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Media Coverage and Recognition

 “Telecommuting's a turn off in Texas”, by Diana Williams, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, September 20, 1992, Page H1.,0EAD90392DB818B6.html

“When shock waves hit traffic: What turns a fast-moving stream of cars into a stagnant pool of frustrated motorists?”, by Bob Holmes, NEW SCIENTIST, 25 June 1994; cover storty

“Telecommuting research may explain employee choices”, TELECOMMUTING REVIEW: THE GORDON REPORT, February 1, 1995.

Television Interview with K-EYE, a local station, as part of their Y2K Series: Transportation Issues and the Future of Transportation Technology, April 16, 1999 evening news broadcasts.

“Lab Studying Science Behind Traffic Patterns”, by Alan Sipress, WASHINGTON POST, August 5, 1999; Page A1.

[Referred to Dr. Mahmassani as "the leading American expert in traffic flow theory." Story widely picked up in syndication, and published by many newspapers, including the BOSTON GLOBE and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE]

“Go with the flow: Scientists tackle the mystery of ... the traffic jam”, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, August 08, 1999.

“Cosmic gridlock”, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, August 18, 1999, Page A12.,0E9C239AE5D6CB70.html

“Science of Figuring Out `Mystery' Traffic Jams: Explanations abound for problem”, by Michael Taylor, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, December 6, 1999; Page A17.  

“Drivers Brave Traffic Tie-Ups To Travel Solo Lone commuters revel in isolation, quiet time”, by Michael Taylor, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, June 19, 2000; Page A1.

“Gawk, no action: Experts can’t block gapers”, by Rogers Worthington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 26, 2000.

“UT-Austin professor helping develop next generation of smart highways“, by Patrick Driscoll, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, November 7, 2000, page 10B.,0EAFE9840B394646.html

“Lofty Lingo Boils Down To Dissection of Traffic: Computer model may unravel mysteries of congestion”, by Carl T. Hall, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, January 8, 2001; Page A13.

“The reason you're stuck in traffic: There isn't one”, by Kelly Daniel, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, March 26, 2001; Page B1.,0EB440CC916ABFD1.html

“Doppelgänger auf der Flucht“, DER SPIEGEL, April 25, 20001.

“Models shape the flow of traffic thoughts: Researchers are using technology to reduce traffic congestion”, by Mark Chediak, RED HERRING, January 14, 2002. 

“TRAFFIC STOP, GO: At about 2,000 cars per hour, per lane, flow gets gummed up”, by Gabriella Boston, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, January 16, 2003; Page B01.,0F8B5BA286B85A0D.html

“Removing clots from the arteries of our cities”, by Stephen Phillips, THE (LONDON) TIMES Higher Education Supplement, 07 March 2003. 

“Lasst sie laufen!“, by Von Thomas Röbke, DIE ZEIT, March 2003. 

“Anatomy of a Traffic Jam”, DISCOVERY TIMES CHANNEL (Interactive display), originally published April 2003.

[Display linked as part of Multimedia feature in THE NEW YORK TIMES titled Nowhere, Fast!]

“New Technologies Hold Promise for Faster and Easier Transportation Systems”, by Paul Adams, ENGINEERING@MARYLAND, Spring 2003. 

“Readers Take a Stab At Tips for Traffic -- Many Are Illusions”, by Sharon Begley, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, October 24, 2003.

“Double-Parkers Blamed for Tie-Ups: Lax Enforcement Allows Gridlock to Ripple Outward, Commuters Say”, by Katherine Shaver, WASHINGTON POST, November 23, 2003; Page C01

“Fiery crash chars bridge, snarls roads: Travelers, commuters stew for hours in backups”, by Stephen Kiehl and Scott Shane, THE BALTIMORE SUN, January 14, 2004.,0,3397604.story?coll=bal-traffic-headlines

“Seeking to unravel mysteries like traffic jams and tailgating”, by Richard A. Lovett, SACRAMENTO BEE, June 6, 2004; page E6.,1030FB5AA2CD7113.html

“A Few Cars Controlled By Computer Can Keep Rest of Traffic Flowing”, by SHARON BEGLEY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 30, 2004. 

