Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference

Hilton, Anchorage, AK, USA ; 16 Sep - 19 Sep 2012

Special Session Organizers:

Yaobin Chen, Ph.D., (ychen[at]iupui[dot]edu), Professor and Director, Transportation Active Safety. Institute, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. Indianapolis, U.S.A.

Eliza Y. Du, Ph.D., (yidu[at]iupui[dot]edu), Associate Professor, Transportation Active Safety. Institute, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. Indianapolis, USA


Every year, there are a large number of injuries and fatalities caused by vehicle crashes. Vehicle active safety systems can sense and identify potential crash events and prevent or mitigate the collision either by warning the driver or by taking appropriate control actions such as autonomous braking. Recent advances in advanced vehicle active safety technology have greatly improved vehicle safety and significantly reduced vehicle crashes, thus saving many lives. The objective of this special session is to bring leading researchers from academia and industry together to exchange the latest research results in the field. This session will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, developers, and practitioners to present state-of-the art algorithms,  techniques, and system designs in vehicle active safety and discuss the potential problems and solutions in real applications.

Possible topic areas include, but are certainly not limited to the following areas:

Adaptive cruise control; collision warning; lane-departure warning; lane-keeping control; pedestrian detection and protection; road classification for active safety; and their applications.

Short bios of organizers:

Yaobin Chen is Professor and Chair of electrical and computer engineering at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A. He is also the director of Transportation Active Safety Institute. Dr, Chen received his BS degree from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now Southeast University), Nanjing, China in 1982, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1986 and 1988 respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Chen was with the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. Since 1990, Dr. Chen has been with Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, where he also served as Associate Dean for Research from 2003 to 2005.

Dr. Chen’s areas of expertise include modeling, simulation, control, and optimization of advanced transportation and automotive systems, vehicle active safety systems, intelligent control, and advanced energy systems. He has published more than 110 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research activities have been sponsored by government agencies and private companies for the last 23 years. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1991. Dr. Chen is a senior member of IEEE and a member of SAE and ASEE. He has served as an associate editor for four international journals. Dr. Chen is an active member of IEEE ITSS. He is an elected member of the Board of Governors for two three-year terms ending Dec 2014. He served as the general chair for the 2010 and 2011 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety.

Eliza Y. Du is Associate Professor with the Transportation Active Safety Institute and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN, USA. She received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, in 2003, the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. From September 2003 to July 2005, she was an Assistant Research Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy. Her research interests include image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics. Her research has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, National Institute of Justice, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Canada Border Services Agency, Indiana Department of Transportation, Toyota, and IUPUI internal grants. She has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and has organized several international conferences, and special sessions. Dr. Du is a member of the honor societies Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. 

Tentative Speakers:

We have extended our invitation to several major research organizations in China, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S. We plan to include 5-6 papers in the proposed session. The potential speakers are given below:

• Dr. Fang Chen, Associate Professor, SAFER, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

• Chunzhao Guo and Seiichi Mita, Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc., Japan.

Title: Road Contextual Correlation for Pedestrian Detection and Safety Assessment.

• Dr. Keqiang Li, Professor, Department of Automotive Engineering and State Key Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy Saving, Tsinghua University, China.

• Dr. Glenn Widmann, Chief Engineer, Delphi Electronics and Safety, U.S.A.

• Lingxi Li, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Transportation Active Safety Institute, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. U.S.A.

Title: Plant Error Compensation and Jerk Control for Adaptive Cruise Control Systems

• Eliza Du, Yaobin Chen, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Transportation. Active Safety Institute, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. U.S.A.

Paper 1: Kernel-based Low-cost Efficient Driving Environment Classification

Paper 2: Automatic Categorization-based Multi-stage Pedestrian Detection