A U.S. Perspective, Intelligent Transportation Society of India Annual Conference
published in Intelligent Transportation Society of India Annual Conference
2011 Transportation Data and Green House Gas Emissions Modeling
published in INDO-US Workshop on Transportation and GHG Emissions
2011 Wind/solar hybrid generation-based roadway microgrids
published in Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2011 IEEE
2010 Estimation of Dynamic Origin-Destination Matrices and Calibration of Micro-Simulation Models Using Aggregate Intersection Turn Count Data
published in 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
2010 Developing a State-wide Traffic Micro-Simulation Model: Issues and Challenges
published in Proceedings of the 8th International Transportation Specialty Conference
2010 Effectiveness of Combined Advance Detection and Advance Warning Flashers
published in Proceedings of the 8th International Transportation Specialty Conference
2010 Joint Estimation of Dynamic Origin-Destination Matrices and Calibration of Micro-simulation Models Using Aggregate Intersection Turn-Count Data
published in Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting
2010 ITS in America: Challenges and Opportunities
published in Indo-US Workshop on Emerging Trends in Intelligent Transportation Systems
2009 Effectiveness of Offsetting Opposing Left-Turn Lanes: A Case Study
published in Journal of the Transportation Research Forum
2009 An Improved Flow-Based Travel Time Estimation Method from Point Detector Data for Freeways
published in ASCE Journal of Transportation
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Selected Projects
Assessing Passenger Car Equivalency Factors for High Truck Percentages
Performance of Advance Warning Systems in a Coordinated System
In-Vehicle Evaluation of Milled Rumble Strips at Pre- and Post-Chip Sealed Maintenance Periods
Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) U.S.D.O.T. Region VII University Transportation Center
Speed Limit Recommendation in Vicinity of Signalized, High-Speed Intersections
Nebraska Transportation Center Seed Funding
Transportation Curriculum Development
ARRA: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Region 7 (1)
NDOR Speed Limit Recommendation in Vicinity of Signalized High-Speed Intersection
Evaluation of Nebraska Department of Road Advanced Warning Systems
Video Detection Equipment
Region VII- Diesel Emissions and Idle Reduction Retrofit Program
NDOR Optimal Design of Workzone Crossovers
Acceleration Ramps Along High Speed Multi-Lane Roadways
Non-Intrusive Detector Study
ITS Travel Time
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Awards
2008 College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
2007 UNL College of Engineering Researcher and Creative Activity Award
2002 Texas Transportation Trinity Researcher Award
1999 Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award
1998 Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award
1997 Zachry Award for Execllence in Teaching