Dr. Michael Knodler Jr.

Associate Professor

Director of MassSafe

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
214B Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road 
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone (413) 545-0228
Fax: (413) 545-9569

E-mail: mknodler@ecs.umass.edu

 

Full Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Transportation Safety
  • Driver Behavior (Older & Younger)
  • Data Analysis, Access & Management
  • Traffic Operations
  • Human Factors
  • Geometric Design
  • Pedestrian & Bicycles
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, [Emphasis: Transportation Engineering], University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004.
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2002.
B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 1999.

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010-present
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005-2010
  • Associate Director, Human Performance Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005-present
  • Director, Traffic Safety Research Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006-present
  • Research Fellow, Traffic Safety Research Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004-2006

Classes Taught

CEE Engin 310 Transportation

CEE Engin 111 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering

Recent Papers Published

Hurwitz, D. Wang, H., Knodler M.A., Ni, D. and D. Moore . Fuzzy Sets to Describe Driver Behavior
in the Dilemma Zone of High-Speed Signalized Intersection. "Transportation Research: Part F",
vol 15F, 2012, Pages 132-143.

Hurwitz, D., Knodler, M. A. and B. Nyquist . Evaluation of Advanced Sensor Detection in Type II
Dilemma Zones at High-Speed Signalized Intersections. "ITE Journal", vol 82, number 3, 2012,
Pages 24-28.

Gomez, R., Samuel, S. Gerardino, L., Romoser, M., Collura, J., Knodler, M. and D. Fisher. Do advance yield markings increase safe driver behaviors at unsignalized, marked midblock crosswalks: A driving simulator study. "Transportation Research Record", vol 2264, 2011, Pages 27-33.

Muttart, J., Hurwitz, D., Pradhan, A., Fisher, D., & Knodler, M.. Developing an Adaptive Warning
System for Backing Crashes in Different Types of Backing Scenarios.. "Journal of Transportation
Safety and Security", vol 3, number 1, 2011, Pages 38-58.

Hurwitz, D., Pradhan, A., Fisher, D., Knodler, M. A., Muttart, J., Menon, R. and U. Meissner (2010). Backing Collisions: A Study of Drivers’ Eye and Backing Behavior Using Combined Rear View Camera and Sensor Systems. Injury Prevention, Vol 16, Issue 2, pp..79-84.

Pradhan, A. K., Pollatsek, A., Knodler, M. and D. L. Fisher (2009). Can younger drivers be trained to scan for information that will reduce their risk in roadway scenarios that are hard to identify as hazardous? Ergonomics, 52, pp. 657-673.

Pradhan, A. K., Pollatsek, A, M. A. Knodler Jr. and D. L. Fisher (in press).  Effects of Hazard Anticipation Training on Younger Drivers Eye Movements in the Field.  Ergonomics.

Muttart, J. W., Fisher, D. L., Knodler, M. and A. Pollatsek. (2007).  Driving Without a Clue: Evaluation of Driver Simulator Performance During Hands-Free Cell Phone Operation in a Work Zone.   Transportation Research Record 2018, pp. 9-14.

Knodler Jr., M. A, Noyce, D. A., and Fisher, D. L. (2007).  Evaluating Effect of Two Allowable Permissive Left-Turn Indications.   Transportation Research Record 2018, pp. 53-62.

Fisher, D. L., Pradhan, A. K., Pollatsek, A. and M. A. Knodler Jr. (2007).  Empirical Evaluation of Hazard Anticipation Behaviors in the Field and on a Driving Simulator Using Eye Tracker.  Transportation Research Record 2018, pp. 80-86.

Knodler Jr., M. A, Noyce, D. A., Kacir, K. C. and Brehmer, C. L. (2006).  Potential Application of the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Indication in Separated Left-Turn Lanes.   Transportation Research Record 1973, pp. 10-17.

