Transportation Engineering - Research



Research Areas

The Division faculty and students work on both fundamental research and applied projects advancing, respectively, the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in transportation engineering. These projects also enable students to pursue research to fulfill their academic goals and publish their research outcomes in international and national journals and conference proceedings. The details of the publications are available in the website of the individual faculty members.

Academic Research - Recent PhD Topics

  • Reliability based optimal routing and traffic assignment on stochastic transportation networks
  • Performance of bituminous mixes with modified binders
  • Study of Asphalt transition
  • Travel time and congestion analysis under heterogeneous traffic conditions
  • Experimental investigations and analytical modeling of rutting of asphalt concrete mixes
  • Traffic flow modelling under heterogeneous traffic conditions
  • Analysis of interrelated activity and travel pattern
  • Study on the effect of geometric design consistency on level of safety on intercity roads
  • Dynamic traffic assignment under multiple vehicle classes
  • Study of merging at urban uncontrolled major-minor road junctions under heterogeneous traffic conditions
  • Evaluation of turn lane at signalized intersection in heterogeneous traffic using microscopic simulation model
  • Studies on safety performance of two-lane rural highways under mixed traffic
  • Route choice modeling and network assignment in heterogeneous traffic conditions
  • Impact assessment of bus priority measures on heterogeneous traffic flow using computer simulation
  • Network level pavement management system for rural roads 
  • Study of traffic flow characteristics on intercity highways using computer simulation 
  • Study of variability in asphalt properties between production and construction
  • Study of vehicular interactions in heterogeneous urban road traffic using computer simulation
  • Development of appropriate level-of-service criteria for roads carrying heterogeneous traffic 
  • Pavement material characterization and its influence on the stress strain analysis of pavement layers

Sponsored Research Projects


  • Traffic Control Strategies to Mitigate Environmental Pollution, IIT-Madras, 2003 – 2007.
  • Congestion Mitigation in Indian Urban Areas, IIT-Madras, 2004 – 2007.
  • Development of Multimodal framework for Transportation Analysis, IC & SR, IIT Madras, 2004-2007.
  • ITS applications under mixed traffic conditions using video data, IIT Madras, 2006 -2009.
  • Estimation and Prediction of traffic parameters under mixed traffic conditions for ITS applications, Department of Science and Technology, 2008 - 2011.
  • Modeling Mixed Traffic Flow on Urban Roads and Development of Capacity Standards. Sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India,
  • Center of Excellence in Urban Transport, sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development, (MoUD), Govt. of India, 2009-2012.
  • ATIS Applications for Indian Cities, Sponsored by Ministry of Information Technology (MIT), Govt. of India, 2009-2012.
  • Field Performance Evaluation of Bituminous Mixes with Modified Binders, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 2006 - 2012.
  • Investigation on the Performance Grade Properties of Bitumen Processed at CPCL, Chennai and Development of Warrants for Modification, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, April 2007 - May 2009.
  • Center for Asphalt Science and Technology, Consortium of Oil Companies and Modified Binder Manufacturers, Nov. 2009 - Oct. 2014.


  • “Development of a Methodology for Enhancing Level of Safety at Traffic Signals” in collaboration with Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
  • MoU established between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and IIT Madras under the collaboration initiated by the World Bank.
  • Indo-Hungarian Collaborative Research Project on Decision Support Models for Highway Maintenance Management, Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, 2007 - 2009.
  • Indo-US Network Centre for Highway and Airport Engineering, Indo-US S&T Forum, 2008-2011.


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