The following UIC Engineering faculty are active members of the Autonomous Vehicles Working Group:


Ahmet Enis Cetin

Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Cetin’s research interests include computer vision and speech, and sound and sensor signal processing. He developed a 360-degree camera with a built-in graphics processor to correct the field of view as well as a sound-analysis system for Renault-Nissan. Dr. Cetin also consulted with a subcontractor for Fiat in Italy on a project related to replacing side mirrors with cameras.


Natasha Devroye

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Devroye’s research interests include network information theory, communications, joint communication and radar system design, and joint communication and control system co-design, with automated control of autonomous vehicles as the target application.


Shuo Han

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Han’s interests lie at the intersection of control theory and optimization algorithms. He is particularly interested in distributed algorithms for control and decision-making in the presence of communication constraints (latency, error rate, number of channels) that arise from vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. Applications may include vehicle platooning and autonomous intersections.


Lina He

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. He’s research interests are in the field of electrical power and energy systems with a focus on distribution management systems, renewable energy integration, and wide-area protection and cybersecurity. Specifically related to autonomous vehicles, she is interested in energy management system design and the resilience of distribution power grids with autonomous-vehicle chargers.


Mengqi Hu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Dr. Hu’s research interests are in complex system optimization, distributed dynamic decision-making, and computational intelligence as applied to multi-robot systems and smart grids.


Andrew Johnson

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Johnson studies visualization, interaction, and collaboration with a focus on helping multidisciplinary groups to work together more effectively through the creation of software tools and environments, typically large display walls. Via these affordances, researchers can see multiple simultaneous visualizations of their data to help with validation, relate their data to other data, and more effectively formulate and validate hypotheses.


Erdem Koyuncu

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Koyuncu conducts research in communications, networks, signal processing, and control. In particular, he has worked extensively on location optimization, trajectory planning, and distributed control of autonomous vehicles.


Jane Lin

Associate Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering

Dr. Lin has expertise in sustainable transportation modeling and analysis, energy and emission modeling, freight and city logistics, and emerging mobility services enabled by information technology.


Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian

Professor and Department Head, Civil and Materials Engineering

Dr. Mohammadian studies transportation systems, including travel-behavior analysis, modeling of activity and travel patterns, travel surveys, computational analysis of transportation systems, agent-based microsimulation models, and freight and logistics modeling. His research group has developed three large-scale simulation tools for Chicago and the state of Illinois, and he is now working on three Department of Energy-funded projects about the demand for autonomous vehicles and travel behavior changes related to new mobility options.


Didem Ozevin

Associate Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering

Dr. Ozevin’s research interests related to autonomous vehicles are the nondestructive evaluation of dissimilar materials in joints used in the bodies of autonomous vehicles, and the auxiliary use of sensors in assessing the structural quality of roads for better vehicle-pavement interaction.


Wenjing Rao

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Rao works on testing, design-for-test, and fault tolerance in digital systems: how to design low-cost tests to cover most faults, how to detect faults offline or online, and how to use redundancy and reconfiguration to mask faults or to achieve self-repair upon fault detection. She also is interested in hardware security and combinatorics.


Ramin Shabanpour

Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering

Dr. Shabanpour’s research is travel demand analysis, emphasizing microsimulation-based approaches to model and analyze travel behavior. He has conducted research in transportation planning; policy evaluation; and integrated land-use, transport, and environment modeling. His current work is focused on adoption patterns and the behavioral implications of emerging transportation technologies, including autonomous and electric vehicles.  


Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Dr. Shahbazian-Yassar is an expert in advanced materials and nanoengineering materials—for example, sensing/responsive materials and flexible/printable power sources—that could be applied in the development of autonomous vehicles.


Besma Smida

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Smida specializes in communications, information theory, and signal processing. Her research group focuses on ultra-reliable and low-latency communication, analyzing tradeoffs between latency, rate, and reliability in wireless communication and exploring spectrum-efficient communication and sensing techniques. The group also proposes a unified framework for active control of both communication network topologies and systems.


Mojtaba Soltanalian

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Soltanalian studies the interplay of signal processing and efficient optimization methods, which can facilitate processing and design of signals for radar sensing and communication in civilian applications, including automotive safety and autonomous vehicles. He has advised automotive safety companies and has contributed to global-level research related to radar and waveform diversity for agile and effective sensing.


Venkat Venkatakrishnan

Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Venkatakrishnan’s work recognizes that the software that forms the backbone of autonomous vehicle systems raises the potential for a number of novel security threats. His research interests in this area include software vulnerability analysis; attack detection and prevention technologies; and secure software design, development, and verification to improve assurance.


Ouri Wolfson

Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Wolfson is interested in mobile computing, big data, smart cities, and computational transportation.


Miloš Žefran

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Žefran is interested in autonomy at multiple levels: at the vehicle-engine level, robust control mechanisms that can optimize short-term (seconds) and mid-term (minutes) responses to traffic and weather; at the vehicle-to-vehicle level, trade-offs between communication and control; and at the system level, meeting formal safety specifications, especially when autonomous vehicle systems use soft computing components that may lack explicit models.


Xinhua Zhang

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Zhang’s research interests are in machine learning and large-scale optimization (convex and nonconvex, but not combinatorial). His current research focuses on convex models for learning predictive representation and on efficiently escaping saddle points in nonconvex optimization.


Brian Ziebart

Associate Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Ziebart’s work focuses on machine learning and robust sequential decision-making. He is interested in designing machine-learning methods that are tuned for application-specific performance measures, learning appropriate autonomous driving strategies from human demonstration, and predictive modeling of pedestrian and bicyclists to support decision-making and planning with regard to autonomous vehicles.


Bo Zou

Associate Professor, Civil and Materials Engineering

Dr. Zou’s research focuses on the modeling and analysis of smart transportation systems, emphasizing autonomous and shared mobility. His work encompasses understanding spatial-temporal distribution of traveler and vehicle flows in transportation networks, system design and operation optimization with respect to tradeoffs between cost-effectiveness and quality, and assessment of system-level performance.


Lenore D. Zuck

Research Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Zuck’s research covers a range of topics from microcode to privacy, with an emphasis on rigorous methods for specifying, analyzing, and correctness-proving (verification). She was a program director at the National Science Foundation for more than two years, where she was involved in government activities relating to trustworthy computing systems as well as software and hardware foundations and cyber-physical systems.