Knodler Jr., M. A, Noyce, D. A., Kacir, K. C. and Brehmer, C. L. (2006).  An Analysis of Driver and Pedestrian Comprehension for Permissive Left-Turn Applications.  Transportation Research Record, 1982, pp.65-75.

Benavente, M. Knodler Jr., M. A. and Rothenberg, H. (2006).  A Case Study Assessment of Crash Data Challenges: Linking Databases for Analyzing Injury Specifics and Crash Compatibility Issues.  Transportation Research Record 1953, pp. 180-186.

Knodler Jr., M. A, Noyce, D. A., Kacir, K. C. and Brehmer, C. L. (2005)  An Evaluation of the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Indication for use in Simultaneous Indications.  Transportation Research Record 1918, pp. 46-55.

Knodler Jr., M. A, Noyce, D. A., Kacir, K. C. and Brehmer, C. L.  (2005)  An Evaluation of Traffic Signal Displays for Protected-Permissive Left-Turn Control Using Driving Simulator Technology.  Journal of Transportation Engineering, Volume 131 No. 4, pp. 270-278.

Rothenberg, H. Riessman, R. and Knodler Jr., M. A.  (2005)  Applying User Feedback to Improve Data Access and Usability: Massachusetts Beta Test Results Journal of Safety Research. Vol. 6, Issue 5, pp.469-471. 

Recent Conference Proceedings

Tupper, S., Knodler, M. and D. Hurwitz. Connecting Gap Acceptance Behavior with Crash Experience. Road Safety and Simulation, Indianapolis. 9/13/2011

Peabody, D. and M. Knodler. An Application of Spatial Crash Analyses and Road Safety Investigations to Increase Older Driver Safety. Road Safety and Simulation, Indianapolis.
9/13/2011.

Swansen, E., Knodler, M. and J. Kennedy. Determining Work Zone Crash Causation using
Linked Crash and Citation Data. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research
Board, Washington DC. 1/21/2012.

Peabody, D. and M. Knodler. Application of Spatial Crash Analyses and Road Safety Investigations
to Increase Older Driver Safety: A Segment Based Analysis. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC. 1/22/2012.

Hurwitz, D., Knodler, M., Tuss, H., Swake, J. and D. Moore. Evaluation of Effects Associated with
Advanced Vehicle Detection Systems on Dilemma-Zone Protection. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC. 1/22/2012.

Rothenberg, Heather, Michael A. Knodler.  Beyond Crash Data: Using Multiple Datasets in Highway Safety Analyses.  Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Conference and Exhibit Compendium of Papers, March 2008.

Chan, E., Pradhan, A. K., Knodler Jr., M. A., Pollatsek, A. and D. L. Fisher (2008) Empirical Evaluation on a Driving Simulator of the Effect of Distractions Inside and Outside the Vehicle on Drivers’ Eye Behaviors. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C. 

Knodler, M., Hurwitz, D., and H. Rothenberg (2008). An Evaluation of Rationally Implemented Speed Limits on Collector Roadway. Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.

Moriarty, K., Collura, J. Knodler, M., Ni, D. and K. Heaslip (2008)  Using Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Highway Work Zone Strategies; Case Studies along Interstate Highways in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Noyce, D. A. and M. A. Knodler Jr. (2007). Implementation of the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Left-Turn Indication in Signalized Intersections. Road Safety on 4 Continents, Bangkok, Thailand.

Hurwitz, D., Chase, M., and M. Knodler, M. (2007). Development of a Traffic Impact and Access Study Decision Matrix. Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.

Benavente, M. Knodler Jr., M. A. and H. Rothenberg. (2007) Analysis of the Relationship between Aggressive Driving and Roadway Characteristics Using Linked Data. Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.

Langone, M., Knodler, M. A. and D. L. Fisher (2007) A Simplified Methodology for Location-Based Crash Analysis. Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fernandez, W, Rothenberg, H. and Knodler, M.  (2007)  Prevalence and correlates of self-reported safety belt non-use among US high school students.  Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting; abstract published in Academic Emergency Medicine, May 2007. 

