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Dr. Ran is the Director for the Center of Internet of Vehicles at the SouthEast University, China. Dr. Ran is a Professor and Director of the ITS Program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also served as Director of the Traffic Operations and Safety Lab (TOPS) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University, China; his M.S. from University of Tokyo, Japan; and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley before joining UW-Madison in 1995. Dr. Ran is an expert in dynamic transportation network models, traffic simulation and control, traffic information systems, and Connected Vehicles. He has led the development of various traffic information systems and technologies in the US and China. He has been previously involved in several projects funded by US Department of Transportation (USDOT), Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), including: Traffic Management System Information Systems Support and Development, Next Generation Intersection Control, 511 Program Management Services, Wis-TransPortal Work Zone Planning, among others. He was honored as the National Distinguished Expert by the Chinese Central Government in 2010, and the Distinguished Expert in Innovation by the Jiangsu Provisional Government of China.
Dr. Ran is active in various transportation societies such as the Transportation Research Board and Intelligent Transportation Society of America. He was the Founding President of North America Chinese Overseas Transportation Association from 1996 to 1998. He is also a member of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. In addition, he served as a proposal reviewer for California PATH Program, National Science Foundation and University Transportation Center Program. Dr. Ran is the author of two leading textbooks on dynamic traffic networks. He has co-authored more than 60 journal papers and more than 160 referenced papers at national and international conferences. He holds 3 US and 2 Chinese patents, with a few more patents pending in the US and China.

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VREF invites applications for research grants to support
projects to be implemented 2022 under the programme for “Mobility & Access in African Cities”.

Deadline: 15 September 2021

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.


The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Closed on 2021-03-15.

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Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .


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Global Mobility Research

This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

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