Clara Fang

Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4845 UT 222
Education

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

MEng, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

MPhil, City University of Hong Kong

BS, Sichuan University (China)


Clara Fang is a Professor at the University of Hartford where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and conducts research in transport engineering.

Fang holds a PhD in transportation engineering from Pennsylvania State University, two Master degrees in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada and the City University of Hong Kong, respectively, and a Bachelor degree in civil engineering from Sichuan University, China. She is the author or co-author of more than forty peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and reports.

For excellence in research, Fang has received Greenburg Junior Faculty Research Award from the University of Hartford, Alumni Association Dissertation Award from Pennsylvania State University, and the Carmen E. Turner Fellowship from the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She has also received Teaching with Technology Innovation Grants to integrate simulation animation and service learning into teaching.

Fang is a member of ASCE, IEEE-ITS, ITE and several TRB Committees. She also serves as the Vice President of Chinese Overseas Transportation Associates (COTA).

Research

Fang’s research interests include transportation system modelling and simulation, traffic operations, signal control, optimization and computational intelligence applications in transportation. Fang is also one of the key members working on two research projects funded by the National Academies to produce a Chapter on interchange capacity and quality of service analysis in the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), the single most widely cited and used guidebook in traffic analysis.

Research Interests

  • Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Analysis
  • Simulation Modeling and Traffic Flow Theory
  • Adaptive Traffic Signal Control and Optimization
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Safety Analysis
  • Computational Intelligence Applications in Transportation Engineering

 

Publications

Books

  • Editor-in-Chief
    • Fang, F. C., Wei, H., Wang, Y.P, and Zhang, J., Proceedings of the 12th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2012): Convenient, Safe, Cost-Effective and Efficient Multimodal Transportation Systems”; published by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), September 2012. Available here.

Articles

  • Fang, F. C., Elefteriadou, L., and Elias, A., “Field Measurement and Evaluation of HCM2010 Operational Analysis Methodology for Interchange Ramp Terminals”, accepted to be published in Journal of the Transportation Research Board, the National Academies.
  • Fang, F. C., and Xue, F., “Modeling Lead Vehicle Dynamics through Traffic Simulation and Field Data”, International Journal of Modern Engineering. Volume 12, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2012, pp. 72-79
  • Pham, V.C., Alam, F. , Potgieter, J. , Fang, F.C.  and Xu, W. .L., “Integrated fuzzy signal and ramp-metering at a diamond interchange”, Journal of Advanced Transportation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., February 2011
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Modeling and Simulation Vehicle Projection Arrival-Discharge Process in Adaptive Traffic Signal Controls”, Journal of Advanced Transportation, Wiley, Volume 44, Issue 3,  July 2010, pages 176–192.
  • Elefteriadou, L., Fang, F. C., et al, “Validation and Enhancement of the Highway Capacity Manual’s Interchange Ramp Terminal Methodology”,  Final Report, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 3 – 60 A, National Research Council, National Academies, Washington, D.C, 2010,  (Report reviewed by the NCHRP panel).
  • Fang, F. C., “Intelligent Traffic Management Systems for Work Zones and Incident Management”, International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Application, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2009, pp. 370-381.
  • Fang, F. C. and Pecheux, K.K., “Fuzzy Data Mining Approach for Quantifying Signalized Intersections Level of Services Based on User Perceptions”,  Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 135, No. 6, June 2009, pp. 349-358.
  • Fang, F. C., Rimiller, J. and Habesch, N., “A Simplified Empirical Bayesian Method to Safety Evaluation of Traffic Calming Treatment for Urban Road Systems”, International Journal Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, Vol. 6, Nos. 3/4, 2009, pp. 349-363.
  • Xu, W.L., Fang, F. C., Potgieter, J., and Bronlund, J.E., “Generation of Rhythmic and Voluntary Patterns of Mastication Using Matsuoka Oscillator for a Humanoid Chewing Robot”, Mechatronics, Elsevier, Vol. 19, No. 2, March 2009, pp. 205-217.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Capability-Enhanced Microscopic Simulation with Real-time Traffic Signal Control”, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2008, pp. 625 – 632.
  • Pines, D. and Fang, F. C., “A Study of Weigh Station Technologies and Practices”, Final Report, CT-2257-F-08-7, Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, November 2008, 162pp. (Report peer reviewed by Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and Connecticut Department of Transportation)
  • Fang, F. C. and Pines, D., “Enhancing Transportation Engineering Education with Computer Simulation”, International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 23 No. 4, 2007, pp. 808-815.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Development of an Optimization Methodology for Adaptive Traffic Signal Control at Diamond Interchanges”, Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 132, No. 8, August 2006, pp. 629-638.
  • Fang, F. C., “Information Technology Systems for Use in Incident Management and Work Zone Safety”, Final Report, FHWA-CT-RD-222-39-1, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, February 2006, 72pp. (Report peer reviewed by Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and Connecticut Department of Transportation.)
  • Elefteriadou, L., Fang, F. C., Roess, R. and Prassas, E. “Methodology for Evaluating the Operational Performance of Interchange Ramp Terminals”, Transportation Research Record:  Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1920, the National Academies, October 2005, pp.13-24.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L. “Some Guidelines for Selecting Microsimulation Models for Interchange Traffic Operational Analysis”, Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 131, No. 7, July 2005, pp. 535-543.
  • Elefteriadou, L., Fang, F. C.,  Roess, R., et al, “Capacity and Quality of Service of Interchange Ramp Terminals”, Final Report, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 3 – 60, National Research Council, National Academies, Washington, D.C, 2005, 85pp. (Report reviewed by the NCHRP panel and Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee).
  • Fang, F. C., Elefteriadou, L., Pecheux, K.K., and Pietrucha, M.T., “Using Fuzzy Clustering of User Perception to Define Levels of Service at Signalized Intersections”, Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 129, No.6, November 2003, pp.657-663.

