- Sc.D., MIT
Dr. Pitu B. Mirchandani is a Professor of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and the Director of the Advanced Traffic and Logistics Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at Arizona State University. Before arriving at ASU, he was a Professor at the University of Arizona. His educational background includes BS and MS degrees in Engineering from UCLA, a S.M. degree from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Sc.D. degree, also from MIT, in Operations Research.
Dr. Mirchandani has several areas of technical expertise and interests including theories, models and algorithms and application of operations research and systems engineering to transportation logistics. He has been a principal investigator on a large number of research programs. Federal agencies such as NSF, USDOT and FHWA and state agencies such as Arizona, Florida, and California DOTs have supported his work. His research projects in the areas of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Real-Time Traffic Adaptive Signal Control (he was the major architect of RHODES), and Remote Airborne Sensing of Transportation Flows, mostly supported by USDOT/FHWA/ADOT have attracted significant publicity.
Dr. Mirchandani has co-authored three books and authored or co-authored over 130 articles in a variety of journals, magazines and books, those that focus on theory, to those on model and algorithm development and those that focus on applications. He has given over 250 technical presentations at conferences and workshops. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Transportation Science, IIE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics, and Journal of Advanced Transportation. He is frequently invited to give plenary and talks at national and international conferences/workshops.
He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of INFORMS, IIE, TRB, and a charter member of ITS-Arizona, where in 2008 he was given the "Member of the Year" award.