Researcher spotlight: M. Imran Hayee
Imran Hayee is a professor and director of graduate studies in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and a researcher for the Roadway Safety Institute. Hayee has worked at UMD since 2004 and conducts research in the areas of communication systems, optical fiber communication, digital signal processing, and intelligent transportation systems.
Hayee also oversees the Connected Vehicles Research Laboratory (CVRL) at UMD, where he and his team of students research and develop vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) wireless communication technology to improve driver safety and traffic mobility.
Through an Institute-funded project, Hayee is conducting research using V2V wireless communication to improve safety around merge points between two roadways, such as at freeway entrance ramps.
Hayee and his research team are working to design a mechanism incorporating dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to acquire and compute real-time relative trajectories of vehicles traveling toward a merging junction. The DSRC-equipped vehicles traveling on the freeway and on the merging ramp will periodically communicate important information to each other, such as location, direction of travel, and speed.
This project could eventually provide merge assistance to drivers, or even facilitate automatic merging of vehicles when DSRC technologies become more readily available.
“This is emerging technology that directly impacts public safety,” Hayee says. “That's what drives me most towards it—that it can directly benefit the public."
Hayee believes the most pressing transportation issue in the United States is subjective thinking when making transportation decisions. For example, he says when choosing a vehicle, drivers should focus less on what specific model or style they want, and more on whether or not the car is safe, good for the environment, and good for roadways.
"I think the whole idea of intelligent transportation systems and vehicle-to-vehicle communication is really going to bring more objectivity to transportation,” he says.
Hayee holds 15 U.S. patents and has published more than 50 articles for engineering journals and conferences. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received UMD’s Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research for 2011–2012. Hayee holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.