Amelia C. Regan


Professor of Computer Science and Transportation Systems Engineering
Bren Hall 4068, Irvine CA 92697
949 824-2611, aregan at

Director, Master of Computer Science Program
The MCS program is a practically oriented four quarter program with an optional summer internship (Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer or Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer Internship-Fall) which complements our research oriented MSCS and PhD programs in Computer Science. For more information see:

Director, Transportation Science MS, PhD Programs
The Interdisciplinary (Engineering, Economics, Urban Planning and Computing) Programs in Transportation Science complement our discipline specific MS and PhD programs in Transportation Engineering, Economics, Urban Planning and Computer Science which also allow students to focus on Transportation and Logistics problems. The program has a long history (about 30 years) and has produced many successful academics and industry practitioners.

Professional Bio

My research interests include cyber physical transportation systems, dynamic and stochastic network optimization, parallel and distributed combinatorial optimization, optimal contracting, on-line advertising, logistics systems analysis, freight transportation planning, technology adoption in transportation and, most recently, technologies to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of vulnerable road users.

Since 1997, my research has been supported various sources including the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board and JB Hunt Inc., and has been published in more than 145 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings papers in Journals including (among others) IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Network, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Transportation Research (A, B, C and E), Transportation Science, Operations Research and INFOR. I received an NSF CAREER award in 1999. 

My first appointment at UCI was in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering but I moved after eight years to the Department of Computer Science.  I was the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences from 2006-2009.

I have also taught short courses at the Athens University of Business and Economics and the Technical University of Denmark.

Prior to joining the PhD program at the University of Texas I worked as a research engineer, software engineer and operations research analyst for the Association of American Railroads and United Parcel Service.

I served on a four year National Research Council Study to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Phase II from March 2013 to February 2017. This was an exceptionally interesting study examining how new and existing fuels and new and existing technologies for trucks, buses and vocational vehicles, as well as related governmental rule-making efforts, will impact future fuel consumption for this sector and its impact on the environment. I resigned near the end of the study after Donald Trump gutted the EPA and related regulations. While I am a life long democrat, I have no problem serving the scientific community when the country is lead by a republican. However, I can’t serve for a dishonest, mean-spirited, hateful leader of sub-par intelligence.

I have tremendous respect for the Committee Chair Dr. Andrew Brown Jr., our NAS handler Martin Offutt, as well as the rest of the outstanding scholars and professionals on that committee. I consider that one of the most enriching experiences of my career to date.


BAS Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

MS Applied Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University

MSE, PhD Civil (Transportation Systems) Engineering, University of Texas

Beliefs about Advising Students

I have been blessed to work with some outstanding students at all levels.

My PhD students have been in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Transportation Science and Networked Systems, and have taken faculty jobs in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Logistics, Management and Marketing Departments. The rest work in the IT and Transportation and Logistics industries.

My students are part of my family. We work very closely together. I would never allow my name to be attached to a paper I have not worked on. I believe that’s the most troubling trend in academic research today. A system where the students do the work and the faculty take the credit is not only dishonest, it’s very inefficient.

Current and Former PhD Students

1. Xiubin Wang (Ph.D, December 2000), Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, Dissertation: Dynamic and stochastic carrier fleet management: Application to local truckload trucking operations

2. Xiangwen Lu (Ph.D, September, 2001), Business Analyst, Cisco, Dissertation: Dynamic and Stochastic Routing Optimization: Algorithm Development and Performance Analysis

3. Jiongjiong (John) Song (PhD, June 2003), Transportation Engineering Consultant, Austin Texas, Dissertation: Optimal strategies in combinatorial auctions: The case of freight transportation contracting

4. Minyoung Park (PhD, December, 2005), Professor, Inha University, South Korea. Dissertation: Capacity analysis for large scale freight transportation systems. Dr Park is visiting at UCI for the 2016-2017 academic year.

5. Srinivas Nandiraju  (PhD, March, 2006),  Director Data Science, Steelwedge

6. Choong Heon Yang (PhD, March, 2008), Senior Researcher, Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Dissertation Research: A Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Prioritizing Potential Alternative Truck Management Strategies

7. Pruttipong (Palm) Apivatanagul (PhD, Fall 2008), Logistics management consultant, Thailand, Dissertation Research: Network Design Formulations, Modeling, and Solution Algorithms for Strategic Planning Long Haul Freight Movements

8. Jiana-Fu (Jeff) Wang (PhD, Fall, 2008) Associate Professor, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan,  Dissertation Research: Optimization of large scale cross docking operations

9. Mei-Ting (May) Tsai (PhD, Fall, 2009) Associate Professor, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, Dissertation Research: A real-options approach to freight transportation derivatives contract development

10. Joseph Chow (PhD March, 2010), Assistant Professor, New York University, Dissertation Research: Network Design Under Uncertainty using a Real Options Approach

11. Rex Chen (PhD Fall, 2010), Senior Engineer, Qualcomm, San Diego, Dissertation Research: Broadcasting in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks

12. James Benvenuto (PhD, Fall 2010), Research Staff Member at HRL Laboratories, Center for Neural and Emergent Systems, Santa Monica, Dissertation Research: Epitaxis A System for Deductive and Constructive Program Queries

13. Di Wu (PhD, Winter 2013), Associate Professor of Computer Science, Hunan University, China, Dissertation Research: Location Based Services in Vehicular Networks

14. Tianbing Xu (PhD, Fall 2013), Engineer, Facebook, Dissertation Research: Online Advertising: A Large Scale Computing Perspective

15. Dmitri Arkhipov (PhD, Summer 2016) Post Doctoral Researcher, UCI, Dissertation Research: Computational Models for Scheduling in Online Advertising

16. Scott Godfrey (PhD, Fall 2016), Engineer, Google, Dissertation Research: Cross-System Runtime Prediction of Parallel Applications on Multi-Core Processors

In Progress:

Reza Asadi (PhD expected, 2018), Dissertation Research, Distributed Dynamic Network Optimization — Advanced to Candidacy in Summer 2016.

Karina Hermawan (PhD expected, 2018), Dissertation Research, Economic Analysis of Airline Operations: Safety, Access and Efficiency — Advanced to Candidacy in Winter 2017.

Amari Lewis (PhD expected, 2020), Dissertation Research, Technologies to improve the lives of disabled pedestrians and users of public transit.

Dalal Alharthi (PhD expected, 2020), Dissertation Research TBD

Arash Nabili (PhD expected, 2020), Dissertation Research, Data Fusion for Connected and Automated Vehicles (Lidar, Radar, GPS, etc.)

More joining in Fall, 2017!