Faculty Profile

Daniel Work

Coordinated Sciences Lab
Daniel Work
Daniel Work
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1203 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Administrative Titles

Primary Research Area

  • Decision and Control

Education

  • Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.
  • M.S. in Systems Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2006.

Biography

Daniel Work is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (tenured), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy), and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Work earned his bachelor of science degree (2006) from the Ohio State University, and a master of science (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of California, Berkeley, each in civil engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois as an assistant professor in 2010, Work was a research intern at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto from 2008-2009, and a guest researcher at Microsoft Research Redmond in 2010. Prof. Work has research interests in control, estimation, and optimization of cyber physical systems, mobile sensing, and inverse modeling and data assimilation, applied to problems in civil and environmental engineering. He currently serves as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Transportation Research Part C ￿ Emerging Technologies, and is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cybernetics for Cyber-Physical Systems. Prof. Work has received a number of honors and awards including selection to participate in the National Academy of Engineering￿s 2016 EU US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, being named a UIUC CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow in 2016, the 2015 UIUC ASCE Outstanding Professor Award, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2014, and the IEEE ITSS Best Dissertation Award in 2011.

Academic Positions

  • Senior Fellow, Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, 8/2015-12/2015
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014-2015
  • Assistant Professor (courtesy), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 11/2014 - 8/2017
  • Assistant Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 3/2012 - 8/2017
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 12/2010 - 8/2017
  • Associate Professor (courtesy), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 9/2017- pres.
  • Associate Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 9/2017- pres.
  • Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 9/2017- pres.

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Research Interests

  • Transportation cyber physical systems; Decision analytics for sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems; Mathematical models of traffic