“Study sees ICC as boon to area”, by Michael Dresser, THE BALTIMORE SUN, September 17, 2004.,0,5578311.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

“Benefit of Md. Connector Cited: Study Predicts Economic Boost in Montgomery, Prince George's”, by Steven Ginsberg, WASHINGTON POST, September 17, 2004; Page B04.

“Winter luncheon speaker highlights new paradigms in transportation”, Center for Transportation Studies Report, University of Minnesota, March 2005. 

“Big Plans With Growing Price Tags Connector, Dulles Rail Remain Top Priorities Despite Cost Questions”, by Steven Ginsberg, WASHINGTON POST, July 17, 2005; Page C01.

“Balto. geography has edge over Houston's Despite extra options, backups leaving city would be inevitable, experts say”, by Michael Dresser, THE BALTIMORE SUN, September 15, 2005.

“Modeling, Simulations Can Help a City Offer More Efficient Exodus”, by Sharon Begley, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Science Journal, Sep. 30, 2005.

“A Slowdown in the Fast Lanes: Local Traffic Clogs Md., Va. Interstates Far From D.C.” by Steven Ginsberg, WASHINGTON POST, October 6, 2005; Page A01.

“Baltimore's top officials oppose sale of major port operator to UAE based company”, by James Mosher, THE (BALTIMORE) DAILY RECORD, February 24, 2006.

“Thinking Inside the Box: Security experts are getting serious about cargo containers as a key protection against terrorists”, by Michael Hill, THE BALTIMORE SUN, March 26, 2006. 

“Stockholm's Syndrome: Hostages to Traffic, Swedes Will Vote on High-Tech Plan To Untangle Snarls With Tolls”, by Leila Abboud and Jenny Clevstrom,THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, August 26, 2006.
[Story also picked up in syndication by several newspapers, including the


"Md. to consider alternative to new Bay Bridge", by Dori Berman, THE (BALTIMORE) DAILY RECORD. Sep 7, 2006.

“Why Do They Call It Rush Hour If Nothing Moves?” SCIENCE & THE CITY, New York Academy of Sciences, Sep. 9, 2006. 

“Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination: A Roundtable”, Philoctetes Center for the Study of the Imagination, New York City, September 9, 2006; video and soundtrack available at:

“Traffic will be free to run on the information highway”, by Michael Schrage, FINANCIAL TIMES, September 26, 2006. 

“Commuters give weeks to the ride”, by Matthew Santoni, THE EXAMINER (BALTIMORE), March 22, 2007. 

“Formula for Panic: Crowd-motion findings may prevent stampedes”, by Davide Castelvecchi, SCIENCE NEWS ONLINE, April 7, 2007; Vol. 171, No. 14.  

“Bumper to Bumper: Predicting Traffic Flow”, by Eric Weiner, NPR.ORG, August 7, 2007.

“U.S. Security Market: Changing Dynamics”, by Matt Scherer, SECURITY WORLD MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL, September 3, 2007.

“Marylanders endure commutes longer than all except N.Y.”, by Matthew Santoni, THE EXAMINER (BALTIMORE), September 13, 2007. 

“BRAC raises commuting issues in Mid-Atlantic region”, The Associated Press, THE EXAMINER (BALTIMORE), December 22, 2007. 

"Critics concerned about costs, fairness of Blagojevich free-rides proposal", by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press-Illinois, NORTHWEST HERALD, IL, January 16, 2008.

"District Taxi Fare Estimator", interactive display by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, WASHINGTON POST, January 22, 2008.

"Another Chicago derailment raises safety concerns", by Don Babwin, The Associated Press, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, June 3, 2008.

