Dr. Kun Zhou is an accomplished Associate Research Engineer with the California PATH program, part of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning his Ph.D. in Controls in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley in 2004, he joined PATH as a researcher in 2005. There, in conjunction with the collaborative Connected Corridors research program, he became responsible for the operations of the California Connected Vehicle Test Bed.
This was a multi-year, cooperative project conceived to research, develop, and test an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) approach for managing transportation corridors in California. ICM views the corridor as a total system that should be managed as an integrated and cohesive whole, and it seeks to address the corridor’s overall transportation needs rather than the needs of particular elements or agencies alone. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed -- in 2016, Dr. Zhou was the recipient of the First UC Berkeley ITS Culture of Excellence Award in recognition of his sustained contributions to the development of the California PATH department.
Presently, Dr. Zhou is working on the project, “Support Deployment of Real-Time Broadcasts”, a one-stop source for the deployment of Real-Time Kinematic (a new GPS positioning technique) broadcasts. These broadcasts have the potential to deliver free lane-level vehicle positioning solutions for connected vehicles (CVs), therefore improving the effectiveness of CV applications, and providing better safety and mobility for all modes of travel. He is also the PI on several other ongoing Caltrans-sponsored projects, including an endeavor that integrates data collected by CAV’s with CV data that is communicated via the Basic Service Message for better intelligent traffic signal control.
Dr. Zhou’s research and development efforts are largely focused on CV applications. His other research interests include vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, traffic signal adaption for intersection safety, transit dynamic operations, and multi-modal traffic signal control, prioritization, and management.
- Connected and automated vehicles
- Multi-Modal traffic signal control, prioritization, and management
- V2X communication and traffic signal adaption for intersection safety
- Transit dynamic operations and transit signal priority