Director, Minnesota Traffic Observatory
Research Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
University of Minnesota
790 Civil Engineering Building
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
John Hourdos's research interests are traffic simulation and model calibration, as well as traffic safety focusing on analysis and crash prevention. In collaboration with the ITS Institute, he developed the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, of which he has been the director since 2006. In 2003, he designed and deployed an array of advanced Traffic Detection and Surveillance Stations in the highest freeway accident area in the Twin Cities, forming the I-94 Field Lab for traffic safety research. This is an active laboratory that has been supporting state and federal projects. He also played a leading role in the evaluation of the Minnesota Zone Ramp Metering algorithm, research that received international attention within the transportation research community.
Hourdos received his civil engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Patras, Greece, with a focus on geomatics, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.