Research Areas

  • Decision and Control

Keywords

  • Mobile Robotics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Y. Sun and D. Work. "Scaling the Kalman filter for large-scale traffic estimation." IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2017 (to appear).
  • B. Donovan and D. Work. "Empirically Quantifying City-Scale Transportation System Resilience to Extreme Events." Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 2016 (to appear).
  • R. Stern, J. Song, and D. Work. "Accelerated Monte Carlo System Reliability Analysis Through Machine- Learning-based Surrogate Models of Network Connectivity." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 164: pp 1-9, 2017.
  • R. Wang, Y. Li, and D. Work. "Comparing Traffic State Estimators for Mixed Human and Automated Traffic Flows." Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 78: pp. 95-110, 2017.
  • R. Wang, S. Fan, and D. Work. "Efficient Multiple Model Particle Filtering for Joint Traffic State Estimation and Incident Detection." Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 71: pp. 521-537, 2016.
  • X. Guan, C. Chen, and D. Work. "Tracking the Evolution of Infrastructure Systems and Mass Responses Using Publicly Available Data." PLOS ONE, 11(12): e0167267, 2016.
  • R. Wang, D. Work, and R. Sowers. "Multiple Model Particle Smoothing for Traffic Incident Detection." IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 17(12): pp. 3461-3470, 2016.
  • R. Otsuka, J. Song, and D. Work. "Estimating Post-disaster Traffic Conditions using Real-time Data Streams." Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, pp. 1-14, 2015.
  • S. Fan and D. Work. "A Heterogeneous Multiclass Traffic Flow Model with Creeping." SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 75(2): pp. 813-835, 2015.
  • L. Heng, D. Work, and G. Gao. "GNSS Signal Authentication from Cooperative Peers." IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 16(4): pp. 1794-1805, 2015.
  • M. Reisi Gahrooei and D. Work. "Inferring Traffic Signal Phases from Turning Movement Counters using Hidden Markov Models." IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems 16(1): pp 91-101, 2015.
  • R. Wang and D. Work, "Application of Robust Optimization in Matrix-Based LCI for Decision Making Under Uncertainty." International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 19(5): pp. 1110-1118, 2014.
  • S. Rivera, B. Minsker, D. Work, and D. Roth. "A text mining framework for advancing sustainability indicators." Environmental Modelling and Software, 62: pp. 128-138, 2014.
  • P.-E. Mazare, O.-P. Tossavainen, and D. Work, "Computing Travel Time Estimates from Filtered Traffic States." Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series S, 7(3): pp. 557-578, 2014.
  • O.-P. Tossavainen and D. Work, "Markov Chain Monte Carlo Based Inverse Modeling of Traffic Flows Using GPS Data." Networks and Heterogeneous Media, 8(3): pp. 803￿824, 2013.
  • S. Blandin, J. Argote, A. Bayen, and D. Work. "Phase Transition Model of Non-stationary Traffic Flow: Definition, Properties and Solution Method." Transportation Research Part B, 52(2013): pp. 31-55, 2013.
  • S. Blandin, A. Couque, A. Bayen, and D. Work. "On Sequential Data Assimilation for Scalar Macroscopic Traffic Flow Models." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 241(17): pp. 1421-1440, 2012.
  • B. Hoh, T. Iwuchukwu, Q. Jacobson, D. Work, A. Bayen, R. Herring, J.-C. Herrera, M. Gruteser, M. Annavaram, and J. Ban. "Enhancing Privacy and Accuracy in Probe Vehicle Based Traffic Monitoring via Virtual Trip Lines." IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 11(5): pp. 849-864, 2012.
  • S. Blandin, D. Work, P. Goatin, B. Piccoli, and A. Bayen. "A General Phase Transition Model for Vehicular Traffic" SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 71(1): pp. 107-127, 2011.
  • D. Work, S. Blandin, O.-P. Tossavainen, B. Piccoli, and A. Bayen. "A Traffic Model for Velocity Data Assimilation." Applied Mathematics Research Express 2010(1): pp. 1-35, 2010.
  • J.-C. Herrera, D. Work, R. Herring, J. Ban, Q. Jacobson, and A. Bayen. "Evaluation of Traffic Data Obtained via GPS-Enabled Mobile Phones: the Mobile Century Experiment." Transportation Research Part C, 18(3): pp. 568￿583, 2010.
  • D. Work and A. Bayen. "Convex Formulations of Air Traffic Flow Optimization Problems." Proceedings of the IEEE, 96(12): pp. 2096-2112, 2008.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • R. Wang, R. Nair, A. Pascale, and D. Work. ￿Spillover Detection for Urban Traffic Networks Using Signal Timing and Stop Line Detector Data.￿ 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Jan. 2017 (to appear).
  • X. Guan, C. Chen, and D. Work. ￿From Warnings to Awareness and Actions: Insights from Hurricane Sandy.￿ 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Jan. 2017 (to appear).
  • F. Wu, R. Stern, M. Churchill, M. L. Delle Monache, K. Han, B. Piccoli, and D. Work. ￿Fuel Consumption in Oscillatory Traffic: Experimental Results.￿ 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Jan. 2017 (to appear).
  • W. Barbour, S. Kuppa, and D. Work. ￿Supporting Automated Operations with Improved Arrival Time Predictions on US Freight Railroads.￿ in Proceedings of the the ITRL Conference on Integrated Transport, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 2016 (to appear).
  • R. Stern, F. Wu, M. Churchill, D. Work, M. L. Delle Monache, B. Piccoli, H. Pohlman, S. Cui, B. Seibold, N. Hamilton, R. Haulcy, R. Bhadani, M. Bunting, and J. Sprinkle. ￿Dampening Traffic Waves with Autonomous Vehicles.￿ in Proceedings of the the ITRL Conference on Integrated Transport, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 2016 (to appear).
  • R. Wang, Y. Li, and D. Work. ￿Comparing Traffic State Estimators for Mixed Human and Automated Traffic Flows.￿ in Proceedings of the the ITRL Conference on Integrated Transport, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 2016 (to appear).
  • Y. Sun and D. Work. "Kalman filtering with synthetic measurements under an event-triggered sensor scheduler." in Proceedings of the European Control Conference, July 2016.
  • R. Wang and D. Work. "Data driven approaches for passenger train delay estimation." in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Sept. 2015.
  • R. Stern, J. Song and D. Work. ￿Network Reliability Analysis Using Machine-learning-based Surrogate Models.￿ 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, July 2015.
  • S. Fan and D. Work. ￿A cell transmission model for heterogeneous multiclass traffic flow with creeping.￿ in Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 2015.
  • B. Donovan and D. Work. "Using coarse GPS data to quantify city-scale transportation system resilience to extreme events.￿ in Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 2015.
  • Y. Sun and D. Work. ￿A Distributed Local Kalman Consensus Filter for Traffic Estimation.￿ in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 2014.
  • R. Wang and D. Work. ￿Interactive multiple model ensemble Kalman filter for traffic estimation and incident detection.￿ in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Oct. 2014.
  • R. Stern, J. Song and D. Work. "Machine-learning-based Surrogate Models for Network Reliability Analysis." IFIP WG7.5 Working Conference 2014, Dec. 2013.
  • R. Guers, C. Langbort, and D. Work. "On Modifying Decision￿Maker Perception in a Payoff Learning Game with Fixed Rewards." in Proceedings of the 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems, Sept. 2013.
  • M. Reisi Gahrooei and D. Work. "Estimating Traffic Signal Phases from Turning Movement Counters." in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, pp. 1113 - 1118, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct. 2013.
  • S. Gowrishankar and D. Work. "Estimating Traffic Control Strategies with Inverse Optimal Control." in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, pp. 2304 - 2309, The Hague, Netherlands, Oct. 2013.
  • S. Rivera Aparicio, B. Minsker, D. Work, and D. Roth. "Advancing Sustainability Indicators through Text Mining: A Feasibility Demonstration," EWRI Congress 2013, May 2013.
  • S. Blandin, P. Goatin, B. Piccoli, A. Bayen, and D. Work. "A General Phase Transition Model for Traffic Flow on Networks." in Proceedings of the 15th Meeting of the Euro Working Group on Transportation (EWGT), Paris, France, 2012.
  • P.-E. Mazare, O.-P. Tossavainen, A. Bayen, and D. Work. "Trade-offs Between Inductive Loops and GPS Probe Vehicles for Travel Time Estimation: A Mobile Century Case Study." Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 22-26, 2012.
  • J. Jariyasunant, D. Work, B. Kerkez, R. Sengupta, S. Glaser, and A. Bayen. "Mobile Transit Trip Planning with Real￿Time Data." Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-14, 2010.
  • S. Blandin, D. Work, P. Goatin, B. Piccoli, and A. Bayen. "A Class of Perturbed Cell-Transmission Models to Account for Traffic Variability." Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-14, 2010.
  • B. Piccoli and D. Work. "Traffic flow on networks: conservation laws models." in Proceedings of the 2009 IFAC workshop on Control of Distributed Parameter Systems, Toulouse, France, July 20-24, 2009.
  • D. Work, O.-P. Tossavainen, Q. Jacobson, and A. Bayen. "Lagrangian Sensing: Traffic Estimation with Mobile Devices." Proceedings of the 2009 American Control Conference. pp. 1536￿1543 St. Louis, MO, June 10-12, 2009.
  • D. Work, O.-P. Tossavainen, S. Blandin, A. Bayen, T. Iwuchukwu, and K. Tracton. "An Ensemble Kalman Filtering Approach to Highway Traffic Estimation Using GPS Enabled Mobile Devices." Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. pp. 5062￿5068, Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 9-11, 2008.
  • D. Work and A. Bayen. "Convex formulations of aggregate network air traffic flow optimization problems." Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. pp. 2141￿2147, Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 9-11, 2008.
  • B. Hoh, M. Gruteser, R. Herring, J. Ban, D. Work, J.C. Herrera, A. Bayen, M. Annavaram, and Q. Jacobson. "Virtual Trip Lines for Distributed Privacy-Preserving Traffic Monitoring." Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services. pp. 15-28, Brekenridge, CO, June 17-18, 2008.

