Samer Hamdar

Samer Hamdar

Title:
Assistant Professor
Office:
636
Address: Academic Center
801 22nd Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-6652
Email:
hamdar@gwu.edu

Background

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Current Research

Transportation System Analysis; Driver Behavior Modeling; Traffic Demand Modeling; Transportation Planning and Evaluation; Pedestrian Behavior and Modeling, Traffic Flow Theory; Operations Research, Evacuation Modeling and Disaster Management, Technologies in Civil Engineering Infrastructures (Intelligent Transportation Systems - ITS).

Education

Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
M.S., Transportation Engineering, University of Maryland - College Park, 2004
B.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2003

Publications

  • Hamdar, S. H. "Towards Modeling Driver Behavior under Extreme Conditions", M. S. Thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 2004.
  • Hamdar, S. H. "Modeling Driver Behavior as Stochastic Hazard-Based Risk-Taking Process", Ph. D. Dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, 2008.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Mahmassani, H. S and Chen, R. B., "Aggressiveness Propensity Index for Driving Behavior at Signalized Intersections". Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp. 315-326, 2008
  • Hamdar, S. H. and Mahmassani, H. S. "From Existing Accident-Free Car-Following Models to Colliding Vehicles: Exploration and Assessment". Transportation Research Record (TRR), No. 2088, pp. 45-56, 2008.
  • Johansson A., Chan, S. H. Y., Hamdar, S. H., Al-Bosta, S., Haase, K. and Helbing, D. "Towards Automatic Analysis and Forecasting of Pilgrim Flows by Video Processing and Simulation", Journal of the Central Directorate for Development of Projects -Holy Areas, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, December 2007.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Treiber, M., Mahmassani, H. S., and Kesting A. "Modeling Driver Behavior as a Sequential Risk Taking Task". Transportation Research Record, No. 2088, pp. 208-217, 2008.
  • Hamdar, S. H. and Mahmassani H. S.. "Life in the Fast Lane: A Duration-Based Investigation of Driver Behavior Differences across Freeway Lanes". Transportation Research Record, No. 2124, pp. 89-102, 2009.
  • Talebpour, A, Mahmassani, H. S. and Hamdar, S. H. "A Multi-Regime Sequential Risk-Taking Model of Car-Following Behavior: Specification, Calibration and Sensitivity Analysis". Transportation Research Board Meeting (90th: 2011: Washington, D.C., USA). Preprint CD-ROM. Submitted for publication in Transportation Research Record.
  • Hamdar, S. H. and Mahmassani, H. S. "Modeling Driver Behavior Under Extreme Conditions", Proceedings of the 12th World Congress On Intelligent TransportationSystems, San Francisco, CA, November 2005.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Eisenman, S. M., and Mahmassani, H. S., "Evaluation of Operational Strategies for Integrated Corridor Management". National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board Meeting (85th: 2006: Washington, D.C.). Preprint CD-ROM, January 2006.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Mahmassani, H. S., and Chen, R. B. "Aggressiveness Propensity Index for Driving Behavior at Signalized Intersections".  National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board Meeting (86th: 2007 : Washington, D.C.).Preprint CD-ROM.
  • Hamdar, S. H. and Mahmassani, H. S. "Colliding Particles: Beyond Accident-Free Car Following Model", Traffic and Granular Flow 2007 Proceedings, Paris-Orsay, France, June 2007.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Treiber, M., Mahmassani, H. S., and Kesting A. "Modeling Driver Behavior as a Sequential Risk Taking Task". National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board Meeting (87th: 2008 : Washington, D.C.). Preprint CD-ROM.
  • Hamdar, S. H. and Mahmassani, H. S. "Driver Car Following Behavior: From a Discrete Event Process to a Continuous Set of Episodes". National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board Meeting (87th: 2008 : Washington, D.C.). Preprint CD-ROM.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Treiber, M. and Mahmassani, H. S. "Calibration of a Stochastic Car Following Model Using Trajectory Data: Exploration and Model Properties". Transportation Research Board Meeting (88th: 2009 : Washington, D.C.). Preprint CD-ROM.
  • Hamdar, S. H., "From an Accident-Free Environment to Colliding Vehicles: Modeling Driver Behavior as a Sequential Risk-Taking Task". Proceedings of the 2nd FHWA/UTC/RITA Conference on Traffic Management, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Mc. Lean, Virginia, USA, May 2009
  • Hamdar, S. H., Treiber, M. and Mahmassani, H. S. "From Human Perception to Traffic Collisions: Modeling Driver Behavior in a Risk-Taking Environment". Traffic and Granular Flow 2009 Proceedings, Shanghai, China, June 2009.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Mahmassani, H. S and Treiber. M. "Individual Variations versus Collective Traffic Patterns: Heterogeneity Effect in a Risk-Taking Environment". Transportation Research Board Meeting (89th: 2010: Washington, D.C.). Preprint CD-ROM.
  • Hamdar, S. H., Zhang K., Mahmassani, H. S and Zeeshan. M. "A Coordinated Control System for Emergency Evacuation". National Evacuation Conference 2010 Proceedings, New Orleans, February 2010.Vinayak, D, Hamdar, S. H. and Pande A. "Generalized Two-Fluid Model for Freeway and Arterial Traffic". NSF CMMI Innovation and Research Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, January 4-7, 2011.
  • Mahmassani, H. S., Zhou, X., Zhang, K., Erdogan, S. and Hamdar, S. H. "DYNASMART-P Integrated Corridor Management Benefits Analysis", Final Research Report, Maryland Transportation Initiative, University of Maryland, 2005.
  • Mahmassani H. S., Hamdar S. H., Chen R. B. and Park B., 2008. "Task 2: Traffic Responses to Weather Events and Application of Weather-Responsive Traffic and Control Strategies: Literature Review". Prepared for the Federal Highway Administration, USDOT.

 

Distinctions

Invited Member in the Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45) (2010 - 2011); Affiliated Member and Friend of Simulation Modeling Subcommittee and the Emergency Evacuation Subcommittee at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) (2007-2011)

Faculty Affiliate with the Center of Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) and the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) at the George Washington University (2009 - 2011)

Member/Friend of the Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) Research Community (2009 - 2011)

Member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Tao Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon Honor Societies.

Secretary of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Student Chapter (September 2003 - August 2007) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter (September 2006 - August 2007) at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Classes Taught

CE 120, Introduction to Mechanics of Solids (Spring 2009) (UG)
CE 170/272, Introduction to Transportation Engineering / Traffic Engineering and Highway Safety (Fall 2009) (UG/G)
CE 171, Highway Engineering and Design (Spring 2010) (UG)
CE 2710 (170), Introduction to Transportation Engineering (Fall 2010, Spring 2011) (UG)
CE 2210 (117), Engineering Computations (Spring 2011) (UG)