Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Lelitha Devi Vanajakshi

 
231B, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - TN 600 036, India
lelitha@iitm.ac.in  91 44 2257 4291
Lelitha Devi Vanajakshi is a Professor in the Transportation Division of Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She is also an Adjunct Professor at School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She did her B.Tech in Civil Engineering and M.Tech in Transportation Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India and obtained her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. She is a member of ITE, IEEE, ASCE, TRB, IRC, Institution of Civil Engineers India and TRG India. Her primary research interests are in the field of Traffic flow modelling, Traffic Operations and Management, and Intelligent Transportation Systems with an emphasis on Indian traffic conditions. Research projects she is currently working on includes Development of a bus priority system at signalised intersection using V2I communication, Departure Time Planner Using V2V and V2I Communication, Data Analysis and State Estimation using WiFi-based Traffic Sensor Technology, A connected Intermediate Public Transport Mobility-as-a-service (IPTMaaS) solution for the last mile connectivity and multi-modal integration problems of public transit, Advanced Techniques for Mobility and Congestion Analysis for Indian Cities. 

Earned Degrees




Awards and Honours

Arthur M. Wellington Prize, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, Paper title: Cycle-by-Cycle Analysis of Signalized Intersections for Varying Traffic Conditions with Erroneous Detector Data, 2019

Best Women Engineer Award in Civil Engineering Division, Institution of Engineers (India)) Tamilnadu,

Best paper award, in the ITS Workshop held as part of the 11th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS (COMSNETS 2019), Paper title: Development and evaluation of a Low-Cost WiFi MAC scanner as Traffic Sensor, 2019

Best paper award, Urban Mobility India and CODATU XVII Conference, Urban Mobility India and CODATU XVII Conference, 2017

IITM Institute Research award, for the Ph.D. thesis of the student Dr. Bachu Anil Kumar, 2017

Best Paper Award, the Fourth Conference on Transportation Systems Engineering and Management" (CTSEM 2017), Paper title: Use of social media for traffic information in Indian cities, 2017

Best Paper Award, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Engineering (ICITE 2016), Paper title: Real Time Bus Arrival Time Prediction System under Indian Traffic Condition, 2016

Best Paper Award, 3rd Conference of Transportation Research Group of India (CTRG), Paper title: Particle Filter for Reliable Bus Travel Time Prediction under Indian Traffic Conditions, 2015

Bhagyalakshmi- Krishna Iyengar award, for guiding best student project in the road infrastructure, 2013

Selected for the Frontiers of Engineering symposium, organised by National Academy of Engineers, USA, , 2012

Young scientist award under Fast track scheme, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, , 2007-2010

Research Areas

 Traffic Flow Modeling
 Intelligent Transportation Systems
 Traffic Operations and Management

Professional Experiences

 2020 – Present : Adjunct Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Queensland University of Technology , Brisbane, Australia
 2018 – Present : Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 2013 – 2018 : Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 2006 – 2013 : Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

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