Alexandre Bayen

Research Expertise and Interest

control, optimization, machine learning, Applications: transportation; mobile sensing ; connected health

Research Description

Alexandre Bayen is the Liao-Cho Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He currently serves as Associate Provost for Moffett Field program development. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). He is also a Faculty Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 1998, the M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 2005. Bayen has authored/edited 5 books and over 300 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009. Mobile Millennium has been featured more than 200 times in the media, including TV channels and radio stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNET, NPR, KGO, the BBC), and in the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times). Bayen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the White House, 2010. He is also the recipient of the Okawa Research Grant Award, the Ruberti Prize from the IEEE, and the Huber Prize from the ASCE.

In the News

Turning cars into robot traffic managers

Self-driving cars may one day do more than just get us from point A to point B. By adjusting their speed and position while they merge they could also help reduce the bottlenecks and random slowdowns on busy thoroughfares like the Bay Bridge, getting us where we’re going faster and more efficiently than if we all drove ourselves.

Eco-driving: Ready for prime time?

UC researchers are optimistic that improved driving techniques can cut fuel use by 10 to 20 percent. And the time may be right to sell the public on these methods, they say.

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
December 20, 2018
Jennifer Olney
In a project anticipating the incorporation of self-driving cars on Bay Area roads, a team of scientists led by assistant civil and environmental engineering professor Alex Bayen, director of Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies, is using computer models to see how the artificial intelligence of self-driving cars might be leveraged to improve the overall efficiency of traffic. "In the coming years, we will see an increasing proportion of vehicles on the road with some level of automation, not fully automated, but some level of automation," he says. "That means within a few years we will have maybe five percent or ten percent of vehicles that could help control traffic." This could be accomplished, for example, by having the self-driving cars communicate with one another, perhaps helping to regulate the speed of traffic approaching toll plazas. Link to video. For more on this, see our story at Berkeley News.
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