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Lovell, David

Lovell, David

Professor
Keystone Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
1184 Glenn L. Martin Hall

David Lovell has a B.A. in mathematics from Portland State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked in transportation consulting and was a combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps. His research interests include facility design, management, and control; computational and differential geometry; numerical methods; and the probabilistic structure of sports and tournaments.

Dr. Lovell is an affiliate of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • B.A., Portland State University, 1990

Honors and awards

  • ODK Leadership Fraternity, 2015
  • Poole & Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • EWB-USA Peter J. Bosscher Faculty Adviser Award, 2012
  • Clark School ENGAGED Faculty, 2011
  • CEE Department Faculty Service Award, 2009

Professional memberships

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)

 

Geometric methods of transportation facility design; sensors in civil engineering applications; vehicle technology; traffic engineering, operations and control; air traffic management; data compression


Evaluation of En Route Performance Measures

Principal Investigator(s) 
Ball, Michael O.
Lovell, David J.

Sponsors 
Federal Aviation Administration

This project is a joint effort between researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley. The goal is to develop methods to determine what causal factors contribute to the en route inefficiency of commercial flights in the United States, and the extent to which each of those causal factors is responsible.

 

National Traffic Management Log Analysis

Principal Investigator(s) 
Lovell, David J.

Sponsors 
Federal Aviation Administration

The goal of this project is to generate metrics and visual dashboards related to the National Traffic Management Log (NTML). The NTML is a repository of data related to the execution, by the FAA, of a wide variety of traffic management initiatives, to control air traffic in the National Air System. Their objectives are to ensure safety and diminish congestion, and they use initiatives such as Ground Delay Programs, Airspace Flow Programs, and Miles-In-Trail restrictions, among others, to accomplish these objectives.

 

Optimization and Prediction for Collaborative Trajectory Options

Principal Investigator(s) 
Ball, Michael O.
Lovell, David J.

Sponsors 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This project is a subcontract to Metron Aviation, Inc. The goal of the project is to help determine how the FAA should define and manage a new paradigm in aviation congestion management called the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). In this program, carriers submit, for each scheduled flight, a menu of possible flight plans that they would be willing to use for that flight, with an accompanying measure of preference for each plan. Armed with this information, the FAA can jointly optimize the allocation of airspace resources to these flights by selecting from amongst these plans. The FAA accomplishes its mission of preserving safe operations with as little congestion as possible, and carriers are allowed collaborative input into the decision-making process, without unlawful collusion, maintaining the propriety of their data and plans, and without the FAA having to pick winners and losers.

 

 

 

  • ENES 100 – Introduction to Engineering Design
  • ENCE 688D - Introduction to Sensor Systems
  • ENCE 302 - Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENCE 402 - Simulation and Design of Experiments

 

SELECT REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

  • Bertini, R.L. and D.J. Lovell (2009). Impacts of sensor spacing on accurate freeway travel time estimation for traveler information. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 13(2), pp. 97-110.
  • Ganji, M., D.J. Lovell, M.O. Ball, and A. Nguyen (2009). Resource allocation in flow-constrained areas with stochastic termination times. Transportation Research Record  2106, pp. 90-99.
  • Churchill, A.M., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (2010). Flight delay propagation impact on strategic air traffic flow management. Transportation Research Record 2177, pp. 105-113.
  • Kim, T., D.J. Lovell, H. Kim, and C. Oh (2010). Empirical results of effects of various causal factors on car-following behavior. Transportation Research Record 2188, pp. 174-186.
  • Churchill, A.M. and D.J. Lovell (2011). Assessing the impact of stochastic capacity variation on coordinated air traffic flow management. Transportation Research Record 2214, pp. 111-116.
  • Churchill, A.M. and D.J. Lovell (2012). Coordinated aviation network resource allocation under uncertainty. Transportation Research Part E, 48(1), pp. 19-33.
  • Churchill, A.M., Y. Tripodis, and D.J. Lovell (2012). Sun glare impacts on freeway congestion: A geometric model and empirical analysis. ASCE J. Transportation Engineering, 138(10), pp. 1196–1204.
  • Lovell, D.J., K. Vlachou, T. Rabbani, and A. Bayen (2013). A diffusion approximation to a single airport queue. Transportation Research Part C, 33, pp. 227-237.
  • Vlachou, K. and D.J. Lovell (2013). Mechanisms for equitable resource allocation when airspace capacity is reduced. Transportation Research Record 2325, pp. 97-102.
  • Churchill, A.M., D.J. Lovell, A. Mukherjee, and M.O. Ball (2013). Determining the number of airport arrival slots. Transportation Science, 47(4), pp. 526-541.
  • Maring, E., G. Raspanti, G. Jaschek, K. Hogan, C. Farmer, D. Lovell, S. Grutzmacher, P. Parikh, and S. Olcese (2014). Engineering and public health: An interdisciplinary approach to addressing water quality in Compone, Peru. Annals of Global Health, Volume 80, Issue 3, May–June 2014, Page 238.
  • Jones, J.C. and D.J. Lovell (2014). Methods for curbing the exemption bias in Ground Delay Programs through speed control, Transportation Research Record 2400, pp. 37-44.
  • Brown, C.Y., T.A. Brubaker, A.M. Churchill, G.M. Crosswhite, D. Fried, L. Kirsch, D.A. Zelman, and D.J. Lovell (2015). Development of an electrophoretic display technology for selectively retroreflective signs and pavement markers. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 141(1), pp. 04014067-1-9.
  • Jones, J.C., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (in press).  Stochastic optimization models for transferring delay along flight trajectories in order to reduce fuel usage.  Transportation Science.
  • Shrestha, D., D.J. Lovell, and Y. Tripodis (2017).  Hardware and software for collecting microscopic trajectory data on naturalistic driving behavior. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 21(3), 202-213.
  • Lovell, D.J. (in press). Lossless compression of all vehicle trajectories in a common roadway segment. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

