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Tae J. Kwon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

About Me

Dr. Tae J. Kwon joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in August 2016, shortly after earning his PhD degree at the University of Waterloo with the prestigious UW Engineering Doctoral Thesis Award. His current research areas include location optimization of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) facilities, spatial and temporal analyses of road traffic and safety using geostatistics, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Transportation, and application of Big Data for estimation and forecasting of road and traffic conditions. He is a member and communication coordinator of TRB surface transportation weather committee (AH010), and serves as a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Transportation Research Record, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Journal of Statistical Computing. 

Professional Activities

  • Transportation Research Group Coordinator, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta (01/2018 – present)
  • Faculty Representative of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Edmonton Section (07/2017 – present)
  • Academic Planning Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta (06/2017 – 05/2018)
  • Standing Committee on TRB Surface Transportation Weather Research Group (01/2016 – present)
  • Committee Communication Coordinator (CCC) for TRB Surface Transportation Weather Research Group (01/2016 – present)
  • TRB Paper Review Committee, Surface Transportation Weather (AH010) (2017 - 2018)
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. (01/2016 - 07/2016)
  • Co-lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. (05/2015 – 08/2015)
  • Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. (05/2014 – 08/2014)
  • Co-lecturer, Data for Performance Measurement. Professional Development Workshop, CSCE, Edmonton, AB. (06/2012)

Awards/Scholarships

  • Recipient of the 2019 Great Supervisor Award, FGSR, University of Alberta
  • Early Career Researcher Award (08/2017, 08/2018)
  • University of Waterloo Doctoral Thesis Award, 12/2015
  • NSERC / University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship (2 times)
  • University of Waterloo Departmental Graduate Students Award (6 times)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Award, 2011-2015
  • Environmental Studies Graduate Excellence Award (3 times), 2009-2010
  • Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE) Presentation Competition (1st Place), 2009
  • J.L. Beaton Academic Excellence Award, 2008
  • AOLS Education Foundation and High Academic Achievement Award, 2007
  • President's Entrance Scholarships, 2004-2009

Research

Research Interests

Dr. Kwon's current research areas are as follows:

  • Transportation and geomatics (remote sensing/GIS)
  • Winter transportation engineering (winter road maintenance)
  • Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)
  • Applications of Big Data for estimation and forecasting of road and traffic conditions
  • Spatial and temporal analyses of road traffic and safety
  • Traffic and transportation system optimization

Selected Publications

  • Gu, L., Kwon, T.J., and Qiu, T.Z. (2019). A Geostatistical Approach to Winter Road Surface Condition Estimation using Mobile RWIS Data. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. Accepted in Nov 2018.
  • Wang, X., Gu, L., Kwon, T.J., and Qiu, Z. (2019). A Geostatistical Investigation into the Effective Spatiotemporal Coverage of Road Weather Information Systems in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Advanced Transportation. Accepted in Nov 2018. DOI https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5179694.
  • Kwon, T.J., Muresan, M., Fu, L., Usman, T. (2019) Development of Zonal-specific Semivariograms for a Strategic RWIS Network Optimization - A Case Study. Submitted to Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Accepted in Nov 2018.
  • Sun, D., El-Basyouny, K., Kwon, T.J. (2018) Sun Glare: Network Characterization and Safety Effects. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Mar 2018.
  • Lu, Z., Kwon, T. J. and Fu, L. (2018). Effects of Winter Weather on Traffic Operations and Optimization of Signalized Intersections. Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Feb 2018.
  • Kwon, T. J. and Fu, L. (2017). Spatiotemporal Variability of Road Weather Conditions and Optimal RWIS Density – An Empirical Investigation. The Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2017-0052
  • Fu, Liping; Thakali, Lalita; Kwon, T. J.; Usman, Taimur. (2016). A Risk-Based Approach to Winter Road Surface Condition Classification. The Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2016-2015.
  • Kwon, T.J., Fu, L., & Melles, S. (2016). Location Optimization of road weather information system (RWIS) network considering the needs of winter road maintenance and the traveling public. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, pp 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/mice.12222.
  • Thakali, L., Kwon, T. J., & Fu, L. (2015). Identification of crash hotspot using kernel density estimation and kriging methods - a comparison. Journal of Modern Transportation. DOI: 10.1007/s40534-0150-0068-0 (Selected as one of the top five downloaded articles published in 2015).
  • Kwon, T. J., Fu, L., & Jiang, C. (2013). Effect of Winter Weather and Road Surface Conditions on Macroscopic Traffic Parameters, accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council. Washington D.C. DOI: 10.3141/2329-07.
  • Kwon, T.J., Li, J., & Wong, A. (2012). ETVOS: An Enhanced Total Variation Optimization Segmentation Approach for SAR Sea-Ice Image Segmentation, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(2), 925-934. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2205259.
  • Kwon, T.J., & Li, J. (2012). Mapping Marine Oil Spills from Space. In J. Yangm X., & Li (Ed.), Advances in Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery (pp. 361-386). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses, U of A

  • Transportation Engineering II, Fall 2018
  • Transportation Engineering: Planning and Design, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

Graduate Courses, U of A

  • Geomatics Applications in Transportation Engineering, Graduate Course, Winter 2018
  • Transportation Planning: Methods and Techniques, Graduate Course, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018