Hurwitz, D., and M. Knodler (2007). Static and Dynamic Evaluation of the Driver Speed Perception and Selection Process. Driving Assessment, Olympia, WA.

Rothenberg, H, Benavente, M. Knodler, M. A. and Kennedy, J. (2007).  An application of CODES Data Linkages for Crashworthiness Computations.  Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress. 

Rothenberg, H., Knodler, M. A., Kennedy, J. Metzger, S. A., and Benavente, M. (2007) Evaluation of the impact of congestion on crash frequency, severity, and crash characteristics.  Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA.

Pradhan, A. K., Fisher, D. L., Knodler, M., Pollatsek, A., Langone, M. (2006) Field Evaluation of a Risk Awareness and Perception Training Program for Younger Drivers. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Benavente, M., Rothenberg, H. and Knodler, M.  (2006) Evaluation of Frequency and Injury Outcomes of Lane Departure Crashes.  Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.

Gadiel, G. and Knodler Jr., M.A. (2006) Conflict Analysis of In-Pavement Roadway Lights. Institute of Transportation Engineers Spring Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Louisell, William; J. Collura, M. Knodler, and K. Heaslip (2006) A Simplified Algorithm to Assess the Impacts of Driver Behavior on Delay and Safety in Work Zone Areas, Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Hurwitz, D., Knodler Jr, M. and D. Dulaski (2005) Speed Perception Fidelity in a Driving Simulator Environment.  Driving Simulation Conference - North America, Orlando, FL.

Knodler Jr., M. A. and Noyce, D. A. (2005).  Tracking Driver Eye Movements at Permissive Left-Turns.  Driving Assessment, Rockport, ME.

Knodler Jr., M. A. and Dulaski, D.  (2005)  An Initial Evaluation of the Driver Speed Selection Process on Posted and Unposted Roadways Varying in Functional Classification.  Institute of Transportation Engineers Spring Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bonney, A. K., Knodler Jr., M. A. and Sicinski, C.  (2004) Evaluation of a Rational Speed Limit Setting and Enforcement Demonstration Project on Collector Roadways.  Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Knodler Jr., M. A., Noyce, D. A. and Kacir, K.C. (2003)  An Application of Driving Simulator Technology: An Evaluation of Traffic Signal Displays for Protected-Permissive Left-Turn Control. Driving Simulator Conference – North America, Dearborn, MI.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., 2012 Statewide Observational Safety Belt Surveys, $125,000.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., Evaluation of the FYA Permissive Left-Turn and Yellow Change
Indications in PPLT Control, $21,000.

Knodler, M. and R. Riessman UMassSafe 2013 CMV TAC Scope of Service, $149,000.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., and R. Riessman, UMassSafe CDL PI 2012 Proposal Commercial Driver's License Traffic Enforcement, $300,000.

Collura, Ni, Knodler & Gao, New England Transportation Center Fellowships,$200,000.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., CMV Work Zone Enforcement Evaluation, $38,000.

M. Knodler and R. Riessman, UMassSafe CMV Technical Assistance Center, $149,749.

M. Knodler and R. Riessman, UMass Safe Commercial Vehicle Crash Data Improvement Project with MSP, $90,477.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.  “Statewide and Sub-Sample Observational Safety Belt Surveys” February 2008 to October 2008, $96,000.  

Scott Civjan, Sergio Brena and Michael Knodler (Co-Principal Investigator)  New England Transportation Consortium “Enhancing the Reflectivity of Concrete Barriers”  12-month timeframe, $56,537.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) New England University Transportation Center.  “Development of an Older Driver Crash Prediction Model” $99,805 (Awarded).

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works.  “Coping with the Older Driving Population” $183,802 (Awarded).