[Story widely picked up in syndication, including    CBS2, WAND, WTHI, WQAD (IL), NPR, BUSINESS WEEK, FORBES, CONDE NAST PORTFOLIO, INTERACTIVE INVESTOR (UK), San Diego Union Tribune and most national newspapers]

"Human Bug Stymies Traffic Technology", by Sarmad Qazi, THE GULF TIMES, November 11, 2008. 

"Paying a Heavy Price of Traffic Congestion", by Sarmad Qazi, THE GULF TIMES, November 16, 2008.

"Security Braces for Inaugural Throng", by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, January 14, 2009.

"Crowd Control", by Jeanne Meserve, CNN NEWS, January 14, 2009, [Story also picked up by CBS2/KCAL90]

"Inaugural conundrum: controlling the crowds", by Kevin Bohn and Jeanne Meserve, CNN NEWS, January 15, 2009.

"Inauguration Security: Four People per Square Meter of Space", NBC NEWS CHICAGO CHANNEL 5, January 19, 2009.

"Your Travel Questions Answered: Is it safe to fly? Should I cancel my vacation to Mexico?", by Eric Berger, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, April 30, 2009.

"Metra credit cards come at a price", by Kristen Maiorano, MEDILL REPORTS CHICAGO, May 26, 2009. 

"Greater Awareness of Green Issues", ITS MAGAZINE, 3/2009.

"High-Speed Rail Spending to be a Boon to Freight Rail Companies," by Bruce Rushton, THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER, October 25, 2009. 

"The World's 18 Strangest Roads: Gallery," by Chris Sweeney, POPULAR MECHANICS, December 2, 2009.

"Buffet Confronts Chicago Chokepoint Amid Skepticism Over Burlington Deal," by John Lippert, BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK, February 10, 2010.

“New CTA cars prioritize capacity, not service, experts say”, by Carolyn Surh, MEDILL REPORTS, April 16, 2010. 

“Voir la ville comme un système de transport intelligent de marchandises”, by Eric Cloutier, GESTION ET LOGISTIQUE, April 2010. 

“Future Tech-- Tomorrow’s cars may finally realize the driver’s great dream: a cure for the common traffic jam” by David H. Freedman, DISCOVER, September 2010, pp. 36, 37. 

“Technology keeps ‘L’ riders happy” by Jon Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, November 15 2010, p.7.,0,5954378.column

“Chicago ranked the most road congested city” by Jaydine Sayer, CHICAGO LOOPSTER| Medill News Service, January 28, 2011 

“Planes will fly, even if government doesn't” by Austin B. Smith Medill News Service, NWI.COM April 8, 2011

“Traffic in Chicago” radio interview with Milt Rosenberg, WGN 720 Chicago, April 27, 2011 

“Carmageddon': Will Massive Project Fix LA's Traffic Nightmare?”, by Katharine Gammon, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor, LIVE SCIENCE, July 15, 2011

“Traffic science struggles to keep cars flowing on highways in D.C. and elsewhere”, by Brian Palmer, WASHINGTON POST, July 25, 2011   [Story picked up in syndication by several media outlets, including The Plain Dealer, Northeast Ohio;

“OpEd: Express rail to and from O'Hare benefits region”, by Hani Mahmassani, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, August 15, 2011

“TSA to fast-track frequent fliers in new program”, Paul Meinke, ABC NEWS CHICAGO CHANNEL 7, WLS-TV, September 1, 2011

“Botsingen: mensenmassa's en dierenzwermen” (featured in a segment on crowd dynamics on the Dutch Science TV program Labyrint) October 26, 2011 

“26 bus routes face cuts, changes under CTA 'crowding reduction' plan”, by John Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, August 23, 2012

“Doubts, gripes and hopes greet plan for CTA changes”, by John Hilkovitch, Hal Dardick and Tracy Swartz, REDEYE, Chicago, August 23, 2012 [also carried by the BALTIMORE SUN August 24, 2012,0,4809128.story?page=2 ]

“The CTA Takes a Master Class From Northwestern Experts: The Research Behind the CTA's Recent Service Changes” by Kyle Martin, 5 NBC Chicago, August 30, 2012 

“CTA restructures routes as part of de-crowding initiative”, by Kelly Fowler, COLUMBIA CHRONICLE, September 4, 2012 

“Water taxi turns 50, offering free rides”, by Michael Holtz, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, October 11, 2012

“Superstorm Sandy affects Northwestern students, families”, by Paula Firozzi, THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN, October 31, 2012

“Tinley dedicates 'Taj Mahal' of Metra stations”, by Andy Grimm, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, November 27, 2012

“Your phone can find you a parking space”, by Sandra Guy, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, December 14, 2012 

“Travel and Transportation: Big Data Analytics—an interview with Hani Mahmassani”, video interview presented by Teradata, Inc., December 2012

“Deliver a Fix for Traffic Jams”, by Josh Sanburn, TIME, March 14, 2013

“Uber hailing rides in suburbs”, by Wailin Wong, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 26, 2013

“$38 million system to ease Columbus’ tie-ups”, by Rick Rouan, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, March 31, 2013 [also carried by the BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE ]

“6 Key Transportation Trends for 2013”, by Mark Crawford, ASME, April 2013, ttps://

“Five Ways To Tackle Transportation Efficiencies”, by Susan Cosgrove, RETAIL LEADER, September 20, 2013 

“On-demand car service Uber coming to Evanston”, by Patrick Svitek, THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN, September 22, 2013

“How researchers solved Saudi Arabia’s Haj gridlock”, by Elizabeth Dickinson, THE NATIONAL (UAE), October 12, 2013

“Getting More Out of Your Data Warehouse”, by Davis Strom, DICE News, October 22, 2013 

“Buzz Blog: Fluid Dynamics Explains Some Traffic Jams”, by Joel Shurkin, PHYSICS CENTRAL, November 12, 2013

“The Connected Life”, by John Edwards, Special Section in TERADATA MAGAZINE online, February 2014, 

“Gaps in some ridesharing firms' background checks”, by Leonor Vivanco and Cynthia Dizikes, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, February 14, 2014

“Lake Shore Drive standoff tested safety plans, driver patience”, by Jon Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 18, 2014

“CTA Blue Line train going too fast for emergency brakes to work: NTSB”, by Richard Wronski and Jon Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 7, 2014

“Freight rail congestion”, TV Interview on Real Money with Ali Velshi, Al JAZEERA AMERICA, April 16, 2014

“Rideshare drivers idle in confusion awaiting Chicago's new regulations”, by Leonor Vivenco, REDEYE, June 11, 2014 

“Indiana Toll Road Operator Files For Bankruptcy”, guest on NPR’s Here and Now news radio program, September 24, 2014.

“Cities Have Found a New Way to Take Your Money”, by Josh Sanburn, TIME, October 17, 2014

“We Aren’t the Only Ones”, by Michael Roeth, FLEET OWNER, December 15, 2014

“Searching For ROI In Transportation User Experience”, by Peeter Kivestu, FORBES/Business, January 27, 2015

“Major work to start March 7 on Jane Byrne Interchange; project to last 16 months”, by Rosalind Rossi, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, February 23, 2015

“The Green Mile”, TU-AUTOMOTIVE, February 23, 2015

“O'Hare's problems surmountable -- if city will face up to them”, by Jon Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, February 27, 2015

“Unlike O'Hare, Singapore airport a destination all its own”, by Jon Hilkevitch, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, February 27, 2015

“The Internet Of Things Generates Trillions In Revenue By Connecting Billions Of Devices”, by John Edwards, FORBES/Business, March 17, 2015

“Behind-the-scenes delays stymie O'Hare development”, by Micah Maidenberg, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, April 11, 2015

“For Chicago's sake, Emanuel better get moving on this now”, by Joe Cahill, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, April 15, 2015

“A closer look at the Amtrak derailment in Philidelphia,” radio interview by Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes on WGN Radio, May 13, 2015

“Is United Airlines two-timing Chicago?”, by Joe Cahill, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, May 13, 2015

