Ali Zockaie

Ali  Zockaie
  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
  • 428 South Shaw Lane, Room 3546
  • Engineering Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.355.8422


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Current Research

Dr. Zockaie is completely familiar with leading practices and strategies for mobility and congestion management, specifically in the transportation system analysis via network-wide performance measures. He was the lead PI for the project that was conducted by the research team (October 2017-September 2018) for MDOT on evaluation of collision avoidance and mitigation systems for winter maintenance trucks. He has also recently led another MDOT project regarding evaluating application of green strobes on winter maintenance vehicles and equipment. His primary expertise is in congestion management and mobility studies. His research foci are network modeling, and urban transportation planning, and he has developed a framework for the reliability-based user equilibrium problem considering temporal and spatial link travel time correlations. Dr. Zockaie has worked on preparing networks for simulation-based dynamic traffic assignments tools for different research projects. In addition to preparing networks, he has a solid understanding of the application of these tools, analyzing simulation results, and extracting performance measures.

Dr. Zockaie has recently developed a traffic simulation tool to model connected and autonomous vehicles for large-scale networks. The developed framework provides a unique opportunity to evaluate impacts of various strategies, specifically during the transition period from human-driven vehicles towards a fully connected and automated system. This framework is a vital tool to assess network-wide impacts of emerging technologies considering various stakeholders.

Besides the network modeling experience, he has conducted research on traffic flow theory, where he integrated traffic flow theory concepts into dynamic networks. Dr. Zockaie has published more than 40 Journal papers and conference proceedings overall. He has also presented his works in different highly respected conferences in the field, such as Transportation Research Board and INFORMS annual meetings. Dr. Zockaie is a member of the Network Modelling Committee (AEP40) and Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristic (ACP50) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).


  • Network Modeling and Optimization
  • Large-Scale Traffic Simulation
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems