UWM Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Study Smart Cities

Yue Liu, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, received a five-year, $1,562,564 grant from Precision Systems, Inc. to research next-generation work zone management systems and data-hub development. It is part of a national, Department of Transportation push for smart cities. Smart cities would fully integrate innovative technology (self-driving cars, connected vehicles, artificial intelligence and big data mining, for example) into their transportation networks.

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Yue Liu

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Yue Liu.

Liu’s past research on predictive traffic evacuation models for the Washington D.C. area—solving outbound traffic problems in the event of a severe accident or terrorist attack, for example—was used during the 2009 inauguration of President Obama.

Jie Yu, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering at UWM, will be the co-PI on this grant, which supports hiring seven to 10 research assistants annually.

Because there are no subcontracts involved, Liu notes that all grant money will remain at UWM.