Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1993.
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1989.
  • B.S., Individualized Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1985.

Randall Guensler is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After working for the California Air Resources Board for seven years, and completing his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of California at Davis, Dr. Guensler joined Georgia Tech in 1994. During his years with the State of California, Dr. Guensler worked for four years in Compliance Assistance and for three years in the Executive Office, evaluating the design and implementation of transportation control measures by regional air quality management agencies. Since arriving at Georgia Tech, Dr. Guensler's main research focus has been the development of new monitoring and modeling tools to assess the air quality impacts of transportation policies.

Dr. Guensler was the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board committee on Transportation and Air Quality from 1997 to 2002. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Guensler served on the Environmental Protection Agency's Mobile Source Technical Advisory Subcommittee. Over the past ten years, he has served on various National Academy of Sciences committees and panels charged with the assessment of vehicle emissions impacts and identification of research needs.

Dr. Guensler is the director of Commute Atlanta, a $2.3 million joint value pricing initiative sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and Georgia Department of Transportation. Commute Atlanta includes the collection and analysis of second-by-second vehicle speed, position, and engine operating data from 470 vehicles in representative Atlanta households. The researchers have monitored more than 1.4 million vehicle trips (more than 350,000 vehicle-miles per month). In 2005, the Commute Atlanta households began participating in road pricing experiments (cent/mile pricing, as well as real-time congestion pricing). Dr. Guensler's research team is assessing consumer response to these pricing mechanisms. A secondary focus of the research is the enhancement of monitoring technologies and services to support future transportation planning, safety, and operations policy initiatives. Development of tools for data management, data analysis, and privacy protection became major research activities. Secondary research has also included analysis of speeding, journey to work route choice, trip chaining, activity-based demand, household tripmaking variability, household and vehicle range of travel, long-distance travel, freeway operations, engine load, start and soak distributions, transit bus operations, etc.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Transportation Planning
  • Vehicle Activity Monitoring
  • Air Quality Modeling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Policy Analysis