“The Connected Life”, by John Edwards, Teradata Magazine, October 21st, 2015 

“NU gets $311,778 to study red-light camera program”, by Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, February 3, 2016

“Why the Airline Boarding Process Is All Wrong”, by Brian Sumers, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, February 17, 2016

“AEM Unveils Future of Infrastructure Study at Northwestern”, CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, May 24, 2016,

“Why business fliers should like Emanuel's plan for O'Hare”, by Joe Cahill, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, July 20, 2016

“Ban driverless cars in Chicago? What an utterly dumb idea”, by Joe Cahill, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, September 21, 2016

“Planning and the driverless car”, by Charles Bartling, EVANSTON NOW, September 22, 2016,

“Discussing the Future of Autonomous Automobiles”, TV Interview on Chicago Tonight, WTTW (PBS), September 26, 2016

“Look, Mom, no hands! Your future Uber might be driven by a robot”, by Rianne Cole, REDEYECHICAGO.COM, October 14, 2016

“Study: Red Light Cams Improve Safety, Have “Spillover Effect” on Other Intersections”, by John Greenfield, STREETSBLOG CHICAGO, March 20, 2017.

“Chicago's red-light camera program has significant safety benefits”, by Megan Fellman, Northwestern News, March 20, 2017, reported in SCIENCE DAILY, PHYS.ORG, INSURANCE JOURNAL, CLAIMS JOURNAL, CONCORD REGISTER, and several others.

“Red Light Rules Change As City Relaxes Time Allowed To Run A Light”, by Heather Cherone, DNA INFO, March 20, 2017.

“Red Light Cameras to Come Down, Go Up Across Chicago “, TV interview with Natalie Martinez on NBC 5 TV News at 10, March 20, 2017

“Drivers in Chicago would get a break under new red light camera rule, city says”, by Mary Wisniewski, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, March 21, 2017,

“Chicago triples ‘grace period’ for red-light cameras”, by Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, March 21, 2017, [carried by several outlets including WLS-AM, CBS CHICAGO, FOX 32]

“City to changes some red light camera placement, policy” TV Interview with Sarah Jindra on WGN TV, March 21, 2017.

“Chicago to lose $17M in revenue through revised red-light camera policy: City”, by Andrew Blake, WASHINGTON TIMES, March 22, 2017,

“Study shows Chicago's red-light camera program has significant safety benefits”, by Adam Frost, TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY TODAY, March 27, 2017 [also in ASIA CRUISE NEWS and several outlets].

“Chicago changes red light camera program following Northwestern study”, by Catherine Kim, THE DAILY NORTHWESTERN, March 27, 2017

“What all the recent United Airlines headlines may mean for travelers”, by Christopher Elliott, WASHINGTON POST, April 27, 2017.

“Why Elon Musk's high-speed tunnel to O'Hare seems crazy—and worth a look”, by Joe Cahill, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, June 29, 2017.

“Truck Driver Shortage In Charlotte, CPCC Helps”, by Crystal Hogue, WFAE 90.7, Charlotte’s NPR News Source, Charlotte, NC, July 18. 2017.

“Hyperloop race gets crowded with new entrant Arrivo and maybe Musk”, by Marco della Cava, USA TODAY, July 21.2017.

“Why the trucking industry is being remade here (and it's not autonomous vehicles)”, by John Pletz, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS, August 5, 2017.

“New Apps for the Airport Promise to Feed Time-Crunched Travelers Fast”, by Brian Sumers, SKIFT, August 21, 2017.

“Here’s How Hurricane Irma's Evacuations Will Roll Out”, by Dan Vergano, BUZZFEED NEWS, September 8, 2017.

“Traffic jams during hurricane evacuations are entirely preventable”, Op Ed by Hani Mahmassani, QUARTZ, September 9. 2017.

“All eyes are on Irma and Florida”, TV interview with Sylvia Perez, FOX 38 Chicago, September 10, 2017.

“London Strips Uber of License“, video interview with Fred Nakayama, REUTERS, September 23, 2017.

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