Dr. Eleni Christofa

Assistant Professor

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts
216 Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA 01003-0724
Phone: (413) 577-3016(413) 577-3016
Fax:(413) 545-9569

Full Curriculum Vitae

 

Research Interests

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Traffic Operations and Control
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Management
  • Public Transportation Systems
  • Incident Detection and Management

Education

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
M.S., Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Diploma, Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, 2007

Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012 - present
Graduate Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 - 2012

Classes Taught

CEE 310 Transportation

CEE 597S/697G Transportation Sustainability

CEE 410/510 Public Transportation Systems

CEE 520/697E Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation I

Recent Papers Published

Christofa, E., Papamichail, I., and Skabardonis, A. 2013. Person-based Traffic Responsive Signal Control Optimization. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 14(3):1278–1289.

Christofa, E., Argote, J. and Skabardonis, A. 2013. Arterial Queue Spillback Detection and Signal Control based on Connected Vehicle Technology. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2356:61–70.

Gonzales, E.J., and Christofa, E. 2013. Empirical Assessment of Bottleneck Congestion with a Constant and Peak Toll: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. EURO Journal on Transport and Logistics. DOI 10.1007/s13676-013-0036-y

Reger, D., Christofa, E., Guler, I., and Madanat, S. 2013. Estimation of Pavement Crack Initiation Models by Combining Experimental and Field Data. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 19(4):434–441.

Skabardonis, A., Geroliminis, N., and Christofa, E. 2013. Prediction of Vehicle Activity for Emissions  Estimation Under Oversaturated Conditions Along Signalized Arterials. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 17(3):191-199.6.

Christofa, E., and Skabardonis, A. 2011. Traffic Signal Optimization with Application of Transit Signal Priority to an Isolated Intersection. Transportation Research Record, 2259:192-201, doi: 10.3141/2259-18

Refereed Conference Publications

*Farid, Y.Z., Christofa, E., and Collura, J.APerson-based Evaluation of Transit Preferential Treatments on Signalized Arterials. Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, 12–16 January, Washington, D.C., Paper No. 13-2995.

*McKinnon, I., Knodler, M., and Christofa, E. 2013. Operational and Safety-based Analyses of Varied Toll Plaza Configurations. Road Safety and Simulation–International Conference, 22–25 October, Rome, Italy.

Christofa, E., Aboudolas, K., and Skabardonis, A. 2013. Arterial Traffic Signal Optimization: A Person-based Approach. Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, 13–17 January, Washington, D.C., Paper No. 13-3395.

Christofa, E., Argote, J., and Skabardonis, A. 2013. Arterial Queue Spillback Detection and Signal Control based on Connected Vehicle Technology. Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, 13–17 January,Washington, D.C., Paper No. 13-4903.

Christofa, E., Papamichail, I., and Skabardonis, A. 2012. Person-based Traffic Signal Optimization for Real-Time Applications. Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting, 22–26 January, Washington, D.C., Paper No. 12-2228.

Argote, J., Christofa, E., Xuan, Y., and Skabardonis, A. 2012. Estimation of Arterial Measures of Effectiveness with Connected Vehicle Data. Transportation Research Board 91stAnnual Meeting, 22–26 January,Washington, D.C., Paper No. 12-1493.

Skabardonis, A., Geroliminis, N., and Christofa, E. 2012. Vehicle Emissions Estimation Under Oversaturated Conditions along Signalized Arterials. Transportation Research Board 91st  Annual Meeting, 22–26 January,Washington, D.C., Paper No. 12-3899.

Argote, J., Christofa, E., Xuan, Y., and Skabardonis, A. 2011. Estimation of Measures of Effectiveness based on Connected Vehicle Data. 14th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 5–7 October,Washington, D.C.

Skabardonis, A., and Christofa, E. 2011. Impact of Transit Signal Priority on Level of  Service at Signalized Intersections. 6th International Symposium on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service World Congress, June 28–July 1, Stockholm, Sweden.

Skabardonis, A., and Christofa, E. 2011. Evaluation of Methodologies for the Design and Analysis of Freeway Weaving Sections. 1st International Conference on Access Management, 14–17 June, Athens, Greece.

Christofa, E., and Skabardonis, A. 2011. Traffic Signal Optimization with Transit Signal Priority: Application to an Isolated Intersection. Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting, 23–27 January,Washington, D.C., Paper No. 11-3092.

Skabardonis, A., Geroliminis, N., and Christofa, E. 2010. Improved Analysis Framework for Emissions Estimation Under Oversaturated Conditions Along Signalized Arterials. 5th International Congress on Transportation Research in Greece, 27–28 September, Volos, Greece.

Christofa, E.M., and Skabardonis, A. 2010. Traffic Signal Optimization with Conditional Transit Signal Priority for Conflicting Transit Routes. 12th World Conference on Transportation Research, 11–15 July, Lisbon, Portugal.

Christofa, E.M., and Madanat, S.M. 2010. Development of Pavement Crack Initiation Models by Combining Experimental and Field Data. Transportation Research Board 89thAnnual Meeting, 10–14 January,Washington, D.C., Paper No. 10-1096.

Christofa, E.M., and Vlahogianni, E.I. 2008. Incident Impacts on Travel Time on Urban Signalized Arterials. 10th ASCE International Conference on Application of Advanced Technologies in Transportation (AATT), 27–31 May, Athens, Greece.

Other Publications

Skabardonis, A., Shladover, S., Christofa, E., et al. 2013. Advanced Traffic Control Signal Algorithms. Final Report for Interagency Agreement #65A0376, FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-10-H-00002.

Campbell, R., Christofa, E., Argote, J., Gayah, V., Guler, I., and Skabardonis, A. 2012. Operating a Diverging Diamond Interchange: A signal timing optimization strategy. Report submitted to the Transportation Research Board Traffic Signal Systems Committee.

Christofa, E. 2012. Traffic Signal Optimization with Transit Priority: A Person-based Approach. PhD Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

Christofa, E. 2007. Travel Time Estimation in Signalized Arterials Under Incident Conditions. Diploma Thesis, National Technical University of Athens (In Greek).

Recent Research Contracts Funded

Christofa, E. (PI) Signal Timing Optimization for Improved Mobility and Air Quality. U.S. Department of Transportation through the New England University Transportation Center. $74,974. 2013–2014

Christofa, E. (PI) and Collura, J. A Person-based Comparison of Transit Preferential Treatments on Signalized Arterial Corridors. U.S. Department of Transportation through the New England University Transportation Center. $60,000. 2012–2013

Recent Honors and Awards

2013 Travel Scholarship for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Curriculum Workshop, Portland State University

2011 University of California Transportation Center Award

2009–2011 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

2007 Gordon F. Newell Memorial Fellowship (U.C. Berkeley)

2007 Eugenides Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Studies