Michigan Traffic Lab


University of Michigan

The Director of Michigan Traffic Lab, Prof. Henry Liu, is a Bruce D Greenshields Collegiate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of Mcity at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Director for the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (USDOT Region 5 University Transportation Center). From July 2017 to August 2019, he took a leave of absence from the University of Michigan and served as Chief Scientist on Smart Transportation for DiDi, one of the leading mobility service providers in the world. While he was with DiDi, he led and managed the Smart Transportation Business Unit. Prof. Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 and his Bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 1993. Prof. Liu conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of transportation engineering, automotive engineering, and artificial intelligence. Specifically, his scholarly interests concern traffic flow monitoring, modeling, and control, as well as testing and evaluation of connected and automated vehicles. Professor Liu has nurtured a new generation of scholars, and some of his PhD students and postdocs have joined first class universities such as Columbia University, Purdue University, RPI, etc. Prof. Liu is the managing editor of Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems.  

Mcity will provide first-of-its-kind, city-scale virtual proving ground for competitors from industry, academia. The winning team will be invited to present at the ITSC Workshop on Safety Testing and Validation of Connected and Automated Vehicles (September 24 – 27, 2024).


The seventh Center for Connected and Automated Transportation Global Symposium on Mobility Innovation Presented by Mcity and UMTRI is hosted at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI.


Prof. Henry Liu has been named the Bruce D. Greenshields Collegiate Professor of Engineering. 


The University of Michigan has won the U.S. DOT Intersection Safety Challenge Stage 1A: Concept Assessment. 


Tinghan, Linxuan, and Xintao are on the U-M Home page.

Quotes from Prof. Henry Liu

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