Other Publications

  • C. G. Cassandras, A. Malikopoulos, I. Paschalidis, D. Work, NSF Workshop on Smart Cities Final Report, National Science Foundation White Paper, 2016.
  • Abbas, M. et al., "New Directions in Mathematical Approaches for Traffic Flow Management," Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics White Paper, B. Seibold & D. Work Eds., December 2015.
  • R. Stern, D. Work, S. Cui, H. Pohlmann, B. Seibold, M.L. Delle Monache, and B. Piccoli. "Stabilizing traffic with a single autonomous vehicle," 2016 ACM IEEE 7th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, April 2016.
  • B. Donovan and D. Work ￿New York City Taxi Trip Data (2010-2013)￿. 1.0. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dataset. http://dx.doi.org/10.13012/J8PN93H8, 2014. This dataset was obtained through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (NYCT&L). It covers four years of taxi operations in New York City and includes 697,622,444 trips. A complete description of the data and the link to download the data is available at http://publish.illinois.edu/dbwork/open-data/.
  • D. Work. "Dan Work Research Group Source Code." Open source software implementations are available to support the recent publications of my research group. All software is published under the permissive University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License and is available for download at https://github.com/Lab-Work.
  • B. Donovan Y. Li, R. Stern J. Jiang C. Claudel, and D. Work. "Vehicle detection and speed estimation with PIR sensors," in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks, peer reviewed poster session, April 2015.
  • S. Gowrishankar, R. Stern, and D. Work. "Including the Social Component in Smart Transportation Systems." 2014 National Workshop on Transportation Cyber Physical Systems, Arlington, VA, January 23-24, 2014.
  • R. Herring, A. Hofleitner, D. Work, O.-P. Tossavainen, and A. Bayen. ￿Mobile Millennium - Participatory Traffic Estimation Using Mobile Phones.￿ 4th International Conference on Future Urban Transport, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 19-21, 2009.
  • D. Work, A. Bayen, and Q. Jacobson. ￿Automotive Cyber-Physical Systems in the Context of Human Mobility.￿ National Workshop on High-Confidence Automotive Cyber-Physical Systems. Troy, MI. April 3-4, 2008.
  • S. Amin et al. "Mobile Century - Using GPS Mobile Phones as Traffic Sensors: A Field Experiment." 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, New York, NY, Nov. 2008.
  • D. Work and A. Bayen. "Impacts of the Mobile Internet on Transportation Cyber-Physical Systems: Traffic Monitoring using Smartphones." National Workshop for Research on High-Confidence Transportation Cyber Physical Systems: Automotive, Aviation, & Rail, Washington, DC, Nov. 18-20, 2008.

