Tae J. Kwon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Transportation Engineering

Office: 6-281 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Phone: 780 492-6121
E-mail: tjkwon@ualberta.ca
Website: http://www.taejnkwon.com/

Research Interests

Dr. Tae J. Kwon's research focuses on the application of state-of-the-art geomatics and advanced (geo-)statistical methods and techniques, on evaluation and optimization of complex transportation service systems, and on the development of various decision support tools for administering and managing these systems. Dr. Kwon is particularly interested in exploring ways to effectively integrate geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) to the field of winter transportation research.

Dr. Kwon's main research areas are as follows:

  • Transportation and geomatics (remote sensing/GIS)
  • Winter transportation engineering (winter road maintenance)
  • Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)
  • Applications of Big Data for estimation and forecasting of road and traffic conditions
  • Spatial and temporal analyses of road traffic and safety
  • Traffic and transportation system optimization

Current Research Initiatives

  • Traveler behaviour under inclement winter weather conditions.
  • Estimation and forecasting of road weather and surface conditions.
  • Evaluation and development of a comprehensive winter storm severity index.
  • Optimization of ITS highway infrastructure (e.g., road weather information systems).


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 2016
  • M.Sc., Geomatics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 2011
  • B.Eng., Civil Engineering (Geomatics options), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 2009

Professional Experience

  • August 2016 to Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta.
  • Jan 2016 - July 2016, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
  • May 2015 - Aug 2015, Co-lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
  • May 2014 - Aug 2014, Lecturer, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
  • June 2012, Co-lecturer, Data for Performance Measurement. Professional Development Workshop, CSCE,Edmonton, AB.

Professional Affiliations

  • Standing Committee on TRB Surface Transportation Weather Research Group (AH010) TRB Committee Communication Coordinator (AH010)
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Statistical Computing, Journal of Transportation Research Record, Journal of Modern Transportation, etc.


  • University of Waterloo Doctoral Thesis Award, 12/2015
  • NSERC / University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship (2 times)
  • University of Waterloo Departmental Graduate Students Award (6 times)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Award, 2011-2015
  • Environmental Studies Graduate Excellence Award (3 times), 2009-2010
  • Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE) Presentation Competition (1st Place), 2009
  • J.L. Beaton Academic Excellence Award, 2008
  • AOLS Education Foundation and High Academic Achievement Award, 2007
  • President's Entrance Scholarships, 2004-2009

Selected Publications

  1. Fu, Liping; Thakali, Lalita; Kwon, T. J.; Usman, Taimur. (2016). A Risk-Based Approach to Winter Road Surface Condition Classification. The Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2016-2015.
  2. Kwon, T.J., Fu, L., & Melles, S. (2016). Location Optimization of road weather information system (RWIS) network considering the needs of winter road maintenance and the traveling public. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, pp 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/mice.12222.
  3. Kwon,T.J., and Fu, L (2016). Chapter 8: Mobility Benefits of Winter Road Operations, Sustainable Winter Road Operations. Wiley-Blackwell (to be published in Fall of 2016).
  4. Fu, L, Muresan, M., Kwon, T.J., and Shi, X. (2016). Chapter 13: Source Control Strategies for Sustainable WRM, Sustainable Winter Road Operations. Wiley-Blackwell (to be published in Fall of 2016).
  5. Thakali, L., Kwon, T. J., & Fu, L. (2015). Identification of crash hotspot using kernel density estimation and kriging methods - a comparison. Journal of Modern Transportation. DOI: 10.1007/s40534-0150-0068-0 (Selected as one of the top five downloaded articles published in 2015).
  6. Kwon, T. J., Fu, L. & Jiang, C. (2014). RWIS Stations - Where and How Many to Install: A Cost Benefit Analysis Approach, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE), DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2013-0569.
  7. Kwon, T. J., & Fu, L. (2013). Evaluation of alternative criteria for determining the optimal location of RWIS stations. Journal of Modern Transportation, vol. 21., pp 17-27. DOI: 10.1007/s40534-013-0008-9.
  8. Kwon, T. J., Fu, L., & Jiang, C. (2013). Effect of Winter Weather and Road Surface Conditions on Macroscopic Traffic Parameters, accepted for publication in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council. Washington D.C. DOI: 10.3141/2329-07.
  9. Kwon, T.J., Li, J., & Wong, A. (2012). ETVOS: An Enhanced Total Variation Optimization Segmentation Approach for SAR Sea-Ice Image Segmentation, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(2), 925-934. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2205259.
  10. Kwon, T.J., & Li, J. (2012). Mapping Marine Oil Spills from Space. In J. Yangm X., & Li (Ed.), Advances in Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery (pp. 361-386). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.