Dr. Rui Ma

Assistant Professor - Transportation Engineering, CEE


320 Sparkman Drive
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room S244
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Rui Ma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013, and the B.Eng. degree in Automation from Tsinghua University in 2009. Prior to joining UAH, he was a Lecturer and Postdoc Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Davis, where he was teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, collaborating with visiting scholars, supervising undergraduate and graduate students and conducting research on dynamic transportation network modeling, new mobilities, sustainable transportation systems and urban traffic data analytics.

Dr. Ma’s research interests include understanding and analyzing dynamic commuting traffic patterns with new mobility services in both analytical and numerical forms, designing accessible and intelligent control strategies to enhance the performance in efficiency and toward an environment and public health-friendly transportation system, and leveraging real-time infrastructure data and crowd-sourcing data for forecasting and managing traffic systems.

Standing at the crossroad where the traditional planning, control and optimization theories meet the revolutionary technologies, services and social trends, Dr. Ma’s long-term research goal is to develop an innovative modeling framework for new mobility services, analyzing how dynamic traffic patterns would interdependently impact the planning and operations of intelligent infrastructure, and optimizing urban mobility and sustainability by intelligent and nonconventional control strategies, which ultimately contributes to both the advanced transportation science and the contemporary transportation industries. Dr. Ma is an active member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Transportation), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013
  • B.S., Automation, Tsinghua University, 2009


  • Dynamic Transportation Network Modeling
  • Data Analytics and Control on Urban Traffic
  • Dynamic Ridesharing and New Mobility
  • Sustainable Transportation

Recent Publications

  • Di, X., Ma, R., Liu, H.X., Ban, X., 2018. A Link-Node Reformulation of Ridesharing User Equilibrium with Network Design. Transportation Research Part B 112, 230–255.

  • Yu, H., Ma, R., Zhang, H.M., 2018. Optimal traffic signal control under dynamic user equilibrium and link constraints in a general network. Transportation Research Part B 110, 302-325.

  • Chai, H., Ma, R., Zhang, H.M., 2018. Search for parking: a dynamic parking and route guidance system for efficient parking and traffic management. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Online first, doi:10.1080/15472450.2018.1488218.

  • Ma, R., Zhang, H.M., 2017. The morning commute problem with ridesharing and dynamic parking charges. Transportation Research Part B 106, 345-374.

  • Yang, L., Ma, R., Zhang, H.M., Guan, W., Jiang, S., 2017. Driving behavior recognition from EEG data obtained from simulated car following experiments. Accident Analysis & Prevention 116, 30-40.

  • Ma, R., Chen, S., Zhang, H.M., 2017. The relation between parking garage occupancy and traffic speeds in cities – results from a data driven study. Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2643, 74–83.

  • Ma, R., Ban, X., Pang, J., 2017. A link-based dynamic complementarity system formulation for continuous-time dynamic user equilibria with queue spillbacks. Transportation Science 52(3), 564–592.

  • Ma, R., Ban, X., Szeto, W.Y., 2017. Emission modeling and pricing on single-destination dynamic traffic networks. Transportation Research Part B 100, 255–283.

  • Deng, Y., Ma, R., Zhang, H.M., 2017. An optimization based highway network planning procedure with link growth probabilities. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science 13(8), 708-726.

  • Ma, R., Ban, X., Pang, J., Liu, H., 2015. Approximating time delays in solving continuous-time dynamic user equilibria. Networks and Spatial Economics 15, 443–463.