Anuj Sharma

TITLE

Research Scientist and Leader, REACTOR

PHONE

515-294-3624

EMAIL

anujs@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Co-Director, REACTOR Laboratory

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE, REACTOR

About Anuj

Dr. Sharma is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Sharma’s research has been recognized by numerous funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, National Institute of Health, several state departments of transportation, and multiple city public works departments. Dr. Sharma has been granted awards of more than $10 million, which contribute to fund his research. He has served as principal investigator/co-principal investigator for over 32 research projects over 9 years.

His research uses big data-driven discoveries to help make better short-term (usually automated control) and long-term (policy) decisions. Dr. Sharma instrumented and is currently leading the REACTOR (REaltime AnalytiCs of TranspORtation data) Laboratory. The lab is able to ingest multiple streams of real-time data to assist in driving transportation policy decisions. Research efforts at the lab are focused on data ingestion, real-time analytics, batch processing, visualization/front end development, and archiving of numerous data streams

Education


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, 2008 
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2004 
  • BE, Civil Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India, 2001 

Professional Experience


  • Associate Professor, Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 2014- Present 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, August 2008- July 2014 
  • Programmer Analyst, Cognizant Technology Solutions, India, 2001-2002 

Selected Research Projects


  • Topic 3, Iowa State University – FHWA EAR BAA 2016 InterchangeSE: a Federated Multi-Modal Simulation Environment for Studying Interactions between Different Modes of Travel, Current, Principal Investigator 
  • Assessing the Impact of Game Day Schedule and Opponents on Travel Patterns and Route Choice using Big Data Analytics, Current, Principal Investigator 
  • 2016 Work Zone and Guardrail Safety Training Grants, Current, Co-Principal Investigator
  • PFI:BIC – TIMELI: Traffic Incident Management Enabled by Large Data Innovations, September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019, Principal Investigator
  • Research Projects for the Iowa DOT Office of Transportation Operations, July 15, 2013 – Jun 30, 2017, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Performance Based Operations Assessment of Adaptive Traffic Signal Control, October 1, 2016- December 31, 2017, Principal Investigator.
  • Analysis of Dynamic Advisory Messaging Phase II, July 1, 2016- July 31, 2017,  Co-Principal Investigator 

Selected Publications


  • Sharma, A., E. Smaglik, S. Kothuri, O. Smith, P. Koonce, and T. Huang. In Press. Leading Pedestrian Interval Implementation as a Marginal Costs and Benefits Problem. recommended for publication in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 
  • Adu-Gyamfi, Y.,  A. Sharma, S. Knickerbocker, N. Hawkins. In Press. Framework for Evaluating Reliability of Wide-Area Probe Data. Recommended for publication in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 
  • Adu-Gyamfi, Y.,  S. Asare, and A. Sharma. In Press. Automated Vehicle Recognition with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Recommended for publication in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 
  • Zhao, M., C. Liu, A. Sharma. 2017. Multivariate Poisson-Lognormal Model for Analysis of Crashes on Urban Signalized Intersections Approach. Journal of Transportation Safety & Security.
  • Wang, S., A. Sharma, S. Knickerbocker. 2017. Analyzing and Improving the Performance of Dynamic Message Sign Reporting Work Zone Related Congestion. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Vol. 2617, pp. 71–77.
  • Shefang, W., and A. Sharma. 2017. Assessing the Impact of Speed Limit Reduction near Signalized High-Speed Intersections Equipped with Advance Warning Flashers: A Case Study in Nebraska. Journal of Transportation Engineering. Vol. 143, No. 6.
  • Verghese, V.,  L. Chenhui, S. Subramanian, L. Vanajakshi, A. Sharma. 2017. Development and Implementation of a Model Based Road Traffic Control Scheme. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Vol. 31, No. 3.
  • Liu, C., A. Sharma, E. Smaglik, and S. Kothuri. 2016. TraSER:  A Traffic Signal Event-Based Recorder SoftwareX. Vol. 5, pp. 156–162.
  • Sobie, C., E. Smaglik, A. Sharma, A. Kading, S. Kothuri, and P. Koonce. 2016. Managing User Delay with a Focus on Pedestrian Operations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Volume 2558, pp. 20–29.
  • Savolainen, P., A. Sharma, and T. J. Gates. 2016. Driver Decision-Making in the Dilemma Zone – Examining the Influences of Clearance Intervals, Enforcement Cameras and the Provision of Advance Warning through a Random Effects Probit Model. Accident Analysis and Prevention. Volume 96, pp. 351–360.
  • Anusha, S. P, A. Sharma, L. Vanajakshi, S. Subramanian, and L. Rilett. 2016. A Model Based Approach for Queue and Delay Estimation at Signalized Intersections with Erroneous Automated Data. Journal of Transportation Engineering. Vol. 142, No. 5.
  • Zhao, M., A. Sharma, E. J. Smaglik, and T. Overman. 2015. Traffic Signal Battery Backup Systems: Use of Event-Based Traffic Controller Logs in Performance-Based Investment Programming. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Vol. 2488, pp. 53–61.
  • Gyawali,  S., A. Sharma, A. Khattak, and E. J. Smaglik. 2015. Use of Decision Assistance Curves in Advanced Warrant Analysis for Indirect Left-Turn Intersections. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Vol. 2466, pp. 54–63.
  • Zhao M. and A. Sharma. 2014. Optimal Deployment of Hybrid Alternative Power System at Signalized Intersections. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Vol. 2438, pp. 72–80.

Professional Affiliations, Honors, and Service


  • SASNet Fellow, Urban Big Data Center Glasgow, July 2016 
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014 
  • Central States Conference ASLA 2014 Merit Award (Category-Research) for “Economic Framework for Feature Selection in Healing Garden: Evaluation at Women’s Hospital – Category IV,” HDR – Omaha, NE and UNL – Lincoln, NE, 2014
  • Great Plains Chapter ASLA 2013 Merit Award (Category-Research) for “Economic Framework for Feature Selection in Healing Garden: Evaluation at Women’s Hospital – Category IV,” HDR – Omaha, NE and UNL – Lincoln, NE, 2013
  • Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Science and Technology. Awarded by Council of University Transportation Centers, 2008
  • Exceptional Paper Award for “Recasting Dilemma Zone Design as a Marginal Costs-Benefits Problem” Traffic Signal System Committee at TRB 86th Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Co-Chair, Paper Review Board, TRB Traffic Signal Systems Committee, January 2017
  • Chair, Education Subcommittee, TRB Traffic Signal Systems Committee, January 2016 

Completed Research


In-Progress Research


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