Magazine Articles

  • L. Heng, D. Work, and G. Gao. "Cooperative GNSS Authentication: Reliability from Unreliable Peers," Inside GNSS Magazine, pp 70-75, Sept. 2013.
  • A. Bayen and D. Work. "Project Millennium," Information Quarterly, Vol. 8, num. 2, pp 8-21, Aug. 2009.

Reports

  • R. Wang, S. Fan, and D. Work. "Application of High Order Traffic Flow Models for Incident Detection and Modeling Multiclass Flow." UC Berkeley PATH technical report, July 2014.
  • R. Wang and D. Work. ￿Joint parameter and state estimation algorithms for real-time traffic monitoring.￿ NEXTRANS, technical report. No. DTRT12-G-UTC05, December 2013.
  • S. Gowrishankar and D. Work. "TrafficTurk Evaluation," Illinois Center for Transportation, Technical Report No. FHWA-ICT-14-008, April 2014.
  • S. Chang and D. Work. "Final Report: Traffic Flow Modeling Research," Navteq PO #78884, Navteq Inc, 2012.
  • A. D. Patire, A. M. Bayen, D. Work, J. C. Herrera, R. Herring, X. Ban, Q. Jacobson, O.-P. Tossavainen, S. Blandin, C. Claudel, A. Mortazavi, S. Andrews, B. Hoh, M. Gruteser, M. Annavaram, T. Iwuchukwu and K. Tracton. "Mobile Century Final Report for TO 1021 and TO 1029: A traffic sensing field experiment using GPS mobile phones," CCIT Research Report, UC Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), UCB-ITS-CWP-2010-4, ISSN 1557-2269, 2010.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2016 - current
  • Editorial advisory board, Transportation Research Part C - Emerging Technologies, 2015 - current

Professional Societies

  • Technical Committee Member, Connected and Automated Vehicles Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASCE, member, 2004.
  • IEEE, member, 2007.

Service on Department Committees

  • Member, Transportation Engineering Qualifying Examination Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014-2015.
  • Member, Cross-cutting Programs Ad-hoc Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014.
  • Member, CEE Infrastructure Modernization Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana￿Champaign, 2014.
  • Member, Transportation Engineering Qualifying Examination Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2011-2014.
  • Organizer, Inaugural Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Seminar Series, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2011.
  • Member, CEE Design Council, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2010 - pres.
  • Founding member, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Area, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2010 - pres.

Service on College Committees

  • Member, UIUC Smart Cities Vision/Strategy Team, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana￿Champaign, 2014.
  • Member, Big Data Curriculum Committee, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana￿Champaign, 2014.
  • Faculty Adviser, Graduate Student Organizing Committee, Coordinated Science Lab Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling - Social and Economic Behavior, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012.
  • Faculty Adviser, Graduate Student Organizing Committee, Coordinated Science Lab Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling - Networked Systems, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012.

Service on Campus Committees

  • Delegate, NTU-UIUC Global Issues Forum, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2-3, 2014.
  • Delegate, Stage II Research Symposium, Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE), May 4-6, 2011.

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Member, Traffic Operations and Roadside Maintenance Technical Advisory Group, Illinois Department of Transportation, 2012-2014.

Other Outside Service

  • National Science Foundation (10x)
  • Reviewer, IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Reviewer, Transportation Research Part C
  • Reviewer, ACM SIGGRAPH
  • Reviewer, Transportation Research Part B
  • Reviewer, Technology Foundation STW
  • Reviewer, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • Reviewer, Environmental Science & Technology

Teaching Honors

  • Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students (2015)
  • Outstanding Instructor Award (2015)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2014)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2014)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2013)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2013)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2013)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2012)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2012)
  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2012)
  • Multidisciplinary and Global Fellows in CEE (2011)

Research Honors

  • NAE EU US Frontiers of Engineering, invited participant (2016)
  • CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow (2016)
  • Faculty Fellow (2014)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award (2014)
  • Featured Citizen Science Project (2012)
  • Best Dissertation Award (2011)