Conferences

  • Fang, F. C., “Geo-Spatial Analysis and Development of Alternative Energy Refueling Infrastructure”, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the 12th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2012): Convenient, Safe, Cost-Effective and Efficient Multimodal Transportation Systems”.  Beijing, China, August 3~6, 2012.
  • Creary, P. A., and Fang, F., C., “Development and Practical Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Bridge-Level Condition Prediction”, Proceedings of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, the National Academies. January 22-26, 2012.
  • Fang, F. C., Elefteriadou, L., and Elias, A., “Evaluation of HCM2010 Operational Analysis Methodology for Interchange Ramp Terminals Using Field Data”, Proceedings of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, the National Academies. January 22-26, 2012.
  • Fang, F. C. and Torres, N., “Analysis of Hydrogen Station Network Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, the 14th International IEEE  Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2011), Washington, D. C.,   October 5 -7, 2011.
  • Fang, F. C., “Development of Analytic Models for Interchange Traffic Operations Based on Simulation Results”, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the 11th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals (ICCTP 2011): Towards Sustainable Transportation Systems, Nanjing, China, August 14-17, 2011.
  • Fang, F. C., “Simulation Study of Lead Vehicle Behaviors”, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the 10th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals (ICCTP 2010): Integrated Transportation Systems: Green, Intelligent, Reliable. Beijing, China, August 2010.Fang, F. C., “Community-based Service Project Learning into Civil Engineering Courses”, Proceedings of the 115th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas, June 2009.
  • Fang, F. C., “Portable Intelligent Traffic Management System for Work Zones and Incident Management Systems: Best Practice Review”, Proceedings of the 12th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Beijing, China, October 2008.
  • Fang, C. F., “Simulation Modeling of Traffic Operations at Single Point and Diamond Urban Interchanges”, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the 8th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals, Chengdu, China. August 2008.
  • Xu, M., Yang, J., and Fang, F. C., “Analyzing Lane-to-Lane Highway Traffic Chaotic Behaviors Using Different Time Scales”, Proceedings of the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C., January 2008.
  • Fang, F. C., “Capability-Enhanced Microscopic Simulation with Real-time Traffic Signal Control”, Proceedings of the 10th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Seattle, Washington, September 2007.
  • Fang, F. C., Rimiller, J. and Habesch, N., “The Measured Effectiveness of Hartford’s Citywide Traffic Calming Program”, Proceedings of the 2007Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2007.
  • Fang, F. C. and Pines, D., “Integrating Simulation and Service Learning into Transportation Engineering Education”, Proceedings of the 114th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.
  • Fang, F. C., “Development of an Application Programming Interface (API) in Simulation to Evaluate Adaptive Signal Control”, Proceedings of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the 7th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals, Shanghai, China, May 2007.
  • Fang, F. C. and Pecheux, K.K., “Analysis of User Perception of Level of Service Using Fuzzy Data Mining Technique”, Proceedings of the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2007.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Vehicular Projection Dynamics and Application Programming Interface for Real-time Signal Control”, Proceedings of the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2007.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Optimal and Adaptive Signal Control of Diamond Interchanges”, Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
  • Elefteriadou, L., Fang, F. C., Roess, R. and Prassas, E. “Methodology for Evaluating the Operational Performance of Interchange Ramp Terminals”, Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2005.