Civjan, Scott, Brena, Sergio and Michael A. Knodler Jr., (Co-Principal Investigator) New England Transportation Consortium. “Enhancing the Reflectivity of Concrete Barriers” $48,064 (Awarded).

Knodler, Michael A. Jr. (Principal Investigator) Federal Highway Administration “ Follow-up Speed Data Collection for Rational Speed” October 2007, $15,000.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr. (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Highway Department “Massachusetts Technical Assistance I” $75,000 (open contract) Initiated August 2005.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) and John Collura.  Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works.  “Development of a Traffic Safety Toolbox” $55,000 September 2007.

Fisher, Donald and Michael A. Knodler Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator).  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nissan, and NSF. “An Evaluation of Back-up Camera Systems in Vehicles” $54,972 July 2007.

Fisher, Donald and Michael A. Knodler Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator).  Mitsubishi Electronics Research Lab. “Distraction and New In-vehicle Technologies: Evaluation Using an Advanced Driving Simulator” $38,995 July 2007.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.  “Massachusetts Police Surveys” $54,716 June 2007.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator). Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation via UMass-Boston.  “2007 Summer Transportation Institute” $24,936 May 2007.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.  “Statewide and Sub-Sample Observational Safety Belt Surveys” $75,000 February 2007.

Knodler, Michael. (Principal Investigator).  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Massachusetts State Police.  “Massachusetts Commercial Motor Vehicle Data Quality”, $218,592, December 2006. 

Knodler, Michael. (Principal Investigator).  Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.  “Improving Massachusetts Crash Data Quality”, $123,449, November 2006.

Ni, Daiheng and Michael A. Knodler Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator) New England University Transportation Center. “Understanding the Potential Safety and Mobility Benefits for Elderly Drivers by Simulation and Sensor Technology” $41,683 November 2006.

Knodler, Michael. (Principal Investigator).  Massachusetts Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau. “Development and Pilot of Web-Based Police Crash Report Training”, $68,954, November 2006. 

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.  “An Application of Pavement Weather Sensors for the Tobin Memorial Bridge $42,000 March 2006.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.  “Scenic Roads – Phase II” $54,000 February 2006.

Collura, John, Knodler, Michael A. Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator) and Daiheng Ni. New England Transportation Consortium. “Modeling Traffic Flow Impacts in Work Zones” $100,000 November 2005.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Vermont Agency of Transportation.  “An Evaluation of Dilemma Zone Protection Practices for Signalized Intersection Control” $53,000 July 2005.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) and Donald L. Fisher. New England University Transportation Center.  “An Evaluation of Driver Comprehension Related to Solid Yellow Change Indications and the Potential Impact of the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Indication” $41,785 July 2005.

Fisher, Donald L. and Michael A Knodler Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator).  New England Transportation Consortium.  “Driver-Eye-Movement-Based Investigation for Improving Work-Zone Safety” $75,000.

Fisher, Donald L., Pollatsek, Aleksander, and Michael A Knodler Jr. (Investigator) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Evaluation of PC-Based Novice Driver Risk Awareness Training Program” $300,000 April 2005.

Fisher, Donald L., Pollatsek, Aleksander, Knodler, Michael A. Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator), and David A. Noyce.  Calspan “Simulator Evaluation of countermeasures for Left-Turn-Across-Path/Opposite Direction (LTAP/OD) conflicts” $120,000 April 2005.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.  “Statewide and Sub-Sample Observational Safety Belt Surveys” $63,000 April 2005.

Knodler, Michael A. Jr., (Principal Investigator) New England University Transportation Center.  “Interdisciplinary Traffic Safety Curriculum” $30,000 September 2003.

O’Conner Barbara and Michael A. Knodler Jr. (Co-Principal Investigator). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Cooperative Agreement for Pedestrian Enforcement Programs” $75,000 September 2003.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Council Faculty Service Award, 2006
  • Young Engineer of the Year Award, New England Section of ITE, 2005
  • Nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005

Links
UMassSafe Website

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