Dr. Satish Ukkusuri (Civil Engineering, Purdue University)
Dr. Ukkusuri is recognized nationally and internationally in the area of transportation network modeling and disaster management. He leads the Interdisciplinary Transportation Modeling and Analytics Lab at Purdue. His current areas of interest include: complex network modeling, coupled systems modeling, network resilience, big data analytics for transportation systems, dynamic traffic modeling, innovative signal control algorithms, connected vehicle environment, behavioral issues in natural hazards such as hurricanes, evacuation modeling, modeling transportation sustainability policies such as cap and trade, emissions pricing etc, sustainable freight logistics and safety modeling.
His research emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary notions that exist in multiple disciplines to produce solutions to the complex and multifaceted problems in infrastructure networks. His research derives knowledge from social sciences and computational sciences to create meaningful solutions for problems in transportation modeling, disaster management and freight logistics. He blends the development of new science based approaches with practical applications and implementation. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in the above topics. Dr. Ukkusuri's work has been funded by various grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), State Departments of Transportation including INDOT, NYSDOT, NJDOT and NYCDOT, Global Policy Research Institute and Purdue Research Foundation.
Dr. Brian Spitzberg (Communication, SDSU)
Dr. Spitzberg is an expert in communication assessment and interpersonal communication. He will conduct qualitative surveillance and identification of social issues that could provide logical topics of relevance to meme diffusion and social influence.
Brian H. Spitzberg (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1981) is Senate Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. His areas of research include interpersonal communication competence, communication assessment, communication theory, conflict, jealousy, infidelity, intimate violence, sexual coercion, and stalking. He teaches in the areas of communication theory, risk and crisis communication, interpersonal communication, and the dark side of communication. He is author or co-author of 3 scholarly books, co-editor of 3 scholarly books, and author or coauthor of over 100 scholarly articles and chapters, including the award-winning book written with William Cupach on The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking. He also an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.