Virginia P. Sisiopiku
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering with over 20 years of transportation experience. Since joining UAB in 2002, she has directed the UAB transportation program, and supported the Great Urban Serving Universities Program, the University Transportation Center for Alabama, and UAB University Transportation Center through research, scholarship, and service activities. She now leads the collaboration between UAB and STRIDE, a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) funded through RITA in 2012 and led by the University of Florida. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Sisiopiku was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and a faculty member of the Traffic Safety and Operation Center of Excellence. She has also served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as a consulting transportation engineer in Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, and Georgia.
Courses Taught at UAB
- CE345 - Transportation Engineering, Undergraduate
- CE621/CE721 - Transportation Engineering Seminar, Graduate
- CE622/CE722 - Traffic Flow Theory, Graduate
- CE623/CE723 - Non-Motorized Transportation Design and Planning, Graduate
- CE624/CE724 - Simulation Models for Transportation Applications, Graduate
- CE625/CE725 - Intelligent Transportation Systems, Graduate
Dr. Sisiopiku’s research interests include intelligent transportation systems, congestion management, traffic operations and safety, simulation and modeling, non-motorized transportation, and transportation security.
Current Research (2010-present)
- Empirically-Based Performance Assessment and Simulation of Pedestrian Behavior at Unsignalized Crossings with Schroeder B., Elefteriadou L, USDOT through STRIDE.
- Digital Advertising Billboards and Driver Distraction, with A. Gan, D. Stavrinos, and A. Sullivan (co-PIs), USDOT through the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management.
- Development of Educational and Professional Training Modules on Green/Sustainability Design and Rating Systems for Neighborhood Development and Transportation, with Peters R.W. and Amekudzi A. (co-PIs), USDOT through STRIDE.
- Optimizing EMS through the Use of Intelligent Transportation Systems Technologies with A. Sullivan, M. Hadi, R. Griffin, USDOT through the National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management.
- A Naturalistic Driving Study Across the Lifespan, with D. Starvinos and L. Ross, USDOT, through STRIDE
- Regional Data Clearinghouse Activities-Transportation Data Center, Phase II, with A. Sullivan, Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.
- Impact of Transit Integration in a Complete Streets Context, USDOT through the University Transportation Center for Alabama.
- “Ride Safe”-Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Accidents and Resulting Injuries by Examining How Information on Safety and Health is shared in an Online Motorcycle Community, with S. Cotten and T. Hale, UAB Center for the Study of Community Health
- Development of a Dynamic Traffic Assignment and Simulation Model for Incident and Emergency Management Applications in the Birmingham Region with A. Sullivan, F.H. Fouad, W. Hitchcock, K. Mouskos, C. Barrett, T. Vick, B.B. Keskin, S.H. Melouk, A. Ziliaskopoulos, and D. Turner, USDOT through the UAB University Transportation Center.
- Measuring Non-Recurrent Congestion in Alabama Cities, with A. Sullivan (PI), and S. Sikder, USDOT through the University Transportation Center for Alabama.
- Assessment of Pedestrian Activity and Behavior: University Blvd and 14th St S., University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- GO-ing Forward, with M. Fouad et al; NIH- National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Recent Publications (2011-2012)
- Sisiopiku, V.P. (2012). “Active Traffic Management as a Tool for Addressing Traffic Congestion”, Book Chapter in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Ahmed Abdel-Rahim Editor, ISBN 979-953-307-420-6, March 2012.
- Sisiopiku V.P., Kallem B.R., and Sullivan A. (2012). “Qualification of Non-Recurring Congestion Using GPS Data”, Journal of Modern Traffic and Transportation Engineering Research (MTTER), forthcoming.
- Sisiopiku V.P., and Cavusoglu O. (2012). “Incident and Emergency Medical Services Management from a Regional Perspective”, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 9, No 7: Preparedness and Emergency Response, pp. 2266-2282.
- Sisiopiku V.P., and Alnazer S. (2012). “Determining the Suitability of Freeway Corridors for Managed Lanes Deployment”, International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA), Vol. 2, Issue 3, May-Jun 2012, pp. 1236-1244.
- Fouad H. F., Bettinger, S., Sisiopiku, V., Scarinci, I., and Fouad, M., “Investigation into the Impact of the Built Environment on Obesity in Two Communities,” Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, San Antonio, Texas, June 2012.
- Seeherman J., Sisiopiku, V.P., A. Skabardonis. (2012). “Assessment of the Impact of Weather on Freeway Operations in California”, Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
- Hale T., Sisiopiku, V.P., S. Cotten. (2012). “The Relationship of Internet Safety Information Seeking on Risky Riding Behavior and Use of Protective Gear among an Online Motorcycle Community”, Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., and Abro, A.M. (2012). “Pedestrian Scramble: Feasibility Analysis”. Proceedings of the AlaSim 2012 Conference, Huntsville, AL.
- Parr S.A., Kaisar E.I., and Sisiopiku, V.P. (2012). “Traffic Micro-Simulation Modeling for an Urban Chemical Disaster”. Proceedings of the AlaSim 2012 Conference, Huntsville, AL.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., Cotten, S., and Hale, T. (2012). “Motorcycle Safety in the State of Alabama”. To appear in the Proceedings of the 2012 SDITE/GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., and Alnazer, S. (2012). “Screening Candidate Corridors for Managed Lane Implementation: Methodology and Findings from an Alabama Case Study”. Proceedings of the 2012 SDITE/GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY. Winner of best research paper award.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., Mouskos K., and Barrett C. (2011). “Evaluation of Lane-Reversal Plans for I-65 in Alabama”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation, Indianapolis, IN.
- Zhong, C., Sisiopiku, V.P., Ksaibati K., and Zhong, T. (2011). “Crash Prediction on Rural Roads”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation, Indianapolis, IN.
- Stavrinos, D., Garner A., Franklin C., Ball D., Ball K., Sisiopiku, V.P., and Fine P. (2011). “Impact of Distracted Driving on Traffic Flow Parameters”, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation, Indianapolis, IN.
- Sisiopiku V.P., and Cavusoglu O. (2011). “Evaluating Designated Truck Lane Strategies for an Urban Freeway Corridor”, Journal of Transportation of the ITE- Institute of Transportation Engineers, Vol. 2., No I, October 2011, pp. 57-70.
- Akin, D., Sisiopiku, V.P., Skabardonis, A., and Cristofa E. (2011). “Impacts of Weather on Traffic Flow Characteristics of Urban Freeways in Istanbul”, Transportation Research Board, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 16, 2011, pp. 89-99.
- Sisiopiku V.P., and Sullivan A. (2011). “Impacts of Signal System Timings on Rain Related Congestion”, International Journal of Engineering and Industries, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 1– 12.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., Sullivan A., Foster, J., and Fine, P.R. (2011). “Emergency Response and Traffic Congestion: The Dispatchers Perspective”. Proceedings of the Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Sisiopiku, V.P., and Zhong, C. (2011). “Can Vehicle Mileage Travelled Fee Replace Traditional Gas Tax?” Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Transportation Research Forum, Long Beach, CA.
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