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Speaker Award (2016). One of Eight “Best Papers” Invited to Present at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting. Awarded from the 15th National Transportation Research Board Tools of the Trade Conference. Charleston, SC. September 12-14, 2016.
  • Brook Byers Fellow, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology (2015-2018)
  • Research Innovation Award, School of CEE (2013)
  • Golden Shoe Award, Pedestrian-friendly Research Project, Georgia Tech’s Comprehensive Sidewalk Inventory and Research, Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS), Atlanta (2013)
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Annual Meeting, Best Poster Award (2013)
  • Research Innovation Award, School of CEE (2013)
  • Pyke Johnson Award for Best Transportation Research Board Paper in Planning and Environment, Yoon, et al., A Methodology for Developing Transit Bus Speed-Acceleration Matrices to be used in Load-Based Mobile Source Emissions Models, National Research Council (2005)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service, National Academy of Sciences (2003)
  • Testimonial of Appreciation for Distinguished Service, National Research Council (2002)
  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership for Development of Graduate Research Assistants, School of CEE (2000)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, School of CEE (1999)
  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership for Development of Graduate Research Assistants, School of CEE (1998)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (1998)
  • Faculty Development Grant Recipient, Georgia Tech (1997)
  • C-SPAN in the Classroom Fellow (1996)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow (1996)
  • Eno Foundation Transportation Leadership Fellow (1993)
  • Chevron Corporation Research Fellow (1992)
  • Grant Recipient, UC Transportation Center (1992)
  • Institute of Transportation Studies Fellow (1991)
  • Air & Waste Management Association Scholar (1990)
  • Tribute of Appreciation, Rule Effectiveness Study, USEPA Region IX (1990)
  • Air & Waste Management Association, Third Prize, Student Poster Competition (1990)
  • University of California, Davis, Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipient (1990)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Fellow (1989)
  • Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award, California Air Resources Board Registered Engineer in Training: CA XE065494 (1988)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Liu, H., X. Xu, M. Rodgers, Y. Xu, and R. Guensler (in press). " MOVES-Matrix and Distributed Computing for Microscale Line Source Dispersion Analysis." Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. UAWM-2016-0218.R1.
  • Xu, Y., H. Li, H. Liu, M.O. Rodgers, R. Guensler (in press). Eco-driving for Transit: An Effective Strategy to Conserve Fuel and Emissions. Applied Energy. APEN8702. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.09.101. October 2016.
  • Suh, W., D. Henclewood, A. Guin, R. Guensler, M. Hunter, and R. Fujimoto (in press). Dynamic Data Driven Transportation Systems. Multimedia Tools and Applications. Springer-Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/s11042-016-4318-x.
  • Liu, H., Y. Xu, N. Stockwell, M. Rodgers, and R. Guensler (2016). “A Comparative Life-cycle Energy and Emissions Analysis for Intercity Passenger Transportation in the U.S. by Aviation, Intercity Bus, and Automobile.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 48, pp: 267-283. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2016.08.027.
  • Suh, W., D. Henclewood, A. Guin, R. Guensler, R. Fujimoto, M. Hunter (2016). “Real-Time Data-Driven Traffic Simulation for Performance Measure Estimation.” IET Intelligent Transportation Systems. Volume 10, Issue 8. pp 562-571.
BOOKS
  • Henclewood, D., W. Suh, A. Guin, R. Guensler, R. Fujimoto, and M. Hunter (2015). “Real-Time Data-Driven Arterial Simulation for Performance Measure Estimation.” Modeling and Simulation in the Systems Engineering Life Cycle. Part of the series entitled: Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications pp 309-321. May 2015
  • Bachman, W., W. Sarasua, S. Hallmark, and R. Guensler (2000). “Modeling Regional Mobile Source Emissions in a Geographic Information System Framework.” In: Geographic Information Systems in Transportation Research; Elsevier Science; New York, NY. 2000.
  • Guensler, R. (2000). “Motor Vehicle Emissions Control.” In: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. 2000.
  • Guensler, R. (2000). “Traffic Flow Improvement.” In: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. 2000.
  • Fomunung, I., S. Washington, and R. Guensler (1999). “Comparison of MEASURE, and MOBILE5a Predictions with Laboratory Measurements of Vehicle Emission Factors.” In: Transportation Planning and Air Quality IV; Arun Chatterjee, Ed.; American Society of Civil Engineers; New York, NY. 1999.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Hunter, M., P. Pecher, A. Biswas, B. Chilukuri, R. Fujimoto, R. Guensler, J. Laval, H. Liu, S. Neal, M.O. Rodgers (2016). Energy‐Aware Dynamic Data‐Driven Distributed Traffic Simulations for Energy and Emissions Reduction. Dynamic Data-Driven Application Systems Conference. 2016.
  • Cebe, J., A. Grossman, C. Dyess, and R. Guensler (2016). Sidewalk Scout, Sidewalk Sentry, and the Sidewalk Quality Index: Cost-Effective Tools for Inventorying and Managing Sidewalk Assets and Prioritizing Improvements in Small to Large Communities. 15th National Transportation Research Board Tools of the Trade Conference (40 attendees). Charleston, SC. September 12-14, 2016.
  • Grossman, A., C. Dyess, S. Mudrinich, and R. Guensler (2016). “Using ADA Transition Plans to Improve Pedestrian Access to Transit: A Downtown Atlanta Pilot Study.” 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. January 2016.
  • Guensler, R. H. Liu, X. Xu, Y. Xu, and M. Rodgers (2016). “MOVES-Matrix: Setup, Implementation, and Application.” 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. January 2016.
  • Li, H., H. Liu, X. Xu, Y. Xu, and R. Guensler (2016). “Benefits from Reducing Local Transit Service Deadheading: An Atlanta Case Study.” 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. January 2016.
REPORTS
  • ORNL and Georgia Tech (2014). Zhenhong Lin, Jan-Mou Li, and Diane Davidson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), and Y. Xu, DY Lee, F. Gbologah, G. Cernjul, M.O. Rodgers, and R. Guensler (Georgia Institute of Technology). Development of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator Incorporating Electric Vehicle Options, Final Report Project No. TN-26-7060-00. March 2014.
  • Guensler, R., V. Elango, A. Guin, M. Hunter, J. Laval, S. Araque, S. Box, K. Colberg, F. Castrillon, K. D’Ambrosio, D. Duarte, K. Kamiya, S. Khoeini, E. Palinginis, L. Peesapati, C. Rome, A. Sheikh, K. Smith, C. Toth, T. Vo, and S. Zinner (2013). “Atlanta I-85 HOV-to-HOT Conversion: Analysis of Vehicle and Person Throughput.” Prepared for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. October 2013.
  • Guensler, R., S. Araque, C. Toth, A. Guin, V. Elango, M. Hunter (2013). “Atlanta I-85 HOV-to-HOT Conversion: Analysis of Changes in Weaving Activity.” Final Draft for Review and Comment. Prepared for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. October 2013.
  • Guensler, R., Y. Xu, and V. Elango (2013). “Value Pricing Fellowship Project.” Prepared for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA. GDOT Research Project RP 11-11. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. October 2013.
  • Suh, W., R. Guensler, M. Hunter, A. Guin, J. Anderson, K. Colberg, and S. Zinner (2013). “Work Zone Technology Testbed.” Final Draft for Review and Comment. Prepared for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA. GDOT Research Project RP 11-15. Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. October 2013.
PRESENTATIONS
  • MacFarlane, G, J. Cruz, Y. Xu, and R. Guensler (2014). Education Development in Sustainable Transportation. TRB Committee for Waste Management and Resource Efficiency in Transportation (ADC60). New York, NY. June 18, 2014.
  • Hunter, M. and R. Guensler (2014). “GDOT Partnership with University Transportation Centers.” Georgia Department of Transportation Lunch and Learn Series (10 attendees). Atlanta, GA. April 1, 2014.
  • Guensler, R. et al., (2014). “Atlanta’s Managed Lane Experience.” Congestion Pricing and Managed Lanes: 20 Years of Learning – Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going? Presentation P14-7024, Workshop 164 (85 attendees). Washington, DC. January 12, 2014.
  • Guensler, R. et al., (2013). “Beyond Average Speeds and Travel Time: ITS and Real-Time High-Resolution Data.” University of California, Davis Seminar (15 attendees). September 24, 2013.
  • Guensler, R. et al., (2013). “Atlanta’s I-85 HOT Lane: Additional Items for Discussion.” Transportation Research Board Congestion Pricing Summer Committee Meeting and Conference (25 attendees). Seattle, WA. July 11, 2013.
PATENTS
  • Guensler, R., V. Elango, and P. Blaiklock (2010). Automatic Ant-idle Warning and Shutoff System and Method (GTRC ID 5301). Provisional Patent Application 61/349,284. May, 2010. Final Patent Application, May 2011.
  • Miller, J., D. Weir, P. Vu, R. Guensler, T. Slack, and J. Breedlove (2008). Commuter Credits for HOV/HOT Lane Implementation. Final Patent Application. July, 2008.
  • Vu, P., J. Miller, R. Guensler, T. Slack, and J. Breedlove (2008). Electronic Barrier Enforcement System and Method. Patent 8,044,824. July, 2008.