CEE transportation graduate student Yang Zhang won the Three-Minute Thesis competition at the Southeastern Transportation Center Student Spotlight event during the 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 8-12. His presentation was titled “Build a Computational Brain for Ride Sharing.” Yang’s research uses optimization and machine learning approaches to improve people’s ride sharing experience, by saving their time. Students who competed represented seven other universities in the Southeast.
“I’m very proud of Yang for achieving so much in such a short amount of time in a new field for him,” said CEE Professor Lee Han, faculty advisor to Zhang. “His background in computer science has served him and us well.”