NEXTOR II to present aviation operations research in symposium

The symposium will be held at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

David Lovell promoted to full professor

Lovell is a joint appointee of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research.

CEE Ph.D. student James Jones wins WINFORMS Student Excellence Award

The award recognizes outstanding work in operations research in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR Awards

Awards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff.

MSSE student Xenia Barnes wins National Academies research stipend

Barnes works on aviation operations research through NEXTOR II.

New grad students: how to choose a faculty advisor

Make the transition to grad school a bit smoother by watching this informative video.

Ph.D. student James Jones wins FAA research stipend

NEXTOR student's research will develop algorithms for dynamic re-sequencing of en route flights.

Wang, Ball, Lovell win best paper award at ICRAT 2012

Paper discusses a new allocation method in ground delay programs for air traffic flow management.

Lovell Recognized for Service Leadership

Engineers Without Borders faculty advisor recognized by national EWB organization.

Vlachou, Swaroop win FAA graduate research awards

The two Ph.D. students are associated with the NEXTOR aviation operations research center.

FAA approves NEXTOR II aviation operations research contract

ISR's Michael Ball and David Lovell lead the University of Maryland NEXTOR II team.

Lovell honored with Clark School's ENGAGED Faculty designation

Undergraduate students nominate faculty who are mentors and role models.

Clark School ENGAGED Faculty Announced

The first class of Clark School ENGAGED Faculty are announced.

Lovell Named Engineers Without Borders Advisor

Civil engineering, ISR professor to lead highly-regarded chapter of student service group.

ISR organizing interdisciplinary student group

Group will give graduate students opportunity for camaraderie and learning.

Lovell to teach 'Engineering in the Developing World'

ISR professor will participate in new general education program for undergrads.

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s

Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates!

Six ISR students chosen for Clark School's Future Faculty Program

The program aims to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic positions in prestigious engineering schools.

Six ISR students selected for Future Faculty Program

Clark School program helps students prepare for academic positions.

Lovell, Sandborn join Clark School's Keystone distinguished professors

Faculty in the program help improve foundational engineering courses.

NEXTOR receives $1 million NASA grant for improving air traffic control

ISR Associate Professor David Lovell is PI for Maryland portion of grant.

Ball, Lovell awarded NASA grant for air traffic flows

Collaborative research will develop dynamic, stochastic models

Lovell receives NSF grant for electrophoretic displays

Research could lead to electronically switchable roadway paints; tunnel walls that display messages

Twelve REU students welcomed

Summer experience gives undergrads the opportunity to work with ISR researchers

Three best paper awards for NEXTOR authors

Air Traffic Management seminar honors Ball, Lovell, others

Lovell now ISR joint appointment, Cohen joins ISR faculty

Former ISR-affiliated CEE faculty member now holds a joint appointment.

Lovell to study car-following behavior

Research will develop model to explain the stochastic effects in car-following behavior across and within drivers.