  • Fang, F. C. and Elefteriadou, L., “Selecting Microsimulation Models for Interchange OperationalAnalysis”, Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB),the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2004.
  • Fang, F. C., and Elefteriadou, L., “Fuzzy Clustering of User-Estimated Delay to Define Level of Service at. Signalized Intersections”, Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB),the National Academies, Washington, D.C., January 2002.
  • Fang, F. C., “The Operational Analysis of Diamond Interchanges and Single Point Urban Interchanges by Simulation Models”, Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, University Park, PA, December 2002.
  • Fang, F. C., and Froese, T.,  "Cost Estimation Of High Performance Concrete (HPC) High-Rise Commercial Buildings By Neural Networks", Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on  Durability of Building Materials and Components, Vancouver, May 1999, Vol. 4, pp.2476 – 2486.
Seminars
  • “Incorporating Service Learning in Undergraduate Transportation Courses”, Transportation Engineering Education Workshop, 11thInternational Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals (ICCTP),Nanjing, China.
  • “Highway Capacity Manual 2010 – Interchange Ramp Terminals”,  TongJi University, Shanghai, China.
  •  “Caught in Traffic - The Challenges and Conundrums of a Traffic Engineer”, University President College, University of Hartford.
  • Guest, “Conversations with the President’s College”, West Hartford Community TV program hosted by Bob Gruskay.
  • “Study in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of Hartford”, University Admission Partner Offices in Shanghai, China
  •  “How to make an Effective Presentation”, presented at the Graduate Student Research Workshop, the 10th International Conference of Chinese Transportation Professionals, Beijing, China.
  •  “Women Student Learning with Interactive Computer Simulation”,  the 6th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation, Bridgeport, CT.
  • “Motivating Women Undergraduates through Engineering Research Experiences in Computer Modeling and Simulation”, the ASEE NE Regional Conference, Bridgeport, CT.
  • “Development and Simulation of Optimal and Adaptive Traffic Signal Control”, the 6th Southern New England Science & Technology Exchange Conference (SNETEC), Hartford, CT.
  • “DP Algorithm – Optimal and Adaptive Traffic Signal Controls”, Florida Atlantic University, Florida, November 2008. 
  • “Calming Master Plan-  A Case Study of Hartford, CT”, Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, State College, PA, December 2007.
  • Optimization Method and Computer Simulation of Real-time Traffic Signal Control”, CETA Graduate Program, University of Hartford.
  •  “Development of an Optimization Methodology for Adaptive Traffic Signal Control at Diamond Interchanges”, Transportation Research Institute, University of Vermont.
  •  “Use of Fuzzy Clustering for Analyzing Signalized Intersections LOS”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, November 2006.
  • “Computer Simulation and Modeling of Urban Traffic Signal Controls”, the 6th Southern New England Science & Technology Exchange Conference (SNETEC), Hartford, CT,
  •  “Comparisons of Traffic Simulation Models - Corsim, Aimsun, and Vissim, Institute of Transportation Engineers New England Section and Connecticut Chapter Meeting, Hartford.
  •  “Information Technology Systems for Use in Incident Management and Work Zone Safety”, the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
  •  “Development of Application Programming Interface for Real-time Signal Control”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • Optimal and Adaptive Signal Control at Diamond Interchanges”, Operations Research/Management Science Seminar Series, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • “Simulation Capability for Interchange Operational Analysis”, TRB’s Traffic Signal Control Committee’s Simulation Subcommittee.
  • “Intelligent Real-time Traffic Signal Controls”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut.
  •  “Smart and Adaptive Traffic Signal Controls”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley.