Mo Zhao, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Traffic operations
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Big Data in transportation
  • Traffic engineering
  • Highway safety

Education:

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Registrations:

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Memberships:

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • TRB Standing Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (AED50)

Awards:

  • Best Paper Award for the paper “Travel Time Reliability Prediction Using Random Forests” (with Zhang, Appiah, and Fontaine), TRB Subcommittee on Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability, 2023
  • Best Paper Award for the paper “Prediction of Travel Time Reliability on Interstates Using Linear Quantile Mixed Models”, (with Zhang, Appiah, and Fontaine), TRB Subcommittee on Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability, 2022
  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award, "Examination of Features Correlated with Roadway Departure Crashes on Rural Roads" (with J. Appiah), 2021
  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award, "Improving the Identification and Characterization of Arterial Congestion Bottlenecks" (with R. Venkatanarayana), 2018 
  • VTRC Horizon Award, 2018
  • Thomas J. Seburn Award, Missouri Valley Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2013
  • 1st Place, Student Competition, ITS Heartland Annual Meeting, 2011

Current Projects

Reports

Mo Zhao, Ph.D., P.E.

Mo.Zhao@VDOT.Virginia.gov

(434) 293-1938

Team Membership

Last updated: June 18, 2024

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