Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai - Graduated: 2005 - M.S. 2008 - PhD

Mr. Lai received his PhD degree in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2008. He received his BS at National Taiwan University in 2002 and MS at University of Illinois in 2004. His research dealt with various aspects of train efficiency and railway capacity analysis. He explored options for improving the energy efficiency of intermodal freight trains and developing a model to optimize its loading pattern. For capacity analysis, his work investigated what the impact on capacity is while operating passenger trains on a freight railroad. The goal was to determine the characteristics of signaling systems that will allow passenger trains to operate while minimizing interference with freight operating capacity.

 

 

 

Ph.D. Dissertation:

INCREASING RAILWAY EFFICIENCY AND CAPACITY THROUGH IMPROVED OPERATIONS, CONTROL AND PLANNING

Publication:

Lai, Y-C. and C.P.L Barkan 2009. An Enhanced Parametric Railway Capacity Evaluation Tool (RCET). (In Press) Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board..

Lai, Y-C., C.P.L. Barkan and H. Önal 2007. Optimizing the aerodynamic efficiency of intermodal freight trains . Transportation Research, Part E 44: 820-834.

Lai, Y-C., C.P.L. Barkan, J. Drapa, N. Ahuja, J.M. Hart, P.J. Narayanan, C.V. Jawahar, A. Kumar, L. Milhon and M.P. Stehly 2007. Machine vision analysis of the energy efficiency of intermodal freight trains. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit 221: 353-364.

Lai, Y.C., Y. Ouyang, C.P.L. Barkan. A Rolling Horizon Framework for Intermodal Loading Assignment to Improve Fuel Efficiency. In Proceedings: International Heavy Haul Conference Specialist Technical Session - High Tech in Heavy Haul , Kiruna, Sweden, June 2007, pp. 129-136.

Lai, Y-C., C.P.L. Barkan, J. Drapa, N. Ahuja, J.M. Hart, P.J. Narayanan, C.V. Jawahar, A. Kumar, L. Milhon and M.P. Stehly 2007. Machine vision analysis of the energy efficiency of intermodal freight trains. Accepted, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 

Lai, Y.C. and C.P.L. Barkan. Improving Energy Efficiency of Intermodal Trains Using Machine Vision and Operations Research AnalysisProceedings of the 7th World Congress on Railway Research, Montreal
(June 2006). 

Lai, Y-C.,  J.M.Hart, J. Drapa, N. Ahuja, C.P.L. Barkan, L. Milhon. A computer vision system for monitoring the energy efficiency of intermodal trains, JRC2006-94047.Proceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference, Atlanta , GA   (April 2006)

Lai, Y-C. and C.P.L. Barkan 2005. Options for improving the energy efficiency of intermodal freight trains. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1916: 47-55.

Lai, Y-C.,  J.M.Hart, P. Vemuru, J. Drapa, N. Ahuja, C.P.L. Barkan, L. Milhon, M.P. Stehly 2005. Machine vision analysis of the energy efficiency of intermodal trains. In Proceedings of the 8th International Heavy Haul Conference , Rio de Janiero, June 2005, pp. 387-394.